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About the Register

Meet the Staff

The Register had a humble beginning in 1946. The Springfield newspapers were on strike, and a year-long “news blackout” settled on the Greater Springfield area. Prior to the strike, Ludlow residents Emmet Rooney and his wife, Helen, were Ludlow correspondents for the Springfield Union and the Daily News. It was during this time that Emmet decided to launch a free weekly newspaper—the many stories he heard from residents and business owners as he made his rounds as a mail carrier were articles just waiting to be written.

In December 1953, Emmet passed away. His son, Bill, would join his mother in continuing publication of The Register. After Helen retired in 1965, Bill and his wife, Juliann, took charge of operations at their King Street home.

In 1972, Turley Publications, Inc., in Palmer, then known as “Pioneer Enterprises,” headed by Thomas and Patrick Turley, acquired The Register, and the growth of the weekly accelerated. Greatly improved technical advancements, combined with a new tabloid format, a greatly expanded press run and ever-expanding news coverage were some of the more obvious advantages of the acquisition. Bill and Julie continued with The Register, Bill as a columnist and Juliann as news editor, until they passed away in May 2005 and October 2004, respectively.

Today, The Register continues the commitment begun by Emmet and Helen and continued by Bill and Juliann, keeping residents informed about their town government, businesses, schools, churches and civic organizations. The Register continues to showcase the talents, achievements, interests and contributions of the residents of Ludlow and Indian Orchard. This is what we at The Register believe to be the cornerstone of a quality community newspaper.

Meet the Staff


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Emily Thurlow
s Editor
Bio to come.




Dave Forbes
Sports Editor, Turley Publications
A lifelong sports fan, Dave figured a career covering sports would be the next best thing to playing them. The Chicopee resident is new to the Turley team but brings seven years experience in journalism, most recently as sports editor for nearby Stonebridge Press. His favorite assignments have included covering the Tantasqua boys' varsity basketball team during the 2006-2007 season, not to mention the 2003 New England Patriots Super Bowl Championship parade and the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Championship parade. Dave is a 2000 graduate of Westfield State College with a major in Communication.

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Tracy Whitney
Advertising Account Representative
Tracy, who grew up in Ludlow, has been a strong member of the Turley Publications advertising team since 1995. “I am one of those chosen few that can say that I love my job,” she said. “I am so grateful to be able to walk into your stores and offices and know that I am being greeted by a friend.” With her many years of sales experience, Tracy can offer advertising advice to a small “Mom & Pop” restaurant or to the CEO of a corporation. Tracy lives with her husband, Fred, and daughter Sam, in Palmer. They have two grandchildren, Ryan and Ava, who live in Wilbraham.

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