Growth and change at your community newspaper
How’s your health?
Are you looking for great recipes and ideas to feed your family and friends?
Do you enjoy the outdoors?
Do you love your schools, colleges and churches?
Is history important to you?
All of these are questions to be answered, and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette is working to be a vital source for some of your answers.
Starting this week, you’ll see enhanced content in your daily community newspaper that we hope will bring more value to your life.
Hey, change and renewal are themes in our lives, aren’t they?
You buy the print newspaper and go online to www.sungazette.com because of the news, sports, features, information, advice and opinions we provide and facilitate.
Of course, life is about people, so let’s start with announcing growth among members of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette family who do the work for you.
Anthony has been named operations manager overseeing all newspaper sales and delivery of both the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and its sister newspaper, The (Lock Haven) Express.
Simply put, Anthony is a great guy and with a super work ethic and knowledge of the newspaper industry. He’s a community guy, but most importantly, he’s a family man. He and his wife, Elizabeth, a principal at the Jersey Shore Area Senior High School, live in Nisbet with their two daughters.
A 1998 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, Anthony went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business management from Lycoming College in 2002. During college he worked as a graphic artist and sign-maker at Lycoming Beverage in Newberry. After college he worked as assistant store manager at Sheetz in Loyalsock Township.
Anthony joined the Williamsport Sun-Gazette in 2003 as a district sales manager, rising to home delivery manager, promotions manager and circulation director. He also supervises the mailroom operations for both newspapers.
Born and raised in Williamsport, Anthony participates in several service organizations, including Kiwanis and the Lycoming County Brotherhood. Plus, he is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bastress, and works with his wife as directors of religious education (CCD). They also participate in the church’s yearly mission trip.
TIM WERTZ JR.
Tim has been named design editor at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, overseeing all artistic graphic design, photo and color correction for print and online.
Our readers already see Tim’s outstanding designs on our pages. He’s responsible for virtually all of the graphic design in the Sun-Gazette, the West Branch Life magazine and all of our specialty sections and publications.
Tim creates visually stimulating illustrations, working with Sun-Gazette photographers Mark Nance, Karen Vibert Kennedy, other staff and freelancers. He turns photos into artwork. His 20-year history with the Williamsport Sun-Gazette includes work in advertising before he became the lead editorial designer in 2002.
Tim has a keen eye for art in its various forms and his experience, talent and skill has allowed subscribers throughout the region to better connect with their hometown news. Tim has won various accolades through the prestigious Keystone Press Awards and The Associated Press, earning first place honors in many categories of design and photo illustration.
Tim also is a local guy as a 1991 graduate of Hughesville Area High School, where he was voted “most artistic” by his senior class. He received an associate degree in advertising-graphic art from the Pennsylvania College of Technology in 1994.
Many also probably know Tim’s wife, Adrienne, herself a former Williamsport Sun-Gazette staff member. The couple lives in the South Williamsport area with their three children.
Carol has been named news and health editor at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and brings a breadth of experience to the news team under the direction of Editor Laura Janssen and City Editor Mike Maneval.
Carol has worked as a reporter, editor and page designer at various daily and weekly newspapers and websites.
Moreover, Carol worked as an assistant professor of mass communications and philosophy at Lock Haven University, while also more recently teaching writing classes at Bloomsburg University.
She has taught mass media writing, multi-media reporting, online journalism and media law and ethics. She served as an adviser to the Eagle Eye student newspaper at LHU, among other college publications. She earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University after studying at the University of Wisconsin and University of Illinois.
One of Carol’s duties is to help work with our writers to improve the depth, accuracy and readability of their stories because the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and The (Lock Haven) Express have, over many years, helped to launch the careers of countless journalists, communications directors and related professionals.
Both newspapers are grateful to offer internship and freelance opportunities to young writers.
Jay is a new associate editor at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and is part of our night-time editing team. He is also responsible for the weekly Sunday Business section.
Jay is a Montoursville native and a Montoursville Area High School graduate. He went to college at Shippensburg University, earning a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary arts.
Jay said he’s excited to be a part of the Sun-Gazette team and we’re glad to have him.
Effective this week, the Sun-Gazette is making changes to its daily content … changes we believe will greatly enhance appeal to readers.
We will take it day by day.
Our very popular and informative Education section moves from Mondays to Thursdays. Chock full of features and news stories on (and by) our public and private schools, colleges and universities, we’re proud to help our readers learn more about what’s happening at our all-important institutions. Pennsylvania is blessed with quality institutions of higher education and our public and private schools are the pride of Northcentral and Central Pennsylvania.
Introducing an Outdoors section on Tuesdays.
We live in a region rich in natural beauty that boasts some of the most stunning landscapes on Mother Earth.
Recreational opportunities abound. Hiking, ATV or motorcycle riding, kayaking and canoeing … they’re all available here.
And we cannot forget about hunting. This region is a mecca for hunting, what with our huge state forests and forestlands. Tradition abounds! Part-time Associate Editor Seth Nolan will handle content for the Outdoors section.
Wednesdays will now bring two wonderfully new sections: The Taste and History.
Please take time to read our Food section as it will feature very tasteful recipes and features … keepers for your files. We’ll introduce you to “The Recipe Gals,” Pam Rolley and Karen Sick. Together, the gals have more than 60 years’ experience as nutritionists in the public school and university settings in our area. You’ll find their delicious offerings every other week in the new weekly section, The Taste.
Content in The Taste will be handled by Lifestyle Editor Courtney Hayden.
And dear readers, watch for some special upcoming projects and (really fun) events we’re sure will tickle your taste buds!
Then there is History!
Who doesn’t like history? In this section front, we’ll features photographs from the past. As the Williamsport Sun-Gazette has been in continuous operation since 1801, you can imagine just how rich our archives are!
We’ll take you back in time … and that will include more “recent” times of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. (Boy, does time go fast!)
And we need your help. Some of our archive photos do not have complete information. So we will print those photographs and ask our readers to fill in the blanks!
What’s more, we want to publish your historic photos … and we know you have many!
Stay tuned for information on how to submit! You could win prizes, too!
On to Thursdays. We’re not messing with our weekly Showcase section.
Reader feedback shows Showcase among the most widely read publications around.
Why? It’s full of information about plays, concerts and musical performances, movies and more … you know, all of the entertainment and culture that make our region so rich.
Saturdays will continue to feature our Religion section as we put a spotlight on the many houses of faith in our area.
We’re honored to write about people of faith.
And then there is our extensive Sunday edition.
I’m grateful to announce we’re launching a new, full color Health section to run every Sunday.
Suffice to say our region is blessed to be served by such high quality hospitals, physicians and other health-care professionals and institutions.
We do not take them for granted.
If the Williamsport Sun-Gazette can be anything to anyone it’s an advocate for our readers’ well-being.
Please look for our new Sunday Health section starting Feb. 17 as a source of information and education about how you want to live, what critical health care you need and who can provide it.
Meanwhile, our weekly Lifestyle section will remain on Sundays and we hope you’ve noticed that the milestones we publish — engagements, anniversaries, weddings, generational photos — are being given more prominence, are larger and will be in color.
Please continue to submit your milestone announcements!
We’re among the few newspapers that do not charge to publish the wonderful milestones in your lives! (Congratulations, by the way!)
Thanks for reading.
But more is coming so stay tuned for additional announcements in the weeks ahead!
(Bob Rolley is publisher of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and The (Lock Haven) Express.)