Council member Tom Hucker (right) presents a certificate of appreciation to Source cofounders Mike Mowery and Mike Diegel. Photo by Trish Rimo.

About 40 readers and friends joined the Source of the Spring staff at All Set Restaurant & Bar last night for a party celebrating the one-year anniversary of the online publication.

During the event, Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5) presented a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the County Council and provided written comments.

“Since [Mike Diegel and Mike Mowery] launched Source of the Spring one year ago, the online publication has been an informative, go-to source for all things Silver Spring and Takoma Park,” Hucker’s statement read. “Having a solid source of local news like Source of the Spring is key to having a vibrant, cohesive community that’s livable and attractive for families, kids, businesses, workers and shoppers.

“Source of the Spring is a testament to Mike and Mike’s civic mindedness and dedication to our community. You can tell it’s a real labor of love for them. So let’s hope their labors continue for years to come and this anniversary is the first of many,” Hucker concluded.

Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jane Redicker also presented a certificate of congratulations to mark the occasion. Del. David Moon (D-District 20) delivered a citation on behalf of the Maryland General Assembly recognizing one year of covering local news.

Cofounder Mowery gave a short presentation that included results from a new reader survey that, among other things, showed that 89 percent of Source readers live in Silver Spring.

Other highlights from the survey include:

  • 34.6 percent work in Silver Spring while 34.1 percent work in Washington, D.C.
  • 15 percent are between ages 30-34 and 14 percent between 35-39
  • 65 percent of the readership is female
  • 49 percent want to read about county news and almost 13 percent want to read about local people.

Mowery also unveiled the top five most read stories over the past year:

Mowery also thanked the attendees for their support over the past year, emphasizing that without it, the Source wouldn’t be where it is today. He also shared ways readers can continue to back the venture:

  • Tell colleagues and friends about the site
  • Share Source stories on social media
  • Submit pictures, and content you want the Source to cover
  • Utilize forums and comment on stories, and
  • Help support the Source financially—donate, purchase a shirt, buy an ad, sponsor a post.

Finally, he reminded people they could follow the Source on Facebook, @sourcethespring on Twitter, and on Instagram, and thanked everyone for “a great first year.”

Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jane Redicker also presented a certificate of congratulations. Photo by B Tantisunthorn.

Readers, friends celebrate at Source anniversary party

Del. David Moon presented a citation to the cofounders. Photo by Trish Rimo.

Readers, friends celebrate at Source anniversary party

 

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Readers, friends celebrate at Source anniversary party