This community newspaper is owned, written, produced, printed and distributed by Beaches residents proud to be celebrating five decades together. That tradition of local people producing a local community newspaper has been The Leader's hallmark since its founding.
A local newspaper, doing its job, is the voice of the community. It presents the universal store of information that gives people a sense of the place where they live. It is, or should be, the organ that connects people to each other and to the town or village they call home. A good local newspaper will also supply the institutional memory that gives the community continuity.
Bob and Ruby Scott said it very well when they introduced The Beaches Leader on page one of the first edition in June 1963. They proclaimed that The Leader would be "a real voice of the people, a newspaper dedicated to presenting all the facts, pro and con, on civic issues; a newspaper helping neighbors to become better acquainted with each other."
The Beaches community is a far cry from the Norman Rockwell village it was when Bob and Ruby founded The Beaches Leader, but our role has not changed. When we are deciding what to put in The Leader we are guided by one imperative: Provide the local news and information that our readers consider important.
Local is our beat. But we try hard to be more than hometown refrigerator-door journalism. Of course I would be disappointed if thousands of magnets were not holding clippings on thousands of re
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