Just Write: As the Sewickley Herald prepares to turn 110 ...
Next Thursday marks a major milestone for the Sewickley Herald.
This very newspaper turns 110 years old.
We plan to mark the anniversary inside the pages of next week's edition.
It has been a real treat scouring the Herald's archives. For as long as I can recall, I've been a history buff.
Whether it's sifting through microfilm of a small-town, suburban Pittsburgh newspaper; watching documentaries about Kennywood Park and the steel industry; touring ships that once were part of the Battle of Lake Erie; or reading books about past presidents, I become enamoured with whatever is the subject at hand.
History tells us the more things change, the more they stay the same.
As I read through decades of news stories in the Herald, I found similarities to stories I've covered over the last several years.
Lawsuits tied up public projects, mass transit threatened cutbacks, and concerns surrounding the business district have been some of the stories I've read. My byline is atop many stories with similar subjects.
Too often, it seems, society bulldozes history — figuratively and literally — for “progress.”
I often wonder how many people who drive Route 65 realize the land was train tracks before being used as a major roadway.
Imagine life in the Sewickley Valley without the Sewickley Bridge. Few who drive the span likely know the magnitude of the region's campaign in the 1970s and '80s to save the bridge.
As I walk the business district, I often think, “If walls could talk … .” Imagine the stories.
Time only moves forward. The past tells us a lot about ourselves — where we've come from and who we'll become.
I wonder what someone searching the Herald's archives 110 years from now will say about the region.
Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Bobby Cherry to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Sewickley mom, dad thankful for ‘incredible’ support since son’s death
- Quaker Valley official says test scores only fraction of story
- Quaker Valley hires middle school chief for $108,500