Day has come to move Enterprise into the future

Miriam Nelson

As I look over the columns I’ve had the opportunity to write over the past three years I notice nostalgia and changing times seem to take up equal space. I’d like to think that this is how we should live life — honoring the past and embracing the future.

While I wade through the archives to find what best reflects that moment in time for the Years Gone By column it’s like taking a step back in time to another world some of which once belonged to me and other years so far back no one is alive to remember.

When I joined up with the Shawano Leader and the Oconto County Times Herald, it was so I could position my papers to be ready for the future. Now that day has come.

Being able to offer expanded coverage and offer advertisers greater access to the online business model that is becoming the norm is what I had hoped for but knew I couldn’t accomplish on my own. Reporting stories as they happen was a dream only known by people in television. Now with a live website we’ll be able to do stories for both our print and online readers.

I know we’ll have a few bumps along the way, but I survived the ones I hit when I first took over the Enterprise and when I started Your Community Shopper.

So much has changed in the past 11 years. Time has alternately sped by and crawled at a snail’s pace. Clearly, I’m just here for the ride.

For some, it’s not easy to embrace change. Either it’s scary for them or they just haven’t done it enough to be comfortable with it.

I’m fortunate I have had many chances to embrace change. There was a time in my life when I wouldn’t have referred to those chances as “fortunate” and I would have thrown in an extra “many” or two, or three in that statement.

For now, I have an advantage of having lived through some major and minor changes and to my surprise, nothing has killed me.

By moving back home, I now have the opportunity to get involved in helping others preserve the past that I cherish and to look ahead to where we will be and how will we change in the next five to 10 years.

Miriam is the editor of the Wittenberg Enterprise & Birnamwood News