The first issue of Hanover Magazine hit the streets in the spring of 2015, just over two years ago. As the associate editor of the publication, I am thrilled with the vibrant and diverse stories we have been able to tell our readers in that time. The Hanover Magazine team set out to show – through moving words and compelling images – what it’s like to live, work and play in the greater Hanover area, and I believe we’ve done just that.
History is an important cog in the wheel of every community. On our pages we’ve explored the well-known and not so well-known historical gems in the area – from downtown Hanover’s stately mansions, to Hanover’s beautiful barns, 80 years of smiles at Santa’s Cabin and the role Mt. Olivet Cemetery has played for Hanoverians since 1859.
Inherent in every good story are characters and Hanover has proven to have a deep pool of people who are living life to the fullest and giving back to the Hanover community. We recently featured Diana Klunk, owner of Life Changes Boutique, who is improving the lives of women fighting cancer. We featured Gary Laabs, a man who is chasing down his third career – as a nurse – at the age of 76, and we told the story of Larry Johnson and his trek to the top of Mount Everest. This year we also named the magazine’s first Person of the Year, Christy Lucas, who is impacting veterans in amazing ways with her nonprofit Roots for Boots.
Businesses and nonprofits thrive in the greater Hanover area and we’ve told the stories of organizations that have been rooted in the community for decades as well as those of new, hip businesses just getting started. We shared the missions and work of both the Hanover YMCA and YWCA, as well as the Hispanic American Center and public schools. Reader feedback suggests that folks were also happy to read about local tattoo shops, the popularity of hot dogs in the area and Hanover’s bustling microbrewery scene.
Launching a new print publication in today’s technological landscape can prove challenging but the locals – business folks, citizens and government representatives – have made the task not only enjoyable, but also successful. We continue to seek reader feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can gauge what is working and unearth the stories that need to be told. Our pages are made more interesting by the input from those who live and work in the area. Thank you for helping us fill 13 issues with inspirational, educational and informational stories and images. We look forward to continuing along this road with you, our readers.
Kym Byrnes, Associate Editor