VillageSoup has named Holly S. Anderson editor of The Bar Harbor Times. Anderson has most recently been editor of The Republican Journal in Waldo County and previously wrote extensively for The Herald Gazette and the Knox County Times.

Anderson brings nearly 10 years of experience in journalism and new media with VillageSoup to the area, and will work toward further empowering The Bar Harbor Times’ online and print communities with the VillageSoup Common vision for community news sustainability.

Village NetMedia Inc., affiliate of the groundbreaking VillageSoup Web site, purchased Courier Publications’ roster of six weekly newspapers in Maine in July 2008. In addition to The Bar Harbor Times, Village NetMedia acquired the Knox County papers The Camden Herald and The Courier-Gazette, now combined as The Herald Gazette, the Waldo County papers The Republican Journal and Waldo Independent, and Capital Weekly in Kennebec County. VillageSoup formerly printed two award-winning newspapers, the Knox County Times and the Waldo County Citizen, which were folded into the legacy newspapers in their respective counties.

VillageSoup is frequently mentioned as a leader in the newspaper industry’s search for a business model to sustain high quality journalism. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recognized the potential of the VillageSoup approach with an $885,000 grant in June 2007.

VillageSoup is intended to energize neighborhoods. The company also strives to honor personal interaction, service over price and sharing of information. VillageSoup believes in neighbors helping neighbors, and strives to reach out to small businesses to help them serve the collective communities. Through its Web sites, VillageSoup seeks to bring readers up-to-the-minute local news and be a community bulletin board where everyone can post information and share ideas. In a nutshell, VillageSoup wants to be the general store on Main Street where people gather, learn, share and shop.

Anderson has relocated to Mount Desert Island from her residence in Camden.

“I look forward to serving the community and working to encourage and foster open communication and sharing of news and ideas,” Anderson said. “Despite the quiet nature of Mount Desert Island this time of year, I look forward to meeting as many year-round residents as I can in preparation for what will likely be a busy summer tourist season on the island. If it’s been a while since you stopped in our office, please drop in and say hello.”