Taconic weeklies shutting down

The Taconic Newspapers group of weekly papers will print their last editions this week.

The Journal Register Co., which owns the seven local weeklies, is ceasing operations for the papers, each of which serves a portion of Dutchess County, plus the Putnam County Courier and three magazines.

Employees were informed today. Tom Cincotta, publisher of the Millbrook-based weeklies, says the closings are a result of the bad economy that has hurt the newspaper industry nationwide. The papers will put out their last editions Thursday.

The Journal Register Co.’s Web site states the circulation of the weeklies in Dutchess was 11,875 and for Putnam, 3,648. A company spokesman in Yardley, Pa., could not be reached today.

The papers are the Millbrook Round Table; the Harlem Valley Times, Amenia; the Voice Ledger, Pleasant Valley; the Pawling News Chronicle; the Hyde Park Townsman; Gazette Advertiser of Rhinebeck; and the Register Herald of Pine Plains.

The magazines are Weekend, Dutchess magazine and the Hudson Valley Guide.

Last Friday, the Columbia County Independent, a biweekly, published its last edition. It is also owned by the Journal Register, as is the Kingston Daily Freeman and numerous other papers around the country. The parent company has also closed papes in Pennsylvania and Connecticut and sold two Connecticut dailies.