July 6, 2007

Sea Fever

I've been living in Lloydminster for about a year and a half. There are times when my heart pines for the my distant island home. These days, one of my greatest wishes is to stand on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean and watch the cold frothy waves crash in, while breathing in the marine air.

I'd love to aim my camera lens at a massive slow-moving iceberg as it plows through the water.

I'd like to watch a humpback whale breach and dive.

I want to stand on the deck of my uncle's longliner, participating in Newfoundland's way of life and greatest tradition.

I'd like a Blue Star beer. Or to camp in a gravel pit on the May of 24th weekend.

I'm not a fisherman by profession, but my habitat is the sea. I'm sure many of my fellow Newfoundlanders living in the Booster's coverage area will agree.

I hail from Carbonear, Newfoundland. Since 2004, I've held a diploma in journalism from College of the North Atlantic. The basic knowledge gained from this course has given me the opportunity to go from newspaper to newspaper, learning more from real-world experience than school was ever able to teach me. I covered news and wrote columns in Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories, and now I have arrived here in Lloydminster hoping to bring an Eastern view to local issues.

The story of how I ended up on the Booster staff is a long saga that stretches back several years. I have achieved my goal of working with these fine men and women after about a year and a half of living here. For clarification, I don't work in the newsroom - I'm a new bindery operator.

Due to the extreme distance, I decided it would be best to apply to a community where there are some familiar faces, not someplace totally alien to me. I have some family here.

Like so many others who have made this great trip out West, my trip and my story was long and complicated.

Nonetheless, I found myself in Lloyd on a cold snowy day in mid-January 2006.

So, here I am, with my pen and notepad ready. My email is hutchings_i@yahoo.ca, and if you're so inclined, I'm somewhere in the ever-expanding Facebook network.

Let's set our course forward and navigate the issues that concern Newfoundlanders living in Lloydminster.