Berwick starts online community newsletter

BERWICK, La. -- The Town of Berwick’s community newsletter, The Berwick Beacon, is now online.

The publication was created several years ago by former Mayor Emmett Hardaway and accomplished his goal of informing the community via monthly mailings, according to Jacki Ackel, co-chair of the committee in charge of the Berwick Beacon.

Today’s Beacon looks a little different in that it is an online publication, not limited to page space, Ackel said.

It does, however, still follow the format as it was originally created with a message from the mayor, articles about the town and community services, feature articles on former residents and lots of history, according to Ackel.

Visit the town’s website at and register an email address to receive notification of future quarterly editions.

Present and past issues are available for readers. While town residents were mailed a copy of the January edition, The Beacon will be available online only in the future.

However, those without access to a computer may request a copy at Town Hall, Ackel said.

The Berwick Beacon is made possible by the efforts of Councilman Damon Robison; town hall bookkeeper Karen Sehon; and Ackel, a former councilwoman.

Together, they collect items of interest from all areas of the town. They peruse the archives to find historical facts, and interview agencies and others in the town for informational articles, Ackel said.

The publication contains pictures of the recipients of each month’s The Beacon Shines award given at the council meetings. The publication also includes photos provided by Nancy Thibodaux, Ackel added.

Mayor Louis Ratcliff said “This is an excellent way to unite our town and to inform people. Berwick, like many other towns in our area, often has residents who were transferred here and really don’t know much about our town. This publication gives them a snapshot that hopefully will make them proud they chose our town as their home. Additionally, it will give the young people a glimpse about how our town came to be what it is today.”

Robison also is excited about the online publication.

“Many of us have family members who no longer reside in the area. Access to The Berwick Beacon provides them with news, brings back memories, and reminds them that home is still Berwick,” Robison said.

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