- Grove City, Pennsylvania


August 28, 2013

Welcome back, Rake

Many of you have missed the weekly Opinion Page personal columns of Herald Editor James A. Raykie Jr. During the past few weeks "Rake" has been recovering from a stroke suffered while vacationing in Florida.

Word spread rapidly throughout the Shenango Valley and the county.

It's only natural, since he is widely known because of his many jobs coming up through the ranks at The Herald for almost 40 years, as well as the numerous community contributions he has made in those decades.

From reminiscing about growing up in his hometown of Farrell, to highlighting achievements of local people, to providing eulogies for prominent people who died, to wishing well to people who are ill, "Rake" has touched thousands of readers and their families.

But we are glad to announce that his column will be returning to The Herald Opinion Page soon. And more importantly we are glad to announce that on Tuesday Rake returned to his post at The Herald. He is scheduled to finish up therapy this week. Doctors have said that he will make a full recovery.

The rest of the staff has performed admirably in his absence, but it's hard to replace his years of experience, his knowledge of the newspaper business and his ability to deal with the talented, but strong-willed journalists in the newsroom. (No one can handle complaints about Lynn Saternow's opinion columns better than Jim Raykie.) So the entire Herald/Allied News family is looking forward to Rake's return this week as we gladly proclaim:

"Welcome back Rake. We missed you."

Published Aug. 21, 2013, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

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