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Between the Lines
We had scheduled a major "hard news" business story for this issue,
but instead Roy Gwin and his milk truck graces our cover. Somehow,
right before the Thanksgiving weekend, it seemed more appropriate to
send out a good-feeling story about a family food business.
Over the past 20 years we have always had an eye out for the social
and personal needs of our readers. Back in 1986, just before
Thanksgiving, we profiled the corner bars of our community and on the
cover we featureed a family business, Mike’s Tavern, operated by the
late Mike Leiggi and his wife Lena since 1933.
The milk man story struck us as a combination of a family business
story and a service piece, perfect for the Thanksgiving weekend. While
Wawa and CVS are very convenient (who would have dreamed, 20 years
ago, of going into a drug store to get milk or a loaf of bread?) they
don’t answer all the needs, so we think this is a service worth
Forget to buy butter? Established customers on Gwin’s Thursday morning
route can call in Wednesday night before 8 p.m. and get any of 300
items delivered before they wake up to put the turkey in the oven on
After we read the heartwarming tale, we did a little reporting on the
dollar and cents side of it. Gwin charges $2.50 per half gallon of
milk, at least 25 cents more than the grocery stores charge, but he
sells a gallon of milk as two half gallons, or $5, higher than the
retail gallon price of about between $3.50 and $4. His busy customers
consider the difference money well spent.
U.S. 1’s holiday schedule: We will be open Black Friday but please be
patient – we may be a little short-staffed. Our last issue for this
year is December 22, and the office will be closed on Friday, December
24, and Monday, December 27. We take a break for December 29 and
resume on January 5.
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