Mrs. Dykowski... is getting that fresh fall feeling

Is summer really over?

The scent of sunscreen has been replaced by freshly sharpened pencils. My calendar that was once full of backyard kiddie pool parties and Friday night movies is now full of football and volleyball games, coach interviews and team photo shoots. It must be time for school again. 

We still have one or two more summer outings on the schedule, including Darci’s first trip to the zoo. 

I hope we see Darci’s favorite animal to talk about, the “hippopotason.” 

Soon, though, we’ll be trading hippos for lions as my little assistant and I gear up to cheer on Dublin’s athletes and report on their season.

Every fall I still get beginning of school jitters, though I haven’t been a student in quite a while. 

There’s just something about a new year, new people moving to town, a new crop of kids entering the next grade. 

This is when Dublin settles into the changes and growth of the summer as an ever-so-slightly different community. 

It’s exciting and a little nerve-wracking. 

This week I’m getting a head start on the Fall Sports preview. It’s my first opportunity to put faces with names for our new athletes and coaches.

The annual process of learning names and faces of varsity athletes is important in helping us get information correct in the paper.

But, because the kids seem to graduate so quickly, and I don’t spend much time with the the players themselves, it takes me a while to figure everyone out.   

It’s a weird phenomenon that my job creates, and I think it creeps the kids out a little when we get to the sports banquet  at the end of the year and this lady they’ve never really met starts calling them by name to pose the photos. 

To me it doesn’t seem strange because I’ve been talking to their coaches about them, reporting their  stats and typing their names under their faces in captions for 10 months. 

Being a journalist makes you creepy, what can I say. I don’t mind, though. 

When I was a high school student, my hometown paper listed my name wrong almost every time they wrote anything about me. 

I wasn’t an athlete, but I was very involved. I also worked for that very newspaper part time. 

Clearly, I’m still not over it. 

I don’t want to do that to Dublin’s kids. Mistakes happen, though, and we beg your patience while we try to get to know this new crop of youngsters.

At the same time, send me a kind correcting email if I misspell your kid’s name or misidentify him or her in a picture. It’s important to me to get it right. 

In the meantime, make sure your subscription is up to date, and keep an eye out for all of the upcoming sports highlights. 

Have a happy school year, Dublin!

Sarah Dykowski is the wife of Publisher Scott Dykowski. She can be reached at

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