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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

telling about.

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

Thursday morning.

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.

Regarding our Helping Hands issue on December 22: We have some

charities and volunteers in mind but we can still consider last minute

nominations. E-mail to or call 609-452-7000,

ext. 301. The volunteer needs to be someone who has a full-time job at

a company in the U.S. 1 circulation area, from New Brunswick to

Trenton, from the Delaware River to Exit 8A of the New Jersey

Turnpike. If you fill that bill, or know somebody who does, tell us

now. (Also, send any pictures of people working for your favorite

charity along with their names and the names of the companies they

work for. Email: or send snail mail to

Helping Hands, at U.S. 1 Newspaper.

You still have time to submit dates for the U.S. 1 Calendar and

Datebook, to be distributed one to each company on our circulation

list. E-mail the information to or fax to

609-452-0033. Give us as much information as you know, and your date

may be included in our 2005-’06 wall calendar. It will certainly be

entered into our events database, available online at, ready for publication in the newspaper at the

appropriate time.

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