A solid reminder of how we used to operate — an old manual typewriter — sits in a corner of the Chronicle office. The hat belonged to Anna Baker, the artist responsible for the Chronicle cows, and on the wall behind it is a copy of the original flyer announcing the start of a new newspaper, the Chronicle. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar
copyright the Chronicle March 26, 2014
This week, March 28, is the Chronicle’s fortieth birthday. Chris and Ellen Braithwaite produced that first edition on typewriters in an Albany farmhouse. It had stories about Orleans Village winning a lawsuit, cuts to the Lake Region Union High School budget, an obituary, a review of a gardening book written by former West Glover resident Carey Scher — in other words, pretty much the same sort of things we’re still writing about all these years later.
That first paper was by no means fancy. It was a mere eight pages, put out by relative newcomers to the area on antiquated equipment amidst small children, a mongrel dog, and, according to its first reporter, Colin Nickerson, monstrous spiders that the Braithwaites refused to kill on the grounds that they were natural insecticide.
But some people bought that very first Chronicle — and much to our surprise, some of them have continued to buy it every single week for the past 40 years.