07/15/2010 12:00 AM |

So, how do you like it now? Summer that is. No matter where you went, the heat followed, which is why I enjoy winter. At wintertime you can always add more clothing; in summertime you can’t take more off. And it’s just beginning.

Welcome to our new Wading River resident Isabella Rosalie Kahalehoe, who was born on June 28. She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 3/4 inches long. Her proud parents are Mr. and Mrs. Moke Kahalehoe. Leilana is her 2-year-old sister, and her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Santacroce of Manorville and Mr. Melvin Kahalehoe of Hawaii. Congratulations to all of you. Enjoy this precious little girl.

Belated happy birthday to my River Road buddy Stanley Lojko. We hope you had a great day. And to another special guy, Harry Jackson Sr., who just celebrated a birthday, we love you dearly and look forward to seeing you every week.

Happy birthday to Fritz Lewin of Calverton, whose 83rd birthday is July 15. It usually rains on Fritz’s birthday, and boy, do we need your powers this year, my friend. So very happy, rainy birthday to you from all your family and friends. Also, best wishes for a happy 59th birthday to Gerry Meade on July 18, from your wife Sue, Zach, and all of us at the farm, especially Jamie.

The annual chicken barbecue and chinese auction at Baiting Hollow Congregational Church will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the church thrift shop (a great place to find lots of bargains) Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or from any church member or by calling Sandi Mulvaney at 369-4318. Cost: $18 for adults; $12 for children under 12. Get your tickets early, as last year’s event sold out quickly and those who tried to buy tickets at the door were very disappointed.

Customers at the farm stand buy a lot of honey! What do they do with it? They dip all kinds of fruits and veggies in it such as scallions, onions and apples. This way they get the benefits of honey without actually eating it by the spoonful. If you don’t care for the taste of honey, this is a good way to enjoy it.

Local tomatoes are ready! They taste delicious and are one of the best things about summer. Blackberries are ready, too! Yummy!

Have a great week and I shall talk to you later. Take care, bye.



3 Comment

  • Here’s the business model you should have had before jumping the print ship — get rid of all non-editorial staff.

    The cost of printing 10,000 papers is marginal. You can do it for $1500/issue or less if you scale down the paper a bit to, say, 24 pages. Sell those ads for more. Only accept ads that come camera ready as PDFs. The editor can help manage the ads that come in and send out invoices.

    I’d bet you could sell the back page of the paper for $1500 alone; at least $1000 with very little effort. There go your print costs.

    Delivering a free newspaper is easy, as well. Just make a day of it for staff. You can keep a couple thousand in the trunk of your car and unload them at grocery stores and delis before the work day begins.

    Now, paying the editorial employees. You may have to whittle that down, too. I’ve had success finding writers to work for a low cost off Craigslist. No benefits that way, either.

    You didn’t have to throw away one of the state’s best papers.

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