From the Publisher - Betsy Judge, Island Reporter Newspaper


People often seem shocked when December looms and they realize another year is almost over. We don’t seem to notice time marching on in daily or weekly increments, but as turkeys give way to December holiday trimmings, and it’s time for last minute shopping and New Year’e Eve is imminent, it hits us between the eyes.

For people with children, watching them grow and buying larger clothes must be a frequent reminder of time flying by. For the rest us, it is more subtle and might take the passing of another birthday to cause us to pause and consider it during the year.

The awareness of time passing can make some people melancholy, but it is hard to get into a funk when there is so much going on and so many extra, fun things to squeeze into the daily schedule. I get excited just figuring out when to put up our Christmas tree and decorate the house.

This special holiday shopping and parade issue may be helpful when it comes to managing what time you have left in 2014. It is packed with news and information about upcoming events including a special 2014 Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Guide on page 16. Check out the stories on shopping to figure out a “route of march” when it comes time to get those holiday gifts. You can find one-of-a-kind, unique offerings in the shops on the beaches or in the stores that are now open in the Sundial.

Happy holidays and happy December.