|From Jay Bernhardt and family
For the past six years, we have done everything in our power to keep the paper afloat financially. Publishing a newspaper is no easy task in a small community. Printing costs, salaries, delivery costs and all the other expenses that go into publishing a newspaper add up fast. While our valued clients have done a tremendous job contributing large portions of their marketing budgets toward supporting The Mercury, we are simply not a profitable newspaper. Given the current climate of our economy, it would be financially irresponsible for us to continue maintaining The Mercury, especially if we cannot deliver a newspaper to the high level of quality that the citizens of Richfield Springs and surrounding areas deserve. We apologize to the community for this course of action; please understand the decision was not an easy one, but one of necessity.
We wish to thank each and every one of our employees, past and present. Regardless of the amount of time you spent working with us, there would not have been a newspaper without your efforts. Much appreciation is due to our current staff that stuck with us to the end: Janine Giordano, Pat Doyle, Erin Cady and Brandon Dawley. A special thanks is also due to former editor Bill Gates who has been a constant source of wisdom and guidance for the past six years.
We cannot express enough thanks to the area businesses that have supported us through the years. Your dollars are hard earned and we are very fortunate that you chose to devote a portion of your advertising budget to The Mercury, helping us sustain our newspaper as long as we have. As much as we would like to credit each and every one of you, there are far too many to mention.
To the business partners of our ancillary publications over the years, we thank you for your support in publishing such products as the Route 20 Pulse, New York Canal Times, Lake Country House & Home, Route 66 Pulse, Mohawk Valley Heritage, and our several other annual visitorís guides, snowmobile maps, business profile magazines, etc.
To our contributing journalists, columnists and legislators, we thank you tremendously for your submissions. Once again, there are too many to name, but you know who you are. Your original content is what made The Mercury so unique and loved by so many.
And last, but certainly not least, we thank our readership. While you may not have always agreed with the opinions expressed in The Mercury (and we have the letters to the editor to prove it!), you have always shown the Mercury staff and our family an overwhelming amount of support. We are saddened to disappoint you, but we hope that you understand our position and will support us once again should we one day find ourselves able to make a return to publishing The Mercury.
Thank you all so much for the opportunity to deliver local news to our community and for showing us your continued support.
Jay, Kathy, Erica and Jason Bernhardt