Thoughts from the Publisher | Feb. 17

This past Tuesday was the day when many folks chose to celebrate romance and family love with those they hold dear. Although Hubby and I spent our Valentine’s Day evening at a Signal Hill city council meeting, it was nonetheless romantic for us. All we need for romance is to be in the same room, or at least the same building. If we can’t do either, we make sure we are available to call or text one another. With all of that in mind, we hope our advertisers and readers had a lovely sweetheart-type of day.
Moving forward with news about the Signal Tribune’s Sweetheart Sweepstakes, it is time to congratulate all 19 lucky winners- and to thank all the advertisers and generous prize sponsors. This year we received more than 900 entries. With that kind of participation, I know that we accomplished what we set out to do, and that was to entice our readers to visit local merchants, restaurants and service providers.

During the process of prize pick-up and bucket drop-off/retrieval, the staff at the Signal Tribune did some Valentine’s Day shopping and dining of our own. That’s what I call practicing what we preach.

I hope all of our readers are remembering to shop in their own neighborhoods so we can keep those dollars in our own shopping districts to help assure an upswing in our own regional economy.

I understand that buying online and/or out of the area is status quo for some folks and in some cases is warranted because we don’t have particular goods or services close at hand. However, I know that most of us do our best to keep our local businesses thriving by spending our dollars in our own neighborhoods.

Getting back to the subject of Sweetheart Sweepstakes, I hope those who entered enjoyed the process as much as we enjoyed putting it all together. Most of the winners have been contacted by phone, and their names are listed on page 18.
Congratulations to all of our winners, and again we send a big thank-you out to those businesses who donated prizes; we could not have run the sweepstakes without your generosity.

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