As the first snow of the season hits, we here at Press Publications are still battling the last snowstorm that hit us in April. That heavy, wet snow accumulated on our roof and snapped 10 2x12 support stringers that held up the structure that covered half the square footage of office space. It could have been a total collapse had we not caught it when we did. It took from spring through fall to navigate the insurance claim, and we are just now getting started on the project and moving out everything from that side of the office. The area hit hardest is where our marketing and classified team normally sits. We are thankful that no one was injured. 

Through the summer our marketing representatives shared cubicles with our news reporters and production designers. Let me tell you it was tight quarters and the teams has been pretty upbeat the whole time. This fall we moved our marketing and news teams to the neighboring First Presbyterian Church, where we have rented space. 

The disruption to our team and our operation has been severe as we work with the insurance company, contractor engineers and city to rebuild. We hope to move the staff back in by spring, we are doing our best to keep our front desk open and taking calls, covering the local news to the same standard you expect, and getting the paper out each week. Our new phone system was installed to allow staff to communicate with the other half of the staff at the church. Direct dial phone numbers should be working within the week. A few things that should be noted is our temporary front door is now the northernmost door, marked with signs. Several years of print archives are in climate-controlled storage, though most can be found with a subscription on our website. 

If you need a green delivery tube or tube maintenance, please call our office and our team will be servicing those orders slowly as we catch up. As always, if you are heading south for winter, please let us know so we can put a hold on your paper delivery. Most of all, we ask that you be a little patient with us and our staff if you have any concerns or issues. They have been through a lot. We will do our best to address them as we always do. To our dedicated readers, our advertising customers, contract carriers and everyone else, thank you for your support through our transition.

Wireless nightmares

Each year, Americans purchase nearly 3 billion disposable batteries. Many of these end up in a landfill. Most of us experience a low battery signal almost daily – from our cell phones, smoke detectors, Xbox controllers, wireless ear buds or speakers, key fobs, garage door code pads, alarm systems, hearing aids, cars, and even the pacemakers keeping hearts in rhythm. What is so frustrating is the short-lived battery life. It seems like car batteries need to be changed every 3-5 years, cell phone batteries last about two years, solar outdoor lights seem to make it a season and a wireless alarm system battery about five to seven years.

We are gaining traction with battery life – the finicky nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries of the past have been replaced with lithium ion and now lithium polymer batteries. My sister said she labels all batteries they install with dates so they know the life. Others note the time to replace batteries in a 10-year planner/calender. 

Let’s hope the next breakthrough in battery technology will give us a battery that is both reasonably priced and has a 20-year life. So for now, wire when you can and always recycle all of your batteries. 


Carter Johnson is publisher of Press Publications.

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