From the miscellaneous drawer - We are blessed

by Echo publisher Anne Swenson

The Echo family...
From the beginning, the Echo family has evolved, grown and changed.
I told Nick of my memory of meeting Pam Roberts while young Nick was still a student at Lincoln School in Ely.
Pam and her nephew were on the hillside of 169, picking up summer trash as part of the area clean-up after tourists have departed. Getting their photo for the paper to inspire others was my introduction. “I studied photography,” she told me as she watched me work.
Young son Nick wanted to try his hand at writing and reporting and volunteered to cover a Winton Council meeting, surprising us all.
Tom Coombe loved baseball so much he also wanted to write about it in high school.
We were finding that with computers, less staff was needed and our big newspaper presses demanded too much of us. The large building at 2 East Sheridan was sold and we found our new space at 15 East Chapman.
Joining Nick, Tom and myself, we were accompanied here by Lisa Vidal, our talented graphic artist. Before long Cameron Weisert joined the circulation department and found his fit in the new photo department. Terri Reinesch takes care of our advertising customers, and Ann Johnson keeps our books in order.
We get added help from Brad Berry delivering to newsstands, and important reporting assistance from Nancy McReady and Jessica Kellogg.
Perhaps it is because we live in such a beautiful setting that we can draw on a number of excellent area photographers as well.
Columnist Trout Whisperer has been joined by Charles D. Novak, Karen Hamilton and other community members who contribute articles as well. We appreciate and thank them all.
Friends and family. We’re truly blessed the year around.
And the engine which keeps all this going are the Echo subscribers and advertisers, so a special thanks to them for their support as well. We hope that the community has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
And if you see Heikki Lunta - we would love to have him join us soon!
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In the Ely Echo for December 25, 1988, 30 years ago, the headlines were:
• City puts attorney job up for bids;
• DeNio home wins Ely Chamber Merchants’ lighting contest;
• Deficit budget passed by B-E school Board;
• Construction begins on Fall Lake Dam;
• Timbergals edge out Silver Bay in OT.