A time for giving thanks
The stress and worry that often accompanies the days leading up to Christmas have likely peaked, and it’s our hope that residents of the Trinity-conception region are beginning to find the time to truly appreciate the joys of the season.
It’s a very special time of year, one in which we emphasis the spirit of giving, the love of family and friends, and reflect on the many blessings of living in such a warm, peaceful place. It’s also a time when many of us marvel at the speed by which the calendar slips by, and the end of another year draws closer.
It seems like only yesterday that we were putting the finishing touches on our 2010 Christmas edition. But here we are again, pleased to present you with our 2011 special holiday issue.
It is the 43rd such edition of The Compass, which began serving the Trinity and Conception bays in the fall of 1968.
Many things have changed in the years since this publication first hit the newstands, most notably technology and the many platforms by which readers can get their news and information. But there have also been many constants, and you can again see them in the pages of this year’s edition.
You will find plenty of light, holiday reading, community news and sports, columns, photographs and special holiday messages from our advertisers. And of course there’s also letters to Santa from dozens of young people in our area. Take a moment to read some of these charming letters and feel your heart getting warmed by the innocence and enthusiasm in the words.
But amid all the celebrating and upbeat messages, this year’s edition of The Compass delivers a sad tale of death and loss. We have forgone the traditional Christmas scene on our front page to tell the story of 41-year-old Kevin ‘Popeye’ Tobin, who died in a very tragic accident during this year’s Carbonear Christmas parade.
The nature and timing of his death sent shockwaves throughout the region, and indeed across the country. We went to great lengths to pay tribute to ‘Popeye,’ and thanks to his family and many close friends, especially those with the Relic Riders Motorcycle Club, we were able to do that.
We were especially moved by the courage and strength shown by Kevin’s 14-year-old son Devin, who paid tribute to his father during a memorial service last week. Devin spoke from the heart and reduced grown men known for their tough exteriors to tears. It was likely a defining moment in this young man’s life.
With that, we conclude by saying that it is indeed a privilege to have a role in bringing you The Compass each week, and it is truly a team effort. Here are the names of those who work at our Carbonear office, and their titles:
• Kevin Hiscock, officer manager and general manager of NL Weeklies; • Bill Bowman, editor; • Nicholas Mercer, reporter/photographer; • Daphne Hearn, advertising sales; • Jamie Edgecombe, advertising sales; • Amanda Pike, sales and circulation co-ordinator, NL Weeklies;
• Shelleen Emberley, customer service/circulation representative.