June 28, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 111 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
HONORING THE NEWTOWN BEE; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 111
(Extensions of Remarks - June 28, 2017)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E913] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE NEWTOWN BEE ______ HON. ELIZABETH H. ESTY of connecticut in the house of representatives Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Ms. ESTY of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor The Newtown Bee, a weekly paper based in Newtown, Connecticut, upon the 140th Anniversary of its first publication. For well over a century, The Newtown Bee has chronicled the town's history and informed the Newtown community. The Newtown Bee was first published on June 28, 1877, and was initially led by editor John Pearce. Brothers Reuben and Allison Smith purchased the paper in 1881, and their leadership brought the paper increased prominence. Successive generations of the Smith family have been committed to The Newtown Bee's success and have ensured the paper's weekly publication, totaling over 7,000 issues. Despite changes in journalism, The Newtown Bee has remained a relevant part of the Newtown community, while keeping its historic charm. It is still published as a traditional eight column broadsheet newspaper, but it also pioneered Connecticut's first online newspaper in 1995. The Newtown community has looked to The Newtown Bee paper for information on town government activities, the work of public officials and business leaders, and even profiles of their neighbors. Since 1903, The Newtown Bee has been run from the same historic building on Church Hill Road, which is topped with an iconic bee weathervane. Moreover, members of the Smith family have been active members of our community, supporting local sports teams, the arts, and community organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. Mr. Speaker, The Newtown Bee has been a vital and successful institution in Newtown, Connecticut for 140 years, and the leadership of the Smith family has ensured the community is informed and engaged in civic life. Therefore, it is fitting and proper that we honor the paper and the many leaders who have ensured its success here today. ____________________