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Editor’s Notebook: 8/13/12

Monday, August 13th, 2012
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.

Editor’s Notebook: 7/18/12

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Jeff Genung
• Stopped by East Side Park for a bit this afternoon to check out some homeless guy …. I mean Brian Golden! Yes, The Evening Sun’s own Brian Golden kicked off the 2012 Lunchtime Live! free concert series sponsored by the Norwich Business Improvement District. Not as blistering hot as yesterday, so he drew a pretty good crowd. Next up, Joe Lombardi on July 25.
• “What about Freedom of Speech?!?!” an irate caller asked me, wondering why I wouldn’t “print” her clearly libelous comment in the online version of our ‘30 Seconds’ line. Yeah, what about it? Freedom of speech gives you the right to say it; it doesn’t require me to give you the means to spread it around! If I had a dollar for every time I’ve explained this little civics lesson over the years, I’d be in Mitt Romney’s tax bracket.
• Don’t even get me started on the fact that she wanted to do it anonymously, but had the audacity to imply I was trampling on her “rights.”
• Not a good day to raise my hackles about ‘30 Seconds,’ period.
• Looks like the second installment of the Chenango Blues Association’s free summer concert series tomorrow night will have a little Latin flair. Sorry I have to miss that one, but excited nonetheless that I’m headed to my favorite Greene venue, The Chenango River Theatre, to check out “Separation Rapid.” Look for my review in Friday’s edition.
• Meandering around Facebook last night, I came across the new logo/T-shirt design for the 18th annual Colorscape Chenango! Nice work, Ann!

• Stopped by East Side Park for a bit this afternoon to check out some homeless guy …. I mean Brian Golden! Yes, The Evening Sun’s own Brian Golden kicked off the 2012 Lunchtime Live! free concert series sponsored by the Norwich Business Improvement District. Not as blistering hot as yesterday, so he drew a pretty good crowd. Next up, Joe Lombardi on July 25.

• “What about Freedom of Speech?!?!” an irate caller asked me, wondering why I wouldn’t “print” her clearly libelous comment in the online version of our ‘30 Seconds’ line. Yeah, what about it? Freedom of speech gives you the right to say it; it doesn’t require me to give you the means to spread it around! If I had a dollar for every time I’ve explained this little civics lesson over the years, I’d be in Mitt Romney’s tax bracket.

• Looks like the second installment of the Chenango Blues Association’s free summer concert series tomorrow night will have a little Latin flair. Sorry I have to miss that one, but excited nonetheless that I’m headed to my favorite Greene venue, The Chenango River Theatre, to check out “Separation Rapid.” Look for my review in Friday’s edition.

• Meandering around Facebook last night, I came across the awesome new logo/T-shirt design for the 18th annual Colorscape Chenango! Nice work, Ann!

Editor’s Notebook: 7/17/12

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
Jeff Genung
• Spare me the ‘Hot enough for ya?’ comments, please. I can’t be held responsible for what I might do in this heat.
• Good to see North Norwich taking a proactive approach to feeling out its town residents on the highly-volatile hydrofracking issue. Some other local municipalities were apparently blindsided by the whole thing, or hoped they’d never have to talk about it at all. Face it, folks – this is a pressing issue, one that will have an enormous impact on Chenango County’s future no matter what the outcome. It’s imperative for all citizens to be informed, and to express their feelings to their elected representatives.
• Why do you Relay? Leading up to the weekend’s 16th annual Relay for Life, the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at the county fairgrounds in Norwich, we’re publishing a series of firsthand testimonials from the people who participate in this meaningful event. Their answers to “Why I Relay …” are thoughtful, compelling and sometimes downright tear-jerking. We started the series of essays in today’s edition and will continue through until Friday. Also, check out our special insert on Thursday – it’s got all the names “In Honor of …” and “In Memory of …” for those who purchased luminaries for this weekend’s event. While I won’t be able to walk the track this year, I did make my donation (you owe me, Lesa!) to the cause. Did you?

• Spare me the ‘Hot enough for ya?’ comments, please. I can’t be held responsible for what I might do in this heat.

• Good to see North Norwich taking a proactive approach to feeling out its town residents on the highly-volatile hydrofracking issue. Some other local municipalities were apparently blindsided by the whole thing, or hoped they’d never have to talk about it at all. Face it, folks – this is a pressing issue, one that will have an enormous impact on Chenango County’s future no matter what the outcome. It’s imperative for all citizens to be informed, and to express their feelings to their elected representatives.

• Why do you Relay? Leading up to the weekend’s 16th annual Relay for Life, the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at the county fairgrounds in Norwich, we’re publishing a series of firsthand testimonials from the people who participate in this meaningful event. Their answers to “Why I Relay …” are thoughtful, compelling and sometimes downright tear-jerking. We started the series of essays in today’s edition and will continue through until Friday. Also, check out our special insert on Thursday – it’s got all the names “In Honor of …” and “In Memory of …” for those who purchased luminaries for this weekend’s event. While I won’t be able to walk the track this year, I did make my donation (you owe me, Lesa!) to the cause. Did you?

• Oh yeah, congrats on your big promotion, Brian!

Editor’s Notebook: 7/9/12

Monday, July 9th, 2012
Jeff Genung
• I can still hear balls bouncing outside my office window.
• The 17th annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball tournament has come and gone, and all signs point to another overwhelming success. The rain held off, mostly, and it was a beautiful weekend all around. While I didn’t play, of course (perish the thought), I did get my fill of Macker over the weekend. Friday night, I holed up in the ES office all by my lonesome, putting together our special Macker-only Saturday edition. I think I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Lackawanna Avenue can be a tad … unsettling … at night. As our parking lot serves as the main thoroughfare between the Y and the Macker courts on East Main, let’s just say I heard some interesting conversations pass by my window late Friday night. Yikes.
• That aside, the tournament itself went off without a hitch, and it appears, as I perused Frank Speziale’s 500 photographs this morning, that a good time was had by all. Special thanks to my ES comrades, Brian Golden, Shawn Magrath and Brad Carpenter, who served as paper boys Saturday morning, handing out that free edition courtside. Good sports, they are.
• Although I put a lot of the photos that I took myself up on Facebook over the weekend, Evening Sun subscribers can see most of what Frank shot in a gallery on our website. Two hundred Gus Macker photos? See, it really does pay to be an ES subscriber!
• And speaking of The Evening Sun, our little newsroom is once again looking to fill a chair – there’s an opening for a full-time reporter (see the help wanted ad in the newspaper, Pennysaver, or online). If you or someone you love have always wanted to try the journalism trade, here’s a great opportunity to join the staff of Chenango County’s Hometown Daily. I promise not to make him or her deliver newspapers on a regular basis.
• Now that Macker’s over, it’s on to the Chenango Blues Association’s stellar lineup of free summer concerts leading up to the 20th annual (has it really been two decades??) Chenango Blues Fest in August. Brian wrote a preview story for today’s edition, and the first free concert takes place this Thursday night in East Side Park. Hope to see you there!

• I can still hear balls bouncing outside my office window.

• The 17th annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball tournament has come and gone, and all signs point to another overwhelming success. The rain held off, mostly, and it was a beautiful weekend all around. While I didn’t play, of course (perish the thought), I did get my fill of Macker over the weekend. Friday night, I holed up in the ES office all by my lonesome, putting together our special Macker-only Saturday edition. I think I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Lackawanna Avenue can be a tad … unsettling … at night. As our parking lot serves as the main thoroughfare between the Y and the Macker courts on East Main, let’s just say I heard some interesting conversations pass by my window late Friday night. Yikes.

• That aside, the tournament itself went off without a hitch, and it appears, as I perused Frank Speziale’s 500 photographs this morning, that a good time was had by all. Special thanks to my ES comrades, Brian Golden, Shawn Magrath and Brad Carpenter, who served as paper boys Saturday morning, handing out that free edition courtside. Good sports, they are.

• Although I put a lot of the photos that I took myself up on Facebook over the weekend, Evening Sun subscribers can see most of what Frank shot in a gallery on our website. Two hundred Gus Macker photos? See, it really does pay to be an ES subscriber!

• And speaking of The Evening Sun, our little newsroom is once again looking to fill a chair – there’s an opening for a full-time reporter (see the help wanted ad in the newspaper, Pennysaver, or online). If you or someone you love have always wanted to try the journalism trade, here’s a great opportunity to join the staff of Chenango County’s Hometown Daily. I promise not to make him or her deliver newspapers on a regular basis.

• Now that Macker’s over, it’s on to the Chenango Blues Association’s stellar lineup of free summer concerts leading up to the 20th annual (has it really been two decades??) Chenango Blues Fest in August. Brian wrote a preview story for today’s edition, and the first free concert takes place this Thursday night in East Side Park. Hope to see you there!

Editor’s Notebook: 6/28/12

Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Jeff Genung
• So today’s Sports pages looked sports-ish, did they not? Day One of Pat Newell’s vacation, and the search for “agate” has already grown tiresome.
• Not the mention the fact that his vacation interrupts mine – no Summer Fridays Off for me until after Gus Macker. The sacrifices I make for this paper, I swear.
• Speaking of Gus Macker, we’re getting ready to put out our one and only Saturday edition of the year next weekend – hot off the presses first thing in the morning and into your hands courtside on East Main Street. This three-section special edition will be jam-packed with Gus Macker-related stories and photos, as well as the only place you’ll find the complete roster of players and court-by-court game assignments and brackets. And best of all? It’s FREE! And second best of all? You can get it for FREE directly for our hot little hands – Brian, Julian, Shawn, Brad and I will be donning paper-boy carrier bags that morning and passing them out to our adoring fans. I mean Gus Macker fans. Yeah, Gus Macker fans!
• Brian Golden just returned from the Chenango County Courthouse, where attorneys on both sides of the Wlasiuk murder case gave their closing statements today – all day. Again, unlike what you see on TV, where the final arguments are about 1:30 (and delivered with a fiery passion by Sam Waterston), these real-life closers are loooong. Hours and hours long. Tomorrow morning, the judge will give an equally lengthy “charge to the jurors,” and then it’s all in their hands. Wanna bet how long it will take them to come back with a verdict?

• So today’s Sports pages looked sports-ish, did they not? Day One of Pat Newell’s vacation, and the search for “agate” has already grown tiresome.

• Not the mention the fact that his vacation interrupts mine – no Summer Fridays Off for me until after Gus Macker. The sacrifices I make for this paper, I swear.

• Speaking of Gus Macker, we’re getting ready to put out our one and only Saturday edition of the year next weekend – hot off the presses first thing in the morning and into your hands courtside on East Main Street. This three-section special edition will be jam-packed with Gus Macker-related stories and photos, as well as the only place you’ll find the complete roster of players and court-by-court game assignments and brackets. And best of all? It’s FREE! And second best of all? You can get it for FREE directly for our hot little hands – Brian, Julian, Shawn, Brad and I will be donning paper-boy carrier bags that morning and passing them out to our adoring fans. I mean Gus Macker fans. Yeah, Gus Macker fans!

• Brian Golden just returned from the Chenango County Courthouse, where attorneys on both sides of the Wlasiuk murder case gave their closing statements today – all day. Again, unlike what you see on TV, where the final arguments are about 1:30 (and delivered with a fiery passion by Sam Waterston), these real-life closers are loooong. Hours and hours long. Tomorrow morning, the judge will give an equally lengthy “charge to the jurors,” and then it’s all in their hands. Wanna bet how long it will take them to come back with a verdict?

Editor’s Notebook: 6/27/12

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Jeff Genung
• Braved the chilly winds in East Side Park yesterday afternoon to watch Diane DiStefano throw her hat into the ring for Chenango County Judge – making her candidate number 3 (in order of announcement; some are trying to read endorsements into my every word these days). Although I knew her by reputation, I just had the pleasure of meeting Diane for the first time yesterday, and was quite impressed. I’m even more impressed that Chenango voters will have the choice among three qualified candidates for the position this fall. Howie Sullivan, you will truly be a hard act to follow!
• The defense rested in the Peter Wlasiuk murder trial this afternoon, after what amounted to less than two days of testimony. Although I didn’t get a chance to sit in on it myself, by all accounts this appears to be a slam-dunk, again, for the prosecution. I’d really, really hoped – from the news standpoint – that Peter would take the stand in his own defense this time. In your third murder trial, wouldn’t you think you get up there and profess your innocence in your own words? Who knows, maybe I’m just watching too much Law & Order, but I was hoping for something to spice up this murder trial repeat.
• Tomorrow is the start of Pat Newell’s vacation (he’ll be back in time for Gus Macker), making yours truly the sports editor for a few days. Luckily, there’s little to no local news on the sports front, and the Associated Press makes it pretty much paint by numbers. Which is a good thing, because as readers know, I’m clueless about sports in general. It’s baseball season, right?
• Evening Sun alum Melissa Stagnaro just dropped by the newsroom for a brief visit. Always nice when the kids come back home, especially when they’re bearing yogurt.

• Braved the chilly winds in East Side Park yesterday afternoon to watch Diane DiStefano throw her hat into the ring for Chenango County Judge – making her candidate number 3 (in order of announcement; some are trying to read endorsements into my every word these days). Although I knew her by reputation, I just had the pleasure of meeting Diane for the first time yesterday, and was quite impressed. I’m even more impressed that Chenango voters will have the choice among three qualified candidates for the position this fall. Howie Sullivan, you will truly be a hard act to follow!

• The defense rested in the Peter Wlasiuk murder trial this afternoon, after what amounted to less than two days of testimony. Although I didn’t get a chance to sit in on it myself, by all accounts this appears to be a slam-dunk, again, for the prosecution. I’d really, really hoped – from the news standpoint – that Peter would take the stand in his own defense this time. In your third murder trial, wouldn’t you think you get up there and profess your innocence in your own words? Who knows, maybe I’m just watching too much Law & Order, but I was hoping for something to spice up this murder trial repeat.

• Tomorrow is the start of Pat Newell’s vacation (he’ll be back in time for Gus Macker), making yours truly the sports editor for a few days. Luckily, there’s little to no local news on the sports front, and the Associated Press makes it pretty much paint by numbers. Which is a good thing, because as readers know, I’m clueless about sports in general. It’s baseball season, right?

Evening Sun alum Melissa Stagnaro just dropped by the newsroom for a brief visit. Always nice when the kids come back home, especially when they’re bearing yogurt.

Editor’s Notebook: 6/14/12

Thursday, June 14th, 2012
Jeff Genung

• Happy Flag Day, and all. Hope you remembered to fly Old Glory proud!

• Been a while since last we chatted, but it’s been pretty busy at Chenango County’s Hometown Daily, what with a Pageant of Bands, Mustang Rally, Dairy Day and some guy on trial for murder – again.

• That aside, I’m remiss in not mentioning earlier my trip down to the Chenango River Theatre in Greene to see Neil Simon’s hit “Broadway Bound” a couple weeks back. This is the last weekend for the show – with performances set for tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30, and a Sunday matinee at 2. As always, our neighbors to the south put on a stellar show, with professional equity actors in Broadway-worthy performances. “Broadway Bound” is part of Simon’s much-loved “BB” trilogy (that includes “Biloxi Blues” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs”), a semi-autobiographical look at Simon’s early life in 1940s New York. It tells the tale of Eugene and Stanley, brothers struggling (and nearly strangling) to become comedy writers for television. They’re surround by a cast of characters, literally, in their own family – their dad has been cheating on their mother, and their Socialist grandfather is always ready with a quip. When the two seek inspiration for their sketches, they need look no further than their own relations – who get lampooned hilariously, much to their consternation. Filled with rapid-paced dialogue and a quick wit, “Broadway Bound” is a fun trip down memory lane. Catch it if you can; like all Chenango River Theatre shows, it doesn’t disappoint!

• Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the annual recital for the Perkins School of the Arts in Norwich. Like the show down in Greene, the Perkins troupe is far more professional and talented than you might expect to see on a stage in a tiny upstate New York town, but wow … what an amazing group of young adults! From the music to the costumes to the lighting, no detail is left untouched as these dancers perfect their craft and show off the fruits of their efforts. Choreography, much like nuclear fusion, is a science well beyond my grasp – but at least with choreography I know it’s good when I see it. And with Amber, Mikey, Travis, Christina et. al behind the scenes, it is very, very good. Next up, the Donna Frech School of Dance’s annual recital this weekend (story was on Wednesday’s front page), another exceptionally talented group of young performers backed by an instructor who’s been at it for decades. We truly are lucky to have both of these gems available right here in our hometown. Almost makes me wanna dance …

• Which I’m probably not drunk enough to do in public, ever, but hey. I’m well into my summer of Fridays Off, so ya never know where the day might take me. Until next time, dear readers, have a great weekend!

Editor’s Notebook: 5/16/12

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Jeff Genung
• Why does the weather turn crappy just as I’m getting ready to leave work?
• Congratulations to all the winners in yesterday’s school board elections – especially to incumbents Perry Owen, Luke Murphy and Joe Stagliano on the Norwich City Schools board. Long a hotbed of dysfunction and vitriol, the Norwich board seems to have gotten its act together in the last year and apparently the voters agree that the current makeup of volunteers is working. To everyone who was elected or re-elected yesterday: Don’t forget who put you in office – listen to your constituents!
• The newsroom team and I attended the 11th annual Commerce Chenango Membership Appreciation luncheon at the Northeast Classic Car Museum today. A nice event, highlighting both the Chamber’s accomplishments over the past year and three of its members – Employees of the Elsie Glassett of SFCU, Woman-Owned Business of the Year Dinnett Moore’s “A Touch of Moore,” and Non-Profit of the Year, the Chenango County Historical Society. The highlight for us, however, was completely unexpected. CEO Steve Craig’s speech detailed his first year in the Chamber’s top spot, having come from a long career in broadcast journalism. When Steve started talking about changing technology causing an upheaval in the industry, I started to get nervous. But things took an unexpected turn when he told the crowd how lucky this community was to still have a daily newspaper like The Evening Sun, and went further to say we’re better than our Binghamton counterpart. High praise, indeed, and followed by an ovation – seated, but I’ll take a round of applause however I can get it. Like an abused puppy at the shelter, we as reporters often cringe in fear that a raised hand will strike us rather then pet, so it’s always reaffirming to hear something nice. Thanks for the validation, folks.

• Why does the weather turn crappy just as I’m getting ready to leave work?

• Congratulations to all the winners in yesterday’s school board elections – especially to incumbents Perry Owen, Luke Murphy and Joe Stagliano on the Norwich City Schools board. Long a hotbed of dysfunction and vitriol, the Norwich board seems to have gotten its act together in the last year and apparently the voters agree that the current makeup of volunteers is working. To everyone who was elected or re-elected yesterday: Don’t forget who put you in office – listen to your constituents!

• The newsroom team and I attended the 11th annual Commerce Chenango Membership Appreciation luncheon at the Northeast Classic Car Museum today. A nice event, highlighting both the Chamber’s accomplishments over the past year and three of its members – Employees of the Elsie Glassett of SFCU, Woman-Owned Business of the Year Dinnett Moore’s “A Touch of Moore,” and Non-Profit of the Year, the Chenango County Historical Society. The highlight for us, however, was completely unexpected. CEO Steve Craig’s speech detailed his first year in the Chamber’s top spot, having come from a long career in broadcast journalism. When Steve started talking about changing technology causing an upheaval in the industry, I started to get nervous. But things took an unexpected turn when he told the crowd how lucky this community was to still have a daily newspaper like The Evening Sun, and went further to say we’re better than our Binghamton counterpart. High praise, indeed, and followed by an ovation – seated, but I’ll take a round of applause however I can get it. Like an abused puppy at the shelter, we as reporters often cringe in fear that a raised hand will strike us rather than pet, so it’s always reaffirming to hear something nice. Thanks for the validation, folks. We’ll make another one tomorrow.

Editor’s Notebook: 5/14/12

Monday, May 14th, 2012
Jeff Genung
• And I’m back. Hopefully you didn’t notice I was gone, unless you read Brian Golden’s column last week, and his frantic Tweets thereafter. Looks like it was a fairly smooth ride Thursday and Friday, a great practice run for my upcoming Fridays Off Summer.
• I know you’re dying to know what I did on my time off, so I’ll tell you. I spent a few days down in Washington, D.C. with a group of friends in what’s become an annual excursion of late. We divide our time between historic and umm, non-historic pursuits – this time we visited the Natural History and Air & Space branches of the Smithsonian (something I haven’t done since our sixth-grade Safety Patrol trip, which we lamented was 32 years ago as we saw this year’s crop chasing each other around much as we did, minus the cell phones) as well as the National Botanic Garden and a tour of Tudor Place in Georgetown, home of Martha Washington’s granddaughter. There may have been some drinking and general debauchery in D.C.’s Dupont Circle too; I’ll have to plead the 5th on details. Anyway, amazing city to visit if you haven’t – fantastic architecture, easy to navigate, friendly natives … and a culinary smorgasbord.
• The paper looked good Thursday and Friday, kids .. but seriously, don’t touch my computer screen when I’m gone! As I cried to former reporter Karen Bergamo Moore via email earlier today, I’ve been saying “Not a touchscreen!” to errant staff long before there even WERE touchscreen computers. It’s the little things that irritate me. Fingerprints on the monitor set me off every time.
• Now that we’re back in the swing of things, it’s School Budget Vote time! Brian had a roundup of Norwich school board candidates in today’s paper, and in tomorrow’s edition we’ll give you the rundown (most of which we’ve done in full-blown stories already) of every Chenango district’s budget and board votes. And we’ll probably tell you the results of the vote on Wednesday, if you’re good.
• Congrats to the latest class of Norwich’s Sports Hall of Fame, inducted over the weekend – and including surviving members of the ‘perfect’ 1937 football team. I put the photos of each group up on our Facebook page, if you’re interested in adding your congratulations.

• And I’m back. Hopefully you didn’t notice I was gone, unless you read Brian Golden’s column last week, and his frantic Tweets thereafter. Looks like it was a fairly smooth ride Thursday and Friday, a great practice run for my upcoming Fridays Off Summer.

• I know you’re dying to know what I did on my time off, so I’ll tell you. I spent a few days down in Washington, D.C. with a group of friends in what’s become an annual excursion of late. We divide our time between historic and umm, non-historic pursuits – this time we visited the Natural History and Air & Space branches of the Smithsonian (something I haven’t done since our sixth-grade Safety Patrol trip, which we lamented was 32 years ago as we saw this year’s crop chasing each other around much as we did, minus the cell phones) as well as the National Botanic Garden and a tour of Tudor Place in Georgetown, home of Martha Washington’s granddaughter. There may have been some drinking and general debauchery in D.C.’s Dupont Circle too; I’ll have to plead the 5th on details. Anyway, amazing city to visit if you haven’t – fantastic architecture, easy to navigate, friendly natives … and a culinary smorgasbord.

• The paper looked good Thursday and Friday, kids .. but seriously, don’t touch my computer screen when I’m gone! As I cried to former reporter Karen Bergamo Moore via email earlier today, I’ve been saying “Not a touchscreen!” to errant staff long before there even WERE touchscreen computers. It’s the little things that irritate me. Fingerprints on the monitor set me off every time.

• Now that we’re back in the swing of things, it’s School Budget Vote time! Brian had a roundup of Norwich school board candidates in today’s paper, and in tomorrow’s edition we’ll give you the rundown (most of which we’ve done in full-blown stories already) of every Chenango district’s budget and board votes. And we’ll probably tell you the results of the vote on Wednesday, if you’re good.

• Congrats to the latest class of Norwich’s Sports Hall of Fame, inducted over the weekend – and including surviving members of the ‘perfect’ 1937 football team. I put the photos of each group up on our Facebook page, if you’re interested in adding your congratulations.

Editor’s Notebook: 5/8/12

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Jeff Genung
• Had a great time lending a helping hand Saturday morning at the 11th annual Allegro Run for the Arts over at the Arts Council in Norwich. It’s a neat little fundraiser (who says sports and the arts don’t go together?) for the organization, and since I couldn’t run 5k to save my life, the least I could do was hand out T-shirts and goodie bags at the crack of dawn.
• I have, over the years, perfected doing the least I can do. It’s a recurring theme here; try to follow along.
• In case I don’t get around to blogging tomorrow (and odds are I won’t), let me take this opportunity to state clearly, and for the record, that I will be on vacation Thursday and Friday, and therefore not responsible for anything you might see in the pages of The Evening Sun those two days. OK, that’s not entirely true, but I like to absolve myself beforehand (curse you, Catholic work ethic!) so I may vacation with a clear conscience. Your cruise directors for the tail end of the week will be Pat Newell and Brian Golden, the latter of whom is being groomed to sit in the captain’s chair all by himself by the time my traditional Summer Fridays Off begin in June. There’s a lot to learn, detail-wise, in putting this thing together. These two combined should have a pretty good handle on it.
• And if they don’t, I’ll be frolicking among the movers and shakers in our nation’s capital, mysteriously with no cell phone service.

• Had a great time lending a helping hand Saturday morning at the 11th annual Allegro Run for the Arts over at the Arts Council in Norwich. It’s a neat little fundraiser (who says sports and the arts don’t go together?) for the organization, and since I couldn’t run 5k to save my life, the least I could do was hand out T-shirts and goodie bags at the crack of dawn.

• I have, over the years, perfected doing the least I can do. It’s a recurring theme here; try to follow along.

• In case I don’t get around to blogging tomorrow (and odds are I won’t), let me take this opportunity to state clearly, and for the record, that I will be on vacation Thursday and Friday, and therefore not responsible for anything you might see in the pages of The Evening Sun those two days. OK, that’s not entirely true, but I like to absolve myself beforehand (curse you, Catholic work ethic!) so I may vacation with a clear conscience. Your cruise directors for the tail end of the week will be Pat Newell and Brian Golden, the latter of whom is being groomed to sit in the captain’s chair all by himself by the time my traditional Summer Fridays Off begin in June. There’s a lot to learn, detail-wise, in putting this thing together. These two combined should have a pretty good handle on it.

• And if they don’t, I’ll be frolicking among the movers and shakers in our nation’s capital, mysteriously with no cell phone service.