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I've spent the past few weeks removing names from the birthday lists The News have maintained for many years.
The roster of birthdays run on Thursday's Page 2B and while we've tried out best to keep it updated, it's not always been as high a priority as it should have been.
That changed a few weeks ago when I was politely raked over the coals by a woman whose husband's name was still on the list a year after he died.
So, I spent portions of two weekends going through obituary lists one, two and three years back, checking dates of birth and removing the names of people who had died from our lists of weekly birthdays.
A week later, I went back and added the names of 2008 newborns from the area whose parents had placed birth announcements in the paper. We'll be doing similar updates each month in hopes of keeping the information updated.
For those of you who regularly check our birthday lists, please keep an eye out for anyone whose names need to be removed or added. Not every obituary we publish includes a date of birth - though most do - so I no doubt missed some names. Also, I'm sure there are birth announcements going back farther than a year that haven't been included. You can e-mail names to be added or removed to email@example.com.
Working alone in the office, I found the job of pulling off names of the dead rather sobering. It felt like I was erasing a final record of their lives, at least as far as the newspaper was concerned. I knew some of the people. Others were strangers. But they were someone's loved ones and, most likely, readers.
As a community newspaper, we cover our readers from the cradle to the grave, quite literally. We print birth announcements and cover major events in people's lives, high school and college graduations, marriages, their kids' births and finally, their deaths. Along the way, we share good and bad news, promotions, accidents, arrests and other things that make news.
In the great scheme of newspaper duties, maintaining our birthday lists may not be the most important, but it's still something we need to keep up on. Our pledge is to do that. Any help you can provide is appreciated.
Flying Tell City's Colors
Several people have noticed the Tell City flag flying above The News office for the past few weeks. As a reminder to readers, flags and other merchandise can be purchased at the Tell City Historical Society Museum Sunday afternoons, offices of the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau and the following merchants, William Tell Antiques, Gatherings, Celebrations and Tassels Fine Gifts.
The commemorative sesquicentennial coins have sold out and the number of small "garden-sized" flags is shrinking fast.
Tickets for other 50th Schweizer Fest and sesquicentennial activities are selling well. The river cruises being offered Aug. 8-9 are drawing strong interest. Friday's dinner cruise is sold out but as of Thursday, seats remained for the happy hour cruise and Saturday's cruises.
Tickets for cruises are available through Taylor Tours at its office, located at 645 Main St., in the second floor of First State Bank. Office hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets can also be purchased by calling 547-2923 or (800) 258-9070.
Tickets for the Sesquicentennial Express, the passenger train car excursions to and from Troy Aug. 7-9, can be purchased at First State Bank's main branch.
For more information on the 150th anniversary of Tell City's founding, watch The News or visit www.tellcity150.com.