240 `Our Towns’ later, Limoges hands over `baby’
Today marks a transition for the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Alison Limoges, our faithful Our Towns correspondent for the past four and a half years, is setting sail for San Francisco. Her final feature page appeared last Wednesday, covering the grand opening of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
Page 11 of today’s paper features the debut of the new Our Towns correspondent, Kim Doose. Kim has some mighty big shoes to fill, but I feel confident that she brings the skills and enthusiasm to take up where Alison is leaving off.
Our Towns is Alison’s baby. She launched the page in August 1998 at the old Glenwood Independent, on the request of former publisher Martha Cochran. The intent was to have a weekly society page that would feature ordinary people doing fun and worthwhile things.
“It was fun to develop it from nothing,” Alison said Tuesday, 240 Our Towns pages later.
“The high point of this job is meeting so many different people in so many different situations. What I’ve enjoyed the most is giving attention and kudos to the people who work behind the scenes to make these events happen. I really try to search them out,” she said.
When Alison covered an event, she usually stayed from start to finish, and if it was a hands-on project like trail-building, she worked alongside the volunteers.
“I wanted to know what went on the whole time, so I could show the event was meaningful to me as a person as well as to the newspaper,” she said.
When Alison told me that she and her husband, Ron, would be moving to San Francisco this summer, I wasn’t sure how the page could go forward. Fortunately, we found Kim Doose, a fourth-generation Glenwood Springs native who seems cut from the same cloth.
Kim started with the old Glenwood Post as a papergirl in 1979. In 1996 she worked as a proofreader, and in 1998 she wrote a column.
She now has a day job in Basalt as an office manager, and in her spare time she wrote a screenplay that’s being shopped around Hollywood. She’s working now on a second movie and a book.
Her community involvement includes Literacy Outreach, the Aspen Writers Foundation, Leadership Aspen, and the National Association for Female Executives. She is also the Sunday service director at Church at Carbondale.
As an outdoor enthusiast, she spends her free time biking, hiking, kayaking and skiing.
Kim holds a deep passion for her hometown, and was ready to start covering events in Glenwood Springs and neighboring communities right away. She is open to suggestions: Send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave her a phone message at 945-8515, ext. 109.
Our Towns is more than a page of pictures and text. It’s a relationship between the newspaper, a correspondent, and the community. Alison understood that clearly.
“It’s just been so much fun,” she said. “I loved every minute of it. People are so appreciative; they let me know in person, by phone or e-mail, how grateful they are that I covered their event.”
Alison will be in Glenwood Springs for the rest of May. If you have enjoyed her pages over the years, give her a call and wish her well. Her phone number is 945-4843, and her e-mail address is email@example.com.
On the facing page, we have published a column by conservative writer Kathleen Parker. She is the last of four writers we are auditioning for the Wednesday spot, to take the place of the late Michael Kelly. The others were Suzanne Fields, Jonah Goldberg and David Ignatius.
Please let me know which writer you prefer by Friday. We plan to select one writer to take the spot starting next week. Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If one column by each writer wasn’t enough, you can read their other recent columns on the Web.
Fields, Goldberg and Parker are online at Tribune Media Services, http://www.tms.tribune.com (under the TMS products button, select “commentators”), and Ignatius is online at the Washington Post Writers Group, http://www.postwritersgroup.com.
– Heather McGregor, managing editor
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