Editor’s Notebook: 9/16/11

Jeff Genung

• So today marked the death of The Evening Sun Forum, 2006-2011. RIP. You can read all about my reasoning for pulling the plug in today’s column. So far, reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. I think it was about time, too. But, somewhere in the hinterlands of Chenango County, there’s a bridge with a awful lot of trolls hiding under it.

• Was I the only one shocked by a $17M price tag on an Otselic Valley building project? Going to one campus (and repurposing the Georgetown elementary school) makes a certain amount of sense, but … 17 million? In OV? Frankly, this district should be looking at merging with others nearby, not fortifying what they have. Every word we hear from the state has them eager to push mergers – in Chenango County, OV should be the first to go. No offense to the residents there at all – it’s just time to face fiscal reality.

• The Chenango SPCA is hosting its second annual dog walk and ‘alumni parade’ Saturday at Weiler Park. Frank’s going up to get some photos … should be a good time, and a good cause! My little puppy Riley is the first dog I’ve ever had that didn’t come from the SPCA (I was intent on getting a purebred beagle), so I feel a tinge of guilt for not adopting another one up there – but I’m pretty sure my two cats count, even though they aren’t invited!

• Shaking things up in The Evening Sun newsroom this afternoon. Melissa Stagnaro’s departure earlier this week meant some shifting around of editorial assignments. Melissa deCordova, Brian Golden and Julian Kappel took the changes in stride and each have a lot of enthusiasm for their new beats – you’ll start to see the results of their renewed efforts soon. And stay tuned to find out who’ll be filling Ms. Stagnaro’s chair (but never her place in our hearts, sniff sniff).