Editor’s Notebook: 7/19/11

Jeff Genung

• Summer’s sure going fast, isn’t it? We just got done with Relay for Life, but Linda Green was in the office today talking about the Christmas Parade. Never too early to plan ahead, right? For those who don’t already know, Linda has retired from The Evening Sun sales team after about a decade and a half. Her replacement, Brad Carpenter of New Berlin, started here last week. Linda was in today handing over the reins of the Christmas to Remember Parade of Lights, and all the myriad details that go into keeping it running like clockwork. We miss Linda dearly, of course, but something tells me we’ll miss her even more as that parade gets closer! Luckily, she’s not too far away.

• Speaking of Relay, congratulations to all who walked and donated money to the American Cancer Society fundraiser over the weekend. Chenango County always steps up to the plate for this one, and it looks as though a good time was had by all (Evening Sun subscribers can check out Frank Speziale’s photo gallery here). And kudos to Marie DeSarro, who’s steered this event for a couple years now. I thought no one would be able to replace my old friend Nance Rifanburg as Relay Runner (figuratively speaking; they mostly walk), but Marie’s done a fantastic job – and she’s a pleasure to work with, which makes our job easier!

• Intern extraordinaire Jayne Jaramillo did a story today on the Norwich BID’s annual summer concert series, Lunchtime Live! The noontime free concerts in the park (this year West, not East) are a splendid way to spend your lunch hour (after a visit to the Hot Dog Lady, of course). The series kicks off tomorrow, with the featured musical act being The Evening Sun’s own Brian Golden. I’ve actually never had the chance to hear Brian perform live before, so this should be interesting. I’ll let you know tomorrow if he’s as good as he says he is :)

• Looks like Agro Farma poured a boatload of money into that ‘Chobani Champions Field’ over in New Berlin. Boatload being in the $300,000 range, mind you. Wow. Should be impressive! I can’t wait to see it when they dedicate it on Friday (read Julian Kappel’s story here). Of course I can’t help thinking that the little league field behind my house in Oxford when I was growing up probably had a whole $250 invested in it, but that’s just me. Good for them for being a good corporate citizen and giving back to the Village of New Berlin.