This is the last edition of the Pulse, news wise, until September 1st.
After nearly four-years of doing the Pulse of Queens County we are taking the summer off.
The Pulse however will continue with two features.
We are going to continue the PSA’s (Public Service Announcements) so keep those coming in.
Also I will try to daily put one reason that I’ve so enjoyed living in Summerville Centre for nearly seven years.
I’ve immensely enjoyed my near seven years of living on the ocean in Summerville Centre and that ocean view and location I will miss very much but due to a health issue of a family member I feel I belong close to this person who lives around Halifax and that is the right thing to do.
I have totally and thoroughly enjoyed being in Queens.It is way more than I expected.
It is certainly the smallest place (population wise) that I have ever lived. The closest one, population wise, was a year, my only year, in Western Canada where I spent 12 months managing a radio station in Swift Current, , SK.
The population of Liverpool and area might hit 4-or-5 thousand while Swift Current itself is over 16,000.
Other than that I spent two years in Woodstock, Ont (population in 1969-70 was 27,000. and there are so many cities around there), Halifax was my home for the past 25 years prior to coming down here. I spent 9 years in Corner Brook, NL and that city was nearly 30.000.
So this part of the world is the smallest that I lived.
I grew up in Quebec City (fluent in English and French) in fact French was my first language and I didn’t know a word of anglaise until my seventh birthday.
My first day in Queens was September 15th, 2008 and I didn’t know a soul and no one know me, or so I thought.
On that day then Premier Rodney MacDonald came down and presented Mayor John Leefe one of those great big cheques for six-million bucks for the new Queens Place.
I walked into council chambers for the first time and three of Rodney’s crew came over to say hi. They were all former media guys that I knew from Halifax. So much for being incognito and I believe that Mayor Leefe recognized me from television.
Susan MacLeod probably wondered what the fuss was all about, who was this guy and as soon as the presentation was done came over and said “who are you?”.
I told her I was here to set up a community radio station of which a few years later she played an incredible part in the first ever QCCR fundraising telethon. Thank you Susan you did a great job in organizing it.
Then I went over to Superstore and the manager Wayne recognized me from my TV days at MITV/GLOBAL and my 12 years with TSN. So much for being incognito.
From that point I have met hundreds and I thank you.
I was pleased to set up QCCR and hope it continues to be a community station. All they are missing to be a dynamite daily force is more power.
Four years ago I started the Pulse on a whim never expecting it to be as popular as it has become.
The daily on-line newspaper is read by so many for its daily dose of news, controversy, editorials, photos and maybe the strongest part of this website the replies and remarks to items posted.
And they come in droves on stories and comments written here. From “Tims not having sweetener”, to “Schools being closed,” to the “Old Town Hall/Sherman Hines” to the recent “Chandler’s Crematorium issue,” reader’s make their views well-known and that’s not a bad thing.
Here are the tentative plans for the Pulse.
The Pulse will end for the summer months on July 1st. It will shut down for the summer and I have all intentions of coming back. As the song says “See you in September.”
Before the internet it would be very hard to do such an on-line paper but these days with the internet, Facebook, email and the use of my favourite tool for the last 50 years, the telephone, I can get most stories. Also photography is not really an issue with so many photos emailed to the Pulse.
I have a photo bank of over 25,000 (that’s thousand) pictures of the area. So if I think I can do the same job from Halifax then I will continue. If not the Pulse will not re-open.
It would be nice if someone could take it over.
It takes someone who knows and understands journalism, preferably if they have worked in the field, he/she is not afraid of doing interviews,live or by phone and it would be nice if they can handle a website.
There are many who possess some of those skills but to my knowledge one person who possess them all, is Vern Oickle.(hint, hint Vern).
The setting up of a community radio station (QCCR) and doing this daily on-line paper has been a blast.
Thank You and enjoy the summer.
Alex J. Walling