Dear readers:

I write to you today as John Holyoke’s editor. Recently, John suffered a minor stroke, but he’s OK, receiving excellent medical care, and is expected to make a full recovery. I’ve spoken with him, and he’s in good spirits and says he’s feeling fine. John asked that I thank everyone who’s already reached out to him with well wishes and to urge readers to take symptoms of possible strokes seriously. John wanted readers to know that his stroke was mild, but the underlying health issues it has brought to light are serious and treatable. We look forward to having John and his wonderful sense of humor return to the newsroom soon. He’s on hiatus for now, so he can focus on recovery, but is expecting to return the first week of January. Please join me in wishing him a speedy and full recovery. If you’d like to reach out to him, email him at


Sarah Walker Caron, BDN Senior Editor