The Morning News from Wilmington, Delaware on October 30, 1984 · Page 13
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The Morning News from Wilmington, Delaware · Page 13

Wilmington, Delaware
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Tuesday, October 30, 1984
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Tuesday, Oct 30, 1984 The Newt-Journal papers B3 No News is bad news Readers rally 'round Hockessin paper By ROLF RYKKEN Sufi reporter . Susan Krewatch is not one to flinch from action. On Oct. 5, when the Yorklyn postmaster read in her favorite local newspaper, the Hockessin Community News, that the publication might cease in June after 14 years, she typed up a petition and placed it on the post office counter. "I was devastated," she said about the news. , , Within a week, 120 of the newspaper's more than 260 Yorklyn readers had signed the peti-i tion. ; Krewatch then sent the petition over to the - HCN as it is commonly known two miles ' away. Ann Butler, the managing editor, received the petition in the spirit in which it was intended, but it didn't really solve her problems. "What we need is someone with a plan," she ; - said at the paper's office in the blue frame - house across from Hank's Country Store and ! Quality Meats on Old Lancaster Pike. This is not a case of a newspaper failing for - lack of advertising revenue. The HCN 's prob-. lem is that it is a success. It has been self -sup-l porting for most of its life because of an abundance of advertising. What it will soon be lacking is volunteers to write the news, get the ads and put it out. : The newspaper's obituary notice was on page 3, following front-page stories about a harvest and crafts fair and a meet-the-candi- .' dates night. "This may be the last year for the : Hockessin Community News," it read. In a signed, boxed note, Butler explained ' that she and the advertising director, Shirley Lewis, were retiring from their volunteer efforts for the paper (10 years for each), making it "necessary to consider the future of the paper." "There is nobody to take our places," Butler said during an interview last week. "The problem is the time it takes to put the paper out two weeks of every month." In addition, editor Mike Tyler, whose sassy page 2 column is a favorite feature in the HCN, is only at home on the weekends because his paid, full-time job with the Du Pont Co. keeps him in New York City during the week. When the Hockessin Community Club began the News with the first issue of April 1971, it was a 17-page newsletter, put together around the kitchen table of founding editor Nancy Greene. "It started on a casual motion at the Community Club that we needed some way to communicate with the community," Greene recalled. The club had expected to print maybe 100 copies. They ended up publishing 1.400. Today the HCN is sent to 4,700 homes in the Hockessin-Yorklyn area and a few other locales in New Castle County. It costs $1,500 to put the paper out. The first mimeographed issue carried items about a litter cleanup drive, a local art exhibit and a town meeting with New Castle County Council members. Today the paper consists of 32 pages, with the November issue expected to be 36 pages. "They've improved the quality of it so much I look at it in awe," Greene said. She also looks at it and recalls the tremendous amount of work the paper requires. "I left after 7Vi years," said Greene, who now works with an insurance company. "You get worn out. It's a demanding job. It takes the kind of time people don't understand until they do it. It's a full-time job." Krewatch notes that many of the petition signers said they would be willing to pay for a subscription, but Butler and Greene say this could just present another problem: To set up a paid circulation system would just require more time and another volunteer for the money obtained to pay an editor. jl : fTj It . Staff photo by Bob Herbert Postmaster Krewatch: Willing to pay. "You need a new generation of volunteers," says Greene. The equipment is aged (the advertising headline machine that sets one letter at a time is described as an "overgrown label-maker" by Greene), the volunteer staff is tired and the future is uncertain. But Greene believes the HCN will go on. "I have faith in the community that somebody will come forth and do it," she said on Monday. "I don't think it's going down the drain." Frawley Continued from Bl directors; his brother, sportsman Bayard Sharp; Mrs. H.B. du Pont, an active conservationist; Charles J. Harrington, a retired Du Pont Co. official and chairman of the executive committee of the Wilmington Medical Center; George T. Weymouth, a du Pont family member. During the primary Democratic Party officials were critical of the Republican contributions to Fraw-ley's campaign. They are less so now that he is the party nominee. "It doesn't concern me. He's a corporate guy," City Democratic Chairman Leo T. Marshall said of Frawley. Frawley is a lawyer withi the Du Pont Co. Asked whether he was concerned that Frawley would now be overly receptive to Republican advice, Marshall responded, "If you didn't have a legislative branch. Their philosophy will probably be a little different. They'll offset each other." Asked if he was predicting the city council would be more liberal, Marshall said "a little more liberal than Frawley." Particularly since his primary victory, Frawley has been emphasizing his Democratic Party affiliation. Contribution! to Burawski of $200 or mort from Aue. IS to Oct. 11.: $500: Michael N. Castle; John E and Margaret A. Healv III; Bayard Sharp; Paul Welsh; George P. Edmonds, Hugh R. Sharp Jr.; I. Sophie du Pont Mar; E.N. Carpenter II; Mrs Robert N. Downs III; Mrs. H.B. du Pont; James P. Krapf Sr.; Ruth Ann L. Marston; Marguerite Marston Krilkauskv; Gerrel Van S. Copetand, Good Bovs Inc. $450: Willis F. Harrington Jr.; The Placer's Inc. 1400: 1984 Legislative Campaign Committee. 1300: Charles J. Harrington. JJ50: W. Laird Stabler Jr.; Francis DiMondi; Pamela C Cooeland. 200: Apartment Rentals Co.; Civic Affairs Construction Council; George t. Weymouth; Robert H Boiling Jr. Contributions to Frawley of S200 or more from Aug. 15 to Oct. II: S500: Charma Welch; James Holzman; E N. Carpenter II; George P. Edmonds; W.G. Reynolds; Alain Singer; Mrs. H.B. du Pont; Bavard Sharp; Hugh R. Sharp Jr.; Willis F. Harrington Jr.; Elizabeth Haskell Fleilas; William F. du Pont; Nancy du Pont Reynolds; Kathleen du Pont; Charles J. Harrington; Harry Haskell Jr.; The PAC: Richard Stat; Marine Midland Bioarti-saon Political Action Committee State Fund, Susan Stoltz; J P S. Realty; Civic Affairs Construction Council. The Placer's Inc ; Employees Responsible Government Association ot Deimarva Power S400: Richard T Christopher; Gilpin, Van Trump & Montgomery Inc. J. Bruce Bream. William Winder Laird, W Laird Stabler. 1300: Edward F. Beallv Jr.; James Schwartz, Robert Crites; Mitchell Associates Inc. 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