Imagine that…


Shawn Magrath

Very rarely does a week feel like it was a week long. There are weeks that fly by and others that seem to defy all natural laws of time and space, moving so slowly it forces the hands of the clock to actually spin backwards; but that wasn’t the case this week – just five days, Monday through Friday, 24 hours each, no more, no less. It’s one for the record books.

On Thursday, I had the privilege of covering the Sherburne-Earlville Wall of Fame induction ceremony at the S-E high school. As an S-E alumni, I would say it was nostalgic being there, however, there have been so many renovations, it didn’t feel like the same building. I almost felt I could get re-lost and should leave a trail of bread crumbs to find my way out. My congratulations to all this year’s honorees. Everyone of them really deserves it. As for me, next year’s my year so make room for the “Shawn Magrath” spot on the wall. I’ll help hundreds of elderly women cross streets throughout the county, plant trees and encourage recycling, save a litter of puppies from a burning building – whatever it takes to be honored. (Just for reference, I would like my plaque photo taken from my right side).

On Wednesday, Chobani announced that beginning next week, it would film a commercial to air during the Summer Olympics and that it would be comprised entirely of people, farmers and businesses in Chenango County. This is great economic and agricultural news for a county that can sometimes feel like it’s nothing more than an ingrown hair on the face of NY state; everyone knows it’s there but no one really wants to look at it. I, on the other hand, happen to agree with what was said by Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya: This area has a great story to tell. It’s a beautiful area and it really does have a lot to offer, so a big hurray for us. Already, I can see some locals getting a big head from the fame roused by national television exposure – I look forward to the first low-riding tractor I see with spinning chrome rims.

I’m not a fan of gossip as it’s seen on the front pages of tabloids in every grocery store check-out line, but I figure it’s worth mentioning that former Vice President Al Gore now has a girlfriend. The two were spotted under a drove of flying pigs in the pale light of a blue moon… imagine that.