FROM THE EDITOR
I was born and raised in the town of Truro. At one point during my youth, the elderly couple across the street decided that they needed to downsize, so they decided to sell their home and have a smaller one built on adjacent land. Over the next few months, a team came in, cleared an opening, leveled the pad and poured a concrete foundation. And then it sat like that for quite some time.
Suddenly one day two flatbed trucks arrived, each carrying half of a house. By the end of the day, a brand new home stood in place. At dinner time, I exclaimed how amazed I was that an entire house had just shown up in the course of a day. Nothing. Then Everything. While my parents were quick to agree it was an engineering feat, my father did point out that there was something there before that day. A well-poured foundation.
In taking ownership of The Victoria Standard and suddenly being responsible for the editorial decisions that go into bringing you the best newspaper possible, I think back to my neighbour’s house as a crucial reminder of what I have inherited. While I am excited to make my mark on the newspaper, I am extremely grateful for the solid foundation that Jim and Sharon Morrow have laid over the past twenty-four years. I am not starting this venture from scratch. Far from it. Instead, I have a seasoned veteran in John Johnson who will continue to be the backbone of the operation, a wonderful team of writers around me, a great base of advertisers who get their message out while helping make the newspaper possible and a network of people eager to help ensure that we cover the news across the County. Most importantly, through honesty and integrity in journalism, Jim developed a loyal base of readers, like yourself, who I now have the pleasure of serving.
At the Atlantic Community Newspapers Conference that I attended last month in Halifax, it was suggested that a local newspaper is at the heart of a town, village or county; an indicator of the health and well-being of the community.
Bellwether Media Inc. is my media company that is now proudly publishing The Victoria Standard. For those unaccustomed to the term, a ‘bellwether’ is an “indicator or predictor of something.” During the tumultuous election season our neighbours to the south are in the midst of, you may hear of ‘bellwether states’ in which their primary results are seen as a possible outcome of the general election. Though my company was named well before the conference, I believe “Bellwether” is befitting of the role outlined by my fellow members of the press.
In bringing you the paper every other week, I will strive to make the Standard not only an indicator of our County’s vibrancy, but an active participant in ensuring its continued greatness. In this regard, I am once again incredibly fortunate to see such a strong foundation and framework already in place.
James (Jim) Morrow works on his last issue of The Victoria Standard. After twenty-four years of serving the County, Morrow has decided to retire from the business.