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Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

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

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