In a Norwich minute

Michael McGuire

According to fellow Evening Sun reporter Melissa deCordova, in three months the New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad will be officially and fully abandoning the broken stretch of railroad between Sherburne and Greene. Look for the full story in tomorrow’s edition.

It probably won’t effect NYRI much. They’ll most likely still have a deal with the NYS&W to build the power line there, even if the patch is no longer a right of way. They might even be able to purchase the land outright.

At the Chamber of Commerce economic forecast breakfast Friday, political analyst David Shaffer said Albany can’t save Chenango County, even though it had a hand in its downturn. This is the second Chamber event I’ve seen Shaffer speak at – he’s pretty funny and seems sharp. His message is simple; we have to save ourselves, and we should be able too. Easier said than done, but definitely true. However, it shouldn’t take an expert to point out the obvious.

There were 5 shopping carts on Cortland street as of 5 p.m. Tuesday night.

Spitzer’s budget plans could put hospitals like Chenango Memorial in a tight squeeze, officials with CMH and the Healthcare Association of New York say. Spitzer’s budget would take away $645,000 dollars from CMH in 2007-2008, which is more than 2/3 of the hospital’s projected profit for the next fiscal year. HANY contends that the budget proposal will cost CMH over $5 million in the next five years. The new cuts would create a large problem for the hospital, one CHM official said, considering that decreased Medicare and insurance reimbursements are already putting the pressure on health care providers to float the costs.

Norwich residents Josh Morris and Steve Squires and Oxford resident Lisa Brooker (along with 13 other friends and family from the area) are going to jump into Goodyear Lake in Oneonta this Saturday to help raise money for four local children with life threatening illnesses. The Polar Bear Jump was created 12 years ago by a couple from Milford to help raise money for local kids and organizations in the area. Morris’ 3-year-old nephew Quinton, the son of Squires’ girlfriend, has Joubert Syndrome and is one of the children who’s sponsored in this year’s event. Go to if you want to make donations or get more information.

The Chenango County Historical Society is having it’s capital campaign fundraising dinner on February 22. It’s open to the public, call the society at 334-9227 for more information on the dinner. The goal is to expand the CCHS Museum on Rexford Street. I respect any initiative that tries to get people interested in their own community – especially because it’s like pulling teeth.