Jim Testani's Reporter Blog

Room for improvement

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Jim Testani

Over the past few weeks all I’ve heard is doom and gloom and how this area is slowly getting worse and worse. I think that if we focus only on the bad, nobody will recognize the good that is happening in our community.

I understand that there is an epidemic here in Chenango County and something needs to be done, but all I’ve been hearing about is what we’re doing wrong and all of the bad things in the county, nobody ever talks about the good. One of the coolest things happening in Norwich is that Norwich is closing in on winning an “America’s Best Communities” competition. Norwich has proposed to this contest that if we win, we will use the prize to fund what is basically a think tank for local entrepreneurs. A “MakerSpace” would be a place to help those with ideas actually be able to make them a reality and get the ball rolling. This could potentially revitalize the community and help bring in a lot of new business and ideas to the area.

We also neglect the fact that there are a ton of things to actually do here in Chenango County. In the next few weeks Norwich’s Pumpkin Fest will be kicking off for another year. This fall festival is always a ton of fun for everybody involved and is a great way to spend the weekend.

Are pumpkins not your thing? In addition to the fall festivities there’s going to be a pub crawl that weekend as well.

We tend to focus a lot on the bad, not the good anymore. I understand that there is a lot of work that we need to do to bring the community back to where we want it, but I think that if we all pitch in and do our part, we can get there in no time. I know that there’s a lot of bad out there, but there is also a lot of good that should be recognized as well.

Tis The Season (almost)

Friday, August 28th, 2015
Jim Testani

Its that time of year again where school starts and summer ends for most of the world. For me I prefer to live in a fantasy world where summer doesn’t end until mid-October so I can keep wearing shorts.

Most people would say that Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and I guess I can agree with them. Schools are back in session, high school sports begin again, and the leaves begin to change. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall and everything that comes along with it; but why are we all in such a rush for it to start? I already saw an add that all pumpkin everything will be back at Dunkin’ at the end of the month. I think that everybody would agree with me that we could all use a few more weeks of sun and warm weather, let’s not rush right into fall and winter.

If you go to any store they’ve all already put out their “fall” decorations and Halloween stuff. Its still August (for a few more days) people, can’t you wait until we’re in the actual month? Before we know it Christmas decorations and sales will be creeping up and I’m just not ready for it. Let’s keep Halloween in the month of October and the rest of the fall stuff stored away until the leaves actually turn.

That being said, I do enjoy everything that comes with the fall season, football, playoff baseball, and corn mazes… I really like corn mazes. So I am excited for the fall season to start, but let’s not rush it okay? I want to enjoy the time I have left with the sun before it becomes that weird bright thing in the sky that we sometimes see from the months of December to April when the snow finally stops.

I like my summer months, I look better with a tan and I don’t have to bundle up like I’m exploring the frozen ice planet of Hoth when I go outside. Everybody is generally in a better mood during summer and there’s always so much to do. I know that winter is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year” with the holidays, which I always enjoy. But, people are always in such a rush for the next thing to happen.

I think that we all need to slow down a bit, and come to the conclusion that warm weather is just better than the frozen tundra that everybody seems to be in such a hurry for. To end my rant I’ll leave you with this question, after the fall season that everybody is so fond of, are you really ready to shovel snow off your car every morning before you go to work?

I’m not a golfer but…

Friday, August 7th, 2015
Jim Testani

 The only golf that I’ve ever played is of the mini variety. I’ve never really played an 18 hole course or really ever just hit a ball. The last time I went to a driving range I couldn’t drive the car to get there. The previous sports editor was a golfer, he used to write about golf almost every week. I am not; my biggest accomplishment in golf was when I figured out that if I hit the ball hard enough the magic brooms would dump water on people at the Fantasia mini-golf course that I played at while I was in Orlando on spring break this year.

What I am though is a fisherman. I love to fish and will go out as often as I can. For about as long as I can remember my father has taken me on the water and taught me everything that he knows about fishing. I learned everything from how to bait a hook to what lures to use when I wasn’t having any luck with a bobber and worm. I grew up fishing in Chenango County and can remember walking the streams in Amblerville with my father and grandfather and having very little luck, but having a lot of fun. 

Fishing in Chenango County for me has been a lot of trial and error. Some days spots that are usually gold mines end up being complete busts for the day. Recently I’ve been fishing a lot at Chenango Lake. The past few years the joke has always been if you want to practice your casting, that’s where you want to fish. But this summer has been different. Almost every week I’ll ride on up to the lake with my father and fish from shore with just a bobber and worms and catch tons of fish. There hasn’t been much of anything in the trophy fish category, but the little guys still put up a fight nonetheless.

For me fishing isn’t really about the competition of who can catch the biggest fish or who can catch the most fish. I just find it to be relaxing and fun. I’m not saying that I don’t go out and try to land the biggest fish that I can, I’m just saying that I fish for the fun of it, just like my predecessor golfed for the fun of it.

All in all there are literally hundreds of hidden spots around the county to fish. I haven’t yet gotten the chance to get out and explore them all yet, but I’m hoping that one day I will. It’s worth noting that I’m not the greatest fisherman in the world either; you can ask anyone I’ve ever fished with about the rat’s nest of a tangle that almost always ends up happening to my line. I am by no means an expert, but I’m more than capable to handle myself on the water.

  I feel obligated that I should take this opportunity to talk about my new position here at the Evening Sun. It has been two weeks since I’ve gotten settled into my new position as the sports editor and I think that I’m starting to get the hang of it. I’m starting to get my name out there to all the different coaches and people that make athletics happen in Chenango County. Like I said in my introductory article last week, I’ve got some big shoes to fill with Pat gone, I wear a size 12 but no we’re just getting off topic. What I’m trying to say is that through these blogs and through my articles I hope to bring you all the coverage and accuracy that was seen in the previous 20 years (I’m only 22 so I was two when Pat started). 

As this is my first blog I wasn’t really sure what to write or how to write it. I just figured that I’d write about something that I’m passionate about. So goodluck to all the other fisherman out there, and let me know where the best spot in the county is and maybe I’ll see you there.

 

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