PUNXSUTAWNEYÂ â Some readers will notice a difference with the newspaper, others will not.
The change, whether youâve observed it or not: For one, the paperÂ may now and thenÂ consist of one section, as opposed to several eight-, six- or four-page sections.
The origin: Three newÂ units forÂ The SpiritâsÂ press were installed as part of an ongoing expansion of the paper, which, over the past few months, has included the return of its job shop, a return to full local printing operations.Â
âIn a time when most newspapers are consolidating, we are growing,âÂ SpiritÂ Publisher Mary Jude Troupe said.
This week, a crew from the LG Brown Company ofÂ Mexico,Â Mo., delivered and installed numerous pieces of equipment,Â mostÂ notably three new units that were added toÂ The SpiritâsÂ existing 1962 Goss Community Press. Â Â
âWe are going from five press units to eight press units, and each unit weighs between 3,600 and 5,200 pounds,â Troupe said. âTwo of the units are stacking units, while the third unit is a mono-unit.Â Also, two units on the press now include decking. The new look is impressive and much more efficient.â
WhatÂ doesÂ this mean for the newspaper? The addition of the new units allows more printing alternatives with color, as well as the number of pages in each issue.Â
More importantly, what does this mean for the community?
âThe Punxsutawney SpiritÂ is investing in our community and securing the future of our local daily paper,â Troupe said, noting thatÂ The SpiritÂ employs 34 people who live and shop in the community. The newspaper also donates to many local organizationsÂ and charitable events.Â
âThis investment gives back full circle to our town and residents for supporting the paper, both asÂ our readers and as our advertisers,â she said.Â Â
Interestingly, these major upgrades to the newspaperâs physical plant and its production capabilities coincide with The Spiritâs annual Appreciation Day event next Saturday.Â
âWe are, in a very real sense, demonstratingÂ our gratitude by investing in new ways to provide more and better services for the business community and our subscribers,â Troupe added.Â Â
âAs publisher ofÂ The Spirit, I am very proud of the constant progress our paper is making year after year,â she said. âThe paper has consistently added new technology, machinery and capabilities for the past 10 years. These changes secure the future of Punxsy having a daily paper. We are very fortunate and thankful.
âOnce everything is completed,Â The SpiritÂ will have an open house so that the community can stop in and see for themselves what we have done and what we can do for our readers and advertisers,â Troupe said.