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A Letter to Our Readers (March 18, 2020) 

Published March 18, 2020 at 4:15 p.m. | Updated March 23, 2020 at 3:19 p.m.

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  • Luke Awtry
  • Seven Days Staff
Dear Readers:

Events are a big part of our business at Seven Days: We write about them, advertise them, sell tickets to them and organize them ourselves.

The social distancing all of us are now practicing to limit the spread of the coronavirus has forced organizers to cancel events and pull back on their advertising. Many local businesses are closing temporarily and curtailing
their promotional efforts, too.

That advertising funds our journalism.

No one knows for sure how long this pause will last. Here’s what we do know: Seven Days turns 25 this year, and we’ve never had a better team. Our employee-owners are invested in this community and willing to sacrifice to
ensure that we continue putting out a paper and reporting the news.

If you value our work and can afford to help us weather the storm, please consider making a one-time contribution or a recurring monthly payment. Doing so will make you a Super Reader, along with a few hundred others who value Seven Days enough to pay for it. Please join them. We could use your help! Visit sevendaysvt.com/super-readers to sign up, or call us at 864-5684.

And please keep supporting our advertisers. Can’t shop in person? Purchase a gift card to use when you’re ready, or buy something from a local store or restaurant that’s featured in our Good To-Go Vermont campaign. This will help keep our Vermont economy strong, ensuring that there are things to do when we can all get together again.

Stay safe,
Your friends at Seven Days
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Paula Routly

Paula Routly

Paula Routly came to Vermont to attend Middlebury College. After graduation, she stayed and worked as a dance critic, arts writer, news reporter and editor before she started Seven Days newspaper with Pamela Polston in 1995. Routly covered arts news, then food, and, starting in 2008, focused her editorial energies on building the news side of the operation, for which she is a regular weekly editor. She conceptualized and managed the “Give and Take” special report on Vermont’s nonprofit sector, the “Our Towns” special issue and the yearlong “Hooked” series exploring Vermont’s opioid crisis. When she’s not editing stories, Routly runs the business side of Seven Days — overseeing finances, management and product development. She spearheaded the creation of the newspaper’s numerous ancillary publications and events such as Restaurant Week and the Vermont Tech Jam. In 2015, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.


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