On Jan. 24 the Waterville Times began its 162nd year of publication. Not a lot of pre-Civil War newspapers remain in active print publication; we’re proud to continue a legacy that began in 1857 and carries into 2019.
In today’s niche market of news, the Times continues with a formula that worked in those Civil War Days right through today. We simply give you news you can’t get elsewhere.
People can get their national news and state news and even regional news from a variety of sources. You can access dozens of news websites and social media feeds any time of day or night to learn the latest news from a variety of places around the state and country.
What you won’t find on those sites are the discussions from the latest town, village and school board meetings. As we say, we sit through those meetings so you don’t have to.
Sports news can also be obtained in a number of places for college and pro teams. You can learn about Syracuse University basketball from many places, but only in the Times can you read this week about the basketball teams from Waterville, Clinton and Brookfield.
In fact, this issue illustrates nicely why it’s still fun to publish a weekly all-local community newspaper in 2019. We get to tell the community about the great achievement by the Clinton High School Science Olympiad team. And celebrate the latest player to reach 1,000 points for Waterville basketball.
Kirkland Library had us out walking and jogging in a .5 K event. And Ellen Feinstein’s story of a childhood affected by World War II, losing her birth parents to the Holocaust but being saved by a generous Polish couple and then her aunt and uncle, is a beautiful look at the strength of the human spirit.
Local students shine at their colleges and in the Clinton Arena, the Warriors took on rival New Hartford in a boys hockey matchup. If living in or near Kraft Hockeyville 2018 still doesn’t get your blood pumping when the Warriors and Spartans take the ice, then read Tom Adams’ column and catch some of his enthusiasm.
Different stories than first appeared in 1857, but the concept of all local and only local in these pages continues to be our pledge to our readers. Happy 162nd birthday to us, we wouldn’t be here without you.