Archive for July, 2006

Macker Mania

Saturday, July 8th, 2006
Jeff Genung

Here it is, Saturday evening, and I dare say I’ve had my fill of Gus Macker. While it’s truly a great community event that does wonders for downtown Norwich and tourism in general, by the time the first ball bounces I’ve put so much time into our special Saturday edition that’s given out free that morning that my enthusiasm for it has waned. Occupational hazard, I suppose. I’m not a big fan of basketball in general (and certainly not a player), so that may be another reason Macker isn’t my favorite of Chenango summer events. That said, it did look like a good time was had by all during my cursory stroll up and down East Main Street this afternoon.

I hope those who sat courtside early Saturday morning enjoyed our special (and free!) edition of The Evening Sun this morning. Besides the game brackets and player names, there were some great feature stories on Macker enthusiasts and a generous helping of today’s news as well. Thanks also to our advertisers, whose support made giving Saturday’s edition away for free possible.

Tomorrow, I’ll head downtown again to check out what our local merchants are up to for Sidewalk Sales.

Price gouging

Thursday, July 6th, 2006
Michael McGuire

An anonymous plumber contacted me this morning expressing his concern over price gouging involving emergency water heater and furnance installations in the aftermath of the flooding.

The plumber claimed customers are being charged double and triple the cost of pre-flood rates. He said he had names and numbers of both victims and culprits, but did not specify further.

If it’s true, customers need make sure to shop around. If you feel you may have been duped, check with dealers outside the effected areas for prices, look on the internet, and just shop around in general.

Inflating prices because of emergency induced demand is no different than looting in my book.

lobbyists and flood insurance

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
Michael McGuire

NYRI spokesperson Jon Pierce confirmed that Albany lobbyist Pat Lynch, after only a few weeks on the job, is no longer at the service of the private power line investors and developers. Pierce said the split was mutual, and that it came as a result of legislation passing the state Assembly June 23 that could block NYRI’s use of eminent domain. Still no word from Pat Lynch.

People keep talking about flood insurance and its importance. It seems unfair to hear stories about people paying this insurance for years without experiencing any flooding, then when a flood does come and it destroys a home or business, the insurance provider doesn’t want to pay the full amount, and then drops the insured customer because they called to collect. They say it’s business but it appears cruel, and in most cases it is now mandatory cruelty.

Gus Macker is back again, it always comes around too fast, at least for me because It feels like I didn’t have the time to get in shape, but it definetly feels like I had the time to get out of it.

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