Editor’s Notebook: 11/10/10

Jeff Genung

• An interesting note from Melissa Stagnaro’s story today about the Town of Columbus hearing on a possible payment in lieu of taxes agreement for yogurt manufacturer Agro Farma … where is that place, anyway? Columbus officials seemed peeved that the Chobani-maker doesn’t always claim Columbus as its hometown – and I must admit I’ve been confused. We’ve published Agro Farma stories with datelines from Columbus, South Edmeston and New Berlin. And all from the same place! From what I understand (and I’m admittedly directionally challenged), it’s one of those upstate New York location things where the plant is technically in the Town of Columbus, but has a New Berlin address – and is, at least colloquially – in the hamlet of South Edmeston, which isn’t really a municipality at all, at least in the legal sense. And they’ve got a Smyrna phone number, too. OK, I made that last part up, but still.

• Interesting to read in Tyler Murphy’s story today that Stan Foulds’ vacant Unadilla Valley school board seat will be filled by Sandra Cooper. While she’s recently known as the retired Sidney school superintendent, her real claim to fame is as Jeff Genung’s Second Grade English Teacher. In my mind, anyway. And former Oxford neighbor, to boot. Congratulations, Mrs. Cooper (that ‘old teacher’ thing forbids me from calling you Sandy, ever). I’m sure you’ll serve the UV district well in the interim.

• We’ve got three full pages in Thursday’s paper dedicated to The Evening Sun’s “Our Heroes” campaign for Veterans Day. In addition to local business support in advertising, the pages also feature a good number of special dedications to service men and women from local families. It’s a great way to recognize Chenango’s sons and daughters who are serving their country – and even better, it has an interactive element so you can add your own messages of support. Visit us on Facebook and click on the many links and photos of local vets. Thank you all for serving.

• That being said, yes, we are open for business tomorrow. Same Bat time, same Bat channel.