Nashoba Publishing

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Nashoba Publishing is a weekly newspaper company in the far northwest suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. It is operated by the Sentinel & Enterprise, which in turn is owned by MediaNews Group.

Sisters and Competitors[edit]

The family that formerly owned Nashoba, headed by publisher Frank J. Hartnett Sr., sold the chain in 2000, for an undisclosed amount of money.[1] Two years later, MediaNews opened a new plant in Devens, Massachusetts, in the middle of Nashoba's coverage area, to print Nashoba weeklies, The Lowell Sun, and the Sentinel & Enterprise.[2]

Nashoba newspapers' primary competitors are their sister dailies in Fitchburg and Lowell. Additionally, in Harvard, the company competes with a weekly owned by Community Newspaper Company; and in Ayer, Devens, Harvard and Shirley with the daily Worcester Telegram & Gazette.


Nashoba's newsroom is operated independently at the Devens printing plant. Titles published by Nashoba include:

Newspaper Notes Website
The Ayer Public Spirit Covering Ayer; founded in 1869 [1]
Groton Landmark Covering Groton [2]
Harvard Hillside Covering Harvard [3]
Nashoba Valley Chronicle Regional news section in Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend [4]
Pepperell Free Press Covering Pepperell [5]
Shirley Oracle Covering Shirley; founded in 1869 [6]
Townsend Times Covering Townsend [7]


  1. ^ Elfland, Mike. "MediaNews to Buy Chain of 6 Weekly Newspapers." Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette, January 21, 2000.
  2. ^ Vaznis, James. "Media Company Merging Print Sites; $7M Plan Includes Move to Devens." The Boston Globe, August 1, 2002.