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A Letter From The News Director, December 2022

Updated: Dec 19, 2022


Hello everyone, as we close out 2022 and move onto 2023, it occurred to me that next year will be my 10th year as News Director for the Beltsville News. Time has flown for sure. A lot has changed in 10 years. We have lost some wonderful writers and colleagues such as Baker Bill Raulins (Baker Bill’s Column), Evelyn Adkins (our longtime treasurer), Ingeborg Carsten-Miller (one of Beltsville’s many wonderful poets), Gary Bauchan (Scoutmaster and author of many stories about the scouts) and Barbara Schofield (The Beltsville Young at Heart Club column). We have seen many changes such as the closing of Behnke’s Nursery, the closure of Old-Line Bistro (and subsequent reopening as Lax Wine and Spirits) and TJ’s of Calverton, and the repaving of Powder Mill Road. We have also seen the formation of new community groups that such as Resident’s for a Better Beltsville, Beltsville Community Cats, and UpStage Artists.

The Beltsville News itself has changed a lot in the last 10 years as well. We have gone online with a website, social media outreach, and (perhaps the biggest change) we stopped home delivery. We have managed to come into the 21st century in many ways. We survived a pandemic, something most of us never thought we would see. We have added several reoccurring columns such as Tech Sense, The Kitty Post, and Jason’s Jive.

I look back on these past 10 years with great fondness. My first article that I edited was titled Kingdom United International Church in Beltsville to Hold Community Outreach Event. It was short, just 377 words, but it was the first. I look forward to what the future brings to Beltsville and its residents. I want to thank all of our readers and supporters who have contributed to our success over the last 10 year. Have a wonderful holiday season.

Sincerely,

Rick Bergmann

News Director, The Beltsville News

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