I am the editor for our community's newsletter. The "Rivercrest" community name virtually screamed out for a river-themed title, so in naming the rag, I went the admittedly obvious route and came up with ...
We moved into Rivercrest (a community of 365 households) in October 2006. I wanted to be an upstanding part of the community, so I decided to head to the meeting of the Homeowner's Association that November.

It was that night I found out they were looking for a new newsletter editor. Seems they'd had problems keeping a regular editor, so when I raised my hand to volunteer, they were a bit surprised.

It's really been a great experience for me. I've always enjoyed being a desktop publisher, but it's always been for mostly personal use. I've never been able to make something for people I didn't know - let alone 600-some-odd people I didn't know.

Feel free to peruse the PDFs at right.

The inaugural issue of the Current (March 2006). The lead story describes the impending arrival of Comcast (a move we are still waiting for 6 months later). Other notables: the first "Spotlight on Rivercrest" and a Rivercrest Wordfind for fun.
The sophomore effort (June 2006). Color was added to the online version. This proved to be a slow news quarter: our lead was a story on trash pickup policies. Other notables: a look back at the Community Yard Sale, a "Rants and Raves" section for people to recommend/trash local area businesses, a map of local area trails and a "Paint The Poolhouse" coloring page for fun.
The September 2006 Current, featuring a controversial lead: the proposed addition of a new cell tower nearby. Other notables: a look back at the Fourth of July Parade and a Rivercrest Crossword for fun. Also our first go with a new printer which yielded most excellent results: cheaper, better, faster, closer, friendlier. Tip of the cap to GAM Printers.
Labeled "The Tech Issue", the December 2006 issue covered the heavily anticipated but slow-to-arrive FiOS offering from Verizon. Other notables: updates on prior stories, Halloween coverage and a "Close Encounters" pictorial game for fun.
This issue finally puts the "community" in community newsletter. The March 2007 issue features five articles written by other people. It's a good thing - it would have been a fairly thin issue otherwise. Notables: a welcome home story for a Rivercrest Marine stationed in Iraq, an editorial on the local supermarket, and a logo contest (that ends up generating no entries).
The June 2007 issue is packed with pictures and more articles written by neighbors. Notables: the opening of a new footbridge, the arrival of a new restaurant, and a spread of pictures from the Easter Egg Hunt and Community Yard Sale.
The September 2007 issue continues the trend of articles written by community members. Notables: a plea for volunteers, a wrap-up of the inaugural season for the swim team, an article about the bond process, and an update on our new website. The logo contest gets a second run as well.
The December 2007 issue is light (12 pages instead of the typical 16). Notables: a sidewalk update, notes from the annual meeting, a note from the manager about snow removal, and a pictorial look back at the Haunted Path. The logo contest winner is also unveiled.