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Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

I've worked in lovely small towns before.

During the ‘90s, I put in 10 years in Morgantown, W.Va., followed by a year in Wilmington, N.C., honing my editing and writing skills.

For the last decade-and-then-some, I've been working on the North Side, as part of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review staff.

Talk about hustle and bustle, ballgame traffic and city noises! But that was about to change.

In July, I received an unexpected — but welcomed — call asking if I might be interested in coming to the Sewickley Herald — to become the editor of your local newspaper. It sounded like a wonderful opportunity.

As the chance to work here became closer to reality, I spent an afternoon exploring, getting to know the place.

I could not have been more impressed on that first visit: Friendly folks, every kind of fare a hungry lady could imagine, an artistic vibe and local charm.

And smiles — smiles from everyone I met, who greeted me with a spring in their steps.

You all let me know that I was welcome here — that I was going to enjoy myself and learn a lot in the process.

That's where those of you whom I didn't get a chance to meet come in.

Help me to learn more about Sewickley. Tell me what's going on, about people young and old who do something worth noting; tell me what I absolutely, without a doubt, must know about this place ... and about you.

I'm sure there are stories to tell that we haven't even thought of.

Certain of it, in fact, because I'm finding so many interesting things out about you already.

So drop me a line or give me a call. I'm looking forward to it.

Mya L. Koch is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1403 or

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