CULTON: It’s the most wonderful time of the year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not Christmas. It’s Horizons time!

If you are not familiar, Horizons is an annual publication put out by Leader Publications to serve as a community yearbook for southwest Michigan. Our staff spends months selling and reporting features to tell the stories of our residents during the past year.

Now after months and months of hard work, the time for Horizons to publish is almost here. Mark your calendars, because Horizons will be published inside your newspaper on Feb. 27.

This is one of my favorite times of year. Sure, it may not be a holiday in a traditional sense, but I still get excited for Horizons’ publication day as though it were Christmas morning. There’s just something so special about being able to share something you are so proud of with the community, and this year, the community took the focus of Horizons.

With a theme of “Putting the Unity in Community,” you will find more than 100 pages filled with stories about the resilience our communities during the COVID-19 crisis. We will have stories of residents spending months making masks to go across the country, nurses who put their health and safety on the line to help others, teachers who put in extra time and effort to ensure their students got the education they needed and many more.

I’m not going to lie, putting Horizons together is a lot of work — even more work when in the midst of a global pandemic. However, being able to tell the stories of all of the amazing people in our communities makes it all worth it.

I hope you all will be just excited to read these stories as I — and our whole team — was to write them. While not everyone will go as far to call opening up their papers next week just like Christmas morning, I hope we can all agree that taking time to celebrate our communities makes any time of year the most wonderful time of year.

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Ontwa Township Edwardsburg Police Log: Feb. 15-22

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SMC COVID task force leader talks with Dowagiac Rotary Club

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Businesses battle over land use in Cassopolis’ Industrial Park

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Dowagiac Police Log: Feb. 19-24

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Mount Calvary Baptist to host COVID-19 vaccination clinic March 5

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Berrien County Health Department, Spectrum Health Lakeland give vaccination updates

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Lewis Cass ISD to host superintendent interviews Monday

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Michigan Works! to open office in Cass County administration building

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Dollar General, marijuana microbusiness, Iron Shoe expansion coming to Niles

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Silver Creek Township Planning Commission tables short-term rental ordinance draft vote

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