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In her internship at The Easton Irregular Lafayette College senior Lindsay Pomeroy of Gilford, N.H. is learning about the impact of community newspapers. Her reporting, photography and research duties for the paper are also broadening her understanding and appreciation of Lafayette’s home city of Easton.

“Carole Heffley, the editor, and Jim Hicks, the advertising manager, have really turned me loose to ask around, look for stories, poke my nose in different things,” Pomeroy says. “They’re really letting me learn stuff for myself. This is introducing me to the dynamics of how a community works, too.”

The Irregular is “a good news newspaper celebrating the arts in Easton.” Easton was included in John Villani’s recent book The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America: Where to Discover Creative Communities, Fresh Air and Affordable Living, published by John Muir Publications. During the last three years, as the city’s vibrant arts scene has continued nearly two decades of growth and momentum, a remarkable general rebirth has taken place in Easton, spurred by the opening of the Two Rivers Landing Visitors Center — an outstanding example of public/private/government cooperation involving, among others, Binney & Smith, the City of Easton, and Lafayette Colleg — with its main attraction, Binney & Smith’s Crayola Factory. Downtown Easton is now an extremely popular tourist destination, and more than 100 businesses have opened there in the past two years.

Pomeroy has been involved in several projects at the Irregular, including researching the history of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Centre Square, downtown Easton, for ceremonies slated for May 2000 marking the 100th anniversary of its dedication. She also coordinated a story about a visit by a Lafayette class to Aura Ceramics and Supplies in downtown Easton and helped inventory the planters in town by photographing them for a spring planting effort by the City of Easton.

An American Studies major, Pomeroy finds that learning about Easton is very valuable.

“Lindsay is learning the impact of a small town community arts newspaper, the dissemination of news to foster growth, and the ways in which a paper like ours can foster the arts in a community,” Hicks says.

Pomeroy is enjoying everything.

“I like to interact with people,” she says, “and the variety of the job keeps things interesting. I also enjoy how Carole and Jim focus on the positive aspects of Easton. That’s very appealing to me.”

Pomeroy intends to return to her native New England to pursue her career after graduation.

“I plan to go to Boston and get a job with an international travel/education company,” she says.

Pomeroy is a leader for SERCH, Students Educating for Responsible College Health.

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