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Editor's Note January 2018

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With the new year off and running, it seemed like a good opportunity to introduce myself. Back in 2013, I walked into the Arcadia News and asked if they were looking for any writers. As luck would have it, they were looking for someone to help cover sports. I spent three years going to games, meeting coaches and getting to know athletes in the community.

In October of 2016, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to take over the reins as editor. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed getting to spend 2017 reading about the incredible businesses, events and people that make up our Arcadia neighborhood.

All of us at the Arcadia News are excited about what stories 2018 will hold! We’re starting the year off by looking back at an incredible accomplishment by the Spirit of Arcadia (Arcadia High School’s Marching Band and Color Guard), who proudly represented The Titans by winning a state championship. A new year also means new beginnings, and our writers have covered a variety of ways to start the year off right, from decluttering your home, to finding a new fitness workout and taking the opportunity to travel around our state for new experiences.

A couple of my favorite stories from this issue strike a more poignant tone. “An Equine Touch” is about a local church that is using horses to help change lives of people in the community (page 22). Also, this month’s Ask the Appraisers column shares a very personal and emotional story about the dangers of hoarding (page 21).

I encourage you to reach out to me with any story ideas, suggestions or feedback. Many neighborhood stories are made possible by readers contacting us. We hope you enjoy this first issue of 2018 – and thank you for reading the Arcadia News!

— Nick Smith, nick@arcadianews.com