Last summer, a relative visited us and commented about the number of newspapers we have delivered to our home each week. He jokingly said that if we didn’t subscribe to so many newspapers, we could afford dish, or cable, or whatever people subscribe to in order to get hundreds of channels. My wife and I both responded that we are able to keep up on world and national news without a special television package, thanks to newspapers and regular TV, and we also subscribe to a couple of news magazines including Time and The Week. These subscriptions allow us to read up on the news when it’s convenient for us — and in the quiet of our home.
I also mentioned in that conversation that without newspaper subscriptions, we wouldn’t know what was going on locally, which is also very important to us. Thanks to subscriptions to the Quad City Times and The Dispatch, we keep up with life in the Quad Cities and surrounding area. By subscribing to the Kewanee Star Courier, The Geneseo Republic, and The Galva News, we know of most of the events happening in Henry County, and we attend many of them. Finally, by subscribing to the Bureau County Republican, we keep up with the happenings in Bureau County and Princeton. Thanks to my parents giving me a free six-week trial subscription to the BCR a number of years ago, I’ve been hooked ever since!
We live outside of Geneseo, and are close to the Quad Cities, which is nice, but sometimes we like a little slower pace and a diversion from the norm, especially since I teach in the Quad Cities. And that’s one reason why we like to visit Princeton occasionally. In some ways, Princeton is a lot like Geneseo, and we like calling Geneseo home, but Princeton, for us, anyway, is kind of a special destination not far from home.
Last August, I read in the BCR about the Princeton Coffeehouse at the Open Prairie Church and a singer named Danny Schmidt. The article and singer profile intrigued me, so my wife and I headed to Princeton to hear the singer. He was excellent, and we would not have known about him without reading the BCR. Since then, we have attended a number of Princeton coffeehouse performances this season, and we have never been disappointed. In fact, we look forward to the different concerts as a sort of date night — first eating supper in one of several Princeton or Sheffield restaurants, and then heading to the concert, sometimes even bringing friends along. We head home later that night feeling like we’ve been on some kind of mini-vacation.
I have to admit, I don’t know much about what’s on television these days. I don’t know one reality show from another, and I couldn’t even watch the Super Bowl this year because we don’t get the channel it was aired on. But, ask me what’s happening in Scott County, Iowa, or Rock Island, Henry, Stark or Bureau counties, and I could tell you, partly due to the excellent coverage of local newspapers, including the BCR.