TO THE EDITOR: It’s that time of year when our local high schools band and chorus concerts and the much-loved high-school musicals entertain and delight families, friends and the public.
The hours of practice and commitment from these young skilled performers, the diligence and devotion of the teachers and the other school staff, and the parents who often transport, encourage and proudly applaud are all to be acknowledged.
We also greatly appreciate those who work on sets, props, choreography, costuming and production for these drama club productions.
Over the years, my attention has mainly focused on the Saranac Central School District’s music and theater productions, which have been wonderful.
Attending the all-county and all-state music performances and the Adirondack Youth Orchestra, with the newly formed Adirondack Voices concerts, we note that there are dedicated, outstanding teachers from many schools and from the community who have worked with so many of these local shining students.
This is just a little reminder to get out and support these talented students and enjoy the performances.
TO THE EDITOR: The global atmospheric temperature data from NOAA is now in: January 2014 is the fourth-warmest January since recordkeeping began over 130 years ago.
Note the word “global.”
We have to keep in mind that our planet’s weather does not revolve solely around the weather we experience here. As a matter of fact, the United States, including Alaska, represents less than 2 percent of the Earth’s surface. While portions of the lower 48 were indeed cold recently, it was a different story elsewhere.
California has been setting near-record-high temperatures.
The Anchorage Daily News declared, “Record warmth, confused plants: An Alaska January to remember” with temperatures far warmer than normal. On Jan. 27, Alaska tied the all-time high record for January at 62 degrees F in Port Alsworth. Nome hit 48 degrees, also a record high.
Not to be left out, Greenland was about 9 F warmer than normal for January, and parts of Siberia were warmer than Chicago.
Great Britain had its third-wettest January on record, and China had its second-warmest January since 1961.
This extreme weather (some call it weirding) is all part of what we can expect with a changing climate caused by our continued emissions of enormous amounts of greenhouse gases.