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FROM THE PUBLISHERS: Rain, sleet or snow, your newspaper is on its way

BGNN and DGKN publishers Kurt Immler & Heather Immler

BGNN and DGKN publisher Kurt Immler’s father, Dave Immler, of Norton, was a paperboy in the 1940s.

Local newspapers have come a long way since the mid-16th century, when they were essentially  handwritten pamphlets, hand-distributed in parts of Europe. The invention of the printing press enabled much wider distribution, and along came the paperboys.

The first paperboy is reputed to have been 10-year-old Barney Flaherty, who carried bundles of New York City’s The Sun News in 1833. In the big cities, newsboys or “hawkers,” also stood on street corners to shout out the day’s big headline and sell papers.

Paperboys — traditionally a first job for many American youth — are pretty much a thing of the past now. There are still newspaper carriers, of course, but they are adults in cars, rather than boys and girls on bikes.

For a printed, weekly newspaper, like your Gazette & News, delivery by mail has been the most-efficient method — both in terms of time and cost. There’s also the digital, e-edition, of course, which is always going to be the fastest route from our news staff to your reading eyes.

But, in print, even the mail isn’t perfect.

We understand the frustration of loyal readers when the newspaper arrives later than expected. And rest assured, we are doing everything in our power to make the delivery better and smoother — and most of all, sooner. That has included hand-delivering newspapers to readers who have called, emailed or texted to share their frustration over a late delivery.

We are taking bigger steps to correct these distribution issues, and in the meantime, want you to know what you can expect.

We are transitioning to a different mail distribution system so this week’s newspaper, will be delivered by members of our staff to your door. We are hoping to return to postal delivery before the end of November.

Thank you for your patience, and for supporting your local, community newspaper.

Kurt & Heather Immler, Publishers
Christina & Robert McCune, Editors


1 Comment

  1. Kenneth Walkley on November 27, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    I have not received a paper again! This is the second time I have complained paying for my subscription. I did not receive a paper last week or this current week?

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