June 30, 2010 —
The Hudson Post-Gazette will have two new owners, effective as of this issue.
Ed Potter, who is the third generation of the same family to own the paper, is selling the paper to Post-Gazette editor Wes Boyd and his daughter, Amanda.
The Post-Gazette and its predecessor, the Hudson Gazette, had been in the Potter and Stone families for 102 years.
Wes will continue to be editor, and will take over as publisher; Amanda will become business manager and associate editor.
Neither of the Boyds are exactly new to the community. Wes has worked for the Post-Gazette for 24 years, and will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of his first story in the paper later this month. He’s done a few other things over the years, including once being a flight instructor, and editing a national newsletter, as well as working for other papers.
Amanda is no stranger to Hudson or the Post-Gazette either; she’s been around it since preschool days over twenty years ago, when her father Wes brought her to work instead of hiring a babysitter. She’s a 2001 graduate of Hudson Area High School, and a 2005 graduate of Siena Heights University. She spent over two years since in the Peace Corps in Chengdu, China, teaching English as a second language, and also spent time in Japan, Holland and England. During Wes’s illness late last year, she filled in for him getting the paper out within hours of her return from China.
“There will be changes in the Post-Gazette,” Wes said. “But we’re not going to be making changes just for the sake of making changes. Amanda’s involvement will bring a younger, fresher viewpoint to the paper. Her being with the paper opens the door to it continuing to be a vital part of the community for a long time to come.”
“We want to focus on the fact that Hudson is a great place to live,” Amanda added. “It wasn’t until I spent time in other parts of the world that I realized just how good a place it is.”
Bill Mullaly will continue as the Post-Gazette sports reporter, and Pauline Garr will continue as a part-time bookkeeper.
In making the disclosure, Ed Potter, Post-Gazette editor and publisher for over six decades, commented that he is pleased with the transaction. “I am looking forward to other pursuits of interest with one being to write about highlights, experiences and people associated with the newspaper during those years.” These will appear in future issues.
Post-Gazette to feature new web site, online subscriptions
One of the changes coming to the Post-Gazette won’t be in the paper at all: the paper will have a new web site, hudsonpg.net, which replaces the former hudsonpg.com.
The new website has a whole newer, fresher look, one that’s considerably more interactive than the old site. For the convenience of out of town viewers, new items on the web site will be available on a RSS feed while will be automatically updated for the viewer. There is no charge for the RSS service, which features thenews items on the web site.
The new website will allow for better coverage of breaking news events as well as having business and community service listings.
A new community calendar section of the website will update readers on coming events in the community; sports schedules will be among the items on the listing.
The Post-Gazette will also offer web subscriptions to the paper, where .pdf files of the actual pages of the paper will be e-mailed to subscribers on Wednesday mornings. The cost for this service will be $18.00 per year; orders can be made and paid for by credit card on the hudsonpg.net.
Readers with items for the paper or the community calendar are encouraged to e-mail the paper at email@example.com, or alternatively firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another e-mail address occasionally used, service@ hudsonpg.com, will be phased out as quickly as possible. This address should not be used to contact the paper.
New hours for Post-Gazette
Effective next week the Post-Gazette will be changing its business hours, which will include some Saturday hours to better cover community events and be more available to customers. While they may change in time, for the present the hours will be:
• Monday and Tuesday – 8AM to 4 PM.
• Wednesday and Friday – 9 AM to 4 PM.
• Thursday – 9 AM to noon; closed Thursday afternoons.