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Susannah Gal and Jay Howes picked for Press & Journal editorial board

Posted 8/9/17

The Press & Journal has picked two Middletown residents to serve on its new editorial board.

Susannah Gal and Jay Howes will be the public members of the board, joining Press & Journal President …

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Susannah Gal and Jay Howes picked for Press & Journal editorial board

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The Press & Journal has picked two Middletown residents to serve on its new editorial board.

Susannah Gal and Jay Howes will be the public members of the board, joining Press & Journal President Louise Sukle, Publisher Joseph G. Sukle Jr. and Editor Jason Maddux.

The board will meet on a regular basis to formulate the Editorial Views that appear on the Viewpoints page. The editorials are the consensus opinion of the editorial board. The addition of Gal and Howes expands the input to include a broader viewpoint of residents.

“This took awhile to get off the ground, but we are excited to get the board going as part of the overall redesign and revamping of the paper that took place in the spring,” Maddux said. “Editorials are a very important part of each edition. Having members of the editorial board who aren’t on the staff gives us a broader perspective on the issues.”

Howes has lived in Middletown for 10 years this October and has been a subscriber since he moved here. He has been in agriculture his entire life, first on the production side, then moving on to ag business and ultimately ag public policy.

“My roots as a dairy farm boy in Bucks County shaped a lot of my life,” he said.

He worked for 20 years with the state, 16 as director of policy development for the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the last four as a deputy secretary for consumer protection, regulatory affairs, and dairy industry relations for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Now he does contract work for several agricultural businesses.

He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University.

He sees development along Route 230 as a major factor right now.

“A lot of it goes back to the relationship with Penn State and the ancillary train station and the other positive things that all fit in that positive economic box,” he said.

Gal is associate dean of research and outreach and a professor of biology at Penn State Harrisburg. She has lived around the world and made Middletown her home in July 2015. She has been writing a column for the Press & Journal since last November.

Prior to moving to Middletown, she was employed at Binghamton University in New York for more than 20 years, as a professor of biological sciences. She has a doctorate of philosophy from Johns Hopkins University and bachelor’s degree in chemistry/biochemistry from Smith College.

Gal said she is interested in the development of downtown as well as the area where the new Amtrak station will be built, and growth around Harrisburg International Airport.

“I want to see how the train station will affect the (Westporte Centre) plaza and that whole area, and how we can envision it as a concept rather than a piece here and a piece there,” she said.

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