Friday, June 4, 2021

OCG Becomes OCP

A note from Jan Stover, co-founder of the Owl Creek Gazette magazine, on the evolution of the Owl Creek Gazette into Owl Creek Publications ... 

In November 2020, Don and I announced our decision to no longer publish the Owl Creek Gazette magazine ourselves, but instead to open up an opportunity for others by offering Owl Creek Gazette Business Licensing Agreements.  Such a business model would allow for not just one regional OCG magazine, but rather 50 OCGs (ideally one in every state)!  Long time OCG columnist, Shanan Strode, purchased the Owl Creek Gazette - ILLINOIS Business License and has been publishing the magazine here in Illinois since January 2021, returning the publication back to its original monthly format.

Unfortunately with Don's sudden passing in January, many of the business plans for the OCG were put on hold as I did my best to process and deal with this heartbreaking new reality and the menagerie of changes that come with the loss of one's spouse (of 41 years) and business partner. 

That said, during the last several months I have found myself writing a column for the Owl Creek Gazette - Illinois, titled "Creekside Memories".  Writing for the OCG-IL has been a positive way to bridge the original magazine with the new publication and business model and good for me personally too.  
I have also been writing poetry which I've found to be very therapeutic as I cope with my grief, sadness, etc... and I have been blown away by the outpouring of positive feed back and support people have shared with me as they read and relate to my words.

More recently as I've begun to clear my head a bit, and acknowledge the reality that I have officially retired from doing the full time work of producing and distributing a monthly magazine, as well as no longer owning and operating our Creekside Community Brew Coffeehouse (we also sold the coffeehouse back in November of 2020), I could begin to contemplate a number of possibilities and directions for myself and the Owl Creek Gazette to grow into, in addition to offering the Owl Creek Gazette Business Licensing Agreements. I could pick up working on the Owl Creek Anthology series, Don and I had started to publish several years ago. I could begin compiling my poetry (under the name The Creekside Poet) and work to publish a book of my poems ... ideas started bubbling up, all of which I believe would make Don proud, and would serve to honor him, the work we did as a team, and the life we lived together.

With all that in mind, a name change and new logo were in order as the Owl Creek Gazette evolved into Owl Creek Publications, now serving as a resource guide and clearing house for publications and products produced by and/or associated with the original OCG ... yes, the OCP is the official umbrella operation for all things Owl Creek related! And though Don isn't physically with me on this new journey, I know he is here with me in spirit and I hope you all will be able to feel his presence in the work of OCP too!

From this ...

to this ...

to this.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Sad News of OCG Co-Editor Don Stover's Passing on January 20, 2021

Having shared the sad news of OCG Co-Editor Don Stover's passing on many social media platforms, and in the January and February 2021 issues of the Owl Creek Gazette - Illinois, we realized the news had never officially been posted here on the website.  As such, we are including the Celebration of Don's Life program which featured cherished photos of Don enjoying his family, career, and hobbies, along with a lovely tribute written by his family honoring the man he was and the life he lived.  Don is sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

A New Business Model in OCG's Future!

 We are so very pleased to announce the introduction of a new business model for the Owl Creek Gazette  ... one that will not only help the publication grow, but will help create a broader and stronger Owl Creek Community across the country!  We will be offering Owl Creek Gazette Business Licensing Agreements which will allow for not just one OCG magazine, but 50 ... yep, that's one per state!  We're thrilled that long time OCG columnist, Shanan Strode, has purchased the Owl Creek Gazette-Illinois license (and we also have someone expressing a genuine interest in the Owl Creek Gazette-Indiana license as well)!

Shanan will be happily honoring current OCG subscriptions and all OCG pre-paid advertising agreements in the OCG-Illinois magazine! She also plans to bring the magazine back to a monthly publication, grow the distribution area, and continue building on the mission and message that first inspired us to begin publishing the Owl Creek Gazette back in 2011. 

Look for Shanan to have her first issue out in January 2021! We wish her well on this new journey and know she will do justice to the community she will serve! 

Stay tuned for additional details!

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Hard Truth of the Matter

 In late March, we had announced our decision to move the Owl Creek Gazette to a quarterly publication. This would have found us producing an April/May/June issue. However, due to the mandated closures of designated "non-essential" businesses along with the limited services (curbside/carry) and shrinking hours of many designated "essential" businesses, the number of distribution sites our readership may now pick up copies of our publication has been drastically reduced. Of the 100+ locations we regularly place the OCG, only 20 remain fully open with unaffected business hours and/or restricted access.

This finds us in a real quandary which takes many factors into account ... all of which come back to distribution availability. With the cost of printing, the time and expense of delivery, the inconvenience to our readership, and the disservice to our advertisers' investment that less distribution (and thus less eyes on their ads) would bring ... should we even attempt to produce a print issue until the mandated closures have been lifted? Would an online version of our publication be a beneficial use of time and energy? There is so much to consider as we wade through the muck and mire that has become our nation's new "business normal". Alas, the struggle is real ... and ongoing (coupled with Don's health issues as well).

Perhaps the best we will be able to offer in the coming days are glimpses into what would have appeared in this issue here on our website ... featuring our wonderful writers' work, piece by piece ... so please stay tuned. And thanks, as always folks, for your owlsome concern for and support of the OCG!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Owl Creek Gazette Co-Editors and Creekside Community Brew Co-Owners Share Their Unplanned Journey

Don Stover writes about his recent health challenges
"From Stroke to Cancer: Our Unplanned Journey"

We've never asked for help like this ever before... but...
On March 5th, as many of you know, I had a stroke. After finding myself on the floor of our coffeehouse, hours spent in the ER followed by an ambulance trip to St. John's Hospital's Intensive Care Unit in Springfield for continued scans, tests, blood work and eventual conversations with a cardiologist, a stroke specialist and, yes, an oncologist (some weird bone lesions had been discovered during several of the scans) Jan and I began a journey we never thought we would be on... a journey of fighting Cancer(s)…
We invite you to continue reading HERE 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Check Out Our January/February 2020 OCG!

New Year ... New Edition ... New Writers ... New Events ...
owlsomely blended with the tried and true message of our magazine!
Open up a copy of the January/February Owl Creek Gazette online by clicking on our Current Issue page!

Friday, November 8, 2019

YES! You Can Read the Latest Issue of the Owl Creek Gazette Online!

Just Click HERE to go to our Current Issue Page and check out the November/December 2019 Issue of the Owl Creek Gazette!