Last year during Bountiful’s Handcart Days celebrations, I got one of my first tastes of the city:
A bit clumsily, I practiced my photography skills during the parade.
I dodged young men dressed as warriors, chased carefully constructed floats and so much more.
That day, I also met many parade watchers, and heard about how the Clipper was received in the community.
I was brand new to the paper then, and full of hope for what was to come. Now, I celebrate my one-year anniversary as editor of this locally focused, high-quality publication.
In my time here, I have learned much about the character of the community. Starting with the parade, I saw how so many people give of their time and energy to be fully involved. That’s rarer than you might think, and no doubt a sign of our pioneer heritage.
I saw this same involvement and industriousness throughout seasonal celebrations, including Summerfest and, this year, the Rotary Coats for Kids car show, the children’s bicycle parade and much more.
During another time of year, I saw people standing up civically. Residents filled the halls of city council chambers around Davis County over issues as diverse as recycling, electronic signs, fund transfers, eminent domain proposals and much more.
If you want to live in a place with bounds of opportunity for families, a place where you know your neighbors and can count on them in times of need, or a place where conservative and business values are the norm, I can now say with confidence that south Davis County is an excellent choice.
Just don’t rest on your laurels, or you might miss out.
What I have seen speaks to the importance of volunteerism in our community.
This holds true for the Clipper С we have many community contributors, particularly in our Davis Wellness magazine, which launched in January. We have also had great success with movie reviews, and plan to write and publicize even more of them. We are particularly happy for our film correspondent Dan Metcalf, and hope that other movie buffs will come out of the woodwork to share their thoughts with our loyal readers.
On that note, I can’t thank the rest of the editorial team here enough. Your tireless work, knowledge of the area and wealth of ideas make this publication what it is.
Finally, any reflection on my year would be incomplete if I failed to express gratitude for our readers and the many local businesses that support us. I am so thankful for all the letters to the editor, story ideas and comments we get online, and similarly glad for the community whose trust we have gained through our social media efforts.
I have always wanted my life to be one of importance to my community, and I still think this is the best place for me to stretch my wings. Without all of you and your trust and patience, that wouldn’t be possible. My life is happening here, and I love it.
I wish you the best of Handcart Days, and an excellent year to come. Contact me with letters, ideas, or even complaints at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-295-2251 ext. 126.