An elevator rockets me up to the 24th floor of a condo in Ocean City, Md. I drop my bags on the floor, open the sliders for some fresh salt air, step out onto the balcony, and enjoy the view from 240 feet in the air. I can see for miles. I can see the ocean and the bay, all the way into Delaware. I can take it all in. I can also sleep in air-conditioned luxury, or open the windows to hear the surf.
Progress. Modern-day progress.
Later on, I sit in a restaurant and gaze upon photos of Ocean City from about a century ago. I see the nostalgic wooden roller coaster with its creaky thrills. I see pictures of people eating popcorn, cotton candy, saltwater taffy, and burgers, and enjoying a smoke. Almost all are things that are now “taboo” according to our knowledge of healthy habits.
I also see in the photos far less crowding, with space to sprawl and to enjoy a more peaceful ocean scene. I am guessing the images come from a time before the area was “discovered,” or prior to the advent of affordable transportation.
The “good old days” versus the conveniences of the modern age we are in: Each has pros and cons, they are just different. The only thing constant is change. And change occurs once again at Recreation News.
Marvin Bond, our editor for more than the past decade, is stepping down to better enjoy his retirement years. While he will still be contributing articles and represent us to some advertisers, his time will be freer now to enjoy more travel and more family time. Words cannot express how valuable Marvin’s contributions have been during this period of phenomenal growth.
As Recreation News continues to delve deeper into the world of electronic and social media, two other changes are occurring. Amanda Williams, who has worked in various capacities for RecNews, becomes assigning editor, and Ellen Matis, who has managed our digital and social media, becomes creative editor.
But this is about more than just names and
titles, it’s about change. As our digital growth continues to explode with RecreationNews.com, GovPerk.com, our digital magazine, and our social media, it made sense to take advantage of opportunities that change offers and restructure in a way that better meets our needs today and anticipated changes in future growth.
We are delighted by the continued growth and excited about the way these new changes will allow us to better serve our readers. Sure, we’ll always have our print side for those who love to hold the paper in their hands, read it on the subway, or pass it along. And, it will have an even fresher approach now. Digitally, look for more photos, more videos, more ways to interact, and an exciting delivery of great ideas on how to make the most of your time off.
Our mission remains the same — that part is timeless. Our method of delivery, well, change is the one constant. Enjoy!
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The tall ship Sultana exemplifies the importance of Chestertown, Md., as a Colonial port and takes center stage at the Colonial Tea Party. (Kent Co. Tourism)