Editor’s Notebook: 4/19/12


Jeff Genung
• If you’re a fan of local racing, you won’t want to miss today’s edition – a special section inside is “Race Day 2012,” Sports Editor Pat Newell’s annual look into all things wheels. Pat and our advertising team do a great job putting this together every year, and with local feature stories and profiles of all kinds of drivers, there’s nothing else like it on the market. Evening Sun subscribers can see the PDF version on this website, too.
• Spent last evening over at the Council of the Arts, where they were hosting the 2012 Decentralization Grants Awards Ceremony. That’s where they distribute funds from the New York State Council on the Arts to smaller arts organizations, non-profit groups and libraries for cultural programming designed to, well, decentralize, the arts from one location. It was my second year in serving on the panel which doled out the grant funding, and let me tell you, it is an arduous and fascinating process. This year we were able to give out over $90,000 for events in Broome, Chenango and Otsego counties. But just to show you how competitive that process is, more than $200,000 was requested. We’ll have a story with a complete list of the winners (and Frank’s annual, and painful, group shot) in Monday’s edition.
• So, American Idol fans (even young Julian is a convert), who is your favorite now? Although I watch religiously, I’m one of “those” who never votes. Still, I was shocked by last week’s outcome, with Jessica and Joshua in the bottom three. Not so shocked that the judges saved Jessica from elimination, given their heaping praise of her week after week. Personally, both she and Joshua leave me cold. While I certainly appreciate their skill, I see nothing that would inspire me to buy their future albums (he says, as if he still buys “albums.”) My money’s on Phillip Phillips (after a much needed attitude adjustment), Colton Dixon (despite some questionable wardrobe choices) and, wait for it, Skylar Laine! Not usually much of a country fan, but this girl’s won me over with a string of fantastic performances over the past few weeks. If there were any justice in this ironic universe, little Jessica would be sent packing by America tonight – for real this time.

• If you’re a fan of local racing, you won’t want to miss today’s edition – a special section inside is “Race Day 2012,” Sports Editor Pat Newell’s annual look into all things wheels. Pat and our advertising team do a great job putting this together every year, and with local feature stories and profiles of all kinds of drivers, there’s nothing else like it on the market. Evening Sun subscribers can see the PDF version on this website, too.

• Spent last evening over at the Council of the Arts, where they were hosting the 2012 Decentralization Grants Awards Ceremony. That’s where they distribute funds from the New York State Council on the Arts to smaller arts organizations, non-profit groups and libraries for cultural programming designed to, well, decentralize, the arts from one location. It was my second year in serving on the panel which doled out the grant funding, and let me tell you, it is an arduous and fascinating process. This year we were able to give out over $90,000 for events in Broome, Chenango and Otsego counties. But just to show you how competitive that process is, more than $200,000 was requested. We’ll have a story with a complete list of the winners (and Frank’s annual, and painful, group shot) in Monday’s edition.

• So, American Idol fans (even young Julian is a convert), who is your favorite now? Although I watch religiously, I’m one of “those” who never votes. Still, I was shocked by last week’s outcome, with Jessica and Joshua in the bottom three. Not so shocked that the judges saved Jessica from elimination, given their heaping praise of her week after week. Personally, both she and Joshua leave me cold. While I certainly appreciate their skill, I see nothing that would inspire me to buy their future albums (he says, as if he still buys “albums.”) My money’s on Phillip Phillips (after a much needed attitude adjustment), Colton Dixon (despite some questionable wardrobe choices) and, wait for it, Skylar Laine! Not usually much of a country fan, but this girl’s won me over with a string of fantastic performances over the past few weeks. If there were any justice in this ironic universe, little Jessica would be sent packing by America tonight – for real this time.