I learned something this week. Well, in fairness, it wasn't something I learned per se, but instead reinforced what I already thought.
The lesson was clear following all the big national and state news that happened in the past few days. We had wall-to-wall coverage of the debate between “Smilin'” Joe Biden and Paul “The Widow’s Peak” Ryan (I’ve trademarked those names by the way), and in-depth coverage of the Thursday debate between Senatorial candidates Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy on both Friday and Saturday.
On top of that, we had a story about a massive recall by Toyota, another on a recall of Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats and a story about how the president of Connecticut’s higher education system mistakenly (cough, cough) to a few of his highest-ranking employees.
And you know what? If you added all the people who read those stories together on the site, it wouldn’t match how many people read a profile of Ivy’s Simply Homemade, a Waterford small business started by a woman with a dream.
So again, my theory was proven: what you guys – the Patch users – want is local news about the people and issues that directly impact Waterford. State and national stuff is great, but at least for this website, your more interested in the tax policies of Ron Fedor than Ronald Reagan, and I’m going to stick with that.
So, here is some local news. On Friday, we had a story about a boy who sends thank-you notes to his aunt. The problem? His aunt has passed and now rests in heaven, so the Waterford boy has to send her the thank-you notes via helium balloon, as his mom watches on, crying.
The early part of the week was dedicated to covering the race for the state’s 38th Congressional District, which covers all of Waterford and part of Montville. On Monday, we had a long piece on the incumbent, Democrat Betsy Ritter, and then on Tuesday we had another piece on the challenger, Republican Tony Siragusa.
On Thursday, we had a horrific news piece about a man who was convicted in 2008 of raping a Waterford woman being arrested again, which wound up being the most read story of the week. And on Saturday, we had a story about when and how Waterford could knock down Cohanzie School.