ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST. The Pennsylvania company that owns the Nashua Telegraph has purchased the Cabinet, a small, (formerly) independent weekly in Milford, New Hampshire. Founded in 1802, the Cabinet had been owned by the same family since 1809. Cabinet Press publishes three other papers as well, and those have been included in the deal. (Thanks to Media Log reader S.L.)
Few independent papers survive in the Granite State into the chain newspaper age. Sources tell me the Peterborough Transcript is for sale. Other independent voices include the Keene Sentinel, the Colebrook News and Sentinel, and the NH Gazette in Portsmouth.
Vermont independents include the hard-pressed Rutland Herald and the start-up Vermont Guardian.
A significant factor in the decision to sell the Cabinet chain was Frank Manley's heart attack last December. At that point McLean must have smelled blood in the water. And so it ends, 195 years of family ownership over in the stroke of a pen.
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