We are by far the most widely read news site in Cornwall. Most loved; most hated; most trusted; most typos 🙂
Even while writing this I am getting communicated with. I get over 400 messages a day now as news and information floods our desk.
First off I want to thank a ton of people. I want to thank my minority shareholder who as a client fell in love with the “Little Online Newspaper that could” Mr. Reg Coffey and his wife Kathy who have made some very dark days survivable.
I want to thank my Ex Wife to be Lea Anne who soldiered through almost three years; even on those days when she complained that it didn’t bring in enough money; and thought people would come to our home and “get me”.
I want to thank so many people. Our contributors from writers like Richard Komorowski to people that email in photos and video like Calvin Hanson.
Our sponsors. Folks no matter what there would be no CFN without our gorgeous sponsors who not only have financially contributed, but have endured some slings and arrows from the petty people the sadly inhabit the world and this city.
I even want to thank the haters and the Vienna Sausage Clique whose negativity fuels some of our traffic, and gives me some fun material to write about.
I want to thank Chris Savard (fired to start a competing news hub) and Kevin Lamoureux who have helped make sure that CFN works when you need it to and look its best.
This item is the 5,028th on the Cornwall Free News which averages nearly 5 items per day. We have shot nearly 1,000 video clips; nearly 4,000 photos, and over 100 episodes of Radio on our sister site Seaway Radio. And of course you have spoken; sharing nearly 15,000 comments with our viewers.
There have been so many good times and special moments for me personally over these past three years.
There have been some sad ones too. I’m sad that certain politicians are so completely unprofessional. I’m sad that some of the other media in this city seem to have the integrity and standards of swamp rats.
I’m saddened that our Chamber of Commerce and Team Cornwall are disconnected from the people of our city to the point that they are.
But again, that gives us all a chance to have a great starting point to make things better.
One of the reasons I persevere, and don’t either take a gig in another city or move CFN is because of the people I’ve met here who aren’t part of the cliques and just try and live their lives like most people do.
I care about Healthcare. I care about how Cornwall is perceived. I don’t like when people question why I live here when I’ve lived in places like Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and even for a short while Vancouver. I don’t want to be anywhere else, and I want to be a part of the true revitalization of this amazing city.
The Cornwall Free News gives me and those that take advantage of it that opportunity, and as our new slogan “INTENSELY LOCAL” states our focus is just that.
So yes, we will focus on corruption. We will defend those that would not have a voice. We will help campaign for issues that matter to the people that live and work here; the people that try to make a living running their business because this city; like the world; is all interlinked. Our own health and happiness really is connected to that of our community.
I sent out an email inviting some of our area dignitaries to send in a note congratulating us on our 3rd birthday,not because I’m vain or need a pat on the back. The real pat on the back goes to our community that really made this possible. And that something like The Cornwall Free News could become a success in Cornwall Ontario. Sadly our MP, MPP, the Mayor, and most of council did not respond.
Like my friend that once had to protect President Bush once told me even though he wasn’t a fan “It’s the Office of the President; that’s what I had to protect; not the man.”
My friend is right. Sometimes you have to do what’s right because that’s your job and that’s what’s right to do.
Kudos to councilors Leslie O’Shaughnessy and Maurice Dupelle that sent in the following.
I would like to extend my congratulations to the management and staff of the Cornwall Free News during the celebration of their third Anniversary.
I would like to congratulate you and the Cornwall Freenews on your 3rd Anniversary. I would like to comment as a Councillor with the City of Cornwall and whom sits on many committees. I would like to extend my graditude to you for all the coverage you provide to the various committees and always willing to promote any event that may be happening in our Community.
Wishing you all the best for many more years!!!!!
Councillor Maurice Dupelle
Thanks to these elected officials.
I do have some exciting and amazing news to share; a birthday gift to Cornwall and our community. I am proud to announce that SPOTLIGHT CORNWALL, our new digital magazine focusing on what makes our community magical, special, and truly a place to visit; live in, and do business in is officially moving forward for a Spring release!
More on that to come. We have a lot of stuff brewing which we’ll be releasing this year. 2012 is going to be magical!
As I look back at some of our early stories I’m laughing at how far we’ve come; from my own writing skills to some of the numbers.
In April 2009 I was excited to announce that we’d achieved as many viewers in a month as we get in a day now!
From the Cotton Mill fire; to Lift Off; to three elections that we’ve covered; to local restaurant reviews and events around the town.
It’s been a total blast; and we couldn’t have done it with out any of you.
Lastly I want to give tribute to a member of the CFN family that passed away this year; Mr. Joe Gunn. Joe was very special in the history of the Cornwall Free News. I miss his counsel. I miss his advice and understanding on this town, and the lessons he shared with me that I still practice.
His contributions to our Political Round Table show could never be replaced. Thank you “Gunner”
And thank you again to everyone that has made this all possible. Thank you so much,
Jamie Gilcig – Proud Editor of The Cornwall Free News and Proud Resident of Cornwall Ontario