Editor’s Notebook: 11/29/10

Jeff Genung

• Merry Christmas! Now that the Parade of Lights has come and gone, I feel like the holiday season has officially begun. Sunday, I spent the better part of the day hauling out the holly.

• Congratulations to my intrepid Evening Sun crew – Tyler Murphy, Melissa Stagnaro and Brian Golden (and me) – we tied for second place in the Parade of Lights float category! It’s always amazing to me what we are able to accomplish in such a short amount of time – and with a whole lot of duct tape. It’s a lot of work, but I think it’s beneficial on two levels: building good will in the community and building a stronger team internally. Each of my young charges has their own special skill set, and seeing it all come together is always a treat. Melissa inherited the “Parade Nazi” title from Jessica Lewis, and I mean that in a good way – her organization and vision kept us on track. Tyler – I’m dubbing him the “Balloon Whisperer.” How he manages that balloon arch thing we did, single-handedly, escapes me. And Brian? Well Brian saved the day by getting us a generator at the last minute – which he was supposed to do in the first place, but that’s beside the point. If nothing else, he suffered our day-long abuse like a champ. A good time was had by all … check out the pictures on our Facebook page.

• Breaking news just as we went to press this morning about the overnight robbery of the Great American in Bainbridge. As of this writing, police are still searching for the two male suspects – both described as 5 foot 9 or 10, and, well, not fat. Yeah, that should narrow it down.

• Friends of Rogers reports today that the DEC has told them that the Rogers Environmental Conservation Center’s trails and grounds will still be open to the public after the facilities close at the end of the year – but no one will be maintaining them. Gee, thanks! I guess they’re going with that “forever wild” concept.