As most of you probably know by now, I have left the New Britain Herald for the much greener pastures of the weekly newspapers that serve the Farmington Valley and West Hartford.
Aside from the pastures being greener for the obvious reason, I was very impressed that the Valley Press is expanding into West Hartford after enjoying success in Farmington, Burlington, Avon, Canton, Simsbury and Granby. Meanwhile, the Herald evacuated Farmington, Wethersfield and Rocky Hill.
I will miss the Herald, seeing that I gave the New Britain readers 15 years of my professional career, a substantial chunk to be sure. I truly saw myself riding into the sunset of my career with the Herald but I was never so gratified when I discovered that the Valley Press really wanted me. Everybody knows how great it feels to be wanted.
I join a talented, dedicated crew of people who express their desire to serve the readers of the region through the excellence of their work.
I cannot wait to delve into a position where I can shape the sports section to my very own contours, an opportunity I was never afforded in New Britain. I am an extreme proponent of local sports. I have no desire to expound on major league or major college sports and won't bore you with my opinions on them. They hold little value since I am not in the press boxes and sidelines of Boston, New York or Storrs. Readers who wish to stay abreast of the Red Sox, Giants and Huskies can find well-written, detailed observations in daily publications around the state and nation as well as on the internet and television.
My expertise lies in my 20 years of high school coverage and an association with the the Eastern League and minor league baseball for nearly 30 years. Since over 350,000 of you attend Rock Cats games annually, you will be given periodic inside views of what happens at New Britain Stadium both on and off the field.
My scholastic sports associations range from one end of the state to the other. My efforts were rewarded last year when I was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and I wear the ring I received with great pride. They will be rewarded again at the prestigious Gold Key Dinner on April 17, 2011, when I will be presented with the Art McGinley Award for meritorious service to the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance. Now, my efforts have been recognized and rewarded and I move forward with a renewed enthusiasm to inform and entertain with the ability that God so generously gave me.
I hope to hear from my old friends. I look forward to establishing relationships with many new ones.