Welcome to the new Waterbury Record. We are so pleased to be able to bring a weekly, community newspaper back to Waterbury after a long absence — 60 years! You can read about the history of the Waterbury Record elsewhere in the pages of this newspaper this week, but this space will be devoted to telling you about the future.

The people behind the Waterbury Record are passionate about community journalism. We understand that newspapers are unique: private businesses that hold a public trust. We want you to turn to us to find out about what’s going on in your town, but we also want to know what you think and what’s going on in your world.

Unlike larger, daily newspapers that have to worry about finding space for international, national and statewide news, the Waterbury Record will focus exclusively on the people, events and happenings that touch your daily lives. We will show how statewide — and sometimes even worldwide — events affect life here in Waterbury, Waterbury Center and Duxbury. We will do our best to explain your municipal and school budgets, the pros and cons of the town/village merger and what’s going on with that piece of property down the street. We will also report on the goings-on in Montpelier and how they might affect you.

The pages of the Waterbury Record will be filled with news about your neighbors, letters to the editor and longer opinion columns, and feature stories about the community and the people who live and work here.

We are pleased to feature the work of your neighbors in this inaugural issue, including that of noted author and journalist David Goodman and marketing expert Liz Schlegel.

The best community newspapers become a part of the towns they serve. The Waterbury Record will help sponsor community events and we are available to talk to school and community groups about newspapers and journalism.

This is an exciting time in Waterbury. The renovation of the Waterbury train station, the commitment of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and official “downtown” designation have people all over central Vermont and the state talking about Waterbury.

We are grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of a growing, vibrant community and will do our part to make that community even better.

From a journalism standpoint, that doesn’t mean telling only “happy” stories. Real community journalism tells all of the truth, and helps the community grow and

learn from its challenging news and events.

Just as the community learns from its mistakes, so do we. We know that, no matter how hard we try, there will be times when we make errors. We also know that there are often more than two sides to every story. While we will strive always to be accurate and fair, we know that sometimes we will falter.

That is where you come in.

Please tell us what you think, of this issue and the many to come. We want to hear what you like, what you don’t like and what we can improve.

We also want to know your ideas for the paper, opinions on what is going on in your community, and your news.

Please e-mail me at marchangelo@waterburyrecord.com or news@waterburyrecord.com, or call me at 802-253-2101, extension 29. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Maria Archangelo

Editor and Publisher

The Waterbury Record

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