Reformer to celebrate centennial with Friday party, special weekend edition

Wednesday February 27, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Reformer will this weekend celebrate 100 years as a daily newspaper.

The first issue of the daily Brattleboro Reformer was published on Monday evening, March 3, 1913. Prior to that, a version of the Reformer existed as a weekly publication which dates back to 1876.

Today, the Reformer publishes six days a week; there is no Sunday edition. As such, since March 3 is a Sunday this year, the Weekend Reformer of March 2-3 will feature stories, photos and other content dedicated to the anniversary.

In addition, the staff at the Reformer offices on Black Mountain Road have organized festivities for Friday, March 1.

WKVT will be doing a live broadcast from the Reformer offices, including having the host of Live and Local (on 1490AM), Steve West, present his show from the location.

The WKVT live remote will take place until noon, when a cake will be cut in the main lobby. Various members of the community have been invited to the event, and the public is welcome to come share some cake and coffee, too (as supplies last).

"I wanted to make sure the community we serve felt like they were as much a part of the celebration as the staff is," said Tom D'Errico, executive editor. "People should stop by and say hello. Once the cake has been cut at noon, come and have a piece."

D'Errico also hinted that there would be giveaways taking place throughout Friday morning.

"You'll have to listen to Live and Local to find out," he said.

Jordan Brechenser, advertising sales manager at the Reformer, said that he was excited to be a part of the celebration. "Being with the newspaper for nearly a decade I've seen a lot change. One thing that hasn't (changed) is our local customers who have been right along with us for some years. To have them involved in this, along with our community partners, is really what it's all about. We exist within the community because of our readers and advertisers; this is just as much about them as it is us covering the local news for 100 years."

The Reformer centennial celebration is not contained to this weekend. In addition to a special section published in October (and available online at and this weekend's issue, the Reformer will continue to publish centennial-related material each weekend throughout the rest of the year.

"As we celebrate our centennial, we've had the opportunity to look back over the last 100 years of news in and around Brattleboro," said Publisher Ed Woods. "I've enjoyed learning the history of our community, and I hope our readers join us in this on-going celebration."

For more information, contact the editor at 802-254-2311 ext. 252 or via e-mail at


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