I know many bloggers don't like to quote or refer to newspapers or other media sources but I make exceptions when I'm the one being written about.
I don't think the Gleaner would mind since I have praise for them in this post.
A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Heather McLaughlin of the Daily Gleaner to talk about my last blog. She had a couple of questions about my decision to not seek re-election in the spring.
We spoke for a few minutes and I left it to fate to see how it would play out.
(You recall that in the past some news sources have taken my words and I haven't always come out looking so well.)
I was very pleased when I saw this in the Gleaner on Monday October 10.
Heather did a very nice job of keeping the details of our conversation short and sweet to which I am thankful.
Here is a link to it.
If for some reason the link above doesn't work I have copied and pasted it here as well.
Scammell won't reoffer
Published Monday October 10th, 2011
By HEATHER MCLAUGHLIN
New Maryland Coun. Tim Scammell says he has decided not to reoffer when municipal elections roll around next spring.
Scammell said he's enjoyed his experience on council.
"I would encourage anyone to offer themselves for public office, but I really recommend that they evaluate the time commitment and determine if it fits into their lives or not," Scammell said.
The married father of twin boys, who will be 14 by the time May elections roll around, said he wants to spend more time with them during their teenage years.
Scammell said he wanted to make his intentions known early so that anyone interested in running in the next municipal election has a headstart.
"I know of a couple of guys who have expressed their interest in it and if they do, it will be great. It would be an awesome council if they got on," he said.
Scammell said he'd be happy to share his thoughts with any candidates who want to know what the job of councillor entails, and he's not ruling out a return to local politics if the timing is right.
This appeared in the Comments section on the web version of the story.
"But Tim, you are the one who should be running for Mayor! If anyone can get some GOOD things happening for the village, it would be YOU. Too bad the younger blood and voices are being chased out. Wish you would really stay on!"
A Reader, Fredericton on 10/10/11 11:02:10 AM ADT
I appreciated this and replied to it.
"Thank-you very much for the kind words and confidence A Reader. I appreciate it more than I can tell you.
Please don't feel that I'm being chased out though. I don't feel that way.
I plan on staying involved with Village matters and would like to remain on at least one of the committees that I'm presently on if the upcoming Mayor and Council will permit.
It wasn't an easy decision to make but it's the right one for now.
However, in 2016 my sons will be 18 and most likely quite independent of their dear old dad.
That may be a good time to consider seeking office again. (If the voters would have me).
Tim Scammell, New Maryland on 11/10/11 12:05:38 PM ADT
I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by what A Reader said.
My pal Charles posted my last blog on his blog site and I was stunned by the level of nastiness that spilled out of the comments section.
If that venom was left here I would not allow them to be posted but Charles censors very little on his blog.
I won't bother repeating them here but I was saddened that there are people who could look at what I had written and blast me for it.
I've blown it off now thanks to good words from good friends who put it in perspective.
Anyhoo, now I carry on with the last few months of my term on New Maryland Council.
There's some busy times ahead with the upcoming budget and the new year coming.