The Maine House of Representatives recognized The Camden Herald for its 150th Anniversary with a special sentiment Thursday, April 18.

The sentiment was presented by Rep. Vicki Doudera, Democrat of Camden, and cosponsored by Sen. Dave Miramant, D-Camden, Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center, D-Rockland, Rep. Bill Pluecker, independent of Warren, and Rep. Stanley Paige Zeigler Jr., D-Montville.

Representatives from all over the state stood and applauded The Camden Herald, officially extending it congratulations and best wishes on this important anniversary. Camden Herald Editor Daniel Dunkle attended as a guest of Doudera.

"This year marks the 150th anniversary of The Camden Herald — my hometown newspaper, which has served Camden and surrounding towns since 1869," Doudera said from the House floor. "Think about that — 150 years of dedicated journalists' churning out local news. The paper’s mission is to provide fair and accurate coverage of local events and to take stands on important local issues on the editorial pages.

"I think all of us would agree that now more than ever, our hometown newspapers play a critical role. Warren Buffet invested more than $300 million in local newspapers a few years ago, and here’s what he said: 'If you want to know what’s going on in your town — whether the news is about the mayor or taxes or high school football — there is no substitute for a local newspaper. Wherever there is a pervasive sense of community, a paper that serves the special informational needs of that community will remain indispensable…'

"Let’s face it. While our attention is constantly pulled toward national issues, it’s easy to forget that what is going in our local communities has the greatest impact on quality of life issues for all of us and our families. And as people become fatigued with the national dialogue, with the endless debates over what is real and not real, fake and not fake, our local news — delivering ground truth — is more important than ever.

"So today let’s celebrate along with The Camden Herald on their 150th anniversary — not just for this one special newspaper, but for all of our local newspapers, in all of our towns, who perform such a critical role in our democracy."

The Camden Herald was first published Feb. 6, 1869, by William H. Berry. It serves the towns of Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville, and over its 150 years it has covered many events in the community and served as a place of employment for many reporters, editors, salespeople, designers and printers. For more information on the newspaper's history, read our story in the Thursday, March 28, 2019, edition.