Three events stand out in 25 years

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports -

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.

Kathy Gosse

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