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Orléans Ward
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(Updated 2:30 p.m., Nov. 17)
Orléans Star purchased by OrleansOnline founder

By Courtney Edgar

The Orléans Star was purchased by community member and online media entrepreneur, Fred Sherwin, as a means to return the once corporately-owned newspaper back to its community roots. It was previously owned by Transcontinental Media.

He has plans to turn the 30-year-old weekly paper into a bi-weekly publication, and will continue to make the online presence of the Orléans community loud and proud.

Sherwin worked with the Star between 1989 and 2001, leaving to start his own online news portal OrleansOnline.ca which he still runs.

As the former managing editor of the Orléans Star, Sherwin knows what it takes to keep the people within the community engaged in print. From human interest stories about charities and fundraisers, to teenagers' basketball games, Sherwin's plans include zooming in to the littler stories that go on in Orléans, making sure that all voices in the community can see their stories in the newspaper they read.

Stephen Blais, city councillor for Cumberland Ward, reads the Orléans Star every week and he says community newspapers are important because they are hands-on.

"It's always good if they're owned locally," Blais says. "Community members are usually aware of what events are happening and it's important to discuss what the community needs."

"It's always good to showcase what we have," Blais says. "And we have a lot to offer."

From schoolchildren doing a project, to high-school students doing a project, to little league sports, Blais believes these are the things you can get in community papers that are not found in larger media organizations that are corporately-owned.

Orléans Ward Coun. Bob Monette says that community papers are "exceedingly important".

"The main daily newspapers focus less and less on neighbourhoods," Monette says.

According to Monette, there is still a need and desire for residents in their neighbourhood to get the kind of news that is closer to home - the local football team or the high school speech, the smaller community competitions and achievements that make a community that much closer.

"That kind of news will always be sought after," Monette says.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)





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