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The Queen Central’s History

The Queen Central News was founded as a partnership of Jim VanWinkle, John Van Schoick, George Cady and Dave Farnsworth Sr., on May 1, 1974 at 20 Main Street, Camden, New York. The QCN has established itself as a staple of the CNY community throughout Oswego and Oneida Counties. Currently operating as a free weekly newspaper, the Queen Central based in Camden, NY has expanded to the surrounding communities of Sylvan Beach, Constantia, Williamstown, Florence, Osceola, Redfield, Altmar, Parish, West Monroe, Verona Beach, Vienna, Taberg, Westdale, North Bay, and McConnellsville.

Owner and Editor James Van Winkle on celebrating 40 Years of circulation.

For many back in 1974 our idea of creating a free weekly newspaper was a joke, local banks frowned upon the venture and some folks even labeled our efforts as that of a short-lived scandal sheet.”

Now being the sole owner, along with my family, of The Queen Central News, I love to reminisce over the many areas of news covered in those 1300 issues… each headline brings back special recollections and each photo memories of a past I wouldn’t trade. Probably at one time or another the Queen Central has been involved in the happenings of your life… stories that don’t always happen during business hours leading to scores of sleepless nights, followed by hours of research making sure that each detail is correct.

Yes, many of these memories far surpass the meaning of happy and then there are those times of sorrow: an area family has seen a loved one murdered, seriously injured or lost in an accident, or had their home destroyed by fire leaving all in a state of shock. And in one way or another I’ll always believe that the existence of the Queen Central and its dedicated staff has played a comforting role in the lives of those left behind.

And this week your QCN turns 40 and once again without our readers, advertisers, and dedicated staff this would not have been possible. A special thank you goes out to all from Bullwinkle.