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New in 2008: farm page, Goodman

January 6, 2008
By Neil Rudel
Some notes from around and about the Mirror newsroom to help keep you abreast of what we’re doing and what we’re trying to do:

With the new year comes resolutions, and we’re no different.

The Mirror is planning some new features for 2008, and we hope you share our enthusiasm for them.

The first will be a monthly page devoted to agriculture, one of the leading industries in central Pennsylvania. It debuts Monday.

Ashley Gurbal, a member of the Life department, will coordinate the page, which will run in the A section.

Gurbal, a Clearfield native who arrived at the Mirror after a stint at the Lewistown Sentinel, has a particular interest in farming and its people and, in fact, is just back from the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

You can read her coverage in today’s paper, and we look forward to her contributions and oversight of the agriculture page, which will appear on the first Monday of each month.

For those of us old enough to remember — OK, I got some of this from veteran court reporter Phil Ray — the Mirror had a weekly farm page many years ago. Among its editors were former managing editor Bob Boyer, former publisher Marge Helsel and current photo production guru Paul Singer.

So who knows where this could lead, right, Ashley?

Two new features will begin in February.

Kellie Goodman, former WTAJ-TV sports director, will start writing a weekly sports column on Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 5.

We’d been hoping to add a women’s voice to our sports section for some time, and we’re confident Goodman’s experience and expertise will provide a perfect fit.

Goodman, as we reported in October, is leaving WTAJ to work for the Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau, but she’ll still maintain her sports interests. She will present her views while focusing on women’s sports and some of the less marquee sports at the college level.

You’ve heard of Tuesdays with Morrie? We’ll have Tuesdays with Kellie.

Also in February, we’re adding a monthly restaurant feature scheduled to run on the first Wednesday of each month in the Life section. That would be Feb. 6.

This will supplement the usual Wednesday food focus and recipes that many readers appreciate.

The restaurant feature will not be reviews but rather a look at its history and the people responsible for it. It will also allow us to span regionally and include establishments our readers have visited but perhaps don’t know much about.

We look forward to these additions and your feedback.

Mirror Managing Editor Neil Rudel can be reached at 946-7527 or n'>'>

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