On Monday November 27th, the community was given the very sad update that the Stittsville News along with many other local community newspapers across Ontario will be shutting their doors. The media companies, Post Media and Torstar, announced in a press release Monday morning that Postmedia would get two dozen community newspapers and two free commuter dailies from Torstar, and at the same time give 17 newspapers (15 community papers and two big-city free commuter dailies) to Torstar.
The Stittsville News has been a part of our community for just under 60 years, publishing its first-ever four-page issue on December 12, 1957. Since 1975, the paper has been under the guidance of editor-in-chief, John Curry, with the support and involvement of his mother, sister, and nephew who helped maintain the circulation lists and produce the addressed paper bags in which the paper was mailed to subscribers each week. Other local residents became involved with the paper over the years such as the late Barb Fairbrother who handled office duties for almost 20 years.
Rarely an event went by in Stittsville or Goulbourn that was not covered and photographed by John Brummell. Mr. Brummell, a good friend of Mr. Curry’s, came on originally as a volunteer back in 1993, to then retire from the paper less than one year ago.
As a local paper, these journalists always represented the community by highlighting the names of individuals in all photographs – helping to make even the most bashful of us local celebrities – and creating a link for future residents to connect with their past.
It was through the support and dedication of this team and that of the community and its many groups and organizations that The Stittsville News became a household name.
The Stittsville News has been an integral part of our community’s history; from documenting community announcements to promoting and sharing the accomplishments of our individuals and our families, the paper has kept us informed and updated on matters that affect us from both the local and City perspective.
Unfortunately, with growth of the internet and the rise of social media, news sources have evolved. But let us not forget the wholesomeness and the grass roots of the local community paper; a paper that touched many of our lives; a paper whose clippings are tucked away in between the pages of parents’ scrap books celebrating their children’s accomplishments or special announcements. For this, I thank all those both past and present who have been a part of the making of The Stittsville Newspaper what is today.
For a more detailed history of the Stittsville Newspaper I invite you to read an article published in the paper in March of 2013 History of the Stittsville Newspaper