The third edition of the Back in the Bay Magazine is nearing its Sept. 1 deadline for booking ads. Circulation set to begin Sept. 15.
Several of the columnists met in person Aug. 16 in the courtyard at 176 Lakeshore (former Tweedsmuir school) to discuss their work underway for the print product as well as the Small Town Times website. It’s a beautifully-landscaped environment for a casual outdoor gathering, with participants sitting in the cool shade of a tree.
Nancy Avery explained how her new column will focus on West Ferris and Lakeshore Drive history. It will be launched in the fall edition with the second part slated for December’s winter publication. Regular columnist Pat Madill Stamp and Phil Koning were also in attendance, along with ad salesman Gary Davison, and several others. RFP Media’s Richard Fortin dropped by as well.
Another topic included the free weekly email newsletter, Small Town Times EZ Read Sunday, which was put on hold for the month of August after 16 consecutive issues. Publisher Dave Dale said that it was usually sent by 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons but the focus and direction is being reconsidered and the new version is to be launched soon.
“Writing my weekly column for Baytoday.ca for Monday morning publication online, which started June 14, added a bit too much brain work to my weekend workload,” Dale explains. “I noticed it wasn’t being opened until Mondays by most of the 200 or so subscribers anyway. I’m now thinking it would be more interesting if I waited until mid-week so I could include links to the most recent column and issues related to Tuesday evening council meetings.”
Saved to discuss another day was how to best use the Facebook pages for both Back in the Bay and Small Town Times, which are primarily platforms to promote content and products. Readers and other supporters provided suggestions through emails.
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Writer, photographer and proud father. My mom’s family is from the Soo with its Algoma Highlands, dad hailed from Cobden in the Ottawa Valley and I spent my teen years in Capreol. Summers were at the beach on the Vermillion River and winters at ‘The Rink.’ Born in East York but Toronto never was my thing. Ever since a kid looking out the window on long trips, I imagined living on the highway in a little house with a big yard and trees growing all around me.