Since 1999, have been been delivering on our promise to provide local stories in a visually dynamic format. We pride ourselves on never delivering anything less than the best to our community.
Our passion and enthusiasm can be seen each month. From original ad designs to local news and people, we have you covered. Take a look at our magazine archive and experience the beauty of design.
Mary Ellen Raneri
Jim has worked as a cryptologic linguist, a bookseller, a technical editor and writer, a “checker” and proofreader of legal transcripts, a weekly journalist, and, now, as a freelance editor. He enjoys reading, mostly American literature, and listening to classical music, primarily chamber music. A Navy veteran, Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Jim was born in Johnstown and reared in Mundy’s Corner, a village located between Johnstown and Ebensburg. As a boy, he often “helped” his father, whose bread-delivery route brought him to Punxsutawney several times each week. Jim has a passion for community journalism and each month looks forward to reading the writing of Hometown contributors.
Mary Ellen Raneri is a 1973 graduate of Punxsutawney Area School District and is also a graduate of Seton Hill College, with a master’s degree from Purdue University.
She was employed by Ligonier Valley School District for 30 years where she taught French and Writing Workshop until 2011. She also taught Composition at Westmoreland Community College.
Although published in “Reminisce” magazine and NEA’s, “This Active Life,” Mary particularly enjoys writing personal narratives for “Hometown”-- especially short stories about her childhood and school experiences in Punxsutawney.
Presently, Mary is “back to school,” as a student in Visual Arts at Westmoreland County Community College.
She currently resides in Latrobe, Pa. with her husband-- Phil, her mom--Lucy and her two wiener dogs—Lilly and Alfredo.
Working as an advertising consultant for the past 25 years, Tracey joined the Hometown magazine staff in 2005. As most in Punxsutawney know, she is active in her church and the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild.
Bringing her experience and talent, Tracey helps local businesses and professionals succeed through effective advertising programs in Hometown magazine.
She is married to Jimmy Young. Their children are Derik and Erin.
All the credit for the beautiful graphics of Hometown go to our art director Melissa Salsgiver, and her staff. Melissa is highly skilled in computer graphics, and each month makes Hometown sparkle. She puts a lot of effort into making each advertisement and each page appealing.
Originally from Pittsburgh, lives in Glen Campbell with her husband Sean, two dogs, two cats and a turtle. She has a B.S. in Communications from Clarion University and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from BC3.
S. Thomas Curry, a retired Punxsutawney Area High School art teacher and local historian, is the backbone of our content. Tom entertains and educates 20,000 readers each month with his interesting history yesteryears. Tom has a passion for history. He has a bigger fervor for preserving our town’s history. While his stories focus on Punxsutawney’s past, he brings the past to the present and to life by retelling them, and, in most cases, it is the first time our readers have learned of those stories.
Tom is married to Karen. They have two children, daughter Luann and son Scott who has a wife and two sons.
Mary Roberts, publisher of Hometown magazine, is the magazine’s go-to executive, coordinating advertising, circulation and production.
Mary has been in the publishing business since her graduation from IUP in 1980 where she obtained her finance and economics degree.
A life-long resident of Punxsutawney, Mary ensures that each and every business in the Punxsutawney area is given professional and personalized service. Her publishing knowledge and experience provide clients the opportunity to expand their business through a quality, dynamic product with total market coverage.
Mary understands what Punxsutawney and area businesses and professionals are expecting from their advertising investment and stays on the leading edge of media placement, coordinating many clients’ marketing and sales plans.
Mary and Jim have three children, Andrew, Louisa and Tess.
S. Thomas Curry
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