Thanks for all the fish

The Compass - - SPORTS - Ni­cholas Mercer Ni­cholas Mercer is a re­porter/pho­tog­ra­pher with The Com­pass in Car­bon­ear. He lives in Bay Roberts and can be reached at nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

They say all good things must come to an end.

This week I start a new chap­ter as I be­gin my role as an on­line ed­i­tor with the Western Star in Cor­ner Brook.

That means this is my last edi­tion of The Com­pass, a pa­per I’ve called home for the past four years and count­ing.

That’s a heavy sen­tence to write. It’s not some­thing I thought would ever come.

To tell you the truth, I fig­ured I was tied to this area for the long run.

I’ve had job offers in the past — one in Al­berta, one in Labrador and an­other in St. An­thony — but noth­ing that was enough for me to heav­ily con­sider leav­ing the place I call home.

About two weeks ago, I was asked whether I’d con­sider mov­ing to Cor­ner Brook for a po­si­tion with the daily out there. Af­ter some back-and­forth, I de­cided it was a step in my ca­reer I had to take.

With that, I’m head­ing to a place I called home for sev­eral sum­mers 15 years ago.

I can’t say enough good things about my run at the pa­per. I’ve writ­ten plenty of ar­ti­cles, con­ducted hun­dreds of in­ter­views and pissed off a scat­ter per­son along the way.

I was able to find my voice as a colum­nist and as a re­porter at The Com­pass. I can hon­estly say I wouldn’t be tak­ing such an im­por­tant step if I hadn’t been told I was head­ing from Gan­der to Car­bon­ear in Septem­ber 2011.

This area is as ath­let­i­cally rich as any in the prov­ince. Some­times, they get lost in the shadow of St. John’s and the rest of the metro re­gion, but the tal­ent is there.

I’d stack the ath­letes here against any in the prov­ince and I’d bet good money that the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion would come out on top.

That fact made this job pretty easy when it came to fill­ing the pa­per. There was never a short­age of will­ing sub­jects to have a stranger sit down with them and spill the beans.

Since J-school, all I wanted to do was write about sports. I got that chance here.

Cov­er­ing an im­prob­a­ble Herder Tro­phy run and a St. John’s Ju­nior League ti­tle sprint were fun as hell.

I’ll miss get­ting text and Face­book mes­sages from a kid won­der­ing if I got any good shots of them at a re­cent game, for sure. I’ll miss see­ing the play­ers here de­velop and try­ing to leave my im­print on lo­cal bas­ket­ball.

I guess go­ing for­ward I’m go­ing to be pay­ing a lot more to go see some lo­cal puck.

See you in the funny pages.

I’d stack the ath­letes here against any in the prov­ince and I’d bet good money that the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion would come out on top.

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