The Littleton Independent is celebrating turning 125 this year in a variety of ways, and one of them includes, we hope, all of you.
We’re working on a commemorative issue, and the theme is “Through Their Eyes.” That means everyone with memories of the Littleton Independent, from days gone by to recent events. Did you deliver the paper as a kid, or perhaps you were featured in a story? Take this lovely example from Kathy Erwin Hunter:
“I grew up here in Littleton and raised my family here, and I have many, many memories of this wonderful small-town newspaper. My father, Walter S. Erwin, started his law practice on Main Street in downtown Littleton in the early 1950s when there were only a handful of lawyers. I spent many hours on Main Street with my dad, including visits to the Littleton Independent office, which moved several times as I grew up. Dad especially enjoyed talking to the sports guys, because my brother was an athlete and three-sport letterman at Littleton High School in the 1970s. The paper extensively covered high school sports then, and my brother was very often mentioned.
“I spent many hours cutting out articles about Littleton, sports, baseball and my brother while compiling a scrapbook for my brother’s high school graduation, and then continued receiving it by mail after I married, along with the Northwest Arkansas Times, so that I could put together a scrapbook for his college years’ as well.”
The deadline for submission is Sept. 5, so the issue can be ready in time for a major party that’s in the works for some time between Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 (details to follow), along with other community events and contests to thank Littleton residents for supporting their local paper.
“For 125 years, the Independent has been the historical record of the life of Littleton and its people - its successes, challenges, joys, sorrows,” says Colorado Community Media president and publisher Jerry Healey. “From the potluck to council actions to births, deaths and marriages, the paper has been a thread binding the community. We are caretakers of a grand tradition and exceptional privilege. With dedicated planning and community support, the Independent will continue to be the publication of record for its readers and a committed watchdog of its community.”
Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to Littleton Independent, 9137 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Suite 210, Highlands Ranch, Colo. 80129.