To those affected by Hurricane Harvey
Mother Nature is certainly showing her skills this year.
We want our friends in Texas and Louisiana to know that you are on our minds and in our hearts.  WebPress customers are more than business acquaintances to us...they are also our friends.
Please let us know how your plants fared through the wind, rain, and floods.  If you need assistance, please do call.
We also appreciate the positive thoughts and actions from the rest of our customer base with regards to those residing in the storm damage areas.  We've watched you step up in the past and have no doubt that you will again.
Read a good book lately?
Don't forget that our Pressman Manuals have everything from "settings" to maintenance recommendations in them.  The "troubleshooting" sections can be especially helpful.
Our pressman manuals come in three versions: Web Leader, Atlas, and Quad-Stack.  The Atlas manual includes the folder, but we've also separated that section as a stand-alone folder version. 
Did you know? All of our rollstands are considered "Web Leader", however we have included the Roll Stand maintenance information in both the WL and Atlas versions.
All pressman manuals can be found in the user group after signing in.  Contact Gail if you encounter any sign-in glitches.
Back to School...publishing
When we chat with our customers, we frequently hear about various ways that educational institutions fit into their revenue stream.  Some of our customers own the local newspaper.  Others are an area newsprint provider.  Either way, schools can contribute to their bottom line:
  • Course catalogs (especially at the community college level)
  • Test booklets
  • Sports posters
  • Fundraising calendars
  • Newspapers in Education
  • Group, club, theatrical and sports reporting
  • Homecoming / reunion memory magazines
  • Alumni recipe books
Sometimes giving to a education institution actually increases your exposure as well as setting you as a trusted local business entity.   Consider:
  • Sports or club sponsorships
  • Free newspapers for use in the classroom
  • A yearly scholarship awarded to a high school senior
  • Internships
Teaching Cursive...yes or no?
As we all know, "school" is not the same as when many of us were growing up.  A lot of schools don't even teach cursive anymore, with the excuse that the "digital generation" shouldn't need it.
On the other hand we are still asked "sign your name" the pharmacy, when packages need a "signature", when using a credit card, when renewing your car registration...  Is printing your name okay?  Probably, if that is what is on file...
A recent research study was conducted at the University of California - Merced campus regarding how the body "involuntarily reacts" when reading a printed page vs. a hand written page.  It's quite interesting, and is included in the "Worth Reading"  page of our user group.
But, just for fun, let's take a vote. (Press a button!)
Do you think children should be taught to read and write cursive?
We'll let you know the results in a future email.
 Pencils... the ultimate school "must have"
The most important ingredient in a pencil is the graphite, which most people continue to call lead. Conté's method of combining graphite with clay is still used, and wax or other chemicals are sometimes added as well. Virtually all graphite used today is a manufactured mixture of natural graphite and chemicals.
The wood used to manufacture pencils must be able to withstand repeated sharpening and cut easily without splintering. Most pencils are made from cedar (specifically, California cedar), the choice wood for many years. Cedar has a pleasant odor, does not warp or lose its shape, and is readily available. Some pencils have erasers, which are held on with a ferrule, the metal case that is either glued or held on with metal prongs. The erasers themselves consist of pumice and rubber.
The cedar-casing lead pencil  (manufactured at a pace of 6 billion per year in 40 different countries) continues to outsell all of its competitors, including the ballpoint pen. 
Also in Worth Reading
One of the recent articles posted to our "worth reading" section outlines the reason why one local publisher felt it was important to support his local high school theater productions, and how he accomplished it.
There is also an article from Georgia Pacific that includes the cool info graphic shown to the left of this screen outlining how paper enhances productive learning.
And, as mentioned above, the report on the research study conducted at UC-Medford is available as well.
 Parting Thought
Why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth.
 Will Rogers

Rick Guinn:  (Operations Manager)

Scott Roberts:  (Parts Manager)

Gail Sampson:  (Customer Support)

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