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RichmondHUB joins Manotick Messenger

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]The Richmond Village Association (RVA) is pleased to announce the RichmondHUB, launched by the RVA at the beginning of Richmond’s bicentennial year, is moving forward under new ownership.   

In January 2018 the HUB was able to welcome the Manotick Messenger to the Richmond market and worked closely with the Messenger from that time forward. Selected content was often cross published in an effort to reach both the electronic and print markets in Richmond.  The Manotick Messenger recognized the need for coverage in Richmond and contributed in no small way to the success of the HUB.

Jeff Morris, owner and publisher of the awarded winning Manotick Messenger and Barrhaven Independent newspapers, will take up the task of editor and publisher of the HUB effective immediately.

Jeff Morris has deep connections with Richmond which are soon to grow much stronger.

At the time of his birth his mother was a math teacher at South Carleton. Serving as a football coach at South Carleton from 1987 to 1991 he eventually moved on to St. Catharines followed by moves to Dallas and Seattle. More recently, he purchased a new home in Richmond and as a new resident is excited about returning to a community where his family spent so much time during his youth and created so many memories.

Ryan Pinet, President of the RVA commented on the transfer of ownership stating:

The RVA Board was unanimous in its support of the transfer as a means of sustaining a valuable community news service.  We appreciate the support the Manotick Messenger provided to the HUB throughout the past two years and look forward to building upon that relationship in the future.

John Shearer, outgoing editor and founder of the HUB, is pleased with the move of the HUB to the Manotick Messenger organization. He stated:

The HUB launched at a time of real need following the demise of the Stittsville News. Celebrating a bicentennial without a community news outlet to continue telling the stories that bind the community together was unthinkable!  

In addition to many articles provided by local residents, Marion Scott’s herculean research of historical factoids, local author Phyllis Bohonis’s wonderful short stories and Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith’s poetry all added to the HUB’s success. Thank you to all who contributed!

Launching the HUB has been a privilege. I can’t think of a more satisfactory result than seeing it move from being a volunteer driven publication into the hands of a professional news team. I look forward to working closely with Jeff Morris through a short transition period and encourage readers to support the HUB and Jeff by submitting local news leads and stories to Jeff at