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LETTER: The Pilot - Serving the community

['Lewisporte-Twillingate MHA Derek Bennett.']
['Lewisporte-Twillingate MHA Derek Bennett.']

Derek Bennett, MHA Lewisporte – Twillingate District, weighs in on the end of The Pilot

Dear readers,

The Pilot has had a long history servicing residents of Lewisporte, New World Island and Twillingate areas. 

As a young boy, my first job was a paper carrier in Lewisporte, delivering newspapers to subscribers on Perry St., Cabot St., Young St., Legion Rd., Premier Dr. and all homes in between. When I became a parent, my son Jonathan later took the same route. I fondly remember this route and all the great people I met every Wednesday evening.

Through my work as Member of the House Assembly for the District of Lewisporte – Twillingate, and previously, as the director of Recreation and Tourism with the Town of Lewisporte, I maintained a good working relationship with reporters, sales persons and clerical staff for close to 30 years. I have to express my sincere appreciation to each of them for their professionalism, co-operation and willingness to report the news and events in a timely and fair manner.

Knowing that beginning Aug. 1 that The Pilot will no longer be a part of our communities brings some sadness, as we will be losing a part of our history and it may impact local employees. However, with the way media is moving throughout the world, it was not surprising. On a positive note, it is great that readers will now be able to become more informed on what is happening throughout the central Newfoundland region and whether you are promoting a community event or publishing a business advertisement, you will be able to reach a greater reading audience and those wishing to read the newspaper can do so free of charge.

I wish The Central Voice much success and encourage local residents, groups and the business community to continue to submit stories and promote all the great things happening within the district.  Again, thank you to all the present and past employees of The Pilot.

Derek Bennett

MHA Lewisporte – Twillingate District

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