Posted on August 19, 2009 in General Interest
The Millbury-Sutton Chronicle (August 6, 2009)
By Deb Shaw
Imagine buying a twenty-one year old local weekly newspaper in 2007 and then factor
in the economic chaos and industry commotion that’s ensued in the interim. With
the aid of hindsight and 2009 style wisdom, would you do it again? No doubt Gareth
Charter would, and for very good reason. The property has seen continuous growth
in both circulation and ad revenue since the new owners, Holden Landmark Corporation,
took over two years ago and the future continues to look very bright indeed.
The Millbury-Sutton Chronicle in suburban Worcester, Massachusetts was previously
owned by local residents Alec and Andree Belisle who were and remain very deeply
rooted in the community. “They know everyone in town,” says Holden Landmark Publisher
Charter who credits their deep roots and uncompromising commitment to a local, local,
local mission as ingredients in the initial appeal. In fact, Alec continues to be
active in the community and sits on the board of the local credit union.
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