In the March 2015 Print IssueFeb 26, 2015 09:00PM ● By Pamela Johnson
First and foremost, supporting the Bulletin's advertisers will keep them advertising with us, which generates the funds we need to produce and deliver the paper to you free of charge every month; since we do not charge a subscription fee, advertising is our only revenue source. Shopping locally also helps the Bulletin indirectly, but also speaks to the bigger picture. We feel that buying locally is essential for three major reasons:
1. To Build a Strong Local Economy--Independent local businesses employ a wide array of local supporting services (attorneys, architects, designers, contractors, accountants, insurance brokers, computer consultants, waitstaff, etc.) Local businesses also carry a higher percentage of locally-made goods than the chains, creating more jobs for local producers.
2. To Ensure Choice and Diversity--Our freedom of choice is imperiled when a few buyers from national chains choose what reaches consumers. This may be only mildly disturbing for most consumer goods, but truly frightening when you consider the impact on our choice of news sources, books, music and other modes of expression.
3. To Maintain Community Character--Look at the results in any “Best of” polls—they’re almost always local businesses. We embrace the idea of distinctive businesses with local character, but often forget their survival depends on our patronage.
So please, whenever you possibly can, do business in Bellingham, with one of our advertisers, as often as possible. In the meantime, here are some of the articles you'll find in the print edition of our March issue. You can either click on the individual article(s), or scroll to the bottom and click on the PDF icon and you can page through the digital version of our latest issue. Either way, enjoy!
Oh, one more thing: Please remember to visit our website, www.BellinghamBulletin.com frequently for news updates, releases we received after deadline, and information we couldn't fit in the print edition. You can also like the Bulletin Facebook page right from our website--we're closing in on 1,000 likes, so please help us get over the hump! Thanks.
Peter Marano doesn't take over as Superintendent of Schools until July, but it sounds like he has plans to hit the ground running. Read More »
According to Alan Wheelock of Jones River Consulting, negotiating is not just a business skill, it's a life skill. His advice: Be prepared. Read More »
Test your knowledge of current Bellingham High Athletic director Dennis Baker in Ken Hamwey's monthly Sports Quiz. Read More »
This seminar, public by the Society of Financial Awareness to encourage women to involve themselves in retirement planning, was given both at the senior center and public library. Read More »
Local business leaders gathered at a recent Milford Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon to hear from our state legislators. Read More »
That the Bellingham Public Library offers something for all ages is evidenced by their March programming: from resume development to baby massage to a Despicable Me party. Check it out. Read More »
Learn some safety & self-defense tips, take a trip to Mohegan Sun and/or learn how to paint--all programs offered by the Bellingham Council on Aging Read More »
The Bellingham senior center is the lucky recipient of a generous $1,000 donation from Charles River Bank, based in Medway with a branch on the Bellingham/Franklin line. Read More »