I started this blog on June 27, 2008. I believed there was a serious lack of local news coverage for Munjoy Hill from the local press. This is a very dynamic, up and coming, community on the eastern end of Portland and it deserves more attention from the local media. Having been recently retired and looking for something to keep me busy, I decided to start an on-line news service. That’s how and why this blog came into being. My main goal was to recognize people on the Hill for their interesting lifestyles, start-up businesses in the area and other subjects of interest to people on the Hill. From a very small vision, mhn.com has grown much larger than I ever anticipated it would.
While local coverage of the Hill has improved, there is still plenty to report on and I plan on doing that for a long time to come.
The iconic, poliltician Tip O’Neil once said: “All politics is local.” I’ve come to believe that applies to news as well. Judging by the interest in this blog, I’m a believer that “all news is local” as well.
It’s important for me to point out that I am a blogger. I am not a professional journalist nor am I a reporter nor do I consider myself a writer. I’m a blogger! Sometimes bloggers show their bias, intentionally or not. Sometimes the bias is intended. That’s why I don’t get paid the big bucks! I am someone who is trying to fill in some of the news gaps that I believe have existed in the area for years and still do. I have no pretense about being a reporter and should not be compared to reporters or journalists!
Years ago I earned BA in psychology from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. I retired to Portland from Alexandria, Va. where I lived for many years. I worked in Washington, D.C. for both the government and the private sector. It was a fascinating time in our nation’s history for which I am grateful to have had the opportunity to experience. But when I reached retirement age, I knew just where I wanted to be – Maine!
White Plains, NY is home for me. That’s where I grew up and attended public schools. But, I consider myself so fortunate to have spent my summer vacations and holidays from school at my grandparents summer cottage near Augusta – Coopers Mills on Clary Lake. They were carefree days of swimming and boating in Clary Lake and blueberrying in the adjoining fields. Both my aunt, Nancy Pefffer Brown and my grandmother, Ella Harding Peffer, were born here in Portland. So, while I’ll always be “from away,” I do have deep roots here that I cherish. I feel so fortunate to be back here in Maine, again!
“Because I love my neighborhood, Munjoy Hill, and the city it sits at the end of, and because my work takes me out of town for much of a year, I find that the Munjoy Hill News keeps me connected to the notion of home. Going to the site and simply viewing photos of Portland and the HIll, not to mention the news writing, is enough to mitigate the discomfort of being away. I check in every few days.”
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The Light in the Piazza