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Boy Scouts visit Silver Belt

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 10th, 2009

Andrea Marcanti / Arizona Silver Belt
Future Pressmen from Boy Scout Troop 883 take a look at the Silver Belt’s 1969 Goss Community off-set web press. Boys Scouts toured the Arizona Silver Belt on Thursday, Nov. 5.

GLOBE — The Arizona Silver Belt received a special visit from Boy Scout Troop 833 on Thursday, Nov. 5. The Boy Scouts took a tour of the Silver Belt office and pressroom.

“In order for the boys to receive a bead that goes toward their Bear merit badges, they needed to visit a local newspaper and look up some historical stories,” said Troop Leader Donna DalMolin.

The Boy Scouts’ first question for the Silver Belt staff was, “Why do you call it the Silver Belt?” The staff explained to the Scouts that back in 1878 when the Silver Belt first started, they mined silver in this town instead of copper. It was before Globe was officially a city, and only a few mining camps occupied the area. These camps formed a belt across Globe and Miami, and hence the Silver Belt got its name. The staff also explained to the Scouts that they’ve always kept the name because of 131 years of tradition.

Next, Head Pressman David Petersen gave the Scouts a tour of the Silver Belt’s printing facilities. When the Scouts saw the large rolls of printing paper they said, “They look like toilet paper rolls for giants.”

Petersen showed them how the Silver Belt develops film, performs color alignment and registration, processes plates, and sets up the press. Petersen then gave the boys a presentation of how the press works by printing out several test pieces that they could take home.

The Scouts were full of questions about recycling newspaper and the dangers of running a large printing press.

The Silver Belt staff also showed the Scouts several newspaper editions from 1967 to 1980. The Scouts said, “Man, those are some old newspapers.” The staff also had PDF editions from the early 1900s to show the Scouts, back when the Silver Belt was a daily newspaper.

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