Editor’s Notebook: 11/26/12


Jeff Genung
• A “Christmas to Remember” alright!! The 18th annual Saturday-after-Thanksgiving parade in downtown Norwich was certainly one for the books. While I’ve taken part in each and every one of those parades (costumed character, sign-bearer, balloon-wrangler, judge and float-rider), I’m sure that the Parade of 2012 will always stand out in my memory … as the year it snowed like a %&^@#$!
• OK, so we were spoiled a bit by last year’s balmy 60-plus degree temperatures, but what a difference a day makes! Heck, what a difference 24 hours makes – especially in upstate New York! You can bet The Evening Sun crew was cursing Mother Nature’s sudden change in temperament from one day to the next as we toiled to construct this year’s “Delivering Christmas” float on Saturday, particularly because we barely even needed to wear jackets on Friday! While the first measurable snowfall was a whopper for those who marched (or rode) in Saturday’s parade, it must have been perfectly magical for those watching it – especially the little ones. “We need a little Christmas, right this very minute,” Auntie Mame was fond of saying, and boy did we get it. This is the stuff memories are made of, folks – can’t complain about that a bit.
• There are so many people, businesses and organizations to thank for helping us put together this parade year after year that my frost-bitten fingers would fall the rest of the way off if I were to type them all here, but suffice it to say that we at The Evening Sun and Pennysaver are eternally grateful for the support we get from the Chenango County community in making the Parade of Lights happen every year. Again, it’s a time-honored tradition that makes memories of a lifetime for young and old alike, and we’re thrilled to be part of it. Congratulations to our own Mike McCormack and his crew of volunteers for pulling this off yet again.
• I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate my own Evening Sun crew here, too – Brian Golden, Shawn Magrath, Kevin Doonan and I spent the greater part of Saturday duct-taping that “Delivering Christmas” float together (and freezing our collective buns off), and were rewarded with a 4th place finish from the judges in our category. Hold your applause – Brian wants a plaque!

• A “Christmas to Remember” alright!! The 18th annual Saturday-after-Thanksgiving parade in downtown Norwich was certainly one for the books. While I’ve taken part in each and every one of those parades (costumed character, sign-bearer, balloon-wrangler, judge and float-rider), I’m sure that the Parade of 2012 will always stand out in my memory … as the year it snowed like a %&^@#$!

• OK, so we were spoiled a bit by last year’s balmy 60-plus degree temperatures, but what a difference a day makes! Heck, what a difference 24 hours makes – especially in upstate New York! You can bet The Evening Sun crew was cursing Mother Nature’s sudden change in temperament from one day to the next as we toiled to construct this year’s “Delivering Christmas” float on Saturday, particularly because we barely even needed to wear jackets on Friday! While the first measurable snowfall was a whopper for those who marched (or rode) in Saturday’s parade, it must have been perfectly magical for those watching it – especially the little ones. “We need a little Christmas, right this very minute,” Auntie Mame was fond of saying, and boy did we get it. This is the stuff memories are made of, folks – can’t complain about that a bit.

• There are so many people, businesses and organizations to thank for helping us put together this parade year after year that my frost-bitten fingers would fall the rest of the way off if I were to type them all here, but suffice it to say that we at The Evening Sun and Pennysaver are eternally grateful for the support we get from the Chenango County community in making the Parade of Lights happen every year. Again, it’s a time-honored tradition that makes memories of a lifetime for young and old alike, and we’re thrilled to be part of it. Congratulations to our own Mike McCormack and his crew of volunteers for pulling this off yet again.

• I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate my own Evening Sun crew here, too – Brian Golden, Shawn Magrath, Kevin Doonan and I spent the greater part of Saturday duct-taping that “Delivering Christmas” float together (and freezing our collective buns off), and were rewarded with a 4th place finish from the judges in our category. Hold your applause – Brian wants a plaque!