So much happened in 2014
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.