We've just had another meeting of the History book committee and reports are that we're behind in our goals. We only have two and a half months left to get all of the stories into the publisher and that means that we're hoping to have all of the stories in pronto … meaning as soon as possible. We've only had about four hundred stories into the computers, and that means we're far short of the number that we're expecting. It should be twice that amount. So we've got a long way to go.
We realize that many of you have been waiting for your families to help you out with your story, and sometimes it isn't that easy. Some of your children aren't readily available, and you're not certain just what they'd like put in our history book. There seems to be many reasons, or excuses, for putting off the job. But we would really like to have your story in the book. This will be your only chance. The next history book may not pick up where we left off, for another twenty-five years.
One thing that we'd like you to know is that we've had some really good stories coming in. Many of these stories are from former residents. Some of them are from families that missed the opportunity to have their story in "The Yesteryears", simply because they put off the writing of it until it was too late to have it included. We don't want that to happen to you this time, but we can't extend the final date for receiving stories because we want the book to be available for the 100th Anniversary of the Town of Radville. Time is fast disappearing. It is only eight and a half months until 2010. Once the publisher has the stories in, it takes a while for the galley sheets to come back to us. We understood that additions could be made later, but have since found out that it is going to cost $4.00 a word to do that.
Once we receive your story it has to go to a typist to put into her computer. Then the printed copy has to be checked and signed by three proof readers and passed back to the typist to make any corrections. Then your story is put on a disc and sent to the publisher along with the printed copy. All of this takes time. The last job we have to do is to get the pictures to the publisher along with the printed copy. All of this takes time. The last job we have to do is to get the pictures to the publisher, so there is still time for you to send your pictures to us. Don't wait to get your story to us because you're waiting to have a family picture taken. The pictures don't go along with the printed copy. They are not sent in until June 30, 2009.
For this time, that will be all of the information we want to impress you with. We need those stories in as soon as you can manage to get it done. Time is running short. And we surely don't want you to miss this opportunity to include it in our book. Just drop it off or mail it to box 746, Radville, SK S0C 2G0.
By Elda Henheffer