Does anyone really know what time it is?
What day is it? We're not sure, ever since we've been in “stay at home” mode (for the most part) thanks to COVID-19.
We have been in and out of the office, as we are deemed an “essential” service,” which makes us seem much more important than we really are. It's something to tell the grandkids - Nana and Grandpa were essential to the survival of humanity. OK, maybe we'll have to work on that story a bit.
So where's the April 15 print edition of the Kenwood Press?
Unfortunately, there isn't one. Shutting down the local economy trickles down to newspapers, too, especially small, free ones like ours that are totally dependent upon advertising revenue.
What business wants to advertise when they're closed, or not getting any calls because people are wary of spending money? Or the event you have an advertising budget for isn't happening?
We totally get it.
We're in the same boat with our advertisers, just hoping to navigate the choppy waters until we see land.
And when revenue dries up in the snap of a finger (reminiscent of January 2008), it means taking a deep breath, trying to figure out where we are, and then moving forward. Like many small businesses, we are applying for some of the financial help offered by the federal government via a local bank. We'll see if that comes through in a timely way.
We WILL publish the May 1 issue in print, and plan to publish June 1 in print as well. Whether we can go back to our twice-a-month print schedule will depend on what the advertising climate is like. And by the way, please, when you do shop, use our local businesses and Kenwood Press advertisers.
In the meantime, we are still working, and have posted stories here online - news, columns, pictures, and yes, Crime Watch. It's a little unusual for this to be the sole way for us to get the news and information to you, so be patient, and check back for new stories throughout the week.
Also, please go to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/knwdpress/, which has both separate information, as well as promos for stories on our website. And spread the word to your friends and neighbors.
You can still call or email us anytime, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
In the meantime, do all the things that are asked of you - hand washing, masks, social distancing, etc. Maybe you have time to get all the change out of your drawer (I found $23.19), or bake bread, or learn a foreign language … The kinds of things we're going to do once we retire at the end of the year. Yes, that's a real thing, as we told you in the last issue, and we'll keep reminding you as the year goes along.
In any event, be sure to make time to come back to our web page and see what's new in our sheltering little world.