New and former employees joined interested members of the community in celebrating the opening of the new Camden Herald office April 18 on Bay View Street.

Former Courier Publications Publisher Diane Norton and longtime Courier and Camden Herald employee Donna Culbertson did the honors of unveiling the new Camden Herald sign as a gathering of people below cheered them on. Prior to the event, the sign had been covered.

“Having been actively involved with The Camden Herald and The Courier-Gazette for 20 years, it was exciting and heartwarming to see these papers rise again under their former names,” Norton said. “The unveiling of the new Camden Herald sign was a celebration of its longstanding history, and what I hope will be its bright future. Many thanks to Reade and his hard-working staff for bringing back these important community news sources.”

Norton joined The Camden Herald in 1988 as advertising manager and rose through the ranks to become group publisher for Courier Publications. She left the company during the merger with VillageSoup in 2008. She is now vice president of marketing for Camden National Corporation.

“I thought it was awesome,” Culbertson said. “The sign is just beautiful. It brought back a lot of good memories.”

Culbertson started her career at The Camden Herald in 1981 and later went on to become the Courier Publications circulation director.

Several individuals with ties to Camden and the local newspaper business were invited to the event. Fresh, the restaurant next door to the 5 Bay View St. office, provided refreshments for the open house event. In addition, residents were invited to take a tour of the new office.

Attendees were also introduced to Stephanie Grinnell, who will serve as the associate editor overseeing the staff at the Camden Herald (see related story). The staff includes Linda Hall-Stone as administrative assistant, reporters Kim Lincoln and Jenna Lookner, and advertising salesperson Jody McKee.

The Camden Herald was first published in 1869. In November 2008, VillageSoup, then under different management, merged The Camden Herald with The Courier-Gazette to create The Herald Gazette. That publication closed March 9, 2012, along with the VillageSoup website and other publications due to financial challenges.

Reade Brower, owner of The Free Press, purchased the assets of VillageSoup and brought back the historic Knox and Waldo county hometown papers, The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal, under their original names. The new Courier Publications opened for business March 26.

The Camden Herald relaunched with its first new edition April 5.