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Young journalists start neighborhood newspaper in Cazenovia

Justin LaBarre, left, Zachary Simms, Aidan Simms, Judd Spaulding, Libby Spaulding and Savannah Johnson deliver the first 40 issues of The East-Wellington Times to residents Saturday, Jan. 7.

Justin LaBarre, left, Zachary Simms, Aidan Simms, Judd Spaulding, Libby Spaulding and Savannah Johnson deliver the first 40 issues of The East-Wellington Times to residents Saturday, Jan. 7. Jay LaBarre

— The Fort’s managers, LaBarre, Zachary and Aidan Simms, promised readers the area will be reopened in the spring, after cleanup from seasonal storms is completed and vegetation is planted.

Before joining the paper, the three started a website about the Fort, enabling their friends across Cazenovia to keep up with current events. To learn more, visit theeast-wellingtonfort.weebly.com.

In addition to the website the boys maintain, the East-Wellington group regularly communicates via email, edits each other’s work through GoogleDocs and plans to launch a website for the paper in the near future. Johnson currently maintains her own personal blog, which is the temporary landing site for articles and submissions while the East-Wellington website is created with the help of the groups parental advisors.

“In our generation, as the parents of these children, we didn’t have these opportunities. So it’s nice that they don’t even bat an eyelash at chances like this,” said Jay LaBarre, parental advisor and father of Justin. “They are using this opportunity and being very creative — this is important.”

Over the next three weeks, the staff of the East-Wellington Times will continue to compile information and news stories from their coverage area, preparing for the Feb. 4 distribution.

Each issue will be released and delivered to subscribers the first Saturday of each month. To submit material for print, or to request a copy, contact The East Wellington Times, c/o Johnsons, 2319 Wellington Dr. S. in Cazenovia.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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