It's almost that time of year again. It's time to make a difference.
The fourth Saturday in October is just around the corner, and that means it is time for another Make A Difference Day. The event is sponsored locally by the Tribune Chronicle and nationally by the USA Weekend Magazine.
Several projects already have been registered. Last year's event saw about 70 projects from various organizations completed. We want this year to be even better, especially since it marks the newspaper's 10 anniversary of involvement with Make A Difference Day.
It's easy to get involved. Just go to our website at tribtoday.com and click the Make A Difference Day button. Once there, you can see what is going on. You can check out what projects are planned, or you can volunteer or register a project.
We have been quite successful over the years, and, county-wide, the community has been very supportive. Volunteers have turned out by the hundreds.
In 2003, the first year projects were coordinated by the newspaper, USA Weekend honored the local Make A Difference Day with $10,000 for being one of the 10 best projects in the country. In the past, the Associated Press Society of Ohio has recognized the event as one of the 10 best community service projects in the state. In 2006, the event was chosen as a national ''Encore Award'' winner by USA Weekend and received another $10,000.
We are proud to sponsor the event. And don't forget about the Cornhole Tournament. It's a fairly new addition to the special day, as participants and others fill the lawn at Courthouse Square for the competition. It all gets wrapped up with a free, Tribune-sponsored picnic at the Warren Community Amphitheatre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided, along with side dishes.
Another development at the newspaper is our new CU (see-you) site.
We upgraded the online photo gallery service because the new program is more powerful, easier to navigate and generally more user-friendly. Its updated software should allow for a more pleasant experience for users.
To get to CU, just go our website at tribtoday.com and click on CU in the menu at the top. Once there, you can view or purchase photos taken by Trib staffers.
The most noticeable change is that users will only see the newspaper's photos, but submissions from the public will not appear anymore.
One other popular event sponsored by the newspaper and worthy of mention is the Taste of Home Cooking School. It is on Tuesday at the Packard Music Hall.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and pre-show activities start at 6. Participants will receive a gift bag with coupons and samples, and also can register for door prizes.
Robinson is editor of the Tribune Chronicle. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org