From the editor: Hometown news sees the ebb, flow of community life

The Milford Chronicle and, in turn, its loyal readership saw a lot of stories in 2016.

We were there when Police Chief Kenny Brown took his oath as Milford’s new chief as Police Chief E. Keith Hudson took a new step himself: retirement.

The Milford Chronicle was also there when the community cried out as the Milford Skating Center saw its last days in its downtown location.

Festivals brought good weather and extra visitors.

Elections allowed for new representatives at both the city and state levels, while other roles remained the same. Businesses new to Milford announced their arrivals like Cool Springs Cottage, Josephine Keir and Touch of Italy, all of which have other locations closer to the beaches.

The pages inside The Milford Chronicle saw updates from the new and upcoming Bayhealth campus, including a groundbreaking ceremony that brought Delaware Governor Jack Markell to town.

Notes were taken from a seat amongst the community at school board meetings to hear more about the tax issues from both residents and the board.

The Milford Chronicle’s Facebook page seemed to chuckle with readers when chairs were already lining the streets of Milford the morning of the annual Halloween parade. We cheered the community on as they passed us by that night while we snapped away with the camera.

Because the staff at The Milford Chronicle live, work and play in the same community as many of our readers, we paused in shock when The Towers caught on fire and when Milford icons passed away like Dave Hitchens and Representative Jack Peterman.

Successful sports seasons were found as readers flipped through pages of the newspaper, like when the Buccaneers brought home the bell after winning the Battle of the Bell against rivals Lake Forest.

Throughout the year, readers sent in tips, suggestions, questions and, sometimes, constructive criticisms — all welcomed tools we use at The Milford Chronicle to continually improve. In 2017, continued updates to the new health campus are expected, as well as highlights from city council happenings.

The new year will bring excitement through festivals, graduations and other traditional community fun.

It likely will also bring changes no one anticipates, as does every year.

The slate is clean; 2017 is here to stay. What story will Milford write starting today?

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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