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Dear Editor,

Yesterday we had a fun time visiting The Rockford Squire. It was very interesting. I loved how they kept newspapers from the past years. We looked up what was happening in Rockford the week we were born.

The nice people we met who work there were Beth Altena, Cliff Hill, Nancy Hill and Mary Felix. We learned that The Rockford Squire is the oldest running business in Rockford. Ms. Altena has been in charge of the newspaper for 15 years. The first newspaper was published on February 8, 1871.

We also learned that the newspaper feels different than writing paper because it is made up of different things and recycled materials. Mondays and Tuesdays are busy days because they have to get the stories finished by Tuesday night. That’s when they “put the paper to bed”—that’s what they call it when the paper is done. They send the newspaper in a file through the computer to the publishers and that’s when the press runs overnight. The Rockford Squire is delivered first thing in the morning on Wednesday.

It was really fun to meet everyone and learn about the newspaper business and The Rockford Squire. You should arrange to stop by yourself.

 Joshua and Christopher Petzer

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