Last week the end of an era quietly slipped by. After six years of running the website SouthboroughNews.com, resident Linda Hubley published her last post.
When Linda launched Southborough News in May 2007, there was nothing else like in town. It was the first online news source dedicated solely to Southborough. Over the years, Linda has updated the site nearly every day with the latest news, events, and some wonderful photography.
In an announcement posted on her website last week, Linda said February 9 would be her final day updating the site. “I have struggled the past several months coming to this decision but as my computer and the software to update the website have aged, it made it a bit easier to make that decision,” she wrote.
Linda wrote that while she enjoyed developing the site and sharing the news with her fellow residents, it was a big time commitment. Updating the site each night took at least two hours, she said.
At the Board of Selectmen meeting this week, Selectman Bill Boland acknowledged Linda’s contributions to the town. “She did a great job…The site will be missed,” he said.
Linda’s contributions to our community extend beyond her website. Last year she was honored as an Unsung Heroine by the Commission on the Status of Women, and in 2010 she was recognized for her conservation work by the Southborough Open Land Foundation.
Personally, I owe a debt of gratitude to Linda. Her site was an inspiration to me when I launched My Southborough four years ago, and it continued to be over the years. She blazed the trail I followed.
Please join me in thanking Linda for all she has done for our community over the years.
(Photo: Linda Hubley, contributed)