This issue is officially the beginning of a new decade of publication for the Dawson Trail Dispatch. That’s right – this little freebee monthly newspaper has been around for an entire ten years!
When I began my adventures with the paper as a “roving reporter” I never dreamed that I would still be here to help celebrate this significant milestone. To be frank, I was not even sure if I would make it a few months – never mind nine years.
However perseverance pays off, and Dan (editor and owner of the paper) has been keeping his dream alive by not letting readers down. It is to him, that I dedicate this column.
To many, he is just a voice on the phone. But to those close to him – he is a devoted single dad, friend, confidant, dream maker, editor and businessman – in that order. He can sometimes be hyper and very excitable but when push comes to shove Dan Guetre is the man to call.
With his vision, he has used the paper as a medium to make a difference. Whether it is getting out a story that no one else will touch, telling it like it is, or inspiring people to better the world around them, Dan does his very best.
He takes pride in making each issue of the Dawson Trail Dispatch special. Touting small town life and charm is his specialty. A strong community volunteer, he also pays special attention to whatever issue or new activity that comes across the table.
For Dan Guetre – the Dawson Trail Dispatch is not just a community newspaper. It is his way of showing pride to the area where he has lived all his life. It is his way of giving back to the region that has been so good to him and his family. It is his way of reaching out and helping or speaking for everyone. No issue is too big or too small.
He can be opinionated and headstrong, but when it really matters he is the voice of the people.
For him, publishing the Dawson Trail Dispatch is not about selling newspapers – it’s about bringing people and communities together and making the southeast a better place for all of us.
Congratulations Dan – I am proud to have been with you along this journey and I look forward to many years to come. Happy Anniversary.