Archive for May, 2015

Like a Snow Day in May. (yeah, that’s a thing)

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Matt White

My mobile phone is perpetually inundated with notifications, voice-mails, emails, twitter alerts and on and on… So much so that it sometimes takes a day or two to filter through them all and bring myself up to date on everything that’s happening around me.
To my surprise, this week I received an automated message from the Norwich City School Superintendent kindly reminding us to go vote on the budget, before dropping the bomb.
Apparently, last winter wasn’t harsh enough. Somehow NCSD—and some others around the county—ended the snow season with one of those prized snow days to spare. Whomever the powers-that-be decided that students would get an extra day off, extending their Memorial Day Weekend into Tuesday, you know… that day we all have to be back on the books.
That being said, I’m Jealous.
In my entire career as a student in the NCSD system, never did we receive an extra day off.
In fact I recall that Dr. Bob Cleavland would have us in school when even the “walkers” would need to hitch a ride with a plow truck to make it in sans tardy. Uphill, both ways.
Okay, so maybe I’m not “jealous,” but the notion of a fair-weather freebie does have me reflecting a bit on priorities, and I’m having trouble tacking down how we can afford to give students a day off when the list of mandates and nonsensical common core standards continue to increase.
So, while I’m at work on Tuesday, I’ll be sure to wish my kids in daycare a happy and productive “snow day” as I push through my “freebie,” cause all that scratch is going to the sitter.

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Sports season winding down

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Patrick Newell

The 2014-2015 scholastic sports season is about ready to close shop with hopes starting anew in late August. Some noteworthy athletes and teams to keep an eye on the next couple of weeks are the Norwich participants in the Section IV tennis state qualifier this weekend, and later, the upcoming Section IV Track and Field state qualifier.
Norwich seniors Zan and Colin Stewart look to punch their ticket – again – to the New York State tennis championships in New York City at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Stewarts are defending Section IV champions, and actually made some inroads at the state tournament a year ago winning a couple of matches.
For those with an affinity for boys and girls running fast, jumping far, and heaving a weighted instrument great distances, league championships are this week, the Section IV state qualifier is in two weeks, and the state championships are June 12-13 at the University of Albany.

I was moved by an obituary that appeared in our Friday, May 15 edition. Kenneth Earl Holt recently passed away, the obituary said. There was no specific information on the date of death, Ken’s age or the names of his surviving family members. The few short paragraphs used to sum up the man’s life were obviously far too few to document a life well lived. Ken was one of my accounting teachers at SUNY Morrisville, and I found him a pleasant man. He was someone who actually “lived it” rather than simply working in academia all of his adult life with no actual hands-on business experience. After an amazing list of lifelong accomplishments, the writer of the obituary closed with the words, “Through it all, (Ken) remained true to himself. We can all aim to live such a life.” Well said.

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