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1996-2021 | The Observer — your local community newspaper — arrives at another significant milestone.

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As a fledgling start-up in 1996, we pledged that journalism in the “public-interest” would appear within our pages. That pledge, demonstrated over the years, earned The Observer the privilege to serve our community. Whether we’re covering a local council meeting, taking photos of a community event or informing the public about a pandemic, the Observer delivers week after week, year after year.
Our stories highlight community achievements or shine a light on areas that need attention. We start conversations in the community and rally like-minded people through the power of words. We give communities information about themselves and where they live in order to take action and make meaningful connections.

Observer Staff

Many people got their start at The Observer as a first job and the mix has been great for local coverage and diverse perspectives.

Joe Merlihan
Joe Merlihan
Publisher / Owner
Damon MacLean
Damon MacLean
Reporter / Photographer
Patrick Merlihan
Patrick Merlihan
Print Manager / Owner
Sean Heeger
Sean Heeger
Reporter / Photographer
Steve Kannon
Steve Kannon
Editor
Cassandra Merlihan
Cassandra Merlihan
Graphic Designer
Donna Rudy
Donna Rudy
Sales Manager

Observer Staff through the years.

● Brian Jantzi – March 30 1996
● Pat Merlihan – March 30 1996
● Joe Merlihan – March 30 1996
● Grace Stephenson – March 30 1996
● Jack Lefcourt – March 30, 1996
● Allen D. Martin – April 20, 1996
● Daniel Shipp – April 27 1996
● Stacey Ash- May 18, 1996
● Dave McPherson – August 31, 1996
● Peter Cross – September 21, 1996
● Dayna Buder – November 2, 1996
● Becca Miller – December 7, 1996
● David Gambrill – November 8, 1997
● Patrick Moore – February 14, 1998
● Jeff K. Brubacher- June 6, 1998
● Donna Rudy – September 4, 1998
● Angie Collins – October 3, 1998
● Andrea Reid -February 6, 1999
● Janet Wakutz – July 31, 1999
● Richard Vivian – January 8, 2000
● Magda Konieczna – January 8, 2000
● Jeremy Lenz – Feb 26, 2000
● Kristina Treciokas – July 8, 2000
● Maryann Solomon – August 5, 2000
● Jodi Pallagi – September 30, 2000
● Ashley Campbell – October 21, 2000
● Steve Kannon – November 4, 2000
● Alex Philips – January 20, 2001

● Janice Drexler – February 3, 2001
● Cathy Bieman-Leth – April 21, 2000
● Jason Sheardown – May 19, 2001
● Erik Martensson – July 14, 2001
● Stefan Deubowski – July 21, 2001
● Jonathan Jones – February 9, 2002
● Scott Arnold – March 30, 2002
● Joanne Peach – April 20, 2002
● Hugo Rodrigues – May 11, 2002
● Karen Trick – May 11, 2002
● Casey Lessard – September 6, 2003
● Peter Criscione – February, 2004
● Kyle Rea – July 17, 2004
● Michael Hillborn – Sept. 24, 2005
● Desiree Finhert, November 5, 2005
● Marc Miquel Helsen – April 29, 2006
● Jason Kiefer – May 27, 2006
● Geoff Micks – May 27, 2006
● Marcia Thompson – January 13, 2007
● Matthew French April 14, 2007
● Chad Mueller – June 30, 2007
● Vanessa Moss- July 28, 2007
● Joni Miltenburg – September 20, 2008
● Lyndsay Lehman – Sept. 20, 2008
● Martin Minajew – August 29, 2009
● Katie Edmonds – September 5, 2009
● Kyle Leadermann – March 27, 2010


● James Jackson – August 14, 2010
● Jon Sarachman – September 11, 2010
● Elizabeth Bate – January 15, 2011
● Colin Dewar – May 7, 2011
● Leanna Boron – December 10, 2011
● Craig Ritchie – May 19, 2012
● Elena Mystruk – July 7, 2012
● Will Sloan – December 15, 2012
● Cassandra Merlihan – July 13, 2013
● Jake Stallard – July 20, 2013
● Scott Barber – May 17, 2014
● Whitney Neilson – May 31, 2014
● Liz Bevan – October 1, 2015
● Ali Wilson – May 11, 2017
● Faisal Ali – June 15, 2017
● Nik Harron – February 1, 2018
● Veronica Reiner – May 03, 2018
● Aneta Rebiszewski – August 8, 2019
● Damon Mclean – February 27, 2020
● Sean Heeger – February 27, 2020

My Side of the Dam: The Retrospective 1996-2003

The Best Dam Column in 25 years by Allen D. Martin compiled in over 400 pages.

From the 1996 Archives:

Story by:
Heather Calder

Narrated by:
Parker Merlihan

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