WEATHERSFIELD - From the layout of the paper to the Tribune Chronicle's new iPhone app, Weathersfield residents had the chance to tell the editors what they liked and didn't.
Publisher Charles Jarvis said that over the past 11 months, the editors and staff of the Tribune visited 13 communities as part of the newspaper's 200th anniversary this year to listen to community members. Anniversary events also included hosting a speakers series of famous people from Trumbull County, concerts and a bicentennial celebration at Courthouse Square Park.
''We decided this year as part of the 200th anniversary to get out to the different communities and meet people we haven't met before. This also gives you a chance to meet with us and for you to make comments and ask questions about what we do,'' Jarvis said.
Mary Lou Flere of Weathersfield said she appreciates the wide variety of events, from the Ohio Chautauqua series over the summer to local township news, covered by the newspaper.
Jarvis said the newspaper staff does its best to cover as much as it can.
''We have touched a lot of lives through what we do as a community newspaper,'' he said.
Weathersfield Township Trustee Gil Blair, left, and Mary Lou Flere of Weathersfield look over file photos from the Tribune Chronicle of people and places in Weathersfield during Tuesday’s Meet the Editors event held at the township hall.
Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland
Flere said she likes having a newspaper to read as opposed to seeing it electronically.
''I like holding a newspaper and not reading it on a computer,'' she said.
Trustee Steve Gerberry said he enjoys the Tribune's apps, noting there are many articles.
If you go
The next Meet the Editors will be 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Howland Administration Building.
Jarvis said the top four or five stories from each section and obituaries are included on the app.
Jim Stoddard of Weathersfield said he likes the type font style and the layout of the paper.
''There is a consistency and organization that makes it easy to find things,'' he said.
He asked why Saturdays are different, with tab-style sections, and why there are four sections in the paper.
Jarvis said the Saturday style was started in the late 1970s which today is about 20 pages
''We do that because we have been doing it that way for a long time.. It may change one of these days,'' Jarvis said.
General Manager Len Blose said the four sections allows for color cover pages for the first page of each section which wouldn't happen as much if the sections were all together.
Jarvis said more people than ever are reading the paper online.
Blose said there are 17,000 visits to the website every day.
Blose said people enjoy buying the newspaper when they go to work or look at the paper on the Internet in addition to the many newspapers that are purchased and shared by readers.