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August 19, 2013

Schools' literary journal faces end of run

Staff hopes to find new benefactor to fund it

NEWBURYPORT – As longtime editor of the Newburyport Schools’ annual educators’ journal, Impressions, retired middle school Language Arts teacher Christopher Dollas ends this year’s “From the Editor” prologue by with a warning -- this may be the last issue for the literary magazine, unless new funding is secured.

Dollas said he’s still trying to find ways to keep the journal operating but, at present, the prospects are not good. The literary magazine is marking its 25th year.

“We want to find a way to keep it funded. I’d like to continue to put out a hard copy every year,” he said. “I like the idea of it getting into the hands of readers in the community so they can pass it on to others. We’re looking for any benefactors who may be willing to step forward.”

The publication, which made its first appearance in the spring of 1987, was founded by superintendent Francis T. Bresnahan, who passed away in 1993. Dollas said it was Bresnahan who proposed to have a publication showcasing the literary works of educators in the Newburyport Public Schools.

“He had a tremendous appreciation for writing and I know he was pleased to see his idea become a reality,” Dollas said. “I know he would also be thrilled to see that it made its 25th anniversary.”

After being informed two years ago by longtime benefactor, the Swasey Fund -- which had allocated $5,000 a year to cover the journal’s publishing costs -- that it would no longer be able to fund the project after 2012, Dollas said he felt compelled to make certain Impressions would survive to see its 25th birthday.

“We just put out an online copy of last year’s journal to cut down on expenses. We deferred and carried over the remaining money from 2012 for this year’s (hard copy) issue,” Dollas said. “I at least wanted to get to that 25 year mark. It’s a milestone that stands out.”

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