Editor’s Notebook: 8/13/12


Jeff Genung
• Phew! Another Chenango County Fair has come and gone – and what a week it was! My two intrepid reporters – Brian Golden and Shawn Magrath – embedded themselves down at the fairgrounds for the week along with photog extraordinaire Frank Speziale to bring you the best possible coverage in the pages of The Evening Sun last week. After curating Frank’s more than 1,500 photos for our print edition, website and Facebook galleries last week, I feel like I was there myself. Yes, dear readers, I must confess that for the first time in over a decade, I didn’t make it down to East Main Street personally. Bummer, really, as I’d planned to do our traditional Fair food pig-out/Beer Tent inspection with the ES crew on Friday, but Mother Nature had other plans. As much as I love me some Chenango County Fair, it doesn’t fare well when soggy.
• And now we’re on to the 20th annual Chenango County Blues Festival this weekend! Hard to believe it’s been a full two decades – another home-grown event, like Colorscape Chenango, that’s grown by leaps and bounds in its comparatively (to the fair, anyway) short lifespan. The Blues Fest really puts Chenango on the map, drawing both performers and visitors from all around the country. Can’t wait to see what they’ve got cooking this year – watch The Evening Sun this week for Brian’s preview stories.
• Been a while since I’ve blogged (staff shortages, my summer Fridays off and more news than you can shake a stick at will do that), but it’s certainly been an eventful few weeks this summer. A couple weeks ago I finally had the chance to sit down one-on-one with Diane DiStefano, the Democratic candidate for county judge. As the race continues to heat up, I thought it was important that I get some face time with each candidate to see where they’re coming from. I’ve known Joe McBride and Frank Revoir for many years, but I hadn’t met Diane until the day she announced her candidacy. The verdict? I’m not ready to make a formal endorsement by any means, but suffice it to say that Diane makes the choice all the more difficult. While I’m not thrilled with some of the political games being played in this race, I am thrilled that Chenango voters have three highly-qualified, committed individuals from which to choose.
• Speaking of choosing, I’ll take this space to announce that The Evening Sun will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” forum for the County Judge race on Thursday, Sept. 6 – exactly one week before the Republican, Conservative and Independence party primary. Time and location to be announced … watch The Evening Sun for details. While the candidates won’t be able to “debate” in the traditional sense because of rules regarding judicial contests, this will be an important opportunity for voters to see all three candidates in person, and hear about their qualifications in their own words. More on that as we develop the event.

• Phew! Another Chenango County Fair has come and gone – and what a week it was! My two intrepid reporters – Brian Golden and Shawn Magrath – embedded themselves down at the fairgrounds for the week along with photog extraordinaire Frank Speziale to bring you the best possible coverage in the pages of The Evening Sun last week. After curating Frank’s more than 1,500 photos for our print edition, website and Facebook galleries last week, I feel like I was there myself. Yes, dear readers, I must confess that for the first time in over a decade, I didn’t make it down to East Main Street personally. Bummer, really, as I’d planned to do our traditional Fair food pig-out/Beer Tent inspection with the ES crew on Friday, but Mother Nature had other plans. As much as I love me some Chenango County Fair, it doesn’t fare well when soggy.

• And now we’re on to the 20th annual Chenango County Blues Festival this weekend! Hard to believe it’s been a full two decades – another home-grown event, like Colorscape Chenango, that’s grown by leaps and bounds in its comparatively (to the fair, anyway) short lifespan. The Blues Fest really puts Chenango on the map, drawing both performers and visitors from all around the country. Can’t wait to see what they’ve got cooking this year – watch The Evening Sun this week for Brian’s preview stories.

• Been a while since I’ve blogged (staff shortages, my summer Fridays off and more news than you can shake a stick at will do that), but it’s certainly been an eventful few weeks this summer. A couple weeks ago I finally had the chance to sit down one-on-one with Diane DiStefano, the Democratic candidate for county judge. As the race continues to heat up, I thought it was important that I get some face time with each candidate to see where they’re coming from. I’ve known Joe McBride and Frank Revoir for many years, but I hadn’t met Diane until the day she announced her candidacy. The verdict? I’m not ready to make a formal endorsement by any means, but suffice it to say that Diane makes the choice all the more difficult. While I’m not thrilled with some of the political games being played in this race, I am thrilled that Chenango voters have three highly-qualified, committed individuals from which to choose.

• Speaking of choosing, I’ll take this space to announce that The Evening Sun will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” forum for the County Judge race on Thursday, Sept. 6 – exactly one week before the Republican, Conservative and Independence party primary. Time and location to be announced … watch The Evening Sun for details. While the candidates won’t be able to “debate” in the traditional sense because of rules regarding judicial contests, this will be an important opportunity for voters to see all three candidates in person, and hear about their qualifications in their own words. More on that as we develop the event.