The lowdown

Brian Golden

Well, you never know what’s going to happen at a Norwich City School District Board of Education meeting, and Monday’s was a perfect example (although I didn’t find out the “big news” until Tuesday morning). Regardless, board member Sally Chirlin, surprisingly, announced her resignation Monday night, which leaves a seat up for grabs. Anyone interested has until September 22 to submit a letter of intent, just address said letter to board president Heather Fredenburg and drop it off at the district office, 89 Midland Drive.

Cool story in today’s Evening Sun (if I do say so myself) on Morrisville’s Norwich Campus hosting the Climate Reality Project and its presentation of Al Gore’s “24 Hours of Reality.” It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of environmentalism in general and a fairly firm believer when it comes to climate change, so I’m curious to see how well they do Thursday night at Roger W. Follett Hall. I particularly like organizer Jacqui Rayne’s emphasis on drawing climate change skeptics to the discussion table, not to mention her enthusiasm for the cause. Great job!

Had myself a literary blast this morning (as usual) typing up this week’s column. Hard to believe two weeks from today will mark one year (in regards to my weekly column) for this fledgling opinion writer. The experience has been an absolutely fantastic one, to say the least, and is, in many ways, my favorite part of being a writer for The Evening Sun.

It’s soon-to-be-former Evening Sun staff writer Melissa Stagnaro’s last day here in the office and things are a little … chaotic … to say the least. And while we’re certainly wishing Melissa the best in regards to her new position with Agro-Farma, we’re sure going to miss her. An excellent writer who’s extremely dedicated and hard-working, she’ll be hard (if not impossible) to replace.

I must say I’m looking forward to a weekend “off” come Friday, if such a thing really exists for we, the blessed news reporters of the world. No definitive plans though, so to speak, except perhaps a trip to the Cooperstown Fall Festival and the Norwich Purple Tornado Marching Band’s first performance (in Baldwinsville, I believe). Wait a second … first marching band of the show on Saturday … I guess I better bring my camera and grab some shots for Monday’s paper.