into the new millennium, the Turley Publications family
of Palmer felt that Wilbraham and Hampden should have
their own weekly newspaper that would exclusively highlight
what was going on in the towns. The first edition of the
Wilbraham-Hampden Times, started by Turley marketing
director Keith Sykes, debuted after the 2002 Peach Festival
on Labor Day that year. The Times is direct mailed
to all homes and businesses.
From the beginning, our goal has been to focus on the
quality of family life in our towns. Along the way, we
added departments and features that cover everything from
town meetings to Minnechaug sports to suburban living.
In 2004 and 2006, the Times was given the C.
Bruce Murray Service Above Self Award for public service
to the community. In 2005, we created the Editorial Advisory
Board to take the pulse of the community and take a stand
on the issues of Wilbraham and Hampden.
The paper has always made space available for “citizen
journalists” and “citizen photographers.”
With constructive opinion on town issues, we take very
seriously our role in analyzing the concerns facing our