There’s no crying in journalism

Brian Golden

Today has been a … how shall I say … emotional day in the newsroom, thanks to the Buckley benefit story and my annual Relay For Life write-up. Granted, it’s nothing compared to the days when another certain reporter – who’s now moved on – occupied the cubicle next to mine (one stocked with plenty of Kleenex, I might add), not that I’m going to name any names.

Right, Melissa?

All kidding aside, the Bill Buckley story really had me choking up and I hope it helps in some small way to get people to attend the benefit. If you don’t know the lowdown, well … buy a paper! To make a long story short, Bill was attacked while working at the South Otselic American Legion, beaten to within an inch of his life, required more than seven hours of reconstructive surgery due to the injuries he sustained and is – thankfully – now on the mend. He and his family, however, could use some help, hence Saturday’s benefit, which kicks off at noon on Saturday at the aforementioned American Legion. Good luck, Bill, I hope you’re feeling better.

As for Relay, I’m fairly certain most people know the scoop, so I’ll skip the details for now (or you can buy a paper tomorrow … hah). That said, this is an extremely important (not to mention moving) event and another that needs all the support it can get. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised every year on the local level for the fight against cancer thanks to Relay, and it’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of those who participate that it continues to be such a success. Keep up the good work!

And now, alas, I will call it a day. Until 7 p.m., of course, when I’ll be headed to East Park for pictures and for round two of the Chenango Blues Association’s Summer Concert Series, this time featuring Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra. I’ve never been a big fan of the genre, although I do have a healthy respect for the musicianship it requires. Regardless, great name for a band, am I right?