CHEERS to all the singers in church choirs in our region.
Choirs add luster to services by elevating the quality of the singing of anthems. These musical selections are often more complicated than the congregation, by itself, could manage.
And the choir having rehearsed these pieces before the service raises the level of competence and achievement, and, thus, the enjoyment by the congregation.
The choirs comprise volunteers from the church membership, some of whom may not even possess any extraordinary ability. Nevertheless, they are willing to give of themselves for the gratification of all.
They give up their time for rehearsals and, of course, sometimes even attend multiple services. Some choir members love the singing and thrive on the camaraderie built during rehearsals. For others, it is undeniably a chore but one they are willing to undertake for the betterment of the church.
The choirs’ efforts are especially on display during holidays, such as the Easter season just behind us.
Choirs are largely taken for granted, we’d say — under-noticed and underappreciated. But they are an integral part of many congregations in our region and deserve a hearty thanks from all parish attendees — and even, now and then, some applause in a usually quiet church.
CHEERS to Jann Shambo and Becky Kasper, two women with a common goal: to use their talents to enhance the way the City of Plattsburgh looks.
Shambo has been involved with the city’s Riverwalk Committee since it started. And saying “involved” is a gross understatement because there were times when she was the only person still paying attention to the blooming part of the beautification project.
The engraved stones around downtown Plattsburgh monuments and the gardens that surround them make up Riverwalk, and Shambo has been working, mostly unrecognized, on the flower beds for years.