LOUDONVILLE -- On Dec. 17 2007, the Loudonville Uglification Committee took steps to "maintain the town's unpleasant appearance," by preserving a pile of overflowing garbage bags.
The decision, and the committee, were both the imagination of The Onion, a world-renown satirical newspaper. Loudonville made its first known appearance in the international publication with this comical look at the farcical efforts of locals looking to "uglify" the town, in 2007.
The author of the article clearly had some knowledge of Loudonville, referencing the Mohican River, but created the names of Cedar Street and Karen Spalding. It is unknown who wrote the story, or what -- if any -- connection they had to Loudonville.
The Onion publishes articles on international, national, and local "news." It's based in Chicago but originated as a weekly print publication on Aug. 29, 1988 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Onion began publishing online in the spring of 1996. It no longer publishes a print newspaper.
The piece on Loudonville appeared in its "News in Brief" section. The entirety of the story can be found at this link.
Interestingly, as The Onion is a satire outlet, one can also take a point of pride from the story if choosing to view it through that prism.
For example, former Loudonville football coach Mike Warbel, who led the Redbirds to the heights of the state playoffs in the 1980s and 1990s, once told Richland Source Editor Larry Phillips that he was mesmerized by the community upon arriving for his job intereview at the school.
"You have to understand, I came from Steubenville, a big steel mill town with smokestacks everywhere. At one time, it was one of the dirtiest cities in America," Warbel told Phillips. "When I saw the tree-lined streets in Loudonville, it seemed like paradise to me."
Who knows what the motive was in The Onion, except for the author of the story. Hence one can choose to view the piece in whatever fashion they please.
More information on the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum can be found at this link.