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It seems that everyone has their hand out lately.
Barely a day goes by when you're not solicited by some good cause or another.
Well, let me join in the fun.
The good news is, I'm not looking to hit you up for any of your treasure.
What I seek is your brain and the thinking it can generate. You see, summer is just around the corner, and I'll need your help.
That last statement might prompt a few questions from you, such as, "Wow, summer is just around the corner?" or "Why would I help out a jamoke such as yourself?"
True, it is only the start of June and, technically, summer doesn't begin until the 21st day of that august month. June, that is: not August.
But, as far as I'm concerned, summer begins about 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, For at that point, assuming all goes according to plan, the high school sports calendar for the 2013-14 year comes to a halt with the spring sports finals, to be held at Liberty University.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Bedford Bulletin's sports pages, we put our primary focus on high school varsity sports.
We strongly believe such an approach delivers our readers with in-depth information on the three local Bedford schools which you will find no where else.
It's a genius strategy, however, only while school's in session. Once summer rolls around, the wheels kind of fall off the wagon.
In the wink of an eye (or the turn of a calendar page), we go from trying to fit all the high school sports news into our allotted space to trying to figure out how the heck we're going to fill all of said space.
That's where you, the valued reader, comes into play. At least, I hope so.
I need your ideas.
Specifically, I need your ideas for summertime stories which we might cover.
I won't ask you to write anything, nor will I send you on location with camera sturdily affixed.
All I'm hoping for are some ideas you might have about potentially interesting sports stories.
Even if you think that an idea might be silly or of no interest, it might be worth sending in for a kick of the tires.
We like to open things up in the summer. Sure, there's American Legion baseball. And there are camps for the wee ones.
But, we come nowhere close to filling our sports pages nor giving you, our loyal readers, a belly full o' sports.
In the past, we've run stories on topics ranging from a local horse-shoe champion to drag racing at New London. We've had articles on quick-draw pistol competitions and the best swimming holes in Bedford County.
None of those stories, nor scores of others, would have come to pass had it not been for readers giving us a nudge.
So, here's the invitation: Nudge away: email@example.com
Once again, I'm planning on running our "Photo of the Week" throughout the summer.
This feature has proven to be immensely popular. Rather than wait for the last minute, I invite photogs and aspiring photogs to send in your best sports or nature shots (or both). I can't promise you I'll run them. I can, however, promise you that I won't run them if I never get to see them!
So send me those works of art. You can email at:
Or you can mail them to me, the old fashioned way, at:
ATTN: Mike Forster
402 East Main Street
Bedford, VA, 24523
Any physical photos mailed to us will be retained in order that photographers may pick them up once they've been scanned for use in the newspaper.
And to all, my thanks in advance for your help!