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McElhinny: Final edition of Cranberry Journal stirs great memories

| Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
Cranberry Journal File Photo
This front page photo was taken in 1987 during the first year of the Cranberry Journal's existence. The gangly kid long jumping (Dave McElhinny) went on to become the editor of that publication for the past 13 years.

As a tall, awkward teen, I remember reading the first issue of the Cranberry Journal and thinking it was great to have a paper dedicated to just local coverage.

Now, as a tall, awkward adult, I have enjoyed being the editor of that same publication nearly three decades later as our commitment to everything local has been the goal.

Having been a newspaperman since I left college, bringing that same local coverage to the readers has been something that I have not only enjoyed, but also taken very seriously. And for me, a person who doesn't take many things seriously, you can understand just how much being an editor, columnist and writer in this publication has meant to me.

In the Cranberry Journal's first year of existence in 1987, I remember coming home from school to see a gangly, high school athlete on the front page of the paper. It took me a moment to realize that it was actually me. I remember the thrill of seeing that and it has never been lost on me. In fact, anytime we put a person on the cover of the paper, particularly a kid, I think back to how cool it felt to me and I have always hoped that it has had the same impact on those people too.

Like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and shutting down the Cranberry Journal is not something we at the Tribune-Review do without a heavy heart. Unfortunately, this is our last edition.

Please know that this decision was not made hastily and is only being closed down after exhausting all other options.

As for me, I am the editor of six other weeklies papers too, so I will continue to try to bring the local news to the readers there. My column, “As I was saying …” will also continue in other publications and will still be available online for ALL my fans — both of you. But there will always be a void for me as the Cranberry Journal has meant a great deal to me. I have truly been a part of it since its inception and, as we print the final edition of the paper, it's hard to say goodbye.

Thank you for allowing myself and this paper to be part of your life since the mid-1980s. It has truly been a pleasure.

Dave McElhinny is the Tribune-Review North Bureau Chief. He can be reached at dmcelhinny@tribweb.com.

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