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 a lot of news is local as well. Neighbors really do want to know what is happening down the street from them.
It’s important for me to point out that I am a blogger. I am not a professional journalist, a reporter nor am I a writer. I should not be compared to professional journalist! I’m a blogger! Often bloggers show their bias, intentionally or not. 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.
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. Aunt Nancy was a field director for the Kennebec Girl Scout Council. My grandmother was an opera singer for the Redpath Chautauqua of New York and New England circuit. (My grandfather, Crawford A. Peffer, was the founder and manager for its duration of Redpath Chautauqua of New York and New England. ) Following grandmother’s retirement from Chautauqua, she started a girls camp on Clark Lake, Katharine Ridgeway Camp for Girls. 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.”
Tony Award Winner of the 2005 Best Lighting Design in a Musical for
The Light in the Piazza