Archive for November, 2016

Bike lanes? We’ve got ‘em!…One.

Monday, November 21st, 2016
Matt White

While I appreciate the idea of there being dedicated space for our biped brothers and sisters, what exactly is the point of having only one designated “bike lane” at an intersection that historically has had that space reserved for motorists making a right turn north onto Silver at East Main? It seems unnecessary and confusing, especially given the amount of traffic that busy intersection sees being adjacent to downtown’s only gas station. No slight to bicyclists, but to me and others in the community I’ve spoken with about it–it seems like a per usual, ill-planned and half cocked idea. The City’s traffic commission (or whomever) should either embrace the idea of accommodating bicycle lanes with a sweeping execution throughout the entire City at all major intersections, or scrap the idea altogether. How awesome would it have been to have a paved bike rail trail that (much like the on in Vestal) travels from the north side of the city to the south plaza or even WalMart?
That railway has not been used since the spring flooding of 2006, and when a group of rail trail proponents addressed the Industrial Development Agency about creating a rail-trail the entire length of the unused railway—the IDA turned a blind eye to envisioning anything other than re-establishing the railway and their vision of heavy industry returning in Chenango County. Even though there were no local customers for the railway service when the trains stopped running 10 years ago, and even though there are no current or expected customers, the IDA has been unable to envision tourism as an industry that should be a part of their mission for the use of the railway corridor, which they own.
I spoke with Tom Holmes who was one of the community members advocating for the mixed use trail, and have to agree with his position that it’s ” not only sad, but also very unfortunate that they are unable to see the use of that corridor as a major attraction for young people who are interested in active transportation and living in a small community. I believe that it is a major opportunity lost to help re-vitalize our community.”
Not only would a rail trail have made commuting through the city more enjoyable for pedestrians, cyclists and health enthusiasts, it also would have addressed another ticking scenario: those who walk the unlit shoulders of Highway 12 in the dark of night to get to the only major department store in the Town of Norwich.
Many of these people are working poor who cannot afford transportation. And with the City/county’s dismal excuse for public transportation, these unlucky and less-than-fortunate have absolutely no alternative but to walk along a unlit, two-lane stretch of highway to buy their staples. Often pushing strollers. No side walks. Not even a “pedestrian” sign.
While creating precarious situation where 3,000 lb machines, bicyclists and pedestrians all meet just seems like a bad idea, and it’s only a matter of time before someone is physically hurt— lacking the foresight to make the types of enhancements other small communities are embracing is likewise damaging.
I feel it’s an absolute shame that our county’s leaders are more invested in the bleak possibility of future industry than the present safety and good of the public that has historically been dealt the dirty end of the stick by said industry, leaving them and their families high and dry whenever is was possible to make a buck elsewhere outside of the County.

News flash: tourism is a viable industry. How many people come to town for the Turkey Trot, Allegro Run for the Arts, and Colorscapes Color Dash?

Let me know when the County makes a dollar from that restored railway.

Evening Sun Football Contest comes to a close

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Cameron Turner

CHENANGO COUNTY – And so marks the completion of the 10 week contest that The Evening Sun offers each and every football season, for its avid readers, residents of Chenango County, and well over 500 contestants throughout the year.
Each week in the football contest 10 local individuals along with myself – our ‘experts’ – submit their choices on 20 football games ranging from the NFL, to the collegiate level all the way down to local high school games.
This year the employees at Snyder Communications and The Evening Sun would like to congratulate all 10 experts in their participation and cooperation throughout this past 10 week span. A special congratulations goes out to Todd Hall of Ye Olde Shanty, located at 44 South Canal Street in Oxford, as Todd was our 2016 champion of the experts. Todd finishes the 10 week span on a low note – only choosing eight out of 20 games correctly, however, the lead he had amassed allowed him to safely cruise to a three point win over second place Andy Lagoe of Gilligan’s, located at 64 North Main Street in Sherburne.
Marking the contest’s completion in week 10, there was a new winner of the 39 weekly contestants – other than the 11 experts. Thomas W. Fahy, of Norwich took home the final win of the 2016 season. Fahy, a regular contestant, earned the win on the final week with a weekly high of 15 games chosen correctly – effectively beating out even the experts – while also and more importantly edging out Polly Hopson of Norwich for the $25 weekly prize – Hopson guessed 14 games correctly.
The Evening Sun would like to thank all who help make this contest possible, all who advertise with us, and especially the Parker Walsh Team, Matthews Ford, Sherburne News, Gilligan’s, Greene Bowlodrome, Ye Olde Shanty, Nina’s, McCredy Motors, Inc., and The Stadium.
Expert standings after 10 weeks: 1) Todd Hall – 8-12 on the week – 136-64 (.680) on the year; 2) Andy Lagoe – 8-12 on the week – 133-67 (.665) on the year; 3) Kevin Walsh – 11-9 on the week – 132-68 (.660) on the year; 4) Sean Miller – 11-9 on the year – 130-70 (.650) on the year; 4) Gary Tackabury – 10-10 on the week – 130-70 (.650) on the year; 5) Cameron Turner – 13-7 on the week – 128-72 (.640) on the year; 6) Scott Seiler – 14-6 on the week – 125-75 (.625) on the year; Dave Shull – 11-9 on the week – 124-76 (.620) on the year; 8) James McDaniel – 13-7 on the week – 123-77 (.615) on the year; 9) Rebecca Walling – 12-8 on the week – 121-79 (.605) on the year; 10) Mike Grant – 7-13 on the week – 119-81 (.595) on the year.
Week 10 game results: 1. Georgia 2. Oklahoma 3. Ole Miss 4. West Virginia 5. Ohio State 6. Georgia Tech 7. Stanford 8. Miami 9. Notre Dame 10. UCLA 11. Chiefs 12. Broncos 13. Cowboys 14. Seahawks 15. Rams 16. Eagles 17. Texans 18. Buccaneers 19. Redskins 20. Dolphins.
Sports Editor’s Note: Due to slow delivery of on-time mail – on a semi-weekly basis – Fahy has been named the winner as of press time on Nov. 16. During week nine of the contest, Alan Ingerto was the winner of the 39 contestants, with his 17 games chosen correctly. Ingerto would win the fourway tie-breaker at 17, due to his closest score chosen in the Virginia vs. Wake Forest game for the tie-breaker game. Ingerto did have an on-time mailed in entry, however, his submission was delivered late.