Program on climate change set locally
A program examining the reality of global climate change is to be presented by college administrator Stephen Danna from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23 at St. Cecilia’s Church, 3802 Main St. in Warrensburg.
Danna, the Dean of SUNY Plattsburgh’s branch campus in Queensbury, has studied the science behind climate change and he has been certified as a lecturer on this topic by the international organization, Climate Reality Project.
Danna notes that the severe storms, historic flooding events, increasing global temperatures, expanding droughts, melting ice and rising sea levels demonstrate scientists’ conclusions that climate change is having an increasingly adverse impact on Earth.
In this March 23 session, Danna will present introductory information about climate change’s causes, problematic consequences — and ways both societies and individuals can minimize the problem which is likely to have great impact on the lives of the world’s population and generations to come. The illustrated talk documents how glaciers are rapidly receding, oceans are becoming warmer causing a rise in sea level and flooding, as well as salinization of soils. If change isn’t enacted soon, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will climb to levels not experienced on earth for one million years, Danna said. Already, climate change has fostered proliferation of destructive parasites and insects like deer ticks, crop pests, and mosquitoes that spread malaria and West Nile virus, while curtailing food production through drought and heat stress, he said.
“This trend just isn’t going to stop by itself,” he said. “Consequences are dire if we don’t make changes.”
Danna, who has a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, started out decades ago involved in biology and marine life which led him to a degree in oceanography and a stint with the U.S. government as an oceanographer. Danna is a Warrensburg resident.
A conversation on the effects of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” will follow the session on climate change.
“This issue matters!” a representative of St. Cecilia’s said this week while inviting everyone in the region to attend Danna’s talk. “The future of our grandchildren depends on our choices.”
Event to raise cash for local Mito charity
A gala to generate funds for the charity “Mito Hope & Help” is to be held Saturday April 26 at The Lodge on Echo Lake, 175 Hudson St. in Warrensburg.
This non-profit organization based in Warrensburg gives support to families coping with mitochondrial disease, and to disseminate information about the life-threatening condition. The group was founded by Cathy LaFond-Evans in memory of her daughter Randi, who lost her life to the disease some time ago.
The event, titled “Miracles in the Mountains for Mito,” features music and dancing with Deejay Dawn, hors d’oeuvres, a buffet meal complete with dessert, plus a silent auction of donated goods and services. The event includes a talk about mitochondrial disorders by special guest Dr. Nataha Shur.
The cost is a $50 donation per person or $90 per couple.
To make a reservation or learn more about Mito Hope & Help, contact LaFond-Evans at 623-2634 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations should be made by April 16.
Restaurant chain helps 4-H program
The Darden Corp., which owns and operates the national restaurant chains Red Lobster and Olive Garden, has pledged Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County a $1,000 grant to launch the agency’s 4-H Green Gardeners program.
This new venture is intended to enable youths ages 7 through 18 to learn gardening skills while giving back to their communities.
The vegetables grown will be donated to local food pantries and used to teach participants how to prepare nutritious meals. The grant from Darden Corp. is to purchase supplies for the Green Gardeners program.
Local residents celebrate
Birthday greetings go out this week to local residents Mike Moon, Candice Healy and Debbie Baker.
Al and Lynn Smith have recently joined the “grandparents club” — a baby was born recently to their daughter Traci Smith Peters and son-in-law Nigel Peters of Troy. The boy, named Isaiah Solomon Ethan Peters, was born Feb. 18.
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History of churches now on exhibit
WARRENSBURG — A new exhibit reviewing the history of local churches is now on display at the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History. The exhibit is scheduled to run through May 11.
Christian churches played an important part in the lives of Warrensburg’s early settlers and continue to be an important element of the community.
The exhibit includes photographs and artifacts, plus brief histories of each church. Existing Warrensburg churches have been invited to participate in providing material for the exhibit.
The museum is located at 3754 Main St. in the VFW Building in Warrensburg, and is open Sundays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on Wednesdays noon to 4 p.m.. Admission is free. Entrance and parking are at the rear. The museum is operated for the Town of Warrensburg by the Warrensburgh Historical Society. For details, call 623-2207.