It is with genuine dismay, grief and sorrow that I write our communities to say that we have just received word Thursday morning that this will be our last newspaper.

The price of newsprint increasing is the main reason given but the economy and the bottom line are of course entered into this difficult decision.

I have so many people to thank, so many businesses who have supported us over the many years and of course our subscribers who have been faithful.

To think that this will be the last thing I write for the newspaper is so hard to grasp.

Many, many thanks to my devoted and loyal staff who are all close friends, I love you all. We had many great years together along with those who have left us to carry on the tradition.

I am especially saddened for the work we will not be able to do for you, the events we won't be covering, the children we won't be reporting on. To think of clearing out my office after 26 years is mind boggling to say the least.