As many of you know, I work with my son's Boy Scout Troop. We are hosting a blood drive this Friday night, and I'm trying my best to get the word out to as many people as I know. One of the things we do not have is a local paper. Our newspaper, which covered the three towns in our school district, folded a year or so ago. Getting any attention from the two bigger local papers (Eagle Tribune and Newburyport News) is difficult. The papers have limited space, and because we're between the two markets, we basically are overlooked unless someone commits a major crime, murders someone, or a police officer lies about his detail reports or surfs porn on his computer during working hours.
We have a school district mailing list. I submit things to them for the Boy Scouts and they will not run the announcements. Because it is not "school related." But, we get all kinds of "community" announcements for things like the postponing of the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony the next town over due to wet weather.
I'm not sure how events involving boys who are IN THAT SCHOOL is not a school related activity. And I'm especially disappointed because this isn't a money request, a fund raising request, and it is actively tied into one of the nation's best known organizations, the Red Cross.
This situation frustrates me for a lot of reasons.
1. Our boys are part of the school district.
2. Our boys are doing SO MUCH for this community, and a lot of times I hear people say "I didn't know this was happening..." Well, the reason you didn't know it was happening is because we have no way of TELLING YOU!
3. We have no local newspaper. As mentioned above, the local papers only run stuff about our town when it is bad news.
It makes me want to start my own newspaper.