The Joys of Today, The Memories of Yesterday, and The Hopes of Tomorrow
by Cathi Gerhard, editor
It is hard to believe that ten years have passed since Briana Dwire and I walked the streets of Ligonier during Fort Days, handing out the very first issue of the Laurel Mountain Post. We used tabloid-sized newsprint back then, and only featured a few pages of color. Today, the Post is printed in full-color on glossy magazine stock – and later this month, we are launching a brand new interactive website to keep pace with a growing digital audience and marketplace (see story on page 5). We have also partnered with the revitalized Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce to become one of the centerpieces of their new Visitor and Information Center, opening later this fall (beneath Sharkey’s on Route 30).
So many readers comment on how valuable the LMP is to their daily lives: they use the community calendar to find leisure activities, scan the ads from cover to cover looking for retail and business recommendations, and read our inspiring, original stories every month. Some people turn to Ruthie’s Memory Lane column right away, re-living their youth and laughing out loud with her nostalgic stories. Others look to see what The Ligonier Chef recommends – restaurants and recipes full of local flavor. And our advice columnists are all real experts living and working right here in the community.
I never imagined the impact my little magazine would have as it was realized and continues to evolve, reaching the valleys on both sides of Chestnut Ridge and the Laurel Mountains, which are always in view. I am proud of how far the LMP has come – on roads both rocky and smooth– and continuously grateful to everyone who played a part in our successes so far, no matter how small. Because of you, I get to do my favorite things each month – reading, writing, editing, creating and imagining – then put it all together just before press time.
As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. Please write to us, on paper or electronically. Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and most importantly, bookmark our new website and sign up for updates as we add new material throughout each week. Printed editions can sometimes be limited, so consider purchasing a subscription to guarantee you never miss one – or give as a gift to an out of town friend or relative who likes to keep in touch!
I’m looking forward to all the stories yet to be told and shared, hopefully for another 10 or even 20 years, at least!