AUGUSTA, Maine -- Linda Jones, publisher of The Maine Paper, has announced that the conservative biweekly paper has stopped publication because of financial problems.
Mrs. Jones said that the Hallowell-based paper -- 2 years old - faced financial difficulties similar to those that forced large dailies to close in several cities in the past year.
'We tried a reorganization a year ago to save money,' Mrs. Jones wrote in a statement. 'Last fall we went from publishing weekly to putting a paper out every other week. These efforts all helped but in an economy that continues to be difficult, it became apparent that The Maine Paper could not survive.'
Ron Henderson, advertising manager at The Maine Paper, said the last issue was published April 19. The first issue came out in October 1979 and it came out weekly until September 1981 when the newspaper began publishing every other week.
Mrs. Jones, a Windsor resident who owns real estate in the Augusta area, is a granddaughter of L.L. Bean, founer of the famous sporting goods store in Freeport.