Editorial: Put us at the top of your list when planning events

The holidays are almost here! Where did 2008 go? Thanksgiving is a little more than three weeks away and Christmas will be here before we know it. With the holidays comes a lot of extra news. We enjoy taking pictures of your children singing Christmas carols at school programs and decorating trees throughout the community. We have fun taking pictures of the generosity displayed by you and your service clubs.

Pictures of folks in the holiday spirit will be abundant this year, as they have in the past. To make all of this happen, we need your help. We need to know the how, what, why and when of each and every event.

As you plan your holiday events that are open to the community, put the News at the top of your to-do list. Call us as soon as you know you are hosting an event so we can help you get the word out. One of the best free services offered through the News is the promotion of local events.

Please don't assume we know about your event because it happened last year. We are the newspaper, but we can't promote your event if we don't know about it. Call our office. Telling us about an event while we are covering another event does not guarantee we will remember your event needs promotion. Our calendars are on our desks next to our phones ready to be filled with your events.

We attempt to photograph events as time allows. And, we happily run photos submitted by readers. If you see news happening and you have a camera handy, snap a picture!

We will soon create a holiday photo gallery on our Web site. Throughout the holidays, we will post photos on the photo gallery as they happen. Readers are encouraged to submit holiday-related photos to us that may be posted on the Web site. Photos in jpeg format - along with a brief description - can be

e-mailed to our editorial staff at gcnews@grand-canyon.az.us. Photo galleries can be viewed online at

www.grandcanyonnews.com.

Small newspapers are wonderful since they truly belong to the readers. Inside a small town paper, readers will find stories about themselves, their families and their neighbors. Everybody is or has a story. Photos and stories that are published are oftentimes cut out and saved to remember another day. Never forget that this is your newspaper. We look forward to promoting your holiday events. Give us a call at 638-9223.

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