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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tour of the Frederick News Post Newspaper

On Friday, we took a tour of the Frederick News Post's new facility. They moved into a new location that is 144,000 square feet and is on 44 acres. They told us we were one of the first tours since the new building opened. We learned that the new printing press came from Kawasaki, Japan by way of the Panama Canal into the port of Baltimore and then onto 39 semi tractor trailor trucks to deliver it to Frederick. The height to the top of the press hall roof is 7.4 stories (or 80 feet and 6 inches) tall. We learned that with their new press they print the daily paper in about 90 minutes each day. We were able to hear from a number of employees describe what they do at the post as part of their 225 employees. It was interesting to speak with some of the reporters and hear what upcoming stories would soon be printed. The most interesting to me was that one reporter was going to be doing a story about bee keeping to be printed on Sunday-we will have to keep an eye out for that article. It was a great tour and we enjoyed Stephanie M and Ginny M's families and appreciated that Stephanie M. set up this awesome tour. We learned a lot and had a great time.

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