The owners of the Eagle-Times, a daily newspaper in Claremont, N.H., which serves both sides of the Connecticut River, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week. Owner Harvey Hill closed the paper's doors July 9.
The Eagle-Times is not affiliated with The Eagle which is distributed in Addison and Chittenden counties by New Market Press Inc. The Vermont publishing company also publishes the Rutland Tribune.
"Of course we're very sorry to see any newspaper close its doors. The Eagle-Times appeared to be a popular paper in both New Hampshire and Vermont,"said Mark Brady, general manager of The Eagle and Tribune.
"We've had a few telephone calls from customers and readers who heard 'the Eagle' and thought it was our paper. I can assure you-we are open for business in Vermont. Other than a similar sounding name, we are a free community weekly and not related to the Eagle-Times daily," Brady said.
Brady also said The Eagle, based in Middlebury, has expanded circulation since it merged with its Vermont Times in Chittenden County in February.
"On a national level, community weekly newspapers appear to be performing better than metro daily and weekly newspapers," Brady said. "I'm unaware of the particular issues facing the Eagle-Times of Claremont that caused it to close its doors, but obviously their situation has no affect on our publications or our continued successes."