Editor’s Notebook: 2/11/11

Jeff Genung

• I was blog-less yesterday because I spent the entire day serving on the decentralization panel at the Chenango County Council of the Arts. In a nutshell, we spent eight-odd hours reviewing grant applications from Chenango, Broome and Otsego counties and divvied up $81,481 in New York State grant monies to non-profit organizations for arts-related projects. It was a grueling session (applicants asked for a lot more than we had to give), but it was time well spent. There’s an amazing amount of ingenuity and creativity out there in each of the three counties. Look for a story in The Evening Sun on who won what in March.

• So we get to work this morning and discover that The Evening Sun’s e-mail servers were down, and had been since around 5 p.m. the night before. And the world came to a screeching halt. It’s funny how quickly we’ve become dependent on that form of communication. Thank God we still had Facebook!

• Glad to see that the Spirit House in Georgetown won’t fall into ruin. I’ve always been fascinated by the story of that landmark – and always been dying (not literally, thankfully) to get inside. We’ve tried a couple times to gain access for the “Ghost Hunters” special we do around Halloween, but with no luck. I guess when Brian Golden suggested it to the new owners, they were not amused. Seems they prefer to think of the historic home’s otherworldly inhabitants as angels rather than chain-rattling ghosts. Glad they weren’t around to hear Melissa deCordova’s suggestion that we change the name of the series to “Angel Hunters.” Don’t think that would go over too well.

• Got your tickets to the Fur Ball tomorrow night? No? Well, too bad! It’s all sold out. Guess it really is the social event of the season. Glad to hear it – certainly a worthy cause in support of the SPCA. Can’t wait to go!