…by Anura Guruge
1. Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2012.
2. The Unique All Black Old Railway Semaphore Signals in Alton
>>— Nov. 22, 2012.
The annual Christmas tree lighting in Alton, for 2012, will be on Saturday, December 1, 2012.
You will NOT find that crucial piece of information in the press release that was put out, about the tree lightning, by the Alton ‘Parks and Recreation’ department — the same group responsible for the poor, abused railway semaphore signals at Alton Bay (not to mention the unscheduled fireworks on ‘Old Home Day). Yes, they put out a press release WITHOUT the day and ‘The Baysider‘, as ever obliging, printed it, verbatim, on Thursday, November 22, 2012 — assuming that all interested parties must have ESP.
Here check it out if you find it hard to believe that somebody could put out a press release for an event WITHOUT mentioning when it was taking place!
Yes, Josh Spaulding, my friend, the esteemed editor of ‘The Baysider‘ should have checked and fixed it. But, to be fair to Josh, he really is beyond busy and rushed — and he doesn’t have that many qualified staff to help him. So I am loath to blame Josh. He really tries so hard to please all and works like a crazy person. [He is the only person that I know who makes me feel as if I am idle].
It is not just Josh. All the Editors that work for ‘Salmon Press‘ do this — i.e., publish press releases without checking them. A couple years ago I was appalled to read a press release in the Wolfeboro, ‘Granite State News, by a local artist who claimed to be a ‘voyeur‘! Voyeurism is a felony in NH. So here we have a newspaper printing a statement where somebody claims to be a voyeur. I was perturbed enough to e-mail the editor and ask him whether he noticed it. He said he did, but was too busy to clarify or change it. So he just printed it. As far as I know the Wolfeboro or Alton police never investigated this. Hhhhmmm.