Dear Friends, supporters and readers,
I regret that I must discontinue the publication of Lebanon Life, after serving the residents, civic groups and governments of the towns of Franklin and Lebanon since 2011 as the publisher.
Due to Covid, the very difficult state business climate and the economic trend toward the Internet, Lebanon Life had consistently lost advertising revenue. Blessed by a fundraising drive and a PPP grant during 2021, I was able to continue printing and mailing issues up to Dec. 2021 at the cost of $1,700 per issue. This year those resources were no longer available while the cost of printing and postage both increased, so to serve Lebanon, I transitioned to the current online digital issue.
The Lebanon Board of Selectmen would not commit to support this publication after it transitioned to its current format. Very recently the Board decided that the town government would no longer submit content to Lebanon Life, believing that it no longer meets the needs of the town government as a monthly online publication. I’m sorry they did not understand the resource Lebanon Life offers with its ability serve all aspects of Lebanon, including the town government. Due to this situation, I am no longer able to provide inclusive editions for you. In addition, I have not been receiving enough financial support to continue publishing. Over the past months, the effort to obtain enough financial support took more time than to produce the issue.
To continue the effort would not likely succeed. Therefore I've decided to "cut my losses" and discontinue publishing. What happens next? I've been told that the town's online resources will be available to serve civic groups as well as residents.
Yes, the printed editions were ideal as everyone received their copy. That became impossible financially. In response to the digital issues, I received many compliments and appreciation for my efforts. I am proud and honored to have played a positive role in Lebanon and regret that I will no longer be able to continue to serve you. God Bless you all.
-- Dave Lyon, Publisher