We at the News office were a bit taken aback when we realized that this issue would mark the halfway point for the year. I had always been warned that, as I got older, time would move faster, and now I can confirm that this is true.
The first half of the year has been filled with good and bad. The second half promises to be just as bursting at the seams.
We end the first half of the year with the news that long-time Mason County News employee, Maudell McDonald has departed the mortal coil. She was at the News for many years, and was, along with husband Al, an important part of the Mason community. She will be missed.
I end this first half of the year celebrating my own anniversary with the News. June 23rd marked my tenth year as editor. I had told Scott Wesner I would help him out for a while; and, ten years later, I'm still racing deadlines each week!
I, along with my classmates from 1978, are celebrating milestone birthdays for the next year as we all turn 50. Someone asked if the idea of turning 50 bothered me, and I told them that I hadn't really thought I'd make it to 35, so 50 is just icing on the cake!
Half a year gone. Half a year remaining. What does the rest of the year hold?
Obviously, there will be a party or two as classmates celebrate half a century. Coach Joy sent me the 2009 football schedule, and that means that fall will arrive with the pigskin in play for the Mason Punchers. And, the seniors of 2009 have started packing their bags to head off to the next stages in their lives, which means the class of 2010 will be making their own mark on Mason High School, and the community of Mason.
During the first half of the year, we lost several of Mason's dearest, both young and old. We also welcomed numerous new citizens who will become just as dear to us in the future. We also welcomed several new couples after having known them as individuals for many years, and I know they will become part of our lives in these, their new roles.
Bill Bodenhamer would say at this point that I have begun to wax poetic, and I'm sure he knows of what he speaks. But, I think he will probably forgive me, knowing that we columnists are slaves to our words and when they flow, we occasionally need to step out of the way and let them find their places.
The reason for my reverie is that, on Saturday evening, my nephew, Dewey Stockbridge, mustered the courage to ask Erin Albright to be his bride, and fortunately, she said yes. This means that I will have another niece, and that my nephew will have a companion to walk with him through life. He has been one of my treasures since his birth, and now he has brought another gem into our family.
Erin is a game warden in Brewster County. She's smart, beautiful, funny and kind. She is exactly what I was hoping Dewey would find, and she will be welcomed into our family with open arms.
So, the next six months hold promise of great things. A year half gone; but, so much ahead to anticipate.
Way to go, Dewey!
It’s all just my opinion.