Hippo Manchester
October 6, 2005

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Publisher's Note: Read it here first
by Jody Reese

Have you noticed that it’s getting hard to keep track of all the new things coming to and happening in Manchester?

It seems like there is a new restaurant, show or sporting event opening every week. Meanwhile, there’s a building project of some kind or another on every street and the population is changing rapidly as people from every walk of life make the Queen City their home.

Long gone are the days when Manchester could be dismissed as an “old mill town.” These days, growth is the rule and only the future knows what Manchester will become.

The Hippo is in much the same boat. We started out Jan. 4, 2001, online and with a staff of three. These days we’re the second largest paper in the state and our staff of writers, photographers, advertising reps, illustrators, drivers, editors and designers tops 20.

We’ve heard from readers that, as the paper has grown from 40 pages to 80 or 88, it’s getting harder to find your way around the Hippo. We’ve also come up with a lot of things we want to add to the paper for your reading pleasure and information. Fixing the one while building up the other calls for a redesign.

Over the past few weeks you may have noticed some changes in the paper. The Film and Pop Culture section have merged and book reviews have moved from the Arts section to Pop Culture. Hopefully, by putting similar stories and features together, we’ve made it easier for you to find your way around.

Last week we added a crossword puzzle to the mix and moved that and other “for fun” things like the Pinings column, the News of the Weird feature and the horoscope to the back of the paper. This week, we’re enhancing our Living section with the addition of an Automotive section — complete with the Click and Clack’s Car Talk column. We’ve also moved our classified ads into the section, matching the ads to related stories and features. You want a used car? Look in Living’s automotive section and read Car Talk along the way. Need an apartment? Turn to Living’s Shelter section to see the appropriate ads and read about housing prices on nearby pages.

A good newspaper is always a work in progress and it changes to better serve and reflect the community it serves. Manchester and the Hippo are growing together and we thank our readers and advertisers for their continued support.

Comments about the changes? Drop us a line at news@hippopress.com