The Landmark, a paid circulation weekly newspaper serving five towns north of Worcester, Massachusetts published its largest issue ever today. The newspaper was founded in 1976.
The April 5 edition that hit mailboxes and stores in the Wachusett region of Massachusetts was a record 160 pages. The issue was mailed to all households in the towns of Holden, Paxton, Rutland, Princeton and Sterling as part of a semi-annual subscription drive.
The issue included a 32-page “Hey Kids” section focused on family activities in the area for the spring and summer. The Landmark’s front-page story detailed a local catholic college’s decision to rescind an invite to the wife of Senator Ted Kennedy to speak at graduation.
“We hear a lot about the supposed struggles of newspapers these days, and I couldn’t be more proud of our staff here as they once again have proved the claims to be overblown,” said Publisher Gareth Charter. “This issue of The Landmark is not only the largest ever in terms of pages, but it carries advertising from over 360 local businesses. The advertising revenue surpassed our previous high for a single issue by 20 percent!”
The paper carried a special offer to subscribe that includes free access to all archives and news on the paper’s companion website at thelandmark.com.
“Truly local newspapers and websites, that are trusted local brands, have an incredibly bright future in our opinion,” added Charter. “Our staff lives, works, and plays here and we care about these communities. The Landmark matters here, and local businesses have shown that to be true this week in record numbers.”
In addition to The Landmark, the Holden Landmark Corporation publishes Worcester Mag, the Leominster Champion, The Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and baystateparent magazine, all in print and digital forms.