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John Etheredge: Just married? Anniversary? We'll print your news for free

John Etheredge
John Etheredge

Our longtime readers may recall the little notices we once posted regularly throughout our papers to fill small spaces. The notices would read: “Engaged? Just Married? We’ll print your photo for FREE.”

And it was absolutely true, not so long ago we would print engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements – including photos of the couples – at no charge in our weekly Countywide section.

The photos and announcements were always popular with our readers, especially those with multiple generations of families living here.

Early in my career at the Record Newspapers, I can recall occasionally helping to type up wedding announcement notices when our typesetter would go on vacation. I’ll admit it, for a guy just out of college and anxious to write hard news stories, it was never a task I particularly enjoyed. Nevertheless, it was part of the job and provided an educational experience. For example, I remember being confounded by the word “bodice” that a bride or the mother of the bride had written in cursive on a wedding announcement form we provided. It was a word I had never seen before.

“What the heck is a bodice?” I remember asking to no one in particular at the office.

“That’s like the vest on a dress,” came the answer from the editor, and my vocabulary was immediately expanded by one more word.

But back to my purpose here. I’m very pleased to announce that we are again accepting for publication at no charge engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements from Kendall County area families. Announcements and photos can be emailed to us at news@kendallcountynow.com. Announcements will be printed in our Countywide section, on our website at KendallCountyNow.com and shared on our Facebook pages and even posted on Twitter.

Our readers’ active participation every week through the submittal of press releases and photos has helped make the Record and the Ledger the successful weekly newspapers they have always been. We invite our readers to once again do just that with their engagement, wedding and anniversary news. We’re looking forward to printing your news once again for FREE!

• John Etheredge is editor of the Record Newspapers.

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