Ken Brown is a horticultural consultant, writer and photographer with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a horticulture teaching degree. He’s taught a variety of courses and owned an interior landscaping company. A certified horticultural judge, he is a frequent speaker at horticultural meetings. His writing and photography have appeared in several publications. Visit his web site www.gardening-enjoyed.com and read his ezine “Dallying In The Dirt.”
The Brooklin Town Crier was launched in 2000 by longtime Brooklin resident Rhonda Mulcahy as a newsletter to bring the community together. She felt Brooklin was becoming divided between the “old Brooklinites” and the new. So she used her background in newspapers and design to create BTC.
The original newsletter had four editions with the first one featuring an aerial photo of Brooklin, unrecognizable today since the community has grown. Today it’s a bi-monthly newspaper. Enlisting residents to contribute proved an important decision. Who better to decide how to shape the community and its local paper than those living here? Over the years, local writers have shared their talents to reflect the area’s many interests. Some have earned degrees in journalism while others, armed with BTC bylines, have landed jobs with major newspapers. As the paper grows under its new editor Richard Bercuson, it also hopes to grow its list of contributors.
The paper has also showcased new developments. Most recently, Rhonda Mulcahy was elected as the North Ward Councillor for the Town of Whitby. Through her monthly Ward One column, she will continue to keep everyone aware of Town Hall happenings and the Brooklin Secondary Plan.
Brooklin businesses’ advertising has been the paper’s foundation, enabling it to be brought to every Canada Post mailbox in Brooklin and Ashburn free of charge to residents. With a circulation of 8000 every two weeks, it adds up to 192,000 yearly opportunities to reach consumers. There are advertisers who have been in the BTC since its inception because they know the paper is well received.
She is a freelance writer, communications specialist, business consultant, working mom, wife and regular contributor to the Brooklin Town Crier since 2009. She loves being all of these things and loves to write about them. Leanne's work has appeared in a range of print and online publications.
Past president of the Brooklin Poetry Society he loves local history and learning stories about life in the village. He appreciates a good ghost story as evidenced by his new venture Buried Horror Magazine at buriedhorrormagazine.blogspot.ca. He's a graduate of the University of Toronto with an M.I. in Library and Information Science. His micro-chapbook, Holding On, is online as a free download at the Origami Poems Project. A collection of poems, Elementals (IOWI, 2015) is available on Indigo.
Rhonda Mulcahy, Publisher
A third generation Brooklin resident, Rhonda lives in Brooklin with her husband and three children ages 20, 19 and 16. Elected in the spring of 2016 in a by-election as the Ward One Councillor for the Town of Whitby, her time is spent between her family, her duties as Councillor and the newspaper.
She has a certificate in plant-based eating from eCornell University and is owner of the Brooklin Run Club. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard Bercuson, Editor
Originally from Ottawa (nee Montreal), Richard has written for numerous publications with stints as a columnist, sportswriter, and essayist. His fiction includes short stories, which have garnered some awards including a national one, and plays. When not hammering at a keyboard, he works with Hockey Canada's national coaching program and is Technical Director for Oshawa minor hockey. Visit his web site richardbercuson.ca
Lover of puzzles, puns, and mysteries, became hooked on words at the age of fourteen after taking first place in a spelling contest. She writes poetry and pursues her passion for watercolour painting in her spare time.