Editor’s Notebook: 11/26/10

Jeff Genung

• Gotta love it when a Friday feels like a Monday. But like I tweeted to Melissa this morning, at least it’s only a one-day week.

• Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Sad, though, that the day was marked by a big fire in downtown Greene. Kudos to all seven fire departments whose members left hearth & home to fight the blaze – and to the aforementioned Ms. Stagnaro for going down to cover it. Thankfully, no one was injured and the buildings aren’t a total loss.

• Just got back from Wal-Mart with The Evening Sun crew (shopping for float-making supplies) and am pleased to report that the economy in Chenango County appears to be booming. Black Friday, indeed. Would be nice, too, to see comparable crows circulating in downtown Norwich, patronizing local merchants.

• Today marks the five-year anniversary of The Evening Sun’s resident movie critic/DVD expert, Todd Campbell. His DVD Patrol has been a staple of the paper’s Friday entertainment coverage for half a decade, and we consider him a good buddy. Stay tuned for another of our “Toddster Teamups” next week – this time the ES crew and Todd will ruminate on our favorite James Bond films. Happy anniversary, Todd!

• Marking another milestone, Saturday will be the last “Christmas to Remember: Parade of Lights” with Linda Green as director. Linda will be retiring from her Evening Sun duties in mid-2011, so this will be her last (and 16th!) Christmas parade. Seems like only yesterday the parade was held on the Friday after Thanksgiving, in the morning, and was much, much smaller. I credit Linda and former Fire Chief John Tighe with transforming the parade a few years back into the gargantuan, illuminated nighttime event that it is now. Pam Jones has agreed to take over the reins of the parade, but Linda’s 16 years of making it happen will always leave their mark on the event. They say if you want something done, you should ask a busy person – I dare say Linda Green personifies that little gem of wisdom. Come on down to Norwich Saturday night at 6:30 to see her last, and biggest, Parade of Lights ever!