MOUNT VERNON — Today wraps up the end of National Newspaper Week which celebrates the theme, “Your Community, Your Newspaper, Your Life.” For millions of people across the country and around the world, reading the newspaper is part of everyday life. For Zachary Busenburg, reading the Mount Vernon News has been a part of his daily life for nearly all of his four years.
“I would read to him the newspaper while I rocked him,” said Becky Lawson, Zachary’s grandmother. “I read it just like I was reading a book with all the inflections and that would keep his attention and he would watch my face.”
Lawson, who spends a lot of time with her grandsons, (Zachary and Alex) said it is important to know what’s going on in your community and she wanted to instill that value in her grandchildren.
“I watch them five days a week and bring the paper with me,” she said. “Usually in the afternoon when Alex takes a nap, that’s when we read. I get the paper out, we sit on the couch and he’s already had the paper out and looked at it. He determines, mostly by the pictures, what we read. He will point at every headline before we turn the page.”
Although she does not ready every story to Zachary, they do read the stories she thinks are important, including the obituaries.
“He will want to know who they are, so I will tell him what their name is, who they were. I will tell him if it says anything about them or what they did and if they were in the military,” Lawson said.
Lawson scheduled a tour of the Mount Vernon News in order to allow Zachary the opportunity to learn how a paper is put together. In addition, he and his brother, Alex, were able to see the printing press run and learn how papers are prepared for delivery.
Derick and Jessie Busenberg are the parents of Zachary and Alex.
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