Columns, plea deals and so much more

Brian Golden

Mid-week is upon us and you know what that means … column day! Thursday marks my one year anniversary as a columnist here at The Evening Sun and I must say I’ve truly enjoy writing my weekly opinion piece. Hard to believe it’s been an entire year, however. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

Speaking of opinions, I think I’ll keep mine to myself in regards to the whole Aikins, one to three, possible plea deal. Definitely one of those stories guaranteed to get people riled-up, though, not surprisingly. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how things pan out over the next three-plus weeks, as the deadline for the defense to either accept or deny the deal nears. Again, I’ll keep my thoughts to myself on this one.

The Purple Tornado Field Band is off to a good start it seems, with a pair of top three finishes over the course of its first two performances (second place last weekend). As always, this time of year takes me back to my own days on the field, although what I remember most are the freezing temperatures we endured during the band season’s later months. Still, it was an amazing experience and one I’ll never forget. And I’m excited to check out this year’s show, based on the Disney musical, “Newsies,” seeing as it was a favorite movie of mine back in the day. Hmmm … coincidence?

The Otselic Valley Central School District building project vote is taking place even as I write this Wednesday blog (from noon to 9 p.m. at both the elementary and high school for you online Otselic readers), and I’m certainly curious to see the end result. I was surprised at the lack of an audience at the Georgetown public meeting when the project was addressed, especially when you consider these are the kids (the elementary students) who’ll be re-locating come 2013 … if the vote goes through.

That’s quite the set-up FEMA has going up at the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, let me tell you. Joined by a number of state and county agencies, FEMA will be on hand to help those affected by Tropical Storm Lee and the subsequent flooding. It’s important to note that FEMA personnel will only be there as long as people are showing up, looking or help or information. And if you were one of those impacted by the floods here in Chenango County, make sure and register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362. According to FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Phillip Parr, you must do so in order to apply.

On a happier note, I’ve finally replaced my not-so-beloved Green Machine with … wait for it … the Green Machine, Mach II. I’m pretty happy with my new ride, needless to say, and while it’s not the exact same shade of baby vomit green as its predecessor, I happen to like this color much, much better (and that’s putting it mildly).