A message from Messenger Post Media...

Dear Reader,

We’re coming to the end of a year that has been filled with successes and challenges across our communities. We’ve cried together over the growing opioid epidemic that knows no boundaries. We’ve kept a vigilant watch on the prolific blue-green algae that threatens our beautiful lakes. We protect each other from the known and stand together when we’re faced with the unknown. We discover something new every day. But there is one constant in all of our stories that we want to take a moment to celebrate - and that is you.

We’re thankful for Messenger Post Media readers like you because you care enough about your community, and your place in it, to keep up with what’s happening around you. You are engaged and concerned. You have thoughts to share, and what we deliver to you in words, photos, graphics, audio and video helps you inspire or drive conversations.

We strive to be a trusted, local source for news. We cheer together on and off the fields. We support our schools and places of worship. Over the past few months, we created Messenger Post Partners, which helps to spread awareness, accurate information and foster action plans to bring together members of the community. We’ve been making great strides together with some of our new partners, like the Parkinson’s Foundation Greater Rochester and Bridges for Brain Injury.

We celebrate the community’s accomplishments and challenge its assumptions. You don’t always like or agree with what we write, and some of you tell us so. We respect and appreciate that.

Knowing some of the challenges of our industry, readers ask with increasing frequency how they can help make sure the free press remains vibrant. Our response is to recommend that they maintain their free subscription and full online access to the newspaper, that they support our advertisers (who, in turn, support our journalism), and that they encourage their friends and neighbors to do the same.

We are all grateful for a country that provides us the freedom to freely examine and discuss the important issues we all face. And we at Messenger Post Media are grateful for you and your continued support for our work. We wish you a warm, joyous, happy holiday season and look forward to continuing to serve you in 2019.

Jennifer, Beth and Rick

Jennifer Reed, Executive Editor

Beth Kesel, General Manager

Rick Emanuel, Regional Publisher