Letter: We Deserve Coverage, Too
To the Editor:
A recent Sunday Valley News had great coverage of the Hartford alumni parade. I think it is great that you covered this or any local events.
I am the president of the Lebanon Alumni Association, and, for several years now, we have asked for you to cover our events. We have increased the size of our parades, and our park activities were phenomenal this year. Yet we still receive no coverage.
We always let you know in advance about our events and their times and locations. The parade is not our only event. We are a not-for-profit organization; we support our community in many ways. Each year, we award a $1,000 scholarship for four years to a Lebanon graduate to continue his or her education. We invite many not-for-profits to join us each year. We invite the American Legion to be our food vendor to raise money for its scholarship. The Upper Valley Senior Center comes in, does a breakfast and sells sweets to raise money for its projects. The Lebanon Kiwanis come in to do activities with the children. The Lebanon Congregational Church sells homemade pies and watermelon slices. The Upper Valley Crafters joined us this year as well. We had live entertainment going on in the park as well. Many enjoyed the day.
We are a pretty unique group. Only a few towns have reunions anymore. While some charge for participation, we do not.
Alumni Day is not just for alumni; Upper Valley residents show up from Hartford, Claremont, Enfield and many other towns. This year we had people from as far away as Alaska.
We are your hometown area, so could you please let us and the Upper Valley know why you choose not to cover Lebanon events?
Editor’s Note: As much as we would like to cover every newsworthy event, we are unable to — a problem compounded, in this instance, by the fact that the alumni parades in Lebanon and other communities are scheduled in the same time period as high school graduations. On June 15, the day of the Lebanon alumni event, our staff was covering five graduations. With this busy schedule in mind, the Valley News published a preview story on May 19 about the alumni parade season in Lebanon and other communities.