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TV producer Peter Marc Jacobson was recently mistaken for a fraud suspect in Vienna, Austria.

A suspected fraudster who went by the name of "Peter R." reportedly used Peter's image to deceive a Viennese woman... who was defrauded of 46,000 euros (almost $52,000). The man allegedly asked the woman to invest money in diamonds and gems.

The woman went to authorities with the photo she was given. Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger confirmed that authorities published the photo of Peter in hopes of finding him.

Peter is known as the co-creator of "The Nanny" and was married to the show's star Fran Drescher for over 20 years. They later co-created Happily Divorced.

When it comes to my profession, I am asked one question over and over. That being "Why in the world would you invest money in a dying industry- the newspaper business?"

I could come up with all kinds of statistical information or intelligent sounding answers, but quite frankly, the most sensible reason for me is that it is the only business I know. You see I grew up in the weekly newspaper business- my father was a publisher and a politician- and I have been in the newspaper business, mostly as an owner, for 99% of my adult life.

And then I must admit I really can't do anything else. I couldn't be a laborer. I can't pound a nail straight for the life of me. I have great difficulty changing a tire on a vehicle, let alone the oil under the hood. I'm at a loss with a lawnmower if it doesn't start after the first pull.

I tried once to run a retail store, but ended up making my prices too low to make a profit. Many said I should follow in my father's footsteps and run for office, but my shyness wouldn't allow me to campaign effectively. I did go to law school, briefly, but found the intense studying to conflict with my family life.
So it has always been to my fallback position- the weekly newspaper. In 2009, when I came back to Michigan from Florida, I purchased the Clare County Review. Then four years later I added the Marion Press. In 2015 it was the LaFayette Sun, and then a year later the Allegan County News, Saugatuck-Douglas Commercial Record and Plainwell-Otsego Union Enterprise.

But again, I get the question, only worded in a different way, "why your age and in these terrible times for newspapers, "Why would you buy one, let alone six?"

If you know your geography you will realize a common thread- all six are in rural areas. I have found people in rural areas still enjoy their weekly newspaper. They like to feel the dirty ink on their hands and read it from cover to cover while enjoying their morning coffee. In urban areas this is not necessarily the case. Everyone has high speed internet and many prefer reading their newspaper via tablet or cell phone. Please shoot me dead if I ever entertain buying a newspaper in an urban area. None of them seem to work anymore.

And I fully suspect the window for printed newspapers, even in rural areas is closing. Personally I give it ten to fifteen years. At that point, many of us who grew up with the newspaper in hand will be dead and the younger generations will have turned to websites to get their daily or weekly dose of news.
Newspapers won't die they just won't be available in printed form. Heck many, mostly dailies have already committed all their resources to electronic delivery. It won't be long until weeklies follow, that is if they can stay in business long enough to make the transition.

I have no doubt my little newspaper group will be just fine. My staffs are forever thinking about the future. We have terrific websites at The Clare County Review, The Marion Press and the Allegan County News. We have just launched a new and improved website at The LaFayette Sun and will be doing the same in a week at the Commercial Record. In a month the Union Enterprise website will follow.
We don't intend to give up our print versions. Those will be around for a good long time. However we will be devoting a lot of resources to making our websites a valuable source of information for those wanting local news.

The weekly newspaper business is no longer what it was in the 1980's when some called it a "license to steal." It really was the only game in town for many businesses who needed to advertise products and services. Now with the internet, all that has changed. Competition exists on every corner.
You can be assured, we will not be deterred. Eventually we will transform to electronic delivery but in the meantime we will continue to publish some of the best weekly newspapers this side of the Mississippi. For that, I give you my word.

In 2010, when the sparkling, new twin pad at Rotary Place opened, it seemed as if, finally, we had put to bed at least one of the recreational issues that has plagued this community for decades.

The stark reality, however, is just six years after Rotary Place opened, Orillia finds itself -- again -- at a crossroads of sorts. Should we invest money to prop up an aging rink or bite the bullet now and begin work to build a new arena?

Last week, Orillia Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) president Fior Tucci sent a letter to Mayor Steve Clarke and council urging the city to invest money in a new rink rather than pour money into Brian Orser Arena, the south-ward rink that was built in 1974 and is in need of substantial work in the coming years to keep the doors open. Tucci said the OMHA had to cancel some games and practices slated for Brian Orser Arena last fall when the arena was temporarily shut down. He said the facility is limited by outdated change rooms, lobby space and seating. The reality is the old arena is cold and spartan by todays standards.

Tucci and others dont want to go back to the future; they remember too well what happened when several previous councils spent millions and millions of dollars propping up the Orillia Community Centre before it was ultimately condemned, creating a crisis that forced the municipality to build a new arena.

Clarke understands the concerns. In an ideal world, he said, the city would be building an arena as part of the recreation centre planned for West Street. However, he said, without funding from other tiers of government, its a non-starter; the city simply cannot afford to build a new rink at this time.

So, here we are. Its Orillias own dejagrave; vu all over again.

As anyone who has tried to keep an old beloved car on the road or attempted to rehabilitate an ancient home will attest, its never an easy task. Its almost always more expensive and more difficult than planned. On top of that, its a case of diminishing returns -- something that became painfully obvious to anyone who lived here during the fall of the community centre.

As Tucci rightfully noted, if the old Gill Street arena -- which remains functional if not popular among todays players and parents -- is shut down, the OMHA would be behind the eight-ball. There is simply not enough available ice time at Rotary Place to accommodate its 670 players, let alone those from other user groups such as girls hockey, figure skating, Jr. C hockey and AAA hockey. OMHA officials say the current demand across those user groups can be barely met with three ice surfaces. They predict a fourth will be required within three to five years.

Despite that, money does not grow on trees and the city is constantly being reminded to spend wisely. Its a tough call, to be sure. The citys plan to continue to invest in Brian Orser Arena is prudent to ensure, at minimum, the facility can stay open, but only if its part of a longer-term plan to have a new facility ready before it finally gives up the ghost. And that day is getting closer and closer.

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