Editor’s Notebook: 6/7/11

Jeff Genung

• For the first time in a million years, I missed the Sherburne Pageant of Bands on Saturday. Judging by the crowds, things sure looked alive up in Sherburne over the weekend. If you haven’t already, check out Frank Speziale’s photos on our Facebook page.

• Had a great lunch today with the Oxford Retired Teachers Association at the library’s new community room. Melissa Stagnaro and I gave a talk as the featured “Oxford grads who made good,” I suppose. I’ll share more of the experience in my column on Friday, but I think a good time was had by all!

• I’ve been a board member of Norwich Dollars for Scholars for the past three years, and the highlight is always the end-of-year awards ceremony, held last night at the Chenango County Council of the Arts. Every year, the group of soon-to-be Norwich grads who earns these scholarships gets bigger and bigger (Frank had to take the picture from the balcony, giving me no small amount of agita in the process). This year, Dollars for Scholars raised almost $28,000 to give out to Tornado seniors going on to college, and many other scholarships were presented in conjunction with the Norwich City School District at last night’s ceremony as well. What a fantastic group this Class of 2011 is … their talent, enthusiasm and camaraderie was palpable – and infectious – last night. As more than one presenter noted, kids, don’t forget where you came from!

• So did we mention today’s paper is free? It is every day now, in our “More Than Free” promotion. All you have to do is buy the print edition for 75 cents, and use the $1 off coupon inside, good at a variety of local merchants. Yesterday was Thymely Treasures in Norwich, today was New York Pizzeria in New Berlin, and tomorrow it’s Service Pharmacy. More than free! Can’t see how we could make it any better for you unless I delivered it to you myself.

• Not gonna happen.