After more than 3 years blogging on this site, we've decided to upgrade the Beacon Dispatch blog to a more flexible, scalable site. Sometime in the next day or so, when you type in beacondispatch.com, you'll end up on the new site.
I started writing the Beacon Dispatch blog in 2003, and it quickly found a regular audience of about 7 readers (including my mom & dad.) All that changed when Nell Timmer, Jeff Battersby, Audrey Molsky, Deb Adamson, and I decided to publish a print version, and keep the Dispatch name, in June 2004. We had no idea how much Beacon needed a paper to call its own.
I'll also be signing off from here and start work on a new site, the "Hughsonville Dispatch", that will reflect life in our new home about 8 minutes north of Beacon (depending on the traffic on 9D.) Yes, we moved out of Beacon in November. My wife and I were looking for a bit more space for us and the kids, and we're very happy with the house we found, which came complete with a barn and 5 egg-laying hens. There's plenty to write about here, such as how to care for chickens in sub-zero temperatures (think vaseline on waddles) and how to use a "farm tough" chain saw to fell dead trees without losing any digits. If you're interested in hearing more about it, shoot me an email and I'll send the URL when it's ready to go. Thanks for a great 3+ years...