Brad Fuqua

A few folks in the community know through our conversations that my wife and I are having another baby but to let everyone else in on the news, the date of his or her arrival will be Dec. 3 (my wife had an unplanned C-section delivery the first time and this one has been scheduled) in the early morning hours.

After I put the Dec. 4 newspaper to bed tomorrow afternoon, I’ll clock out for two weeks of paternity leave to spend time with my wife, 2-year-old son and the newest addition to our family. Unlike two years ago, this baby’s arrival is having a little bit more impact on my work schedule.

My son born in 2017 came just after fall sports had ended and before winter sports got started, so it was perfect timing to take a couple of weeks off. This time, I’m going to miss the first two weeks of basketball and wrestling seasons and the first week of swim season (that program’s first competition runs a week later than the other sports). My daily sports blog will be gone during that time period as well.

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I’m going to miss (for the first time ever since I started the job) Philomath’s Christmas Tree Lighting. I’m going to miss the City Council and school board meetings. I’m sure I’m going to miss other events as well that aren’t coming to mind.

The small group of staff members at the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Albany Democrat-Herald and Lebanon Express will cover for me during my absence. I’ll be back on the job on Tuesday, Dec. 17 to begin work on the Dec. 25 edition.

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