Address: The Barnard Bulletin, Box 128, Barnard, Vermont 05031
The Barnard Bulletin has delivered monthly news and updates to locals for over a quarter of a century. Among other things, the Barnard Bulletin provides hours for municipal buildings, advertising space for local businesses, obituaries, cryptograms, and a monthly venue for local announcements, including school events and news updates.
Virginia Lancaster published the first Barnard Bulletin in 1986 in an effort to keep locals informed, using the Voter Checklist to create her first mailing list. It soon became evident that non-voters were interested in the Bulletin as well, so the Lancasters added paying subscribers to the list and began selling copies at the Barnard General Store.
To send copies out in bulk, Virginia received USPS Permit #1, which the Bulletin holds to this day. The cost of mailing the bulletin has more than doubled over the years and, as of 2012, the Lancasters mail approximately 400 issues per month. Since its earliest days, the printing equipment has improved and the number of contributors to the Bulletin has increased, but the Lancasters do not make a profit from this venture, which runs at an annual cost of $2,100 and pulls in subscription and advertisement revenues of only $1,500. The Bulletin has changed over time but continues to publish relevant articles and to advertise local businesses.
The Lancaster family has continued to edit, publish, and print the Bulletin since its first publication. Virginia’s husband, John Lancaster, currently acts as Chief Editor and their son Richard holds primary responsibility for all other aspects of publication.