Archive for June, 2011

Editor’s Notebook: 6/2/11

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
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,, 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.

Editor’s Notebook: 6/1/11

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
Jeff Genung

• Hot enough for ya? I vowed back in the dead of winter (which was pretty much April) that I would not complain about the heat this summer, and I shan’t.

• I should also vow not to say “Hot enough for ya?” Or shan’t, for that matter.

The Evening Sun crew wrapped up the Tyler Murphy Farewell Tour on Friday with a tour of various downtown drinking establishments. A good time was had by all. Tyler’s left for greener pastures in Albany, and now his desk sits empty, waiting for me to make up my mind on which candidate to hire. (That poor desk is also waiting for a healthy dose of Clorox, which I’ll happily provide before Reporter X tries to sit there).

• Speaking of Evening Sun alumni, a shout out to Jude Seymour, who’s leaving Watertown’s WWNY in a couple weeks to become deputy campaign manager for 23rd Congressional District hopeful Matt Doheny. Congratulations, cuz!

• Please give a warm welcome to Newhouse student Jayne Jaramillo of Guilford, who’s joining us as a summer intern. Her first story, on the Norwich Merchants Association’s ‘First Thursday’ promotion, appears in today’s edition.

• So we’re giving away the paper for free every day now. More than free, actually! Pluck down your 75 cents for The Evening Sun each weekday, and inside you’ll find a $1 off coupon from a rotating variety of local businesses – places you’ll actually go, and use! The campaign kicked off today with a $1 coupon from Taylor’s Mini Mart – tomorrow it’s Karolyn’s Krossroads cafe.

• And finally, on a far more somber note, our heartfelt condolences to the Collier family, who tragically lost their daughter Kristina yesterday. Krissy did a brief stint as an intern in The Evening Sun newsroom a while back. She will be sorely missed.