Sook: And Ye Shall Find just blinked, however, and reserved judg ment on whate ver I m ig ht produce. With such encouragement, I decided to tr y doing a week ly one-pager. So, firing up my laptop, humbly I leaped into the breach. On Friday, October 29, 2004, the community awoke (well, everyone but me had been up at daw n, or earlier) to discover copies of a new publication lying about in various locations. It was just a single 8½-by-11 sheet of paper, printed on both sides, in black ink only, to reduce cost. However, the paper we selected was a cheerful yellow, both to make it more eye-catching and to hint at yellow journalism. I called it the Island Flyer, as a little play on the word “flier” but also a tribute to those wonderfully swift log canoes for which Tilghman’s Island is still so justly proud. The banner had the name, a photo of Sidney Covington’s 1892 Island Blossom, a one-line statement of purpose, some contact information and the good news that the publication was free of charge. It looked like this:
The very first news item was this: “IN TRODUCTION. The purpose of this f lyer is to help residents of Tilghman’s Island learn about events of interest.” That pretty much said it all. Because the paper was intended for residents more than visitors, it focused on the activities of local organizations: the school, churches, fire company and, later, the environmental center and museum. In case you’re curious, the weekly cycle went like this. As information came in and articles were drafted, they were dumped into a two-column Word document that got longer and longer, like a sausage. When Thursday rolled around, the items were arranged and the sausage was snipped off at the right point, saving the rest of the material for possible use in a later issue. Then I stepped into a phone booth, doffed my civvies and became Pressman! Typically, we ran 600 impressions, 300 sheets printed on both sides. We purchased the 24-pound yellow paper by the case, and ink came from low-cost online sources; each issue ran about $25 for supplies.
Tidewater Times April 2018