Three events stand out in 25 years
Wow. Fifty years serving the region.
I was privileged to work at the Packet for 25 of those 50 years.
I began working for the Packet in the fall of 1987. My first big event to cover was the annual Labour Day slo-pitch tournament. Teams from around region and the province converged on the town for four days of competition.
There were no digital cameras back then. It was aim and shoot photography and the hope that you captured the shot.
At the end of the day it was back to the office to spend an hour or so in the darkroom developing the film.
I have a lot of fond memories of my time working at the Packet. I covered many events over the years.
Three stand out.
The Clarenville Caribous senior hockey team winning their first Herder championship at Mile One stadium over the Conception Bay CeeBees.
The atmosphere was electric. The arrival of the Matthew in Bonavista in 1997 was spectacular. The eyes of the world were on our province.
Hurricane Igor left a big imprint on my memory. I’ll never forget my editor assigning the editorial staff to various areas of our region that were heavily impacted by the hurricane.
My assignment was the Little Heart’s Ease area and all communities in between. Roads had been washed out all along Southwest Arm. The only access was by boat. Private boat owners were quick to offer assistance.
Before I left the office I had invitations from people to stop in for a cup of tea or stay for supper. These were people without power, flooded basements and cut off from the rest of civilization and yet still offering a welcoming hand.
In the face of adversity it was typical Newfoundland hospitality at its best.
Keep up the great work.