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As I have gotten older, I have tried to be more humble. I try not to get too high and, in the same token, too low when it comes to work, personal life or kids life.

But, there was an event that happened one year ago that made me think back on the past year back here at the Valley News and, you know what, I am going to brag a little.

When Hubbard Hall in Elizabethtown burned down one year ago, I went to cover it in the early morning hours the way most reporters would — pen, pencil and camera.

After I got into the office, however, I went back with a new little piece of equipment, a Flip camera.

Later that day, we had video up from the scene, including interviews and moving pictures from the blaze — the first that was on any journalism site.

Since, we have expanded our video and tried to get different types of events and forums online, including basketball games of the week, interviews and press conferences.

Also, since we entered our new design platform at thevalleynews.org, we have been putting numerous photo galleries online, also trying to range from sporting events to breaking news and feature items.

Along with that, we have been on top of many local stories that have either been completely ignored or taken up weeks later by other outlets.

Our coverage of the completion and opening of the Champlain Bridge was unprecedented, including the Lake Champlain Bridge Book, which is one of the best local works I have seen in a long time.

I was the only journalist at ELCS goalie Brock Marvin’s return to varsity soccer after his heart transplant surgery. On that note, as reporters, we attended far more regular season fall, winter and spring sports than anyone else.

Keith Lobdell is the editor of the Valley News. He can be reached at keith@denpubs.com, at the Valley News Facebook Page, or on Twitter @ValleyNewsAdk.

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