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Changing of the Guard at The Rocket-Courier

Today's edition of the Rocket-Courier marks a significant change.

Earlier this year when editor Wes Skillings announced that he would be stepping down to pursue other interests, today, March 31, was the date he set for his departure.

So today we bid farewell to Wes and welcome new editor Rick Hiduk.

Skillings, who began serving as editor in November 1986, when he replaced former editor Steffe Berdy, earned numerous awards for writing excellence over his 24 years as editor. He says his departure from the Rocket-Courier doesn't mean he is retiring, however, and he plans to continue working as a freelance writer and blogger.

Rick Hiduk, a Penn State graduate, comes to the Rocket-Courier from Lancaster County where he served as reporter, photographer and editor of three weekly newspapers for seven years.

Hiduk traces his roots to Herrick Township where many members of his family continue to reside. His father is Gene Hiduk, a Wyalusing Valley High School graduate who currently resides in New Albany. His mom, Rose Johnson Shartle, a Towanda High School graduate, resides in Tunkhannock.

Rick grew up in Towanda and graduated from Tunkhannock High School. He often spent weekends at his family's farm between Camptown and Herrickville.

He said he considers it an honor" to serve as editor of the Rocket-Courier, "a paper that has been a staple of my family's life since before I was born.

Skillings is ending a career in journalism that spans over 30 years. Prior to serving as Rocket-Courier editor, he was editor of The Daily Review in Towanda and prior to that worked for the Grit in Williamsport.

Rocket-Courier employees will gather tonight for a farewell dinner for Skillings.

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