Input is always valued

We produce several special sections every year.

The topics vary widely, from a publication in which we recognize our area high school graduates, to regular sections during the school year that include the names of our region’s honor roll students, to our readers’ choice editions, to our annual information guides, to our annual progress edition, which provides a comprehensive look at our area’s businesses and the economic outlook.

Inside today’s edition, in fact, your find a section dedicated to our annual Community Stars dinner, which will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Froehlich’s Classic Corner in downtown Steubenville.

Each section is unique, and each offers the opportunity to provide content centered around a specific theme.

Among the most interesting of all of those sections are the ones we invite our readers to participate in. There are a couple of examples coming up in the next several weeks.

One is our annual “I Remember When” section. For many years now, we’ve asked readers to provide old photographs or ideas for stories about times gone past. It is a section built on nostalgia — remembering when passenger trains used to make regular stops in our area, getting ready for Christmas celebrations, sharing recollections of businesses run by parents and grandparents and even spending Thursday nights in downtown Steubenville, shopping at the Hub.

What makes the section special is that the content comes from our readers, in the form of submitted photographs or through submissions that our staff members have turned into stories.

This year’s edition is coming up quickly. The deadline for submissions is Friday, with the section scheduled to be included in our newspapers of Oct. 24.

Another section we look forward to compiling each year is our annual Veterans Day publication. It’s a chance for area residents to share memories of their time in the service. In the past, we’re provided profiles of veterans who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and those who fought in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II, as well as stories about the men and women who have defended our country in the years since, from Vietnam to the Middle East.

We’re looking to provide an expanded Veterans Day section this year, and are inviting everyone in our coverage age who has served to share stories with area readers. The section we’re planning for Nov. 11 will include profiles and stories, as well as photographs.

It figures to be a powerful section, filled with many memories, one that will remind us to thank everyone who has served our country and defended the freedoms that we all-too-often take for granted.

The deadline for submissions is Oct.1.

Publications like “I Remember When” and our Veterans Day salute are important ways to help share the history of the Tri-State Area.

We look forward to the submissions from our readers and to putting the sections together.

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If you thought the wet and cool weather we experienced last weekend was a sign of fall, you aren’t that far off. Autumn officially arrives at 9:54 p.m. Saturday.

That, of course, means that winter is not that far off. And that means it’s time to start looking at long-range forecasts to see just what’s in store for us between now and March, when spring will return. It’s impossible to know for sure, of course, but if you were looking to trust the most popular publications as a guide, you are likely confused.

If you trust the Farmers’ Almanac, you’ll find a winter forecast that says our region will feature biting cold and above-normal snowfall. The Old Farmer’s Almanac, meanwhile, is predicting a warm and wet winter for our region.

The almanacs give us a few more things to think about as summer comes to an end and we work through fall.

(Gallabrese, a resident of Steubenville, is executive editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.

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