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Local news is fading away

4 Sep

In yesterday’s hard-copy Democrat and Chronicle, the editors announced that publication of the weekly Post newspapers — including the Irondequoit/Penfield/Webster edition we get here in town — will be discontinued after Oct. 24.

The D&C merged with Gatehouse Media — which publishes the Post newspapers — about two years ago. I must admit that after the merger, the quality of our local Post edition greatly improved. Before the merger, the Webster Post was really a waste of subscription money (and I say that tongue-in-cheek because the subscription was free). It offered very little interesting and useful local news aside from school district press releases. But when the D&C came on board, several reporters were assigned to provide content. Yes, it was still mostly filled with press releases, but finally there were also some interesting feature stories. It was more than worth what I paid for it.

But now the Post is folding, and with it one more source for local Webster news.

But we here in Webster are in a better place than many communities when it comes to local, journalistic news (that is, not Facebook groups). We have three distinct outlets we can turn to for information about events, town and village government news, feature stories and lots more.

The first, of course, is this Webster on the Web blog. But you already know about that. I’m actually working on making this an even more useful stop by adding pages with links to community organizations, and maps pinpointing local services. But I’ll tell you more about that in a few days.

There’s also our very own weekly newspaper, the Webster Herald. New editor Colin Minster is still getting his legs under him, but is clearly learning more and more about our town and village every day, and is providing a great mix of news and features.

Thirdly, there’s Webster Online News, a website run by former Herald editor Anna Hubbell, which posts local news and events stories, plus other interesting tidbits like a Cook Nook and Health Corner.

Not only are these three news outlets at your service, we’re collaborating to make our products even more accessible. When you log onto Webster Online News, for example, you’ll see one of my blogs re-posted there every week. You’ll also see a link to the website on the right side of this page. Plus, starting this coming week, the Herald will also be cross-publishing a Webster on the Web blog every two weeks, focusing specifically on Village happenings.

So log on, subscribe, spread the word, and keep reading. We’ll keep you up to date on Webster as well as we can.

And rest assured, we’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

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Family game night: happy children, happy meeting

1 Aug

Friday night’s first-ever Family Game Night seemed to be a popular event. When I joined it about an hour into the evening’s festivities, a few hundred people were milling around or seated at the tables. Many were enjoying their beverages or having dinner, others were listening to the musician, or chatting with friends, or playing games and chalking the street with their children.

Basically, everyone who attended was having a good time doing SOMETHING, appreciating the excuse to get out of the house again and spend some time with friends and neighbors on a beautiful summer evening.

The best part of the evening, however, was the opportunity for kids to have some fun in a safe environment while their parents socialized. The organizers — the Webster Business Improvement District — had put out giant games for the kids to play with, like Jenga, Connect Four and Cornhole. There was also plenty of sidewalk chalk to be had, and by the time I got there, West Main Street was already filled with artwork.

It was all a very pleasant ending to the village’s Christas in July Week.

Here’s a gallery of photos from the evening:

The happy meeting which I mentioned in the headline referred to the chance I had to meet and share a pint with Colin Minster, the new editor of the Webster Herald.

Colin replaces Anna Hubbel, who has been with the paper for the last seven years. Colin brings with him experience as a writer and researcher for the Finger Lakes Times, but this is his first full-time editing position. He’s fairly new to Webster, but in the short time he’s been here, he seems to have fallen in love with the town, and is looking forward to telling everyone more about it.

“I like Webster a lot,” he said. “There are so many cool, fun things that Webster does. It’s such a cool town.”

So you can expect the Herald to continue to cover hard news stories, like the recent sewer consolidation discussions, but also lots of community news, like Colin’s reflections on the recent Waterfront Arts Festival. Both stories ran on the front page of last week’s edition. He also hopes to fire up a few columns of his own.

Colin currently lives in Penn Yan but is looking to buy a house in Webster.

Welcome to Webster, Colin. I think you’re really going to like it here.

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Welcome to a new journalistic colleague

23 Jun

lily brunnerI would like to send out a personal welcome to Lily Brunner, the new editor for the Webster Herald. 

Lily is taking over for Anna Hubbel, who will not be leaving the paper entirely, but will be scaling back her responsibilities.

According to Lily’s first-page article of introduction in this week’s edition, she’s a resident of Brighton and a brand spanking new graduate of Houghton College in Caneadea, NY (west of Hornell) where she earned a degree in communication. She originally wanted to become an elementary school teacher, she wrote, but halfway through her college career “started to discover my passion for working in media and communications.”

Lily is especially passionate about photography, so I think we’ll be seeing some pretty spectacular photos of local events in coming editions.

Welcome to Webster, Lily! I’m sure our paths will cross soon. I look forward to meeting you.

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