Editor’s Notebook: 7/6/11

Jeff Genung

• Our newest reporter, Julian Kappel, got his first top-of-the-front-page story today, about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s visit to Unison Tuesday. It’s something of a rite of passage for a budding journalist … hope we were gentle with him.

• So Randy Squier is officially out as Oxford superintendent this summer, according to Melissa Stagnaro’s story today. “Embattled” might be an apt word to describe his tenure. I only met him a few times, and am not an Oxford taxpayer (though I am an alum, which should carry a bit of weight!), so I can’t really judge his performance. I do have to say though, when I was a wee Blackhawk, it seems like superintendents – and principals – never left. The more we’ve reported on these administrative moves over the years in The Evening Sun, the more it appears that school administration has become a transient job. When did that happen? I always thought principals, like priests, dentists and oh, I don’t know, newspaper editors were in that job for life.

• Doesn’t West Park look amazing? I think they’ve done a great job … the monuments, all cleaned and sparkling, stand out more than ever before, and the sidewalk configuration is graceful and logical. And the freshly-laid sod is far more welcoming than the scraggly mess that preceded it. I even dig the new lamp posts and benches. Can’t wait for East Park to be finished; too bad it wasn’t in time for Gus Macker this weekend.

• I might be the last person in Greater Chenango County to do this … but I’m off to the new Byrne Dairy for the first time to pick up a gallon of milk.