Editor’s Notebook: 10/24/11

Jeff Genung

• Pat Newell’s front page tribute to our fallen comrade, Bob McNitt, is a must-read today. Bob passed away last Thursday at the age of 68 after a difficult bout with cancer. Although not much of an outdoor sportsman myself, I always appreciated what Bob brought to the paper as its outdoors columnist for 30-plus years, and was always equally impressed by his depth of knowledge and passion for the sport and the environment. Back in the days when he hand-delivered his column to the newsroom, he could always be counted on for lively conversation, as well. I probably said it before about Jerry Weaver, and Kathy O’Hara, but they just don’t make ‘em like that anymore. Rest in peace, old friend.

• So another furlough, another positive drug test. Again I ask, why are we giving these furloughs? How many “affairs” could these people have to put in order? If you’re prepared to knock over a Great American, you should be prepared to go to jail when you’re sentenced, pronto.

• Put up some pictures from this weekend’s Fall Festival of Bands in Norwich on Facebook this morning. Check them out here.

• Congratulations to Roz DeRensis, who’s been named the new executive director of the Norwich Business Improvement District. She’s got some big shoes to fill in the departure of Pegi LoPresti, but we look forward to working with her on downtown promotions and development.