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I am not a native of Boyertown, and as a result of this, I was unsure of how my position as the editor of The Boyertown Area Times would be received.
While I do have family that lives in town and I did reside within the borough for several years—I still felt nervous to be seen as an ‘outsider.’
The past couple of months haven’t been the easiest and I could not be more grateful for the community’s welcoming, understanding and patience.
On the flip side of the same coin, many of you may be aware that the office of The Boyertown Area Times is located in Pottstown. It is true--several members of the Berks-Mont editorial staff sits in a chair located inside of The Mercury building. Pottstown is simply where we sit to write, to edit and to lay out our papers. As editor of The Times, I sit beside Matthew Reichl—editor of the Community Connection, former editor of The Times, Donna Rovins—editor of The Southern Berks News, Heather Tyrrell—editor of The Phoenix, Barry Stanely—sports editor of The Phoenix, and Ric Webb—Berks-Mont sports editor.
Together and separately we are all constantly networking, constantly making contacts and staying up to date with all of the local happenings.
As editor of The Times, I oversee all of the content that goes into the paper. I seek to provide the community with as much hyper local news that I can get my hands on. I depend on a small staff of correspondents to assist me in capturing all items of significance throughout the area.
Another worry of mine upon becoming editor was being able to find enough stories for each weekly edition. Since then, five months have passed and I have yet to come up short of newsworthy items.
Boyertown is a powerful town, full of passionate hardworking people.The people, the businesses and the schools of the Boyertown Area are full of stories to be told.
I am honored be a part of a system that connects and represents such a community.
So, for what it is worth—thank you for your continued support. My ears are always open to hear your stories, and to share those stories.