VANDALISM? CORRUPTION? HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO TURN? NO STORY TOO BIG OR SMALL THE OSN WILL INVESTIGATE! Please email news tips to Hildelysiak@gmail.com
Hi, this is Hilde Kate Lysiak, the publisher of the Orange Street News. Many of you have reached out to me to ask why I haven’t been publishing many stories over the past two weeks. The reason; I have been busy packing up my home office and belongings. See, my family has decided to move me across the country, from Selinsgrove to the small town of Patagonia Arizona, about 18 miles from the United States Mexico border.
This wasn’t my choice. I didn’t ask for this move.
Selinsgrove is the town where about five years ago I started my newspaper when I reported my first exclusive — the birth of my baby sister. Selinsgrove is also where I have all my sources, some of which I’ve worked on for years to earn their trust. It is where I’ve reported on hundreds of stories that the local adult run newspaper couldn’t (or wouldn’t) touch.
I am proud of my work.
The OSN was the only one to stand up to the dishonest District Attorney, shed light on the drug issue in Selinsgrove High School, expose the corruption at the local fire department, take on a KKK member, and report on countless other exclusives too.
Now this means starting over.
However, I’m not slumping my shoulders. I intend of making the most of the move and use it as an opportunity to grow.
Since I started the Orange Street News in 2014 I have learned a lot of interesting lessons. As I’ve grown as a reporter, I feel like my readers have grown with me.
I want to thank the people of Selinsgrove and the hundreds of people I have met who have trusted me to share their stories or give me tips, and sometimes point me to the right court documents. I’m especially appreciative of the workers at the Kind Cafe, where I made into my office when my house would get too loud and would loiter for hour after hour to work and conduct interviews or research.
I didn’t always see eye to eye with the Selinsgrove Police Department, but I always respected them and felt like that respect was mutual.
But now I move on..
Now it is time to expand my horizons. How? The OSN is going to shift focus from local crime to stories (unfortunately, Patagonia just doesn’t have a lot of crime) to reporting on bigger investigations that have more national interest. If I’m covering the same things I don’t think I can really grow as a reporter. I want to try to do new things with my paper, and I have been thinking about this for almost a year, so what better time then now, when I’m in a new place?
I also understand that some readers may have paid for a subscription because they wanted to stay up on the local news happening in Selinsgrove, PA. For those people, I would like to offer a full unconditional refund and my sincere apologies for not being able to meet my obligation. I look forward to the day when I am 18 years old I am not at the mercy of others and will be able to make my own decisions.
I am so excited to turn this new page. Journalism and finding the truth is my passion. I look forward to giving my readers the quality paper they deserve.
And finally, one last note to the good people of Selinsgrove. Everyday I woke up and felt determined to get you the truth. In return, so many of you have trusted me with your time and subscription money. Please know that was a trust I held as sacred. I hope you feel like I’ve honored your trust. I hope you feel like together we made a difference.
And just maybe, I hope, I left the town just a little bit more informed than the day five years ago when my seven year old self scribbled out my first created the sign pasted to my home office all those years ago.