Estabrook’s life remains an inspiration at Journal

This is the time of year when students of all ages prepare to return to school, and whether it’s kindergarten, fifth grade, ninth grade or college, it’s a time of life-changing transition and a plunge into the unknown. For their families, it’s also a time to spend money on clothes, books, computers, tablets and phones, as well as any other necessary items that can change from year to year. So it’s a real help when area families can find support, especially as their children make the expensive step into higher education.

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, the Salisbury Rotary Club held its scholarship awards dinner, at which the club presents local college-bound students with $1,000 scholarships, as well as giving two $1,000 Back-To-School Awards for Vocational Education. This is their way of helping area families afford to send their children off to school. 

And for The Lakeville Journal, it is the night that one of our summer interns is honored with the Bob Estabrook Internship Award. For those readers who don’t remember Bob, he died in 2011 after a lifetime in journalism and serving his community in many ways, including as a Rotarian. He was editorial page editor at The Washington Post for about 20 years, as well as having held the enviable position of foreign correspondent and other jobs in the profession, before becoming the publisher and editor of this small-town community weekly newspaper. 

Even after he retired from the weekly work of producing The Lakeville Journal and Millerton News, he remained on the ownership board of the papers, and he continued to visit The Lakeville Journal every day, right up until the end of his life. He was generous in sharing his knowledge and endless enthusiasm for journalism, and life, with all of us, including and especially the summer interns, as long as he humanly could.

Bob also attended Salisbury Rotary Club meetings as often as possible, and was dedicated to the Rotary mission of service above self, and to meeting the challenges presented by the Four-Way Test Rotarians recite at each meeting. He also made it a point to attend Rotary meetings in many different states during the years when he and his bride, Mary Lou, traveled in their RV across the country. So he would have been extremely proud to know young people were being supported in their Lakeville Journal journalism internships by the Salisbury Rotary Club. 

Be sure to look for the byline of this year’s Bob Estabrook Internship Award winner, Quincy Cabot, who returns to school next month. 

Thanks very much to the Salisbury Rotary for their support of five deserving interns since the internship award was first presented in 2015 (one year, it was split between two interns. It’s always hard to choose! We have very good interns every summer.) We look forward to next summer’s group of interns, and to having the opportunity to tell them about the gentleman for whom their award is named. Bob’s legacy lives on at The Lakeville Journal Company.