By Scott Carlson
The mail carrier cometh
If you are reading this issue of the Bugle, we hope that several thousand of you received the paper in the mail.
After many years of delivering the Bugle to readers’ doorsteps, our Board of Directors has opted to initiate mail delivery. There have been ongoing delivery problems over the years, frustrating both readers and Bugle staff alike. In the end, home delivery was unreliable.
To opt in to mail delivery, go to parkbugle.org and look for the Opt In! button on the left, just below the Bugle flag. It will take you to a page with a map of Bugle residents. Readers within the pink shaded area are scheduled to receive the paper via mail. Residents outside the shaded area can opt-in to mail delivery by filling out and submitting the form below the map.
If you prefer a more hands-on approach, send your name, address and the note OPT IN to Park Bugle, P.O. Box 8126, St. Paul, MN 55108.
The Bugle will also continue to make bulk drops to various businesses around town.
As we launch our mail-delivery program, the Bugle board is also gearing up for our annual fund drive appeal. In the weeks ahead, our campaign fund committee will be planning various activities to raise funds for the Bugle’s ongoing operations. Last year, our goal was $52,000 and with your generous support we came within dollars of meeting that target.
Starting this month, you will see the first of several testimonials from residents in the community on what the Bugle means to them and why they support the paper. Our first testimonial is from Pat Thompson.
The Bugle recently had a booth at the ParkB4 Dark event in North St. Anthony Park. We are pleased to announce that the prize-drawing winner of our $25 gift certificate is Robert Beck. Congratulations Bob.
And office hours
As you may know, the Bugle does not have a regular office. Our staff work from their homes. But in effort to establish a more visible presence in the community, our board is holding its meetings at the CoCreatz office, located at the southwest corner of University and Raymond avenues.
I also plan to hold some office hours at CoCreatz throughout the month. Look for updates from me on our Bugle Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/parkbugle/