Ten years ago, a little newspaper company, operated by the former editor of the New Hope Gazette and her businessman husband, started publishing in Central Bucks from a storefront on Route 202 in Lahaska.
The Bucks County Herald, under publisher Joe Wingert and editor Bridget Wingert, launched on October 16, 2002, with a promise to give a voice to the communities in its coverage area. And while the coverage area changed – expanding from a few thousand to 85,000 readers each week – what has never changed is the fulfillment of that promise and the enduring commitment to quality and community.
I’ve written for the Herald, both on assignment and when Bridget was kind enough to publish my clients’ news releases that I sent her. Stories about Fred Beans Family of Dealerships have always found a place on the Herald’s pages.
And from the first day I discovered this new paper, I have loved it. Let me say right now, weeklies generally don’t get a lot of respect from readers or journalists, but the Bucks County Herald has changed that forever in my mind. And not just mine.
When the paper was a two-year-old toddler, I would often say, and just as often hear, “The Herald is really a great publication for a weekly.” When it hit its half-decade, I and most people had dropped the last three qualifying words and were praising it without reservation. The consistent quality of writing, printing, photography, news coverage, arts and local events coverage, advertising, accuracy – all of it – has made it a treasure for Bucks Countians to contribute to and to read.
Bridget, Joe, Joe G., the rest of the Wingert family and all your other relatives and wonderful writers, photographers, designers, contributors, advertising staff and business office staff, I am personally extremely grateful for your continued existence.
Happy 10-Year Anniversary. I wish you many more years of success as you serve as the voice of Bucks County’s many communities, large and small. I really do love you.