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'I learned a lot about Charlton'

Charlton Gazette ends 21-year run

The final issue of the Charlton Gazette. Adam Minor. (click for larger version)
May 25, 2011
CHARLTON — The economy claimed another independent media outlet this month, as the local Charlton Gazette printed its last issue after 21 years.

"Everything has a life, and something new will come along," said Ed Bair, one of the almost-all-volunteer magazine's editorial board members. "… It was a nice experiment in local journalism, and I think a lot of people will miss it."

"In the beginning, we tried to be all things to all people, but we found being a reporter and a newspaper is exhausting," he added. "… It was more of a bottom-up thing, as opposed to us deciding what was important."

The paper long ago determined it couldn't be a newspaper per se, he said, so it focused mostly on giving community members a chance to express themselves and their interests. In that time, some things came to be quite popular about both the material and the people involved.

"This was a great way to get really local news in the paper," said Library Director Cheryl Hansen. "It has a homey touch … a personal touch. Ron [Wilmot] always came around to drop off our copies; it was truly a one-man show."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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