Firm picked to preserve SD&G newspaper history

In this December 2017, file photo, the morning sun shines on the United Counties of Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry building on Pitt Street in Cornwall, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SD&G – A firm has been picked to preserve SD&G’s newspaper history.

County council approved an $86,000 proposal from Image Advantage Solutions Inc. yesterday (Tuesday) to scan roughly 90,000 newspaper pages.

There were two proposals (RFPs) – Image Advantage Solutions of Mallorytown, Ont. and R.A. Priddle of Williamstown – a sole proprietor. While Priddle’s bid was considerably less by $36,000, Image Advantage Solutions outscored him given its experience, staff and previous work for other SD&G municipalities.

In January, the council heard from Eric Duncan on behalf of three historical groups where he pitched the idea of a digital archive for SD&G community newspapers.

The original ask was for $150,000 to $200,000. The county had scraped together a budget of $93,000 from various “small, unused reserve accounts.”

The database would include The Glengarry News, Winchester Press, Morrisburg Leader, Chesterville Record, Iroquois Chieftan (no longer in print), Morrisburg Banner (no longer in print), St. Lawrence News (no longer in print) and Seaway Breeze (no longer in print).

The project is expected to take more than a year to complete.