GREENVILLE, Maine — After 41 years, the Moosehead Messenger has decided to cease publication.
Its Feb. 9 edition was the last issue.
“We certainly do not view our decision to cease publishing the Messenger as a defeat, but as a personal choice for us,” said publisher Aggie Purinton of KoPenTen LLC. “Our journey has not been without obstacles along the way and many of them were too difficult to overcome.”
Economic factors and the owner’s desire to pursue other ventures were listed as reasons for the paper’s closing.
“We have been proud of the paper we produced and have tried to remain true to our vision by offering professional journalism and great photography to our readers,” said Purinton. “We know the Messenger has often been imitated, but imitations will never replace the original Moosehead Messenger.”
Subscribers to the Moosehead Messenger will be sent issues of the Highlands Journal to fill out the subscription beginning on Feb. 16.
The Messenger has been managed by Bangor-based Hometown Newspapers LLC since January 2011.
“While we hate to see any newspaper close, we understand Aggie’s position and support her 100 percent,” said Robert Pushard, publisher of Hometown Newspapers. “These are very tough economic times, and the advertising revenue to support two independent weekly newspapers in a market that small just isn’t there.”
Moosehead Matters, a second weekly in the Greenville area, began publication in 2007.
The Highlands Journal said it will include some features of the Messenger in its paper.