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
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