It was three years ago that we issued the first print edition in what would be a trend in the opposite direction of most publications. We started out on the web in 2007 and never thought about printing but the people of Frankford wanted a local newspaper and said so at the PhillyRising focus group meetings. Things started to click that summer and with the help of a lot of people (Tim Wisniewski, Patricia Coyne, Tracy O’Drain and Michelle Feldman) we got it done.
The August edition marks the start of year four. This would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of Health Partners Plans who prints the copy for us each month. You can find links to the pdf file of each of the print editions on the PRINT EDITION tab at the top of the page under the Gazette logo.
It was the annual membership night at the Historical Society of Frankford as four board members were re-elected to full 3 year terms on March 11th. Sara Brower, John Buffington, Susan Couvreur and Bruce McKenzie retained their seats.
The treasurers report presented by Bruce McKenzie, indicates that there is enough cash on hand to meet immediate needs but additional revenue is needed to make progress on making the improvements that are needed to keep the society moving forward.
The 2013 Activity Report was delivered by Sara Brower. It was a busy year. You can read it in detail here page 1 and page 2.
There was a spirited question and answer period as members asked questions and voiced their concerns.
Members were also invited to bring their personal post card collections to share and several members had very interesting collections on display.
Patricia Coyne displayed a slide show of images from her personal collection of Frankford post cards as the members browsed through the other collections and had light refreshments.
The next meeting at the Historical Society will be on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:00 PM. The program will be: FIGHTING FIRES IN FRANKFORD (FROM HORSES TO HORSEPOWER: PHILADELPHIA BUREAU OF FIRE 1871–1923) – Presentation by Jack Wright, Historian, Philadelphia Fire Department
The January print edition is about to go to press so I am posting a link here if you would care to take a look.
My thanks to Tim Wisniewski, Executive Director of the Frankford Special Services District who has been doing the work of publishing the print edition since August. He did the initial design and layout of all the editions until this month when I attempted to fill his shoes. It was not easy but it is done.
Tim Wisniewski at the PSA meeting
Tim was instrumental in the effort to get the Gazette into print. Jimmie Saunders of PhillyRising first raised the issue back in July since it had come up in discussion by residents as something that was needed by the community. A meeting was set to discuss the possibility. We met with Jimmie, Tim Wisniewski and Patricia Coyne in the offices of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations down on Lehigh Avenue.
We talked about what could be done and how it could be done. It was Tim who said let’s just do it and do it now, not next week or have endless meetings to plan it out. So we did and it got done.
There is no doubt that we would have done it one way or the other. PhillyRising does get things moving. Tim volunteered to do the layout and get it distributed and that made all the difference.
Ongoing, we will be doing the layout here and the CDC will handle the printing and distribution. Printing now courtesy of Tony Payton’s office until a permanent printing solution can be found.