Westward Independent

Sabotage turned solidarity

by Westward Independent
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When our humble local newspaper started facing some sly tactics from a competitor, it became a real test of our community’s grit and resilience. It’s a story that’s going to stick with me for a long time, a testament to what real teamwork and local spirit can do.


It all began with our newspaper stands disappearing. These weren’t anything fancy, just simple plastic holders we’d put in stores, filled with the latest edition of our hard work. We kept replacing them, not realizing that a rival was actually trashing them to put their own publication in place. It felt like a slap in the face, the kind of sneaky move that goes against everything we stand for.


But, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining. The community’s response to this was something out of a feel-good movie. People on Facebook began sharing stories about seeing our papers being tossed out. That’s when we knew we had to do something different.


Enter Paul O’Rorke, a community Elder a down to earth community minded citizen who asked for he could help us be making us stands from the pallets our papers came on . We were very pleased as we would rather not keep purchasing plastic stands. He transformed the pallet wood into beautiful table top stands and used his home made laser burner for the logos.


They transformed those old pallets into the most incredible newspaper stands you’ve ever laid eyes on. This wasn’t just about craftsmanship; it was about sending a message – you don’t mess with our community. And the stands, they were a work of art.


Then along came Brian Edgar, a talented carpenter, and Ben a community member and metal worker. Brian crafted two beautiful standalone stands. and handed then over to Ben who cut out a metal brand and burned the brand into the stands, resulting in beautiful West Coast vibe.


What this whole episode showed me is that we’re more than just a bunch of individuals; we’re a community in the truest sense. We’re a group of hardworking, traditional folks – the kind who value honesty, a day’s work, and looking out for one another. And when someone tries to play dirty, they end up bringing us closer together.


To the competitor who thought they could undermine us – thanks. You tried to knock us down, but all you did was show us how strong and united we are. In your attempt to silence us, you ended up amplifying our collective voice.


To Ben, Paul, Brian, and everyone who lent a hand, we can’t thank you enough. You’ve turned a challenge into a shining example of our community’s spirit. These stands are more than just upcycled wood and metal; they’re a testament to what we stand for – resilience, unity, and the unbeatable spirit of our town.


We’re not just a newspaper; we’re a reflection of the people in our community – hardworking, resourceful, and always ready to stand up for what’s right. And that, my friends, is something you can’t put a price on.


If you would like something beautiful crafted for yourself from Brian Edgar, please reach out to him at 250-510-3795


Brian, with over 30 years of experience in carpentry, specializes in creating aesthetically pleasing woodwork, ranging from gazebos to decks. We are immensely proud of his craftsmanship and his commitment to the community.

With thanks,


Joseph & Adrienne

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