About the Register
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
resident of Ludlow, Paula made her start in journalism as
a staff writer for The Register in April 1998. Roughly
two years later, she took on the editorship. One of the most
rewarding moments for Paula in her tenure as editor came in
October 2006, when The Register celebrated its 60th
anniversary with a special supplement and a new design. What
has always been and continues to be the best part of Paula’s
job is talking with people, learning about them and sharing
their stories with readers. Prior to her work at The Register,
Paula served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State
University and Georgia Military College, where she taught
English and writing courses and Library Science. Paula continues
her teaching role at Bay Path College, where she has been
teaching English, Communications and Journalism courses since
Editor, Turley Publications
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.
A recent addition to the Turley team, Katie joined The
Register after a brief stint at the Belchertown Sentinel.
After graduating from Westfield State College with a degree
in mass communications, she knew she wanted an exciting career
in journalism. Katie’s favorite part about writing for
The Register is meeting new people and learning something
new with every assignment. Her experience as a staff writer
has also spawned an interest in photography. Katie’s
other interests include reading, watching movies and trying
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.