LUBEC — A free 28-page newspaper, packed with articles and promotional pieces touting businesses and community services in Washington County, is fresh off the press, much to the delight of its assistant editor, Glenn Greenhalgh of Lubec.
In fact, Greenhalgh has had to wear or share many hats — reporter, photographer, advertising representative, distributor and assistant editor — to put together the Washington County edition of “The Business Examiner.”
“I’m really pleased with this,” Greenhalgh said during a brief stop in Machias.
Greenhalgh sees The Business Examiner as the perfect vehicle for organizations like the Towns, Cities and Townships Association of Washington County, which back the venture, the Sunrise County Economic Council, Washington County Promotional Board and area chambers of commerce to reach and inform county residents about activities, events and projects.
Many articles published in the Washington County edition will appear in other regional editions of The Business Examiner, Greenhalgh said. ADV Inc. of Freeport publishes eight regional editions which cover the entire state.
“Excerpts from this promotional will be included throughout the state at no cost to the Washington County Promotional Board,” said Greenhalgh. “This is a wonderful opportunity for towns, cities or townships to promote their community and region.”
In his editor’s comments, Greenhalgh wrote that “with this issue, we continue in our goal to provide the public with a platform to communicate, to learn and share with your neighbors about your activities, concerns, successes and failures. You will hear about new business start-ups and regional projects.”
The paper includes a front page article on a sustainable communities study centered in the Cobscook Bay area. Funded by the Ford Foundation, the multiyear project is aimed at exploring new ways in which rural communities can generate employment and sustain livelihoods while at the same time promoting and maintaining a healthy environment.
Greenhalgh pointed out that Cobscook Bay is one of only six regions in northern New England selected for this pilot program. He credits the efforts of the Lubec 2001 community improvement project as being a catalyst for Cobscook’s selection in the sustainable communities study.