Hello, readers.

As many of you know, I started Octopus Athletics after being laid off by the Valley News in March, 2020. It was a chance to continue my passion for covering local sports and to provide news and recognition to our area’s high school athletes. 

I was once a lousy sports player myself, but I vividly remember how much it meant to me, my teammates and our local peers to be featured in the newspaper. 

That, more than anything, is why I’m returning to the Valley News as a sports reporter beginning Monday. Octopus Athletics will go dormant that same day.

The newspaper industry has been greatly reduced in recent years and the local edition has obviously felt that crunch. It’s smaller in physical size and staff. 

Editor Matt Clary, however, has sold me on his dedication to covering our athletes and teams, albeit in somewhat different form. He and I are the parents of high school competitors, and will be for years to come. We understand the community asset a good sports section can provide.

We won’t get to as many games as we did a decade ago, and we’ll continue to rely more and more on the internet and social media to keep you updated on Upper Valley sports developments. We’ll cover Dartmouth College sports in person when we think it’s worthwhile, but the focus will be, as the marketing folks like to say, “hyper local” and zeroed in on the high schools. 

The goal is to highlight the outstanding, the interesting and the newsworthy for our readers. To make the Valley News worthy of your dollars and to have it be a relevant factor in local sports. In the same vein, if not the exact form, it was when I first began reading it as a White River Junction kindergartner in 1976.

I can’t adequately express my thanks to Octopus’ subscribers and readers and to those I’ve covered under its banner. To the students and parents and coaches and administrators who have supported the endeavor. 

I will do my absolute best to give you the same, heartfelt coverage going forward at your local newspaper.