Sports Editor’s Playbook, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011

Patrick Newell

I made an inaccurate statement in the previous blog regarding the number of Norwich varsity home soccer games played under the lights. According to the district newsletter that includes all of the sports schedules for the fall, there are only five out of 14 home games that start at 7 p.m., and four of those are this month.

Just as a sidenote to lighting up fields for night games, Unadilla Valley-Edmeston rescheduled its Friday night football games eliminate the cost of lighting the field. All of the home football games this season will be played Saturday afternoon. I would be interesting to know what it costs to light up a high school field for three hours.

Earlier this week, ES staff writer Brian Golden wrote an article about the Common Core Initiative State Standards being implemented into the educational system. Within the article, Norwich school superintendent, Gerard O’Sullivan, warned that the state is looking to reduce the number of districts it supports within the next few years. If school districts are on the chopping block, is there any doubt some Chenango County districts will be at risk? On April 1, Melissa Stagnaro wrote a farcical, tongue-in-cheek blog about a massive consolidation of Chenango County schools. Some time in the not-so-distant future, the combining of school districts may indeed be a reality.

Speaking of Melissa Stagnaro, she said goodbye to The Evening Sun earlier this week as she departs for Agro Farma, producer of Chobani yogurt. She hung on through late Wednesday afternoon, her last day, sifting through the paperwork and “memories” of her three-year stay here. The good ones never stay long enough here at The Evening Sun, and Melissa stacks up with some of the best reporters I’ve worked with over the past 16 years. She was as dedicated as they come, and truly cared about the people that she covered. Over the past three years, she developed a fine professional relationship with Agro Farma, and our small office refrigerator was always well stocked with Greek yogurt. Agro Farma saw Melissa’s worth, and as she put it, “they made her an offer that she couldn’t refuse.” Best of luck Melissa.

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