Register had a humble beginning in 1946. The Springfield
newspapers were on strike, and a year-long “news
blackout” settled on the Greater Springfield area.
Prior to the strike, Ludlow residents Emmet Rooney and
his wife, Helen, were Ludlow correspondents for the Springfield
Union and the Daily News. It was during
this time that Emmet decided to launch a free weekly newspaper—the
many stories he heard from residents and business owners
as he made his rounds as a mail carrier were articles
just waiting to be written.
In December 1953, Emmet passed away. His son, Bill, would
join his mother in continuing publication of The Register.
After Helen retired in 1965, Bill and his wife, Juliann,
took charge of operations at their King Street home.
In 1972, Turley Publications, Inc., in Palmer, then known
as “Pioneer Enterprises,” headed by Thomas
and Patrick Turley, acquired The Register, and
the growth of the weekly accelerated. Greatly improved
technical advancements, combined with a new tabloid format,
a greatly expanded press run and ever-expanding news coverage
were some of the more obvious advantages of the acquisition.
Bill and Julie continued with The Register, Bill
as a columnist and Juliann as news editor, until they
passed away in May 2005 and October 2004, respectively.
Today, The Register continues the commitment
begun by Emmet and Helen and continued by Bill and Juliann,
keeping residents informed about their town government,
businesses, schools, churches and civic organizations.
The Register continues to showcase the talents,
achievements, interests and contributions of the residents
of Ludlow and Indian Orchard. This is what we at The
Register believe to be the cornerstone of a quality