Happy birthday America! It was 229 years ago that John Hancock, president of the Second Continental Congress, was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. Soon after, celebrating our freedom and independence on July 4th with fireworks, picnics and parades became firmly rooted in American culture. Be sure to check out the many events in the surrounding counties that will be sure to keep you busy this month.
This month also marks CRL’s two-year anniversary. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve in just a short amount of time. We are grateful to our many loyal advertisers and readers who have supported us along the way. We continue to evolve each day and our goal, as always, is to bring you a top-notch publication each month. Remember, we enjoy receiving your comments and suggestions. Please feel free to email me at the address below.
Perhaps one of our biggest features yet—a 22-page spread profiling 40 local businesses. Many you might already be familiar with; others might be a new discovery for you. I enjoyed compiling the information and learning about these great businesses we are lucky enough to have in the Capital Region, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy learning more about them as well.
Also in this issue is a section about children, with a focus on fitness, wellness, ideas on how to spend a rainy day and more. For parents trying to decide what to do with the kids this summer, there is a list of fun day trips, many of them in nearby Hudson Valley. If you’re apprehensive about taking a day trip with the kids, read Dr. Cale’s article before you pack up the car. He offers some insightful tips on dealing with the kids that will surely bring you peace while on the road.
Finally, I’d like to acknowledge John Gray, writer of one of the most widely read columns in CRL. On a regular basis, the publisher and salespeople hear how much our readers enjoy his column. For those who may not be aware, John has been writing our “Last Page” column for a little over a year now. His writing is familiar, conversational, easy to follow, and most times, you can’t help but laugh out loud. This month has got to be one of his best columns yet. Flip to the last page and see for yourself—I don’t want to spoil it for you.
On behalf of the staff at CRL, I’d like to wish you all a happy, safe Fourth of July. During your celebrations, take a moment to remember our founding fathers who made our freedom possible, and the many troops overseas still fighting for it today.
Mary Beth DeCecco