No more words

This is the final issue of The Winsted Journal.

After 21 years of publication, the contents of The Winsted Journal, along with articles and news pertaining to our coverage area, will be folded into The Lakeville Journal.

Over the past 21 years, through thick and thin, The Winsted Journal has covered the good, bad and everything in-between.

Whether it would be contentious controversies at board meetings, families and friends getting together at town events, new beginnings, endings, parades, nonprofit fundraisers and coverage of both famous people and infamous people, The Winsted Journal has always been there.

In a previously published editorial, I wrote that newspapers are not dying. Despite the fact that The Winsted Journal is closing, I still believe that this is true.

There will always be a need for real journalism and the published word in towns and cities, no matter how big or small.

You cannot fully get the news from social media memes, status lines or even Facebook groups.

Newspapers have been around for hundreds of years, and sharing news has been around for even longer; from cave paintings in the stone age, to Egyptian Hieroglyphs, to parchments, to town criers yelling the news in the middle of town squares — the news never stops, and it never will stop.

The Winsted Journal covered the news, no matter how big or small the stories might have been.

A barbecue fundraiser might be a small news story to some, but it is a very big news story when people come together to help others or to raise money for charities.

We have always covered nonprofit events and charities in order to celebrate the good they do for the community and to bring attention to their causes. 

And it is always great to see how a community has grown over the years despite the bumps in the road.

As this newspaper comes to a close, the former Lambert Kay property, after many years of standing unused, is finally going to be developed and put into good use.

This event is a metaphor for the transformation Winsted has undergone over the past 21 years since we started.

It has also been a big thing for us and our readers to see children in the community grow.

From covering preschool events, to elementary school, to high school all the way to college graduations, we were there.

If you look at back issues of The Winsted Journal over the past 21 years, you will be able to literally see children growing up in them.

To us, it has never been about digital first, or any kind of electronic gimmick.

It has always been about people first. That’s what journalism is always supposed to be about.

This newspaper is a representation of the lives of people in the Northwest Corner, along with their hopes, dreams and aspirations. 

To all the residents of the towns in our coverage area — from Winsted, Barkhamsted, Colebrook, New Hartford, Norfolk, Hartland and Torrington — thank you for letting us into your homes and into your lives.

Very special thanks to Lauren DiMauro, who spent 12 years as office manager for The Winsted Journal and stayed with us through thick and thin. 

Thank you to Charles “Pink” Bunel, who wrote his Pink’s Picks column for many years.

Thank you to the group of stringers who stayed with The Winsted Journal for three years and worked hard covering stories: Alicia Kirsch, Erica Taylor, Kateri Kosek and Jesse Williams.

Thank you to Lara Green-Kazlauskas, who energetically designed our front office windows with intriguing and majestic displays over the past few years.

And finally, thank you to former editor Michael Marciano for all the work he did for The Winsted Journal for the 10 years he was here.

Newspapers may come and go, but in the end, the news never stops.

— Shaw Israel Izikson

Editor of The Winsted Journal, 2014-2017