So much hap­pened in 2014

The Compass - - OPINION - Melissa Jenk­ins melissa.jenk­ Melissa Jenk­ins is a re­porter/pho­tog­ra­pher with The Com­pass news­pa­per in Car­bon­ear. She can be reached at Melissa.jenk­

This is my sec­ond Christ­mas with The Com­pass, and I con­tinue to learn more, see more and write more each and ev­ery week.

With 2015 j u st u n d e r two w e ek s away, I look back on 2014 as a pro­duc­tive year.

I have met hun­dreds of peo­ple, wrote dozens and dozens of ar­ti­cles and, hope­fully, helped tell sto­ries many might not have heard oth­er­wise.

If one story I wrote this year made an im­pact on one per­son, I con­sider it a suc­cess­ful year.

Since the year be­gan, I have spo­ken with a popular lo­cal co­me­dian about his strug­gles with ADD, met a gi­ant dog named Murphy, at­tended a girls base­ball tour­na­ment, had free roast beef sup­pers at a num­ber of fire­fight­ers’ balls and had the priv­i­lege to at­tend sev­eral prom events. But not all sto­ries have been easy ones to cover. I was at the scene of a North River mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ar­rived at the Har­bour Grace wharf min­utes after a fire broke out on the At­lantic Nav­i­ga­tor, and also tried to cover a frus­trat­ing back and forth be­tween Har­bour Grace and the provin­cial gov­ern­ment over the fi­nan­cial fea­si­bil­ity of hav­ing a new sta­dium — ap­proved since 2011 — built in the town.

While there have been tough ex­pe­ri­ences, there’s also been some pretty amaz­ing sto­ries to share with read­ers.

Many lo­cal women have made their mark in dif­fer­ent ar­eas, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, safety recog­ni­tion and hu­man­i­tar­i­an­ism. A Har­bour Grace business an­nounced it will be ex­pand­ing in the com­ing years and a lo­cal prin­ci­pal from Old Per­li­can earned an award for be­ing out­stand­ing in his field.

As with each year, there will be many new and ex­cit­ing sto­ries to tell in 2015, but there is likely to be some sad ones as well. I am go­ing to pre­pare for any­thing that comes my way, and of­fer an open invitation to any­one in the re­gion to con­tact me if they have a story they feel should be told. Re­mem­ber, if we don’t know it, we can’t tell it.

I will con­tinue to pro­vide the peo­ple of Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia with my best in the com­ing year, and I hope to keep re­ceiv­ing your best in re­turn.

I hope you all have a Merry Christ­mas and a safe and happy New Year. We’ll see you in 2015.

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