Editor’s Notebook: 11/22/10

Jeff Genung

• If Justin Bieber is the Artist of the Year, then I am the Queen of England.

• People are up in arms over the planned closing of Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne before the end of the year, and with good reason. But as Tyler Murphy’s story today indicates, no one from the state level has confirmed exactly how or if Rogers will continue to function without the education center or its employees. Someone on “30 Seconds” said “It’s not as if they’re going to put up a big fence around it,” which is probably true – but what form that continued public access to the trails and park lands will take is anybody’s guess at this point. The state also tells us they’re actively seeking a local government or non-profit entity to take over operations of the center, yet no one we’ve talked to has heard anything about it. Like any story involving a state agency, we can’t get a straight answer out of the 85 different people we have to talk to – most of whom pass the buck to someone else. I love New York!

• Melissa Stagnaro thought someone up front in the YMCA’s Turkey Trot 5K on Sunday looked an awful lot like me. I assure you, I was nowhere near a 5K. Or a .5K, for that matter.

• It’s a short week for most of the working public, and we’ll get Thanksgiving Day off here at The Evening Sun, too – unfortunately we have to work twice as hard on Wednesday. We’ve got a special “Giving Thanks” edition coming for you on Thursday, then it’s back to business as usual on Friday. Our offices will, of course, be closed on the holiday.

• Don’t forget – this Saturday is our annual Christmas to Remember: Parade of Lights in downtown Norwich! The action steps off at 6:30 p.m., but come early – good spots are hard to find as this one draws more and more people every year. From all I’ve heard, it’s going to be another huge, spectacular parade. And the featured attraction will be (well, besides the fat guy in the red suit) The Evening Sun’s own “Delivering Christmas” float – back after a one-year absence. As long as we don’t burst into flames like that poor Dairy Princess float last year, we’ll be doing OK.