Paul Miller

    Paul Miller, executive editor, manages the daily operations of the newsroom and, the paper’s online version, and is responsible for the direction, standards and policies of the news operation, as well as their implementation. He enjoys hiking, exercising, good times with good friends, the ocean and traveling. His occasional “Out in Public” column focuses on the people, places and politics of the region.

    Former NASCAR Winston Cup driver and ESPN analyst Ricky Craven signs an autograph for Stephen and Linda Atwood of Webster, Mass., at a Shell gas station in Chesterfield Saturday. Craven was participating in the annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride. The Atwoods, lifelong race fans, were camping nea…

    The tail end of The Kyle Petty Charity Ride crosses the bridge on Route 9 in Chesterfield and into Vermont on Saturday. The seven day, 1,200-mile ride raises money to support Victory Junction and other children’s charities. This is its 24th year.

    Much of the correspondence that arrives in the newsroom email inbox is expected, predictable fare: news releases, public service announcements, letters to the editor, a school sharing its quarterly honor roll, a reader offering praise or criticism, or posing a question.

    Beginning one week from today, readers of The Sentinel will notice some changes to the look and structure of our print edition, and to the focus of our print and online coverage.

    While friends and family of Justin Sault try to deal with the grief of his tragic death, they were finding time, too, Saturday to remember a young man full of life and energy — a talented graphic artist, snowboarder and a person who had “a gift” for making people laugh “like no one else.”

    Brandon Russell is seen in 2008 with a Haitian child in Haiti. Russell, then a student at Keene State College, traveled to Haiti with a group from the Monadnock Bible Conference to assist people and families in need.

    Another Pumpkin Festival is in the books. Distinguished for its originality and charm, the festival is a celebration that in various measures we all take ownership of. It’s a chance to share with those outside of our region the qualities and virtues that define our community.

    As high school friends go, Frank Sullivan was one of the cool ones, for a lot of reasons, including this: He always had a job, which meant, at least for as long as I can remember, he always had a car.

    Energy in the room at Thursday’s early morning meeting of the Keene Elm City Rotary is high, but that’s not new. An interesting mix, this group is known to be perky and zealous by nature.

    This week’s tragedy in Brentwood is another reminder of how fickle and dangerous our world is — even in our little state, in a quiet community, in the middle of the afternoon.

    It was fall 1999, the end of a long Saturday. Ben Crenshaw, the professional golfer, stared into the camera and uttered these words: “I’m going to leave y’all with one thought. I’m a big believer in fate. I have a good feeling about this.”

    I have never been a fan of instant replay in sports; perhaps that’s the purist in me. And I squirm and turn red — literally — in those instances when a fan sitting on a couch at home calls in to blow the whistle on a golfer, whether the alleged infraction turns out to be real or imagined.

    Scattered throughout our building are dozens of large, thick, newspaper-sized bound books that hold years’ worth of editions of The Sentinel. Some are unopened, wrapped in the brown paper in which they were delivered; others are stored, also undisturbed, in large, rope-tied boxes stacked one…

    The telling of an inspirational story or the profiling of an inspiring person is a fulfilling assignment for a journalist.

    These photos were taken while the attack on Pearl Harbor was occurring, but purportedly weren’t discovered until 68 years later. Two websites debunk the story of how the photos were unearthed, but the photographs of the horrific destruction that day are genuine.

    Maybe the Pumpkin Festival got too big for its own good. Maybe, in the process, it lost some focus.

    Anita and Jan have been around the world together. They’ve seen it all — Hong Kong to Morocco to the Amazon Rainforest to the southernmost tip of South America to the northernmost region of Norway. They’ve raised two successful children, both sons.

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