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Scott Vicker - Vick-tory Lap

The cavalry has arrived ... finally

It only took about five months, but finally, help is here.

The addition to our newsroom of staff reporters Carter Eckl and Alex Felker has lifted a huge weight off my shoulders and given me much less stress in my life.

How Bailey Poolman and I survived that long short two reporters, especially through Progress season, is beyond me. But, we somehow managed.

In my little-more-than-a-year stint as managing editor, it’s been one challenge after another. January through May was the biggest obstacle of all.

I can’t express enough how happy I am to finally have filled the two job openings in our newsroom.

And most importantly, I’m excited to see what both Eckl and Felker accomplish in their roles. I have high expectations for both of them, but I am confident in their abilities.

Already, they’ve both shown an ability to learn quickly and a willingness to take on anything.

Their arrival in Creston has lifted the morale of the newsroom. After so long, Poolman and I were, in a sense, defeated. Trying to keep up with the daily grind of reporting on meetings and various other story ideas submitted to us took its toll.

Eckl and Felker have been almost as refreshing as taking a vacation, because their arrival has relieved Poolman and I of a mountain of pressure.

And, best of all, both Eckl and Felker have been a blast to get to know. I’ve enjoyed learning about them and developing a friendship with each of them.

I hope that you, our readers, will also welcome them to Creston with open arms and enjoy getting to know them.

Soon, they will both be writing their own columns in our newspaper, which will really provide an opportunity for them to connect with our readers.

Eckl has already been here in Creston for about a month, but please, if you see either him or Felker out in public, take a moment to welcome them.

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Switching gears now, I’ve become a total Anglophile since I took my trip to London in October to visit my sister and her family.

I’ve taken up a hobby of learning as much about London and its history as I can.

That has made the recent attacks in London rather disheartening to me.

Sarah and her family are OK, by the way. During last week’s attack on London Bridge, they were fortunately out of London, enjoying a Disney cruise for a family vacation.

I know Sarah and her family still feel safe in London and love living there. And I feel totally safe visiting them.

I never once felt threatened or concerned for my safety during my visit to London. I won’t feel threatened or concerned for my safety the next time I visit them, either.

My parents recently returned from a trip to visit them in London, as well. I would venture to guess they never felt threatened either, except for maybe my dad going through TSA at the airport for his first flight.

Their trip occurred shortly after the attack on Westminster Bridge, a bridge I had walked across probably no less than 10 times during my weeklong stay in London.

One thing that has stood out to me in the wake of the attacks in London is how the people of the city have rallied around each other.

If anything, the attacks have made the city stronger.

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Contact the writer:

Twitter – @scottvicker

Email – svicker@crestonnews.com

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