We wish you a merry Christmas...

General manager Heather Williams (front) with The Echo team.

After another 12 months of providing great mulch... er, reading material, for Northern Rivers residents, The Echo is closing up shop and taking an end-of-year break to recuperate from brain strain, RSI and typo shame.

As always we got together for our class photo some people even combed their hair specially!

The Echo would like to send out a hearty thank you to those people who read our ramblings each week, the advertisers who pay our wages, the contributors who provide columns, the letter writers who entertain us, the walkers who slog it out delivering the paper and the gardeners who re-connect us with the earth.

We love producing this locally owned, independent, free weekly newspaper and thank the community for your feedback, support, suggestions and patience when we stuff up. We wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Particular thanks from the team to general manager Heather Williams for her leadership (and for finally giving us better paper stock!), and to outgoing editor Rachel Scollay for her enormous contribution at the helm this year. Also good luck to new editor Rudi Maxwell, our former sports writer, who returns in February to take on the top job.

We are taking a break and the office will be closed from midday on Friday, December 21, until Wednesday, January 2. The first Echo for 2008 will be distributed on Friday, January 4.


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