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Commentary: Celebrating 60 years of sharing Sundre’s stories today

Round Up was first published in February 1960

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it countless more times to come.

Never let anyone tell you that nothing happens in a small town!

Sundre is certainly no exception.

From roundabouts to rodeos and so much in between that we could not possibly hope to mention everything in a humble column, keeping track can quickly become a fairly formidable task. 

Fortunately, that means conjuring up a weekly story list for the Sundre Round Up is the easy part. The challenge is trying to cover as much as possible. And while we strive to provide a variety of news, sports, features and photos, we also recognize that we can’t get it all.  

But we believe in and are committed to doing what we can to, at the very least, document and record a glimpse of the community’s history for posterity’s sake.

Today, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, the Round Up observes a special anniversary.

On this day 60 years ago, the publication was born. Originally founded by sisters Muriel Eskrick and Lorraine Coutts, the Round Up has undergone numerous changes in ownership and locations over the decades since.

But the publication’s core vision remains largely the same: to tell the community’s stories, whether they be council decisions or local events, as well as to feature the accomplishments of the many talented and inspiring individuals who proudly call Sundre home.

None of this would be possible without one critical element, which simply cannot be overstated. 

The only reason the Round Up has reached this milestone anniversary is courtesy of our dedicated readers in the community, and beyond.

It always makes my day whenever someone comes in the office or calls to renew their subscription, and I try to make an effort to express our appreciation for their continued support.

While advertisers are technically our bread and butter who essentially keep the lights and computers on, it’s a solid base of loyal readers who make our publication appealing to advertise in in the first place.

Of course in the digital age, newspapers have across the spectrum been trying to adapt to changing times — neither daily nor weekly publications are immune to this trend, and hardly a year goes by that we don’t see headlines about more closures.  

So it is with profound humility and gratitude that we salute all of our readers, without whom we never would have been able to make it this far.

It truly has been an honour and privilege, and with your ongoing support, we pledge to continue providing quality coverage for many more years to come!

Simon Ducatel is the editor of the Sundre Round Up.