I'm ceasing publication of The Saline Post after five years. For various reasons, I simply failed to generate the revenue I required to continue publishing.
I wish to thank our readers - especially those who used the site to spread news about their organizations. I'm also grateful for the support of a few readers who provided monthly donations of $5 and 10. And a special thanks goes to Steve Whitener at Briarwood Ford, Walt Byers and Bank of Ann Arbor, Jill Durnen and Hartman Insurance and Smita Nagpal and Still Waters Counseling for their unending advertising support.
It was a challenging and interesting experience, one made more enjoyable because of all the great people of Saline.
Seven years ago, first with Patch.com, I arrived in Saline and announced I was the "new" newspaper. As people saw what I was trying to, they began to support my efforts. I am grateful for the support and help of Scot Graden, Craig Hoeft, Gretchen Driskell, David Rhoads, Carla Scruggs, Brian Puffer and the late Leslee Niethammer and David Holden.
High school sports was an important part of my mission at The Saline Post. I worked alongside so many great coaches and staff around Saline Athletics. If a school had one Carl Spina or one Scott Theisen coaching in their school, it should consider itself fortunate. At Saline, parents and students enjoy an embarrassment of riches. As much as I enjoyed working with the coaches, I want to mention that I really enjoyed working with all the people around the athletic department - the John Hellers and Doug Sopers and Nancy Crosbies. To the players, thanks for the memories!
Last month, I was laying in a hospital bed at St. Joe's, waiting to go into surgery for the first time in my life. One of the nurses I met was from Saline - a friend of Jim Peters. Then another nurse recognized me from The Saline Post. And then the chief nurse for my surgery came in, and he too, recognized my name from The Saline Post. Perhaps, it was just the anesthesia kicking in, but I suddenly felt very relaxed. With all these Salinians taking care of me, I felt assured I was in good hands.
Thank you Saline.
All the best,