Welcome to the Wilmot-Tavistock Gazette newspaper, a merger of the Wilmot Post (est. 2020) and the Tavistock Gazette (est. 1895). The paper serves residents of New Hamburg, Tavistock, Baden, Wellesley, New Dundee, St. Agatha, Shakespeare, Petersburg, Hickson, Punkeydoodle’s Corner and area.
The paper covers local news and events of local interest, as well as municipal council meetings, features, sports, arts, business, expert columnists, opinion pieces, and more.
The Wilmot-Tavistock Gazette is happy to be in the company of two other community newspapers, The St Marys Independent and the Stratford Times. All three papers are owned by Stewart Grant, a St Marys’ native who is passionate about serving the communities through both print and online newspapers.
“Documenting history has always been important to me,“ Grant said. “It was my dream to someday be a newspaper owner.”
Stewart not only brings his newspaper experience to the table, but comes from a farming family that has been in the area since the 1840’s. He is a chartered accountant and spent many years as an insurance accountant in Bermuda. As a side project in 2012, he ran a web design company as well as investing in several small businesses in his hometown. Currently, he works from home for a Michigan insurance company.
Grant has headquartered the three papers at the historic Tavistock Gazette building but has “boots on the ground” throughout Wilmot and Tavistock with a solid team of local writers. The writers are names you probably recognize as all are fervent community supporters. Would you like join this volunteer group? Drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or submit an idea/article (email@example.com).
Adding to the Gazette’s team are his graphic arts department of Maggie Richardson and Tyler Carruthers, and Wellesley’s venerable Sharon Leis in advertising sales. Contact Sharon if you’d like to get in on the ground floor with advertising (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Grant envisions the Wilmot-Tavistock Gazette as a voice of the community and encourages people to contribute.
“It’s the different perspectives that make a great community paper,” he reflected.
Grant is an avid traveller, an active curler and golfer, as well as treasurer for the St Marys' Lincolns Junior B Hockey Club. He and his wife Laurie have two children, Jake and Sydney.
In October 2021, the paper shifted from a "paid" newspaper to a "free" newspaper and is available at local grocery stores, variety stores, and increasing locations based on reader suggestions. People can also read the newspaper for free online (without a login or paywall) at www.wilmotpost.ca. The paper runs weekly and publishes on Thursdays.
Those who enjoy the convenience and reliability of having the newspaper delivered to their mailbox are welcome to subscribe for $49 annually, including harmonized sales tax (HST). More details are available at https://www.wilmotpost.ca/news/subscribe-temp.php.