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How do you write an obituary for a cookie?

This photo, provided by Rodney Stauffer, was too grainy to use for print. It's a old Milk Custard box.

This photo, provided by Rodney Stauffer, was too grainy to use for print. It’s a old Milk Custard box.

This might be one of my favorite consumer-y stories I’ve done in a long time.

It started with an email about cookies. People couldn’t find them.

At first, I thought it sounded ridiculous.

It’s a fact of life. Companies discontinue products all the time.

After all, whatever happened to French Toast Crunch or Surge? BuzzFeed has a pretty good list right here.

So, what makes this situation different?

I’m going out on a limb here. No one’s holiday traditions (God. At least I hope not.) are tied to short-lived sugary soft drinks or strange, toast-shaped cereals. Continue reading


Hallmark holiday greetings start at Spring Grove paper mill

Originally published on Page A1 of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Wednesday, December 21, 2011.

Daily Record/Sunday News

You’ve penned the thoughtful messages, stuck the stamps and sealed envelopes until your tongue throbbed with papercuts.

But before you lighten your load on the U.S. Postal Service, take a deeper look:

Those heartfelt holiday greetings — and the envelopes they’re sealed in — may have started as trunks of U.S. grown trees broken down into millions of pulp fibers, bound together and rolled out the door in massive reams at one of Glatfelter’s mills in Spring Grove or Ohio.

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