Comments for: Businessman hopes to resurrect Midcoast papers; no future plans for Bar Harbor, Augusta weeklies

Posted March 12, 2012, at 6:29 p.m.
Last modified March 13, 2012, at 12:28 p.m.

ROCKLAND | The owner of a weekly publication that serves Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties announced Monday afternoon that he planned to have the former Village NetMedia newspapers back on the streets in Rockland, Camden and Belfast by next week. Reade Brower, founder and president of The Free Press, …

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  • Guest

    Let us hope he is not perceived as being bias by the right wing extremists. There is room for many different views ! It’s what America is all about……..I thought ?

  • Anonymous

    where would  we be without the local police news?

    • Anonymous

      Really…LOL…

  • Anonymous

    Seth , this is Rockland Maine.

    When you order from the drive through , do you try to work Obama into the conversation with the lady at the window?

     Try another blog or read up about Rockland Maine here at the BDN.

    • Dear Friend:  If you read the article about Richard Anderson and the closing of Village Soup in yesterday’s paper, you will see in the comments all sorts of posts about how it was President Obama who must have brought down Village Soup with his policies…Outrageous, I know….so I thought, since they are blaming him for the downfall, perhaps I will praise him for the resurrection.  And, I know all about Rockland, Maine….I had dinner there last night.

      thanks for reading.

      • Anonymous

        Indeed! Seth enjoys patronizing many of the area’s quaint little dining establishments. He has found the local residents to be quite charming… real salt-of-the-earth folks! And let us not forget how his great-grandfather once took Polo lessons in Rockland while the family summered in Camden!

        (OK, joking. But can we please just get back on topic?)

  • Anonymous

    Great News. Hope the 56 jobs are all saved!

    • Anonymous

       That would be lovely, but it appears that two of the papers, including the one I read, are not included in the plan, so even with this plan people will lose jobs.

      • more bull from the empty skull.

  • Anonymous

     Yawn.

  • Tyke

     Why are you anti business and against saving jobs?

    • Guest

       Guess they/he/she likes to say liBEERal.

  • Anonymous

    Oh gawd!

  • Anonymous

    Hey NumbSkull:
    Yes, you should worry. The level of writing in the Free Press ( and presumably the new publication, by extension,) is so far above your ability to comprehend that this could bode poorly for you.

  • Anonymous

    The problem with this “news” paper is once you read the first page, there was no more news, it was all adds and useless stuff. What these towns need are a newspaper that actually has some news in them, not a ton of “community happenings” and “Church news”. Please, give us the news, state, local and National! thank you!

    To treehugger9……thanks for pointing out the fact that I placed a second “D” to the word AD, and I am truly sorry for my mistake. I know it must have made you feel much better knowing you helped an old man out of a hard spelling time! your a doll!

    • Anonymous

      EXACTLY…

    • Anonymous

      Agreed!!  And getting “both sides” of the story is always good.

  • sounds to me that you may need to use the the rag for mouth stuffing.

  • Good for you Reade…I knew that you would step up to the plate! The Free Press has always been my favorite news read in the Midcoast since its arrival, luckily around the same time the Maine Times closed shop. Looking
     forward to a new subscription.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like the Bar Harbor Times won’t be coming back as the other papers are?

    • Anonymous

       Nor Capital Weekly

      • Anonymous

        Right–and unlike many other Village Soup market areas, there isn’t another paper (besides  the KJ) serving Augusta.

    • Anonymous

      Makes sense for the Bar Harbor Times, it lost to the Islander years ago. I have been amazed at how it continued to shrink and still hang on; it had to be losing money.

  • Anonymous

    The quality of the FREE PRESS, though not much hard news, is higher than the BDN, where they supposedly pay their staff.

    The FREE PRESS buying out the Village Soup assets is a very good sign for midcoast.   There was less and less worth reading in their newspapers and websites.   I never paid for a paper, for that reason.   Mostly read the unpaid columnists who were my friends, with news from their towns.

    • Sue

      I so agree with you. Their local investigative reporting is the best. And they have that new columnist, Tom Sadowski, whom I absolutely love!

      Thanks, Mr. Brower! I too was hoping you’d step up. FWIW, I read your paper weekly but wouldn’t touch the Village Snoop papers.

  • Information is overvalued.

  • Anonymous

    He announced on his web site that he is going to restart newspapers?  That seems a little ironic doesn’t it?  Just like video rental stores newspapers will be gone soon.  Give it up.

  • Anonymous

    What assets will the Free Press be buying ? I thought Anderson ran everything dry – including that eight hundred thousand dollar grant he was given. Nice job.

    • Guest

      If JB was still in office, a millon dollar grant would have been in order to push the liberal agenda through the papers…
      Slanted newsprint needs to pass away on there own, without taxpayer grants.

  • Anonymous

    May as well forget the Bar Harbor Times  as it has not been very good since The Islander became available.  The Times could not get any thinner

    • I’ve said before that I never thought the island could support 2 weeklies,  However it would be nice if he is not going to revive the paper, to allow someone else to buy the assets, in case they do want to try and make a go of it.

  • Guest

    Here is an Idea, Report the News, Don’t make it up!!!!

  • Anonymous

    The Free Press is a great little paper for what it is. It’s primarily an advertising vehicle but is enhanced with well-written editorials and commentaries; reviews, a lot of information about cultural events, and advertising that’s truly relevant to the Midcoast community both in content and presentation.  It’s the only paper that I actually take time to look at most of the ads in. It’s a paper with a soul. Clearly they’re doing something right if week after week, year after year, it’s given away free of charge and they’re staying in business. I think that speaks volumes about both the advertisers and the readers.
    Given this chance to create a true newspaper, my sense is that the folks at the Free Press are going to put out a fine product. I look forward to subscribing.

    • Guest

      Cultural events??? You want a Cultural Event, pay your oil man in cash next time he/she fills you tank…

      • Anonymous

        Huh? 

  • Anonymous

    I stopped buying the Bar Harbor Times because it was inferior to the Islander. I am surprised that it took as long as it did to go under. 

  • I’ll take advertising rates if anyone here works for the paper if the rates are reasonable. 

  • Anonymous

    AWESOME news! Will be the first in line to get my copy as well as my constant reading on-line.

  • Anonymous

    Since the Bangor Daily News doesn’t cover anything in Waldo County unless it involves a shooting, Brower’s likely got a clear field to work in. And the Republican Journal never covered anything outside of Belfast. Hopefully understands there is news beyond the Route 1 cutoff in Waldo COunty and it isn’t always the police beat.

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