The Olean Times Herald will no longer publish a newspaper on Sundays.
Instead, publisher Jim Bonn said a new Weekend Edition, combining Saturday and Sunday content, will be published on Saturday mornings to home subscribers, store racks and vending machines.
The reason for that, Bonn told The News, is tied to the decision to use the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the daily paper instead of continuing to use motor route carriers. Bonn said an arrangement with the post office will ensure subscribers get the newspaper with their mail on the same day.
"We are following the U.S. delivery map," Bonn said. "We are married to them as to when they deliver. Quite honestly, we were hoping that the USPS would start delivering on Sundays like Amazon but they don't want anything to do with that."
Bonn said the difficulty of recruiting and maintaining carriers led to the switch.
“We have been very fortunate and appreciative over the years to have such a solid — and in many cases really dedicated — group of drivers,” Bonn said. “But that model of delivery has been more and more difficult to maintain.
"The timing and logistics involved with the transition are the reasons for such short notice to subscribers,” he said.
The paper has a subscriber base of around 8,700, Bonn said. It was published six days for most of the 20th century before introducing a Sunday paper in the late 1980s.
The Olean Times Herald is owned by Community Media Group, which also owns the Salamanca Press and Finger Lakes Times in New York State and newspapers in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania.