Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00
Hopefully, in another 60 years, the Mineola American will still be covering local news and there’ll be a 120th anniversary edition available for residents. I’ll be 85.
But let’s not think too far into the future. Let’s start with the past, specifically Sept. 4, 1952, the first edition of the local weekly.
Founders Lou and Grace Sanders, fixtures in the community then and now, created a mainstay in the village that has seen its fair share of ups (schools opening, local residents attaining public office, etc.) and sadly, a few downs (9/11, hurricanes and school closings). But that didn’t change the strong local vibe of the paper as well as the community and in this journalist’s opinion, it never will.
Lou and Grace continued to push and the end result marks six decades of news coverage that will live on for years to come. Cheers to the Sanders for starting the paper and cheers to Mineola for being a hotbed, providing juicy news copy for this fellow editor to chronicle.
I’d like to thank former editor Joe Rizza, who started the historical news timeline that was published in 2002, for giving me a starting point when I took on continuing the timeline for the 2012 Guide To Mineola. I would also like to thank the Mineola Historical Society for providing great photos and information and Adelphi junior and Anton Newspapers intern Stephen Levine for assisting in the editing process. And, of course, thanks go out to Lou and Grace Sanders for telling their story for the feature article, and to page designer Sheila Ferrari for the layout. Roseann Peritore and Lou brought in some great advertisers who we thank very much for supporting the supplement.
I hope the guide inserted in this issue serves the paper and the village well. I want residents to enjoy their look back in time while knowing the village will have its official paper continue to hit newsstands and doorsteps with local news sure to be included in the next timeline.