Publisher’s Letter: Thanks, Fred—Paddle-Out Scheduled for Sunday

For the past 50 years or so, Fred Swegles, a one-of-a-kind storyteller, memorialized our community’s most important moments for all of us and future generations through his writings and photographs. As per Fred’s wishes, according to his family, there will be no formal memorial services. However, with their permission, Norb Garrett, publisher of Picket Fence Media, and other have rallied to organize a memorial paddle-out to remember Fred this coming Sunday at 3 p.m. on the north side of the San Clemente Pier.

Legendary Local Newsman Fred Swegles Dies at 74

Fred Swegles, the longtime newsman who spent his career covering San Clemente and its neighboring towns, died peacefully in his sleep late Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23, after suffering health complications because of a brain tumor, members of his family confirmed. He was 74 years old.

Publisher’s Letter: Drumroll, Please

Picket Fence Media’s editorial team, including Shawn Raymundo, Zach Cavanagh, Collin Breaux, Chelsie Rex and Jasmine Smith, as well as former PFM Senior Editor Lillian Boyd, each earned awards from the California News Publishers Association for their work in 2021.

Props from Our Peers

By Norb Garrett, owner and publisher of Picket Fence Media Picket Fence Media had a big night recently at the California Newspaper Awards event in…