2016 A.D. is coming to a close, and what a year it has been! As I write this, Christmas is still yet to come, but much has been said lately in The Standard about Christmas, and I'd like to take a moment to reflect on this past year as well.
2016 saw a lot of change in the world, from 'Brexit', to the change of political leaders in both the United Kingdom, and the United States. And, whether or not the change over of foreign leaders is of personal interest to you, it's quite possible these events will have a ripple effect that reaches us here in Canada.
Locally, we've seen Scugog start to film it's council meetings, and at long last high speed internet has come to Scugog Island.
At The Standard we've gone through a lot of change, as well.
In January, we moved our offices from 94A Water Street, to 182 Northport Road Unit 10, next door to Ray Hobbs Garage. You can check our full mailing address on the front page of this newspaper. Our phone number and other contact information has remained the same.
This year is also when I started writing for The Standard, in this column. We've also had the pleasure of adding new team players to our crew, including writer Joe Cross. You can check out his column in this same space, in our next edition of the paper.
2016 was a year of rest for me, in many ways. Aside from the changes mentioned above, little changed in my life personally. It's interesting, because I was able to watch so much change happen in those around me, both directly in my own family, and with friends and acquaintances as well. But for me, not much has changed, and I'm fine with that.
Sometimes we need time to relax, to catch up. Our technology and culture often seems to push us towards a fast paced life style. Having spent this year more focused on my family, and only a select few others, I've been able to focus on improving my character, more than anything else.
So I have to say, I thank God that He gave me a year with fewer circumstantial changes, so I could work on, what I feel was, improving myself, through His guidance.
What does 2017 hold? God only knows. I'm praying it's a wonderful year for you, the readers, and for all of us here at The Standard.
Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year everyone! God bless.
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