by Kevin Dicciani
The Chestnut Hill Local has won four awards in the 2015 Keystone Press Awards, making it the third year in a row the Pennsylvania News Media Association has recognized the newspaper for its contributions as a weekly publication.
Associate editor Sue Ann Rybak, winner of a Keystone Award in 2013 and 2014, won the first-place award for her series on Sex Trafficking. The series ran from August to September, 2014.
Local Life editor Len Lear, who won first and second-place last year for a Personality Profile on Mt. Airy singer Sharon Katz and for another on Hill physician Dr. George L. Spaeth, won second place in the Feature Story category for his piece titled “Vince Viola does thing my wei.”
Humor columnist Jim Harris won first place for three articles featured in his column, “Life So Far.” The titles were: “Send poor people into space (along with Chris Christie),” “Put statues of corrupt Philly judges outside Art Museum,” and “Would you believe that Dick Cheney may be joining ISIS?” It is Harris’ second Keystone Award.
“Over the Top” columnist Mike Todd won second place for three articles: “Prediction for upcoming winter – it’s snow way to live,” “Do-it-yourself: You can have kids or friends, not both,” and “Your odds of finding dinosaurs bones in the backyard: 50-50?” This is Todd’s first Keystone Award.
The winners will be presented their awards by the PNMA during the Pennsylvania Press Conference on May 30 at the Wyndham Gettysburg.