New York state-based Capital Region Independent Media has acquired Manchester Newspapers (Granville, New York) and all associated digital and print products, according to John Thomas Cribb of merger and acquisition firm Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented the Manchester family in the sale.

Manchester Newspapers is a weekly newspaper and specialty publishing company that prints five newspapers each week as well as 40-plus specialty publications annually. Its parent newspaper, the Granville Sentinel, has been in the family since its founding in 1875.

Other newspapers included in the sale are the Whitehall Times, the North Country FreePress, the Hudson Falls FreePress and the Lakes Region FreePress. All totaled the newspapers are delivered into some 33,000 homes each week.

Publishers John and Lisa Manchester said Capital Region Independent Media was the perfect fit for the purchase.

“The new owner, Mark Vinciguerra, is dedicated to continuing publishing quality, locally owned newspapers and he realizes the importance these newspapers have to the communities they serve. He also will be able to greatly enhance the digital and internet aspects of the business, which is so critical these days,” said John Manchester.

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