This month’s issue of The Southwester comes just as the public school year ends, and we have lots of education-related stories to show for it.  We’re always grateful to all of our contributors, but this month we’d like to thank Meg Brinckman in particular for contributing four stories and several pictures to this issue.  One of this paper’s most prolific correspondents, her dedicated coverage of Southwest schools is sincerely appreciated.

For sports lovers we have a bumper crop of stories in this issue, among them a “Notes on the Nats” doubleheader, the Kastles’ triumphant return to the waterfront and neighborhood youth baseball.

We’d like to take this opportunity to announce an expanded role for our website,  In the past, we have often needed to shorten some submissions or even drop them entirely because of the space constraints of our print edition.  It also takes a considerable amount of effort to put together a print paper, but news doesn’t happen on a monthly cycle. Sometimes the stories we publish in the print editions are several weeks old, but we couldn’t get them into an earlier paper.  To address this, we’re going to start publishing our stories online as soon as we are able, and without cutting them down.  This means you can read unabridged stories online, and even access The Southwester on your smartphone.

To be clear, nothing will happen to the paper version of The Southwester – we will still produce a paper issue each month. But if you prefer to read your news online or don’t want to wait for a monthly paper, then check out  We hope you’ll like it.

As always, we appreciate your input and involvement. If you have an hour or two a month to help with writing or editing, contact us at

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