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Mirror skates on the ice
February 1, 2011 - Neil Rudel
Today's a different day at the Mirror (and maybe some other newspapers in the East).
With the ice storm converging, at least according to Jim Cantore, Joe Murgo and Mark Leberfinger, and travel delays and power issues possible, the Mirror is going to press six hours early tonight.
Instead of the presses rolling at 1 a.m., they'll roll at 7 p.m. to better insure delivery.
The decision was made early today as Circulation Director Dan Slep, who's coming back as a weatherman in his next life, was nervously watching the weather all morning.
It makes sense to help beat the ice, keep our carriers safe and get the paper delivered. Plus the entire scholastic sports schedule and many municipal meetings were already postponed.
Don't be surprised if your paper is in its delivery box by 10 p.m.
The challenge, though, is the work cycle turns around quickly, and people who just left here at 2 a.m. are back shortly after noon. But a newspaper breeds a passionate culture, and even some scheduled to be off called willing to jump in.
The public will be alerted that some of the usual staples -- the lottery numbers, updated stocks, national sports (including Penn State's game at Illinois -- will not be in Wednesday's edition.
We look forward to returning to the normal routine tomorrow (Wednesday) in preparation for Thursday's paper.