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A friend posted a photo on Facebook Friday night of a tiny, yellowed newspaper clipping.

The unfolded slip proclaimed her mother and father the proud parents of a new baby girl, born May 19 at Artesia General Hospital. Also acknowledged as celebrating her arrival were her elder brother, grandparents, and great-grandparents.

She was happy to have come across the clipping in her jewelry box.

“My Grandma gave it to me a while back,” she wrote. “Can’t believe this paper is 36 years old.”

It was a nice memory, with the added interest to me that the clipping came from the Daily Press’ Community Living (then Society) section. As such, I took note of the comments other friends of hers left on the post.

Most of them consisted of remarks such as “That is so cool!!,” “That is the best treasure your jewelry box ever kept,” and “How neat. I wish I had something like that.” But one in particular stood out to me: “They really don’t do birth announcements anymore! That is so awesome that you have that!”

I was dismayed to read that and decided to use it as an opportunity to say: We do!

It’s true that many local newspapers no longer provide such services. That’s predominantly due to the fact that a majority of them, even here in our area, are now corporate-owned.

The “Society” sections that once detailed everything from births and engagements to club meetings and ladies’ luncheons – complete with vivid detail of the refreshments served – have fallen by the wayside. Of course, that’s partly to do with the changing times, but it’s also to do with parent corporations viewing them as a waste of resources and something in which readers have no interest anymore.

But in close-knit, small communities like Artesia, it’s different. My mother takes her hometown newspaper from Ripley, Tenn., and those “old-fashioned” traditions are very much alive and well in their publication. I frequently enjoy flipping to the society notes to see that “cake, finger sandwiches, and Coke” were served at local club meetings.

As the comments on my friend’s photo made overwhelmingly clear, people still think items like birth announcements are “awesome” and wish they had such keepsakes of their own.
You can create them here in the Daily Press.

Our Community Living section remains dedicated not only to providing school menus, Senior Center activities, gardening tips, and recipes but to commemorating the little moments of Artesians’ lives – tangible commemorations that can be snipped out of the paper and held onto for years to come.

We offer birth announcements – and now offer parents the opportunity to include a photo of their newborn, if they choose – engagement announcements for those with impending nuptials to declare, wedding announcements for detailing the big day after it has come and gone, student honors, military honors, and many more.

It saddens me to wonder if the fact submissions of such items have dropped off in recent years is due to the fact people assumed the option doesn’t exist anymore. Forms for all of the above are available at the Daily Press offices, 503 W. Main St., and can also be obtained online by emailing [email protected] The publication of all of these items is free of charge.

And if you’d like to tell us what you snacked on and who came to visit at your local organization’s recent meeting, we’ll print that, as well. Our Club Notes section is always available – all it needs are submissions.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to create mementos for yourself, your children, your family members, and your friends that will be treasured by future generations.

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