Editor’s Notebook: 5/16/12


Jeff Genung
• Why does the weather turn crappy just as I’m getting ready to leave work?
• Congratulations to all the winners in yesterday’s school board elections – especially to incumbents Perry Owen, Luke Murphy and Joe Stagliano on the Norwich City Schools board. Long a hotbed of dysfunction and vitriol, the Norwich board seems to have gotten its act together in the last year and apparently the voters agree that the current makeup of volunteers is working. To everyone who was elected or re-elected yesterday: Don’t forget who put you in office – listen to your constituents!
• The newsroom team and I attended the 11th annual Commerce Chenango Membership Appreciation luncheon at the Northeast Classic Car Museum today. A nice event, highlighting both the Chamber’s accomplishments over the past year and three of its members – Employees of the Elsie Glassett of SFCU, Woman-Owned Business of the Year Dinnett Moore’s “A Touch of Moore,” and Non-Profit of the Year, the Chenango County Historical Society. The highlight for us, however, was completely unexpected. CEO Steve Craig’s speech detailed his first year in the Chamber’s top spot, having come from a long career in broadcast journalism. When Steve started talking about changing technology causing an upheaval in the industry, I started to get nervous. But things took an unexpected turn when he told the crowd how lucky this community was to still have a daily newspaper like The Evening Sun, and went further to say we’re better than our Binghamton counterpart. High praise, indeed, and followed by an ovation – seated, but I’ll take a round of applause however I can get it. Like an abused puppy at the shelter, we as reporters often cringe in fear that a raised hand will strike us rather then pet, so it’s always reaffirming to hear something nice. Thanks for the validation, folks.

• Why does the weather turn crappy just as I’m getting ready to leave work?

• Congratulations to all the winners in yesterday’s school board elections – especially to incumbents Perry Owen, Luke Murphy and Joe Stagliano on the Norwich City Schools board. Long a hotbed of dysfunction and vitriol, the Norwich board seems to have gotten its act together in the last year and apparently the voters agree that the current makeup of volunteers is working. To everyone who was elected or re-elected yesterday: Don’t forget who put you in office – listen to your constituents!

• The newsroom team and I attended the 11th annual Commerce Chenango Membership Appreciation luncheon at the Northeast Classic Car Museum today. A nice event, highlighting both the Chamber’s accomplishments over the past year and three of its members – Employees of the Elsie Glassett of SFCU, Woman-Owned Business of the Year Dinnett Moore’s “A Touch of Moore,” and Non-Profit of the Year, the Chenango County Historical Society. The highlight for us, however, was completely unexpected. CEO Steve Craig’s speech detailed his first year in the Chamber’s top spot, having come from a long career in broadcast journalism. When Steve started talking about changing technology causing an upheaval in the industry, I started to get nervous. But things took an unexpected turn when he told the crowd how lucky this community was to still have a daily newspaper like The Evening Sun, and went further to say we’re better than our Binghamton counterpart. High praise, indeed, and followed by an ovation – seated, but I’ll take a round of applause however I can get it. Like an abused puppy at the shelter, we as reporters often cringe in fear that a raised hand will strike us rather than pet, so it’s always reaffirming to hear something nice. Thanks for the validation, folks. We’ll make another one tomorrow.