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News travels fast

This week is the first week of our new online format for the Enterprise. Obviously, here at the newspaper office we’re pretty proud of the product we put out each week, and we want you to read it (or at least look at the pictures, like most of you do).

We are now limiting the content we put on our website. But (never fear!) we are also giving you some options.

If you like to read your paper online, consider our e-Edition. It’s a complete copy of the newspaper—all the articles, photos and ads on every single page, just like the print edition. And now it’s new and improved—and uploaded on Wednesdays—so you can easily read it on your iPhone, iPad, desktop computer, etc.

And it’s only the price of a local subscription. (Unless you already have a subscription, then we’ll throw in a deal for you.)

But for you old schoolers like me, you still like the feeling of the paper between your fingers, the smell of a freshly printed newspaper and the occasional black ink smears from the newsprint all over your hands. We’re proud to say we’ve put out a print edition for the last 113 years, and we’re not going to stop now!

That’s why a few years ago we started our Enterprise Flies Around the World feature. Sure, you could take your mobile device anywhere and read the newspaper, but we wanted to see how far the print edition of the Enterprise could go.

Turns out news really does travel fast around here!

Since our first Around the World in January 2010, we’ve had 127 features published in the newspaper, with dedicated newspaper readers showcasing their travel destinations by taking photos with the Enterprise and sharing their travel tips and tricks.

We have traveled outside the U.S. to 31 different countries, and in America we’ve been to 25 states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

And those are just the ones featured in photos, not to mention where the Enterprise has gone during airport layovers, road trips and cruises.

We’ve been to almost all the continents (If you’re headed to Antarctica any time soon, let us know!), and we’ve hit all four corners of the United States.

Mexico was the most popular foreign country with four features, followed by Germany, Italy and Canada with three each.

Our beautiful state of Colorado won the U.S. competition with 17, while California was not far behind with 14.

The Enterprise has seen the Great Wall of China, London’s Big Ben, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, the Statue of Liberty, the Amazon River, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Stonehenge in England, the Eiffel Tower in France, Victoria Falls in Zambia and the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

In the past three and a half years, we’ve climbed a mountain in Norway, floated down the canal in Venice, toured castles in Ireland and Spain, visited Greek ruins, explored the land down under, fished in Canada, worked the corn fields of Nebraska and sailed in South America.

With the sunblock and walking shoes along for the ride, we’ve learned the best places to eat, the best places to stay and the best places to sightsee.

A big thank you—gracias, merci, takk, danke—to all of our loyal Enterprise readers. We’ve been around the world and back and can’t wait to see where we go next!

Holyoke Enterprise August 15, 2013