From the editor: Hometown news sees the ebb, flow of community life

The Harrington Journal and, in turn, its loyal readership saw a lot of stories in 2016.

Notes were taken from a seat amongst the community at school board meetings to hear more about graduation issues or the recent cancer scare from both residents, employees and the board.

Festivals brought good weather and extra visitors.

Elections allowed for new representatives at both the city and state levels, while other roles remained the same. Businesses new to Harrington announced their arrivals such as Delmarva Chiropractor. Stone’s also reopened its doors this year under new management and a lot of renovations.

The pages inside The Harrington Journal saw updates from city council and celebrated with City Manager Terry Tieman upon earning a statewide award for her position.

The Harrington Journal’s Facebook page caught more than 26,000 views from just one video when students from Lake Forest High School walked through the doors of their former schools in the district for the Walk of Fame, high-fiving every student and teacher they could find.

Successful sports seasons were found as readers flipped through pages of the newspaper, like when the Pop Warner cheerleaders went to Florida recently for a competition.

The city of Harrington earned the designation of having a Downtown Development District this year, a feat that many officials in town hope will spur growth in residents and businesses alike.

The pages of the newspaper shone a light on activities within the Lake Forest School District, such as the Bully Walk performed by Lake Forest North Elementary School and food drives help at various schools.

Throughout the year, readers sent in tips, suggestions, questions and, sometimes, constructive criticisms — all welcomed tools we use at The Harrington Journal to continually improve. In 2017, continued highlights from city council happenings.

The new year will bring excitement through festivals, graduations and other traditional community fun.

It likely will also bring changes no one anticipates, as does every year.

The slate is clean; 2017 is here to stay. What story will Harrington and surrounding areas write starting today?

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