Editor’s Notebook: 6/2/11

Jeff Genung

• Hope you picked up a copy of today’s Evening Sun if you’re a marching band fan – we’ve got a six-page special section today about this weekend’s 62nd annual Sherburne Pageant of Bands. Should be a great weekend for a parade, and Sherburne always puts on the best! Many, many thanks to longtime Evening Sun collaborator Jon Armstrong of Bloomfield, who annually provides a mountain of entertaining copy for this piece. Couldn’t do it without you, Jon!

• Today was the first installment of our “Talk of the Town” summer series, in which an Evening Sun reporter will travel to a restaurant in a different town and host an informal Q&A session with a public official and the town’s residents. Brian Golden kicked it off with an afternoon at the Caboose Diner with Mayor Joe Maiurano; Melissa Stagnaro will host the next session down in Oxford on June 14, with OACS Superintendent Randy Squier, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Hoppie’s. Can’t make it? E-mail your questions to Melissa, mstagnaro@evesun.com, and she’ll ask them for you!

• Speaking of Melissa, she’s off to the Big Apple this weekend to take part in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Overnight, an 18-mile dusk ‘til dawn walk to raise awareness for depression and help prevent suicide. She’s going down with, among others on Team Chenango, Danielle Marshman Williamson (of the aforementioned Hoppie’s) and my old and dear friends Sandy, Kelly and Jessica Ryan. It’s amazing, and heartbreaking, how many of our lives have been touched by suicide, mine included. Hats off to Team Chenango for raising money – and more importantly, awareness – for this important cause.

• Pat Newell and Mark Abbott collaborated on a profile of the ‘92-’93 Tornado basketball team in our latest Norwich Sports Hall of Fame series today. Can’t believe it was that long ago that the ‘Dream Team’ caught us all up in the Purple frenzy of that exemplary season.

• In other Sports section news, just got an e-mail from NHS alum Bryan Snyder this morning – his popular “Off the Map” summer travel series will be coming back to The Evening Sun in July. Look for it on Mondays.