August 2016

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This issue of 'NewBeat' was printed by 621 Columbia Street Ext., Suite 100 Cohoes, NY 12047 PA New York Press Association We are in need of more editorial cartoonists! NYPA facilitates an editorial cartoon exchange for NYPA member newspapers. If you're an editorial cartoonist interested in having your artwork published in newspapers, please e-mail Cartoonists will be paid $5 every time a cartoon is published, paid once a month. For more information, log onto and click on the "Editorial Cartoon" link. C ommunity Papers of Western New York, which owns the weekly Hamburg Sun, the Springville Journal, the Sun papers, several Pennysavers and other publications and businesses, filed for bankruptcy last December. In mid July, the bankruptcy court removed Community Papers' protection from creditors, which led to the closing. The company closed July 25th. Publisher James C. Austin notified employees about the closing in an email. At the time of the filing, an attorney for the company said it had 200 employees, most of them part time, though the number was believed to be less than half that when the company closed. Billed as "New York State's largest publisher of free weekly community newspapers," the chain, at one time, delivered newspapers to more than 258,000 homes and more than 300 other locations each week.The papers it published included the Amherst Getzville Sun and Hamburg Sun with separate editions in Clarence, the city and town of Tonawanda, Kenmore, Lockport, Lancaster, North Tonawanda, Orchard Park, Cheektowaga, Springville, Cuba, West Seneca and several other communities.One of the weeklies, the Hamburg Sun, can trace its pedigree to 1875, with the founding of the Erie County Independent. The Hamburg Sun was founded in 1945 by Dick Allen, who used to work for the Independent. In 1947 he bought the Independent for $500 after the death of its publisher, and added its name to the masthead, according to a history published in the paper. The Springville Journal was celebrating its 150 anniversary when the company closed.The Community Papers chain, originally known as the Metro Community Newspapers, changed hands in 2014. Community Papers of Western New York ceases publication

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