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About the Chicopee Register

Meet the Staff

The Chicopee Register published its first edition on September 10, 1998 and was immediately embraced by area residents. The newspaper staff prides itself on delivering innovative and enlightening coverage to the 54,000 residents of this city, the second largest in Western Massachusetts. The goal of the Turley family was to create a community paper in the city that residents could call their own. That goal was met with much success, and the Chicopee Register has truly become “What Chicopee Reads For News.”

Meet the Staff

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Kathleen Mitchell
Kathleen Mitchell has been with Turley Publications for more than two years. She has two decades of journalism experience and has been fêted with a number of awards for her writing. Her stories have been picked up by national wire services and run in places ranging from the Boston Globe to Reader’s Digest. Mitchell loves people and finds news wherever she goes. “Every person is or has a story waiting to be written about,’’ she says. “I have never failed to be amazed by the unique subjects, interests and endless amount of knowledge individuals have in fields that interest them.” One of the proudest moments in her career was when soup kitchens were opened in a number of Western Massachusetts communities following an investigative feature series she did about people who go hungry on a daily basis. These towns had no idea there was a need for a soup kitchen/pantry prior to Mitchell’s stories. Her goal as editor is to keep the Chicopee Register filled with news about people and topics that affect their families, their finances and their lives. The mother of three grown sons and a beautiful granddaughter is an avid downhill skier, loves sailing, Newport, RI and any community with a gorgeous beach nearby.

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Michelle Simard
Receptionist Desk/Legal Publications

Michelle has been with Turley Publications for five years, working in the Chicopee Register office, greeting customers and helping them determine where their material needs to be placed in the paper. She also works Tuesday afternoons at the Town Reminder, another Turley Publications located in South Hadley. Michelle grew up in Chicopee and her parents are still residents of the city. She went to Anna Barry School, Lambert Lavoie, Kirby and graduated from Chicopee Comp in 1977. She has four children and two granddaughters, who enjoy visiting their great grandparents in Chicopee. "I think their favorite thing about the visits is that they can walk to the corner and get a soft serve ice cream," Michelle said. "They also love the fantastic fireworks display at Szot Park on the Fourth of July."

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Wendy Delcamp
Sales representative
Wendy Delcamp has worked for Turley Publications for ten years. She enjoys time with her family and living on the lake in Southwick. “I love my job,” Delcamp says. “It’s wonderful meeting customers who truly become 'family' with our 16 quality publications. Our advertisers enjoy great results. I look forward to meeting you to create an advertising plan to suit your needs.”


Tim Kane
Executive Editor, Turley Publications
A 16-year veteran of the newspaper industry, Tim has been a part of the Turley team since 2005. He entered the trade with the goal to make a difference in the world by serving as a public informant and seeking the truth—and continues to work by that guiding principle today. His favorite assignment was breaking a series of stories in Ashland, Mass. about one man's battle with cancer and his quest to uncover the truth about a former manufacturer's decades of hazardous waste dumping in town. Tim has a BA from Fitchburg State College and attended the American Press Institute. Tim lives in Brookfield with his wife, Danielle, and their two sons, Timmy Jr. and Christopher. His pastimes include songwriting, drumming, writing fiction, cross-country skiing, hiking, trail maintenance, and volunteering for the Boy Scouts.

Dave Forbes
Sports Editor, Turley Publications
A lifelong sports fan, Dave figured a career covering sports would be the next best thing to playing them. The Chicopee resident is new to the Turley team but brings seven years experience in journalism, most recently as sports editor for nearby Stonebridge Press. His favorite assignments have included covering the Tantasqua boys' varsity basketball team during the 2006-2007 season, not to mention the 2003 New England Patriots Super Bowl Championship parade and the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Championship parade. Dave is a 2000 graduate of Westfield State College with a major in Communication.

The Chicopee Register is a weekly newspaper of Turley Publications
380 Union Street, West Springfield, MA 01089
Editor Kathy Mitchell | Phone 413-592-3599