Editor’s Notebook: 11/30/11

Jeff Genung

• Happy Last Day of November! Twenty-five more days of Christmas shopping to go … or, rather, twenty-four to think about doing it, regret not having done it and planning to do it again, and one to actually get it done. In my case, Dec. 24.

• Kudos to our own Mike McCormack on his first year organizing our “Parade of Lights” through downtown Norwich Saturday … and thank you to all the many generous businesses, individuals and community organizations who helped us pull it off! (There’s a proper thank you ad in tomorrow’s paper).

• I’d be remiss in not thanking my own staff here – Brian Golden, Julian Kappel and Shawn Magrath – for pulling off yet another spectacular “Delivering Christmas” float for The Evening Sun. No matter who’s on board, I’m always fearful as parade day approaches that we’ll end up embarrassing ourselves publicly. And yet, somehow, through the miracles of Bacardi and duct tape, we always manage to make a good showing. It’s a great team-building exercise, to be sure – I’m forever amazed at what we manage to do when we set our minds to it. Good job, boys.

• Of course it helped that this was also the first year ever in which we were able to build said float outside with nary a jacket, scarf, hat or gloves on. Last year, frostbite; this year, sweat. Thanks, global warming!

• Even though it’s not really beginning to look a lot like Christmas, yet, the City of Norwich and the Business Improvement District will host their annual tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 Thursday night in West Park. Come down to see the Perry Browne kids sing Christmas carols and get into the holiday spirit!

• Speaking of … The Evening Sun is partnering with The North Pole once again to make sure that Santa has the chance to hear from every child in Chenango County. Santa Claus has graciously agreed to allow The Evening Sun to publish some of the letters he receives from local children this year, which we’ll do on Friday, Dec. 16. In order to be published, Letters to Santa must be received no later than Monday, Dec. 12. Letters can be mailed to Santa in care of The Evening Sun, PO Box 151, Norwich NY 13815. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope, and Santa will send a personalized reply to each child! Don’t waste a stamp – Santa’s online at The Evening Sun, too! Letters can be e-mailed to santa@evesun.com.