To The Editor and Review staff,

I am writing on a good old-fashioned piece of paper to sincerely thank you for creating such a fine newspaper of news, information, wisdom pieces, editorials, reflections, opinions and reflecting the deep pulse of a community.

It is so refreshing to read people expressing themselves and for me to have a taste of home away from home every time I read The Review. I don’t live far away but our town lost its fine newspaper 10 years ago and it’s not been the same since — and I realize that every time I read The Review, even when I play catch-up, reading my Dad’s accumulated Reviews.

For this reason, I know I could subscribe online but I would like to subscribe to a good ol’ paper version, since I love holding the paper and unfolding it, spreading it out and sinking into it, searching for opinions, letters, editorial, advertising, coming events, goings-on in articles, wishing I could attend Zumba, art exhibitions, the Farmers’ Market, the tours . . . sigh! Even wondering if I would move back . . .

My Dad passed away last June and reading The Review helps me heal and retain that part of me that has roots there — as I grew up in the area, attended Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, doing 4-H at the Vankleek Hill Fair, knowing that I have a past in those cogs in the wheel of time, based in Vankleek Hill. (Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Company is built on land by Dad used to farm.)

So: here’s my cheque for a subscription. I have just caught up with the last Review we had and I can’t wait to get a fresh one! Keep up the great work and thank you again for all your efforts.
They bring much joy.

Lynn Lalonde, Gananoque
Editor’s personal note: I called Lynn to thank her for this letter, and we caught up on Vankleek Hill, reminisced about Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute teachers and much more!
— Louise Sproule