A New Year, A New Phoenix
December 30th, 2010 UticaPhoenix.net
Thank you for joining us for this special issue of the Utica Phoenix. January not only starts a new year for us here in Utica, but it marks the first weekly edition of the Utica Phoenix!
Of the mythical bird, it was said that only one Phoenix existed at any one time, and it is life span was 1000 years. As the end of its life approached, the Phoenix would build a pyre nest of aromatic branches and spices such as myrrh, set it on fire, and standing in its midst, the bird is consumed in the flames. After three days the birth — or as legend say a rebirth — the Phoenix arises from the ashes. According to some, the Phoenix arises from the midst of the flames.
Herodotus of Halicarnassus, the famous Greek historian in 5th century B.C. was the first to mention the mythical bird, the Phoenix, in 5 B.C. The Phoenix has a myriad of international references, Egyptian, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Phoenicians.
Here in the 21st century, the title of this publication is reference to rising from the ashes as pertains to Utica.
It is generally accepted wisdom that as goes Utica, so goes our region. So as Utica has struggled in the past 100 years or so, so have the surrounding towns and villages. Once a major socioeconomic and political center of United States, it is no secret that Utica has battled for decades to restore itself and its image.
Printed media is and has been a major part or creating that image.
Now in its ninth year, the Phoenix continues to bring in-depth stories that present Utica’s issues and citizens with integrity.
What began as a monthly community newsmagazine, the Phoenix was the only local media on the ground to cover the Inauguration in Washington, D.C., two waves of Congressional elections and broken numerous stories before other local media outlets.
The Utica Phoenix has continually gained respect and impact due to outstanding content and the consistent quality of our writers. A dedicated paper to the city of Utica, delivering compelling stories, hard-hitting journalism, and something that has been missing from the media in the region- space and words of our pages dedicated to the plethora of nationalities Utica is proud to call their own.
The Phoenix has, over the years, provided the MVLA page, highlighting our Spanish community. Most recently we have added Voices of Polonia page, celebrating the accomplishments of Polish-Americans in the building of this country. In our weekly paper, we will go further.
Phoenix editors are in the midst of conversations to add a Bosnian/Croatian/Eastern European page, which will show the accomplishments and offerings of this once fledgling, but now thriving community amidst the city of Utica. In the future we hope to highlight other nationalities, such as Burmese/Karen and Sudanese.
Going to a weekly publication has been an exciting opportunity. Utica is our home base – it’s where our office is, and it’s our city. However, now that we are a paid publication, Wolfe News Service delivers the UP to retail outlets in Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego and Madison counties.
The Phoenix is now available in more locations in Utica, all of the colleges, including Colgate, and the farther reaches of the Mohawk Valley such as Cooperstown and Booneville. Reaching out to more outlets and more communities takes not only dedication, but revenue, and we hope you will be with us in our mission to serve more locations, more people and more communities.
The Phoenix profile includes art, book, movie and music reviews and a powerful, diverse array of columnists and opinions.
Recently we established a campaign highlighting the things that make Utica great. We hope you have seen our column, “Why I Call Utica Home,” in which proud citizens write about the great things that Utica has to offer. Other area towns’ citizens may want to offer their reasons why they stay.
Plunging into a new era is never an easy thing. We ask our faithful, monthly readers, as well as those picking up our newspaper for the first time, to send us feedback, content or ideas. We are always looking for writers- people who want to share their story or view of Utica, or the area with our readers. We hope you will grow along with us and share a part of yourself with us as we have with you.
We are looking forward to this new challenge and to continuing to serve Utica in a positive way for the benefit of us all.
Thanks for buying the Phoenix and see you in the future!