To the Spectrum:

As a near 20-year resident of Sherman, I have looked forward to the familiar sight of the Friday edition of the The Greater New Milford Spectrum in my driveway.

Now wrapped in an eco-friendly green wrapper, the paper is there for me to scoop it up and carry it in alongside the daily mail.

The Spectrum is aptly named as it literally boasts bright images and sharp, contrasted headlines, making its content inviting and informative.

And who can resist the news and accomplishments of our local citizens?

I first became familiar with the excellent staff of Spectrum writers on a personal level when I was the president of the Sherman Library Board of Trustees.

One of my jobs was to write publicity for the monthly art shows, and I had the pleasure of getting to know Editor Norm Cummings, and staff writers Susan Tuz and Deborah Rose.

I have always been grateful to the Spectrum for the coverage of the activities in Sherman, and not just the library events but those at Holy Trinity Church, the Jewish Community Center and other cultural hubs like the playhouse or at White Silo Farm and Winery.

When I became a full time resident, I read with interest the news of nearby New Milford, recognizing it as a sister town to Sherman.

Now, in my capacity as Sherman's first selectman, I am even more appreciative of the timeliness of a periodical like The Spectrum.

I have downloaded The News-Times app on my iPhone and on my iPad and, while I do use them frequently, there is nothing quite like the traditional medium of newspaper.

Congratulations, Greater New Milford Spectrum on your anniversary!


Clay Cope

First selectman

Town of Sherman