By Andrew Macdonald

I am pleased to report The Macdonald Notebook is eight paid readers away from reaching our original March 2017 subscription target goal we set for the end of December 31st, 2018.

Launched in March 2017, I am also pleased to report we are again growing – hiring more freelance writers.

In other words, Notebook subscription revenue is being re-invested back in the company, allowing us to hire more writers and tell the stories that matter to Maritimers.

After doing job interviews as part of a search scouting for another freelance writer from Halifax, The Notebook is engaging George Greer to write compelling news articles for us.

George is a graduate of the largest university in the Atlantic, that being, of course, Dalhousie and a recent grad of the Nova Scotia Community College campus in Truro. His BSc from Dalhousie is in Psychology and his diploma from NSCC is in 3D Digital Animation. George also spent a year studying in Umea, Sweden while at Dalhousie and lists a robust travel portfolio.

He is on his very first Notebook assignment today (Monday), chatting with the PEI gals behind The Halifax Distillery Company.

They began in PEI by making of all things, Potato Vodka, and they now operate a popular rum and rye distillery in Downtown Halifax.

George is a Millennial – that is a twenty-something – who describes himself as a foodie adventurer.

His Halifax Distillery Co. feature will be published in our weekend edition.

Raised in Downtown Halifax, he also has strong connections to the NS South Shore, including a girlfriend who is from our fave NS town, Bridgewater. She is a chef at downtown Lunenburg eatery Lincoln Street Food.

He joins our summertime hire, Charlottetown based freelancer, Andy Walker – a very talented 40-year news veteran.

Our news coverage expansion into PEI – Nova Scotia’s first cousin – and the hiring of George Greer are only possible due to your single Notebook subscription.

Andy and George join our existing Halifax-Antigonish freelancer, another gifted writer, Brendan Ahern.

I am also pleased to note, we are also now in preliminary talks with a King’s Journalism grad living in Fredericton.

New Brunswick is important for our goal of creating a pan-Maritime media company, and also important since I have a few readers in New Brunswick, AKA, Fiddlehead Province.

Again, thanks for your subscription to The Notebook.

Because of your patronage, we are entering our second year of publishing – and we are able to hire other writers, and importantly create jobs for Millennials.

We also have two talented copy editors – who tend to clean up my news copy – unsung Notebook news heroes.

You can always send tips, comments, and we love ‘constructive criticism’ too – because that is how one improves upon their work. You can contact me by hitting the Letter to Editor button below this article.