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February 29, 2008 - Sunny Day

Hello everyone!  I’m new to this site and hope you will enjoy the information and insider’s view that will be presented in my blog.   I’m what you would call a mascot and I couldn’t be any more proud than I am to be the mascot for the Sun-Gazette! 

You and I will travel some interesting roads together in my blog and we’ll cover some little known facts not just about the newspaper industry in general but about your hometown newspaper in particular and what it offers to you.

So, I thought that would be a good place to start – Did you know that in one form or another the Sun-Gazette has been around since 1801  - Thomas Jefferson was president back then!

We are the fourth oldest (some say 3rd oldest) newspaper in Pennsylvania and the 12th oldest in the country!

Our first publication was a weekly, the Lycoming Gazette that became a daily in 1867.

The Lycoming Gazette then acquired the West Branch Bulletin and when they merged in 1869 they became the Gazette and Bulletin publishing a daily morning edition.

In July 1870 the Williamsport Sun was launched and published in the afternoon.

This continued until 1955 when the morning Gazette and Bulletin and the afternoon Williamsport Sun were consolidated into what you now know as the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

January 1991 was the dawning not just of a new year, but the opportunity for the Sun-Gazette to serve our readers better by beginning to publish a Sunday edition evolving us into a 7 day a week publication. 

Interestingly enough 130 years after the merger of the Lycoming Gazette and the West Branch Bulletin, we returned to the morning edition format and remain as such today.

Thank goodness I’m not as old as the paper – I can’t imagine being 207 years old, but that certainly is a credit to what this newspaper has given and continues to offer to the community. 

Next time we’ll be talking about one of the features we print for your enjoyment.  So, check back here for insight into that topic.


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