Office of Town of Warwick Historian presents awards to local newspapers

Historian: 'They have challenged us to civilly engage with the community to gain a vision ... for the future'

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  • Photo by Roger Gavan During the brief ceremony, Supervisor Sweeton and Dr. Hull presented Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation plaques to each newspaper. From left, Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Warwick Valley Dispatch Editor Jennifer O'Connor and Publisher Eugene Wright, Warwick Advertiser Publisher Jeanne Straus and Managing Editor Bob Quinn and Town of Warwick Historian Dr. Richard Hull.

— During the Town of Warwick Board Meeting on Thursday, May 11, Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Town Historian Dr. Richard Hull took the opportunity to thank and congratulate the editors and publishers of both The Warwick Advertiser and the Warwick Valley Dispatch for their long, dedicated and distinguished service to the people of the community.

"These are both community papers," said Hull, "and 'community' I believe is one of the pillars or foundation stones of our American democracy."

He also thanked Deputy Town Historian Sue Gardner, the Albert Wisner Public Library and the Warwick Historical Society for archiving past copies of both papers and making them accessible to the public.

'A sense of identity'Hull pointed out that The Warwick Advertiser, founded in 1866 and one of New York's oldest newspapers, is a year older than the incorporation of the Village of Warwick, now celebrating its 150-year history.

Not far behind, The Warwick Valley Dispatch was founded in 1885 and has been published for 132 years.

"For more than 150 years," said Hull, "Warwick has hugely benefited from its newspapers. They have given us a sense of identity, of pride in our people and their institutions, in helping us to understand and effectively deal with key community issues.

"They have challenged us to civically engage with the community and to gain a vision and blueprint for the future," Hull added. "Thus, local grassroots-level newspapers are absolutely critical to the health of our democratic institutions."

During the brief ceremony, Sweeton and Hull presented Certificates of Recognition and Appreciation plaques to each newspaper.

- Roger Gavan

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