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Au revoir, Tupper Lake
May 21, 2013 - Jessica Collier
I have an announcement to make: I won't be covering Tupper Lake anymore.
I decided that after four years, it's time to move on now that another beat is opening up at the Enterprise.
I've enjoyed covering my hometown for these past four years. I grew up hearing about all the things going on in the community on the periphery of my childhood, as I was occupied with the things kids are concerned with: games and toys, then later school dances and boys. I remember hanging out at my friend Paul Lefebvre's house in middle school when his father was the town supervisor. We would hear him talk about politics, and it was always a little bit above my head. I remember my mom running into Paul Maroun while shopping at A&P and getting bored and wandering off as they chatted about county issues. I would slink off to play with the other kids in the neighborhood as our mothers would gather around one of our dining room tables to drink coffee (or wine) and talk about things going on in the schools and town. I remember my mother talking a lot about the prison that ended up being built in Malone instead of Tupper Lake, and I didn't get what the controversy was about. My dad would sometimes leave after dinner to go to planning board meetings, and I remember wondering, "What the heck does a planning board do?"
It was interesting to get to know those things on another level as an adult. My friend Paul's mom became a town councilwoman I had to write about, my high school principal became the Republican party head I called when things were going down, and my dad became the griping planning board member who sometimes caused me to blush when I had to quote him.
There's a lot going on in Tupper Lake right now, and I never wanted for an interesting story to tell. But as interesting as it was, I need a change. There's only so many times you can cover the same events, boards and people without starting to feel a little fatigue.
Starting next week, I'll take over the Lake Placid beat at the Enterprise. I'll probably have to do a little bit of double time, still covering Tupper Lake while trying to get to know the new beat, as we work to hire someone to replace me.
I'll still be in the office, so I can help whoever we hire get to know Tupper Lake a bit. I think that will be valuable, especially with complex issues like the Adirondack Club and Resort that have a ton of background. And I'm sure I'll have to come back and cover a meeting here and there when the new reporter can't make it.
But on the whole, I'll be saying goodbye to covering Tupper Lake. It's been fun!
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