Editor’s Notebook: 10/26/10

Jeff Genung

Tuesdays really hurt me …

• Spent a good chunk of the afternoon putting together our Pumpkin Vine special section, which publishes in this Thursday’s Evening Sun. A preview of the Norwich Pumpkin Festival and YMCA Halloween Parade, it’s also the vehicle for our Ghastly Ghost Stories contest. You’ll get to read the winning entries and a few select others in the Thursday piece; you’ll get to read them all – over 140 – online Friday. Kudos to Melissa Stagnaro for reading each and every entry. Not sure I’d have the stomach for it.

• Brian Golden has a story today about Norwich’s Richard Elam who, at age 66, is celebrating the release of his first CD. I haven’t had the chance to listen to it yet, but I’ve got to admire anyone who follows their dreams like that. Mr. Elam, not Brian.

• The maze of tents has gone up in downtown Norwich in preparation for this weekend’s 12th annual Pumpkin Festival. But dare I say it looks like they might not need them for a change? Granted this is central New York where the weather changes by the minute, but right now the forecast for Saturday doesn’t look too bad – far from the traditional Pumpkin Fest downpour. Given the impending holiday, I can’t help but wonder if someone offered a sacrifice  …

• Speaking of Halloween, trick-or-treating is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Norwich. It’s been in the paper and online twice, yet still we get phone calls daily … and please, don’t bother asking the question again in 30 Seconds!! For those outside Norwich, Oxford is doing it at the same time; Greene is 5 to 8, Bainbridge 5 to 7, Afton and New Berlin are 4 to 6 (Six o’clock end time? What fun is that??) and Sherburne apparently doesn’t care when you do it.