Editor’s Notebook: 3/18/11

Jeff Genung

• “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love,” wrote Alfred Lord Tennyson. My thoughts turn to getting out of work early on Fridays, but here I go …

• Norwich had quite the turnout for the downtown Irish flag-raising on St. Patrick’s Day, but as you’ll see if you click on the Facebook video Brian Golden shot for us, those Irish eyes might have been smiling, but their ears …

• So I’m going to get my dry cleaning at Arrow Laundry after work last night, and I look across the street to see the corner of Silver and East Main pretty much obliterated. That was fast! Pretty soon, the old building that last housed Bruce Beadle’s real estate office will also be history. All making way for a new and improved Byrne Dairy – complete with gas station, which will be nice. Can’t say I’m equally enthused about the inclusion of a laundromat – the aforementioned Arrow is a local business with a long history in the Norwich economy. Seems redundant to place a similar service (minus the dry cleaning) right across the street, and give ‘em tax breaks to boot. But then again, these are the same master planners that put two nearly identical drug stores on opposing corners – and we all know how that turned out.

• Did you notice how I got through that little rant without mentioning my beloved Green House? I’m growing, I really am.

• Both Pat and Brian will be covering the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser at Park Place Saturday night (though both will be keeping their hair). Stay tuned to this website and Facebook for photo and video updates – and check out Frank’s Photo Finish in Monday’s Evening Sun.

• Also in Monday’s Evening Sun – it’s the start of Purple Pride Week at Norwich High School! Every day, we’ll dedicate a page supported by local advertisers to all things Purple – and White – as the school marks its annual Spirit Week with a host of fun-filled events.