Hi, it's me

CRESCO - If it seems like you’ve read this column before, you probably have. It’s me, Nate Troy: former and present sports editor at the Times Plain Dealer. I’m back, and I’m really looking forward to covering the Crestwood and Turkey Valley sports teams again.
Back in April 2019, I left the TPD to take a job at Cresco Food Technologies. I just thought at the time that I wanted to do something different. 
Well, you know that saying about not missing something until it’s gone? That definitely applied to me and how I missed covering the Cadets and the Trojans. When the full-time sports editor position opened up in late August, my wife and others encouraged me to apply for it, so I did, and here I am.
For the record, though, I just want to thank everyone at Cresco Food Technologies for helping me, being friendly, and for all their patience dealing with a fish-out-of-water like myself. While I won’t miss all the physical labor and sweating my you-know-what off every day there, I will miss all my former co-workers at CFT. You guys and girls are awesome!
Remembering a friend
While I am thrilled to be back at the newspaper, the past week has been bittersweet. Just a few days before coming back, I learned that one of my former co-workers at the paper, Ken Becker, passed away on Sept. 2.
I worked with Ken at the TPD from 1995 to 1997 and again from 2000 to 2005 when he was the news editor and I was the sports editor. It was Ken who interviewed me on June 30, 1995, which was the first time I applied to work here. He recommended me to the publisher, H. Denis Moore, and I was hired. It’s accurate to say that if it wasn’t for Ken, I wouldn’t have moved to Cresco.
When I first came here 24 years ago, I had been working at a small weekly paper in South Dakota for six months, so I did have a little bit of newspaper experience. However, I am grateful to Ken for giving me a refresher course on how to develop film (or as Ken called it, souping film), print photos, write stories, and all of his helpful tips on taking sports photos. 
Even though Ken had almost 20 years more newspaper experience than I did when I started here in July 1995, he always treated me as an equal. He respected me and I respected him. He also helped me cover games sometimes.
Ken was a great mentor, and I really appreciated all of his help. It wasn’t just me, either. He gave his time and helped many, many people in the community in a variety of ways. Ken, you will definitely be missed. You were a hoot-and-a-half!

Cresco Times

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