A time for giv­ing thanks

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

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.

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