Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 01 May 2012 15:07I love to travel, but it’s always great to get back home again. The most recent trip was to Des Moines, Iowa. The majority of our staff attended the Midwest Free Community Papers’ spring conference.
There’s always a great deal to learn and this time was no exception. Great sessions were presented on the technical aspects of publishing, both for print and the digital world, motivational guidance from an expert on customer service, and all of the latest in the digital and social media world.
And I don’t want to forget the great food. Every time I leave town I come back 10 pounds heavier it seems.
When Nancy and I got home the previous week from Atlanta, I had a stack of work in front of me. So I just turned around and it...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 24 April 2012 15:46We just spent the past seven days in Atlanta and I have been mixing business with pleasure. It has seemed like more pleasure than business.
My Association of Free Community Papers national conference happened to be in Atlanta this year and it happened to coincide with grandson Louis’s 12th birthday.
I go to conventions to learn from others in my industry but also to offer my book printing services to publications wishing to establish a book publishing division such as ours.
We went to Benihana’s for Louie’s birthday party dinner attended by a couple of the boys’ best friends. I think almost everyone in the place was there for a birthday celebration of one kind or another.
If we think the foliage in Kansas is way...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:41It was a night like I hadn't seen for more than 10 years this past Saturday. According to reports, Kansas had 97 tornadoes, although some may be duplicated reports by storm spotters. Anyway, dozens of them came in several waves.
Since living in our upstairs apartment downtown, we had never had to run for cover. After thinking out loud for a bit, we jumped in our car and went to Nancy’s mom’s house and took shelter in her basement.
The sirens wailed in Hillsboro for almost an hour, which was quite eerie and the one time I ran upstairs to look outside it was as calm as could be with heavy, thick air. I know you shouldn’t do this, but doesn’t everybody do it?
I think the warning given the day before, that the storms were a big...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:02I’ve written about the following subject in the past and need to bring it up again.
Sending an e-mail to someone is no guarantee they will get it or see it. And it holds true for e-mails sent to the Free Press. We have 10 staff members who receive hundreds of e-mails each week—sometimes it seems as though it’s that many every day.
I will suggest that if you send something to us and it is critical that we see it, a wise thing is to follow up with another e-mail or for sure to call and check.
There are other reasons beside not seeing an e-mail. Spam blockers and size restrictions on attachments are other reasons for an e-mail not getting through—usually these reasons are not on our end.
One of our e-mail addresses has been...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:22The annual HHS All-School Reunion is near. Be looking for this year’s edition of the Alumni Association Oracle that is being mailed this week. It has the details of this year’s event Saturday, May 26, in the fellowship hall at the Hillsboro MB?Church.
As I have said in the past, we have no way of making sure everyone gets this publcation in the mail. It is virtually impossible to keep up with all the addresses, so please share the information with your classmates and friends. We do get updated addresses from some of the classes that are planning special reunions each year.
I didn’t finish telling about our trip to the Pacific Northwest in last week’s column. About 2 a.m. Tuesday, on the way home from the Kansas City...
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