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Party on the waterfront


One of the guiding principles of this newspaper -- besides good regional journalism -- is community service. In a staff meeting a few weeks back I was surprised to learn that some of our newer staff members were not aware of just how we go about delivering on that promise.

First, every week we produce the most comprehensive community calendar on the North Coast, which is distributed free throughout the county and available on-line. Second, we support all nonprofits in this region by making available our lowest ad rates and volunteering staff time to create ads. Third, there are a few organizations, such as Planned Parenthood and KHSU, we support with in-kind services.

Although we have produced many timely special editorial sections over the years -- to coincide with the Jazz and Blues festivals, the Kinetic Race, or a significant anniversary (Dell'Arte, KEET-TV) -- we have never been a media partner for a major event. Until this week.

The Journal is happy to be a sponsor of the Humboldt State University Alumni Association's first-ever Paddlefest in conjunction with HSU Homecoming this Saturday and Sunday on the Eureka waterfront. There will be water-sport clinics, classes and booths starting at 9 a.m. both days, with races at noon Saturday. Don't miss the after-race party (BBQ and music) from 3-5 p.m. Saturday and the grand finale water parade at 11:30 a.m. Sunday (BYOB -- bring your own boat).

We would especially like to invite Journal readers to stop by our booth (the tall pointy white one) and meet some of our staff. Our editorial writers and columnists have volunteered to take a shift, so you can deliver your kudos and complaints in person.

I hope to see you there!



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