Doris Warner departs, Gretchen Balcom returns


Catskill Mountain News Publisher Dick Sanford has announced that the News’ longtime Advertising Manager, Doris Warner has left her position to pursue other interests. A familiar face, Margaretville resident Gretchen Balcom, is replacing her.

Warner worked at the News for nearly 17 years, beginning her duties as a proofreader before taking over as advertising manager several years later. She has begun a new job working in research for Her new position encompasses a combination of online exploration and onsite historical investigation. “I have had a growing interest in genealogy and when this job offer came along I knew I would hate myself for the rest of my life if I let it pass,” Warner said.

Warner said she’s enjoyed her tenure at the newspaper and will cherish her memories. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the News. It allowed me to meet business people in our community, many of whom have become good friends. Dick and Laurie Sanford are two of the most generous and compassionate people I have ever had the opportunity to work for. I consider my years at the News to have been both an adventure and pleasure,” Doris commented.

Gretchen Balcom returns to the Catskill Mountain News to assume duties as advertising manager.
She began her newspaper sales career at the Catskill Mountain Publishing Corporation in 1989, working for all the papers in the group, including the Mirror-Recorder in Stamford, Times-Journal in Cobleskill, Windham Journal and the Catskill Mountain News. She spent 13 years with the company.

Headed west
After the leaving the News, Balcom spent several years managing the Margaretville Motel before relocating to Arizona where she returned to advertising sales work for a magazine group. She moved back to the Catskill Mountains in 2011 and took a position as an account executive at Decker Advertising in Delhi.

Catskill Mountain News Publisher Richard Sanford lauded Doris’ dedication to the company and welcomed Gretchen back to the fold. “As much as we will miss Doris, and we will miss her dearly, we are just as excited to have Gretchen return to the fold,” Sanford said.