Archive for January, 2012

Editor’s Notebook: 1/6/12

Friday, January 6th, 2012
Jeff Genung

• I know if March comes in like a lamb, it goes out like a lion. But what about January? Didn’t even need a jacket today.

• And so we begin the annual spate of columns, blogs and tweets bemoaning our upcoming Progress edition. I’ll try to lay off it as much as possible, knowing you’ll be digesting a lot of it from my trusty reporting staff. They’re entering the home stretch, with a story deadline of next Friday. And that’s when my fun begins. Saturday, actually, and for the next 14 or so grueling days. I’m really excited to see what this year’s Progress Chenango (coming to a newsstand near you Jan. 23-27) will bring, but like so many things, it will feel sooo good when it’s over.

• See that ad in the upper right corner for a Front Desk Receptionist? That’s a job opening right here at The Evening Sun (and a little bit of the Pennysaver). The ad does a pretty good job spelling out the requirements, but what it doesn’t tell you is that my dear, departing (perhaps ‘retiring’ is a better word) Jan Rowe is completely and utterly irreplaceable. So yeah, Candidate X, good luck with that.

• No Kurt Beyer pool? Again this summer? While I can’t say I’ve ever (or would ever) swim in a community pool, I do recognize what a tremendous loss this is for the city’s kids – and many of their parents. With all the things we can seem to find funding for, it seems like pretty shoddy planning on the part of the city that they haven’t found (or saved) any money to fix it. The pool wasn’t hit by a meteor; it deteriorated over time – time that city officials should have been planning to fund its maintenance and repair. Many have chimed in about private enterprise stepping up to the plate like they did with the downtown parks – and that may well happen – but pretty soon we’ll consider nothing part of the city’s proprietary infrastructure. I refuse to help advertise a bake sale to help pay for repaving Mitchell Street.

• If you’re not, you should be following me on Twitter … @evesunjeff. It’s 2012 people; get with the times.

Still “Progress”ing

Friday, January 6th, 2012
Shawn Magrath

Is it really January? I don’t remember January looking so warm and muddy.

I hope everyone’s New Year has been as good as mine. Good health, good wife, good job, and a car that still runs; I can’t ask for much more, not that I’m stopping anyone from throwing money at me – I do have student loans to pay off.

Well, the annual reporters’ venture in Progess is, for me at least, progressing. I’m learning a lot, meeting some interesting people, even coming to some of my own conclusions regarding the state of local businesses and various organizations over the last year. What I’m finding is that while non-profits like the Norwich City School District, Opportunities for Chenango and Friends of Rogers are struggling to meet their financial obligations (in some cases, literally finding ways to keep the lights on), larger institutions like Norwich Pharmaceuticals and Frontier are reporting a year of growth and show no signs of slowing down in 2012. Hmmm…

On a separate but not so distantly related matter, I’ve made Tom Petty’s song “Free Fallin’” my official song for Progress. There’s no symbolic meaning behind this decision; it’s just that the song has been on the radio while I was driving to three of my last four progress meetings. Personally, I wouldn’t have chosen anything from Tom Petty to be the official song of anything, but fate just had to intervene and apparently fate likes Tom Petty.

I’m glad that the Iowa Caucus is over. I don’t care about it too much. It’s just that we see Iowa in the news so much once every four years. Now, Iowa can reside back into it’s dark corner of nothingness, where it will again be virtually ignored by the rest of the country until the next big caucus in 2016, when another group of presidential contenders decide that they have a sudden interest in corn, hunting, NASCAR and all other things regular Iowans enjoy. Oh, the things we have in common…