The Standard began its journey on Oct. 1, 2004, but I didn’t join the party until more than a year later. On Nov. 18, 2005 to be exact. That was when my name first appeared in these pages.
The story was titled ‘Port Perry wins “B” Championship’ and detailed the PeeWee Port Perry Predators’ thrilling shootout win in a tournament at Scugog Arena.
Write-ups for the newspaper were one of my many duties as Manager of the team, and since they only happened when we won, my work was very infrequently in the paper that season. Since I had sent my work to both Scugog papers and this is the only one that ran it, my bond to The Standard was quickly established, and after that it was the only one I sent my work to from that point forward.
Though wins were hard to come by for that scrappy group of PeeWee hockey players that season, memories weren’t, and I’m grateful to have been able to share so many of them with so many people that I still stay in touch with to this day after growing from sarcastic 21-year-old to slightly-less sarcastic married 30-year-old with a baby on the way in November.
That I even made it through the season is a testament to the amazing group of parents we had on the team that year. And, the fact that they didn’t go running to the Minor Hockey Executive when I stood up and introduced myself by saying, “I’ve never actually been a manager before, but I am one on Playstation and in fantasy hockey so I think I’ll be okay.”
Flash forward two years, and I was in search of a job only to drop of my portfolio here at The Standard just as it became apparent that John B. McClelland was not going to be able to return to the Junior ‘C’ beat in the fall of 2007. So, I had my first (but certainly not the last) promotion. I’d like to say it was easy replacing the only journalist in the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame after he had worked in the community for 30-plus years. But it was not, and there were some growing pains along the way. In truth, there still are sometimes.
In 2010, The Scugog Standard expanded west with The Uxbridge Standard, and since I already lived and worked there (at Vince’s, where I would also meet my beautiful wife Kate) I was promoted again. This time to as I called it ‘Uxbridge Bureau Chief/Sports Editor’ and it has been an amazing experience to be able to share stories from the west side of Lakeridge Rd. over the past four years. It’s also great to see the growth in people getting involved in the community over there. For instance, I recently saw some homemade election signs crafted by local children. Although their anti-Gerri Lynn message was totally incorrect, it’s still refreshing to see little kids taking an interest in what’s happening in their community.
Finally, in January of this year, I received my most recent promotion when I was made Editor of The Standard. As the first person to occupy the position who was born-and-raised in North Durham, it’s not a position I take lightly or for granted. Nor do I assume that I am the main attraction in this newspaper. That would be you - the reader - and I would like to say thank you for your support over the past 10 years and for continuing to let us here at The Standard share your stories with the community. This is your paper North Durham, I just happen to be lucky enough to work here.