MAY 2017
Small Newspapers: Surviving for the most part
The following is an excerpt from a recent article published by
"Christopher Ali is an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia and a Tow Fellow at Columbia Journalism School. As part of that fellowship, he's been working with University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication professor Damian Radcliffe to understand the ecosystem of newspapers with circulations of less than 50,000.
These smaller papers make up 97 percent of the newspaper industry. Ali calls them "the silent majority," because in interviewing and surveying nearly 500 people across the small-market newspaper world, the researchers found a very different media environment than the one dominating the news industry narrative.

Instead of desperation, Ali and Radcliffe found innovation, strong community ties and a sense of optimism within these small newsrooms. These newspapers do face hurdles, but not the same clich├ęd issues as metro and national news corporations, Ali argues."
Another article from spins the message a little further:
"Even in rural areas, newsrooms don't exist in a vacuum; they're part of an information ecosystem that also includes libraries, community colleges, neighborhood organizations, civic nonprofits, and other community institutions. It's not hard to find overlapping objectives between these organizations and a newsroom that values engagement. And, although potential local partner organizations may face their own financial challenges, that's all the more reason to collaborate. Working around shared goals, cross-sector partnerships can maximize the impact of limited resources, leveraging them into more than the sum of their parts."
We invite you to read both articles to see if your thoughts align with theirs.
April showers...
Hopefully you were one of the companies that we were able to shower savings on last month. 
If you didn't raise your hand for the discount, (the link was the picture in the "volunteering" section with the raised hands) we weren't able to help you save money! Be sure to pick the correct link this month, and remember, pictures can be links as well.
...bring May flowers
The idiom "APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS" has been traced back to about 1557. First recorded in the United States in 'Colonial American Poetry', " Sweet April showers /  Do spring May flowers" was a stanza from a longer poem.
(Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, April Husbandry.)
  "April showers bring forth May flowers" became a common mid-16th century proverb in Great Britain.
The idiom became even more popular through the lyrics:          
Though April showers may come your way ,
They bring the flowers that bloom in May...
Composed by Louis Silvers and written by B.G. De Sylva, this song debuted in the 1921 Broadway musical Bombo and was performed by Al Jolson. The song soon became a popular cover by several Jazz and traditional Pop singers, and  was also featured in the 1948 film musical April Showers.
However rainy it may seem, April is not always the wettest month! In 2015, MAY was actually the wettest month on record in the USA as reported by NOAA.  An average of 4.36 inches of rain fell across the Lower 48 states, which is 1.45 inches above average for the US.  Some areas in SE Oklahoma received 28" that month!

Here in our neck of the woods, the rain just doesn't want to stop.  People think of our area as being "wet', but  Seattle has soaked up 44.67 inches of rain since October 1, according to the National Weather Service. That makes this October-through-April the wettest such period since record-keeping began in the city in 1895. The normal amount of rainfall for the October-through-April period in Seattle is 30.9 inches, according to the service.
Speaking of Mayflowers
The original sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth, England to what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts took 66 days, yet when the ship returned the next spring in the opposite direction, it only took 40 days.
Part of this was due to the fact that the first sailing took place over extremely stormy seas.
Another contributing factor was that there were originally TWO vessels slated for the journey, but the second one, the Speedwell, didn't speed at all well, and in fact took on water shortly into the journey. The passengers from the Speedwell joined those already on the Mayflower, increasing its load.
User Group
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For the benefit of new users, we've changed the cover page of our Quad-Stack parts manuals to reflect the fact that they are used for both gold 8-door and silver 2-door Quad-Stack builds.  Thank you, Brian M. of Dallas, TX for bringing the need for the change to our attention.  SIGN IN to see the changes.
Spring?  Baseball!  A few thoughts from a late, great announcer
I know it (was) the fans that (were) responsible for me being here.
Harry Caray
I   always tried in each and very broadcast to serve the fans to the best of my ability.
My whole philosophy (was) to broadcast the way a fan would broadcast.
It's the fans that need spring training. You gotta get 'em and let 'em know that their season is coming, the good times are gonna roll.
(words in parenthesis have been changed to reflect past tense)

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