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Posted: 00/09/02

Observer given 3 awards from MPA

      Three awards were given to The Romeo Observer by the Michigan Press Association, one for editorial and two for advertising, as part of the 2002 Newspaper of the Year Awards and 2002 Better Newspaper Advertising Contest.
       The newspaper was awarded third place in the General Excellence category for its class. A total of 16 newspapers were judged for General Excellence which is the top category in each class.
       A second place award was given for the Observer's classified section and a third place award was given for Best Special Section, the newspaper's annual Community Guide.
       "Each award we received can be directly tied to all of the hard working and dedicated people who strive week after week to make the Observer a quality publication," said Dennis Setter, managing editor. "You don't get recognized for something like General Excellence unless there are people behind the newspaper who care about it and the community for which it serves."
       Jim Wallington, who retired from the Observer in June, was managing editor during the time the issues submitted for judging were published, said Setter.
       "This newspaper is Romeo, Michigan. The look is conservative yet colorful. Great local news," wrote the judge about the General Excellence award.
       About the Community Guide award, the judge wrote:
       "Quite an undertaking ‹ attractive, readable, but most importantly the entire guide is community-oriented, full of local information."
       "Our yearly Community Guide has grown since we started publishing it three years ago thanks to the efforts of the sales staff and production crew," said Jan Wyllie, advertising director. "The recognition by the Michigan Press Association was well-deserved."
       No comments were given on the classified section.
       "In a time when classified sections are falling off because of the Internet, the Observer's is not because of the leadership provided by Cheryl Jackson and her staff," said Setter. "In particular, our Service Directory provides our readers with the many important services that help businesses in a small community grow."
       Those involved with putting the newspaper out each week and their titles are as follows:
       Dennis Setter, managing editor; Jan Wyllie, advertising manager; Cheryl Jackson, office manager; Robert Bleich, circulation manager; Michelle Tanguay, news editor; Karen Hamilton, creative director; Larry Sobczak, staff writer; Karen Murphy, editorial assistant; Linda Lindberg, advertising representative; Linda Roxbury, advertising representative/graphics; Sandy Bombassei, graphics; Jennifer Nass, graphics; Jill Jackson, Debi Martone and Caroleen Benner, clerical; and Char Zube, proof reader.
       "The list above is not complete without the most important name ‹ Mel Bleich," said Setter. "It's been his leadership over the years that set the wheels in motion for an outstanding community newspaper. Even though he's past retirement age, he's still taking an active role in how his newspaper is published and the awards prove that his influence continues."
       The Romeo Observer celebrated its 136th birthday this year and is published each Wednesday and distributed through the United States Postal Service. Weekly circulation is about 7,500.
       The Observer also publishes two other publications ‹ The Countryman and Total Marketplace ‹ in addition to the newspaper. Total circulation for all three publications is more than 22,000.

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