Thoughts from our Editor: July 2017

I’ve written before in this space about some of the personal and professional challenges I’ve faced as a writer and publisher. The predicament facing me now, as I sit in my office on the afternoon of the 4th of July, is I find myself at a loss for words.

What meaningful contribution can I add to the voices assembled in the pages of this edition? What can I say but that I am so blessed – and grateful – to have such an eclectic group of writers share their talents in this publication?

Early in my career, a former colleague told me “If you got content, you’ve got everything.”

It is with no small amount of pride I can say we’ve got such terrific content this month that I’ve been referring to this edition as the Everything AND the Kitchen Sink Issue.

Beginning on page 5, veteran and seasoned reporter Dave Zuchowski takes us on a tantalizing journey to family owned Salamone’s Italian Market. It’s an appetizing read that will leave you ravenous for more.

Still hungry? Looking for a pick me up to perk you up? Flip to page 7, where freelancer Lauren Rearick talks with the proprietors of the Mon Valley’s newest java and culinary destination, Perked Up Café in Charleroi.

Simply turn the page, where we’re delighted to feature an article by noted historian Christopher T. George about the Battle of Monongahela. Taking place on July 9, 1755, this battle “focused the world’s attention” – as Chris notes in his piece – on our region.

Only a couple of pages later, we’re pleased to announce the return of The Entertainment Chuckwagon, where staff writer Chuck Brutz serves up a nostalgic tribute to the late, great Adam West, TV’s Batman.

Speaking of writers making repeat appearances, technology columnist Eric Worton is back this issue with Tips from TechBoxz, with a tongue in cheek commentary about a mobile game his wife can’t stop playing.

Staff writer Keren Lee Dreyer explores the full spectrum of the arts, with stories about a children’s theater program and a local fine arts exhibit.

Columnist and licensed aesthetician Tasha Oskey shares tips on how to prevent sunburn and sun damage.

Managing Editor Fred Terling and contributor Stan Popovich tackle heavy hitting mental health topics, while columnist Reanna Roberts gives her take on the paranormal.

Finally, if you’re looking for a cool activity to enjoy on a hot summer day, we’ve got you covered, with an extensive list of things to do, people to see and places to go this season.

As always, thank you for taking a break from your fun in the sun to peruse our pages.

Until next month, Carla E. Anderton