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The Eagle Times was created in the 1960s with the merger of two newspapers: the Claremont Eagle and the Times Reporter, which was based in Springfield. For years, the paper operated out of an office in downtown Claremont on Sullivan Street, but eventually it built a new plant on the outskirts of the city on River Street with a wonderful view of Vermont.

He said that the closing shocked everyone. "Harvey said it was just economics," Francis said, noting the past year or so had been "rocky," with the papers experiencing a high turnover rate in editors. Hill bought the popular Message a few years ago, and started the Spectator in 2002.

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been the centerpiece of changing public policy and improving the lives of so many people," he said.

The Eagle Times, a daily newspaper that served the city of Claremont and communities on both sides of the Connecticut River, published its last edition today.

"I'm saddened; it's awful close to home," said John Mitchell, president and publisher of the Rutland Herald, which competed head to head with the Eagle in many Vermont towns. "I thought smaller papers were doing OK for the most part."

May's comments were typical of people contacted late Thursday, as news of the papers' closure became public.

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"It's very sad," said Bob Flint, executive director of the Springfield Regional Development Corp., who had worked with Hill on a variety of projects over the years.

As one staffer put it, the Eagle ran out of Time Thursday.

Matt Nhl Caps DeRienzo, now the publisher of the Torrington (Conn.) Register, started at the Eagle in 1999 as a reporter and left in 2003 as managing editor.

"The closing of a newspaper means a little piece of democracy has died," he said. "There are some very important issues that have required skilled, intensive reporting that only newspapers can do."

The news shocked not just the employees, but people who got their daily dose of hometown news and sports from the 7,800 circulation paper.

But in a perfect indication of how news spreads in the 21st century, DeRienzo said he didn't hear about the closing of the Eagle from the Associated Press news wire, or a telephone call from Hill or fellow staffers, or even an e mail, but from the social networking site Facebook.

"On a lot of levels, I appreciate what Harvey and Christina have done. But I know it's been a struggle. The closing will leave a huge void in this region," Flint said.

Hill said he and his wife had paid for the employees' health insurance through the end of July, and that New Era 59fifty Hat

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"Holy smokes," said former state Sen. Edgar May of Springfield, who was the subject of a Sunday magazine feature New York Yankees Cap Pink

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employees would get their final paycheck, plus vacation pay, next week.

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"We did our best to continue the operations, but the economy and the changes in the newspaper industry have made it impossible to continue this business. Thank you for your support over the years and the dedication you showed to his newspaper," he wrote in a staffwide e mail.

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A friend, a former staffer of the Spectator, now a freelancer in New Hampshire, posted news of the paper's closing on her Facebook page, he said.

"I think that Harvey and Christina have sunk so much of their personal money and time into the papers, they are not in it for the money. They cared about the community," DeRienzo said.

Eric Francis of White River Junction, who wrote for The Spectator and the Eagle Times as a freelancer for several years, said the staff worked to get the final edition completed Thursday afternoon.

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Hill, in an e mail to employees, said he and his wife Christina could no longer afford subsidizing the paper. Hill bought the Eagle Times about 15 years ago after a successful career in the paper manufacturing business.

Harvey Hill, publisher and owner of the paper, told employees Thursday afternoon that he would file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy today. Employees were told to turn in their keys at the end of their shift Thursday.

"I have a special affection for American journalism for obvious reasons for having worked in it for many years," said May, who won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism in the 1960s. "It's a very sad time when any newspaper dies because a newspaper has Nike Hat Beanie

"It's the paradigm shift," said one staffer, referring to the changes affecting the newspaper industry in New England and beyond, from the troubles at the Boston Globe to small town Claremont.

He attributed the papers' closing to the economic crisis, as well as the widespread problems in the newspaper industry.

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