After 30 years, The Week gets ready to say goodbye
On Tuesday, Bliss Communications, which publishes The Week in Walworth County, Wis., announced that it has acquired Community Shoppers Inc. and its family of free distribution publications.
CSI's Walworth County Shopper Advertiser and Walworth County Sunday, owned by Steve and Cindy Karstaedt, have a long history in Walworth County.
So as the company's attention turns towards these established papers, The Week will cease publication in August.
Many of our readers' favorite features of The Week will be rolled into the Shopper Advertiser and Walworth County Sunday, however as part of the consolidation, most positions at The Week will be eliminated.
Sunday marks the thirtieth anniversary of the paper's debut.
"These community newspapers and shoppers have served a large number of readers and advertisers throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois for many years, providing them with great information and proven results," said Sidney H. "Skip" Bliss, president of Bliss Communications and a lifelong Fontana, Wis., resident.
"We are proud to welcome them into our fine family of publications."
CSI employs more than 100 people, a majority of whom will join the Bliss operation. Dan Pyfer, CSI's former general manager, has been named vice president and general manager of the renamed company, CSI Media.
The deal includes CSI's printing and inserting facility in Delavan, Wis., which Bliss said has capabilities that are different from those of the company's new $22 million printing and distribution center on Janesville's east side.
The Delavan plant will give Bliss more options in securing commercial printing business, he said.
In addition to The Janesville Gazette, Bliss operates radio stations WCLO and WJVL in Janesville. It publishes daily newspapers in Monroe, Marinette and Ironwood, Mich., as well as the Freeport Shopping News in Freeport, Ill.
The company, which this year will mark 125 years of Bliss family ownership, also operates AM and FM radio stations in West Bend and Racine.