Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Out to Lunch

I've been focusing my attention on my new job at WRFA-LP, which I started on July 18. Things are going well but between the job and various other side projects, I don't think I'll have time to keep up with this blog for at least the rest of this summer. More details as they are available.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, July 17, 2011

2011 Scandinavian Folk Festival

The replica Viking Ship "The Norseman"
In late June I was asked to help write/edit and distribute press releases for the 2011 Scandinavian Folk Festival, which wraps up today (July 17) in Gerry, NY. It was a challenging project because the organizers wanted to have the press releases appear in regional media outlets that I typically don't work with or have any connections with. Still, we were able to get the information out to plenty of news agencies, including a couple Buffalo area television stations.

Here's a link to one of the releases I wrote and distributed, which appeared in - or was used by - several media outlets. In addition to the media releases, I was asked to serve as admin for the event's Facebook page, which went over very well.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Chautauqua Star Column: Bemus Point - Stow Ferry

Here is the latest column I wrote for the Chautauqua Star and Bulletin Board newspaper. It involves the Bemus Point - Stow Ferry on Chautauqua Lake, which is celebrating its 200th year of service this year. Don't forget, If you have an entertainment story you'd like to promote in my column, feel free to contact me. Otherwise, here is this week's column.

Gravitations: 200 Years of Ferry Service on Chautauqua Lake

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, NY, July 7, 2011 - This weekend is the bicentennial celebration of the Bemus Point – Stow Ferry, so I thought it would be a good time to share my experience in learning about the history of the ferry.

It was two years ago this month that I was working on a story about the ferry for the Chautauqua Star. It was meant to be part of a series of articles we were writing featuring various destinations and attractions from throughout Chautauqua County.

It was mid-July and I went to the town office of North Harmony (were Stow is located) and asked the clerk if she knew were I could get my hands on a couple of past images of the vessel. Eager to help out, she said that not only could she show me a few photos, but she would also introduce me to the man considered the foremost expert of the ferry - Arthur Thomas, who happened to be working at his desk in the building that day.