River Valley Sun

is creating Community Newspaper




Created by agelessNB Publishers Theresa Blackburn and Stephen Chisholm, with former Bugle-Observer Editor Jim Dumville, the River Valley Sun will be an ultra-local community gathering place where organizations, non-profits, businesses, church and service groups, and volunteers can share their stories, event news, and information at no cost. Operating much like a not-for-profit, Jim and Theresa will be relying on advertising and the support of community donations. The paper will be offered for free, both in stores and online. The River Valley Sun will be a 24-page tabloid-size newspaper published 12 times a year (the second week of every month). A total of 5,000 copies of each issue will be distributed. 


"The mission of the River Valley Sun is to share positive, uplifting feature stories, as well as information on local community events, minor sports, and news that doesn't get showcased in mainstream media. We will not be covering traditional news, such as accidents, court cases, etc, leaving that job to other news media. Our belief: that a community is stronger when people know and understand their neighbours."


Jim brings a wealth of experience and passion to the River Valley Sun. He spent 25 years covering the valley for Brunswick News' Bugle-Observer in Woodstock. A supporter of the arts, local sports, and anything that is good for the community, Jim brings his love of storytelling and his wonderful writing style to this new venture. An award-winning journalist, Jim is the recipient of an Atlantic Journalism Award for news photography and holds several Newspaper Atlantic and Newspaper Canada awards for his work as a reporter and editor. Never seen without a smile or a kind word, Jim is happy to have a chance to continue to do a job he still loves, and can't wait to get back to writing.


Theresa and her husband, Stephen Chisholm, publish agelessNB magazine. A former journalism instructor at NBCC, Theresa moved to Woodstock to teach after spending 20-plus years as a broadcaster (the last 15 years of her career was spent at CBC Radio in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Iqaluit, Nunavut, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador). From 2006 to 2013, Theresa delighted readers of the Fredericton Daily Gleaner with her column, My Big Fat Life. Theresa has been a member of Woodstock Town Council since 2008, produces a podcast called Blunt Talk Atlantic Canada, and recently began a YouTube interview series called The Ageless Couch. Stephen is a trained television cameraman, electrician, and a proud volunteer firefighter. He's currently a lieutenant with the Woodstock Fire Department. He's the distribution manager and head of administration for the publishing company he and Theresa created. Stephen and Theresa are proud parents to three unique humans (Kristen, James, and Kathryn) and have adopted two quirky fur children - a cat named Radar, and a greyhound named Turbo. 


The River Valley Sun launched on February 14, 2019, at the L.P. Fisher Library in Woodstock. We felt this was the perfect time to start something for a community we love. Consider this our personal Valentine to readers. 

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