The Ups and Downs of 2011


By Lisa Pezzolla

As the clock ticks down to the New Year, we all like to reflect on the things that have happened this year. Whether they were good or bad, many events have shaped 2011 into the year it has been and these events will help begin to shape the New Year.
With that in mind, I’d like to just highlight some of the things I’ve mentioned in my columns this year, just to allow people to appreciate some of the things that went on in our area.
Obviously with the New Year, we brought in a new design for the paper, replacing the old red and black design with a much more updated and eye-catching design.
As always, we touched on how important our readers are to us and how we look for your response, whether that response was through phone calls, e-mails, or the good, ol’ fashioned letter.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature was not too kindly to our area, with massive snowfall in February, Hurricane Irene in late August, and a freak snowstorm on Halloween.
Despite those acts of nature, The Observer was able to bring many people some cheer in the light of awful circumstances.
None of this can even be said without mentioning and thanking all of you, our readers, for everything you have done to help out through volunteering time and giving donations.
We were able to help Samantha Bustamante, a young girl with brain cancer, fulfill her wish to get to Disney.
The Observer kicked off its annual Kentucky Care project, which helped many families. I am proud to say that I was a part of this project with Gino Montrone that helped out so many families stateside that needed our help more than ever.
As always, please stay connected. The Observer, now more than ever, is ever present through Facebook, Twitter, and on our website at
May I wish you all a Happy New Year and may 2012 prove to be a fruitful year for you and yours.

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