By Gary Wamsley
It has been a good week. We had a lot of sunshine, a little rain and some great entertainment. The Bridge Between Show Choir continued the tradition of beginning the season with the Pairs and Spares at the Presbyterian Church. I am surprised they can still sing and dance after such a meal. Perhaps they don’t indulge as much as I do.
The choir has another busy schedule ahead of them. Next month is the production of the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” We will have more on that as the time approaches. In early December the group is having a big fundraising dinner and show at Brookside Gardens. We have been helping spread the message so other groups will avoid using that date for their events. The choir needs to raise money to pay for their trip to Orlando next spring.
Choir members braved the rain to join us at the annual Gateway Appreciation Day last Saturday. Neither they nor we allowed the inclement weather to spoil our day as they did face painting. The chili cook off featured some amazingly delicious chili. The firefighters brought piñatas for the kids to smash. There was plenty of food and entertainment for all and we only got a little bit wet. I want to thank all the sponsors; I had a great time and am looking forward to it next year.
This week’s program at the Little Thompson Observatory looks like another winner. “Sunrise at Chaco Canyon” will explore the subject of astronomy as seen through the eyes of the inhabitants of that place and era. This may be a full house, so get there early if you want a seat.
I need to complain a little. The subject is photos for the newspaper, especially photos accompanying obituaries. I know it is not something that people like to plan for, but it would appear that no one thinks to keep their photo gallery current with good photos of loved ones. A majority of the photos we get appear to be afterthoughts. Many of them are scanned images from some family group photo and the resulting low-resolution image from a small area is very difficult to work with. We think obituaries are important, and we don’t charge for them as so many newspapers do, but we need your help to make them look as good as possible. If you need help scanning an image to a digital format, we will gladly help. Bring the photo to us and let us scan it.
We do have some problems with other photos too. In general, we try to reproduce images at 300 dots per inch (dpi). I think that some people think they are helping when they make the photo file smaller in order to send it over the Internet, but when I get a full length photo of someone and it is only 100 pixels by 150 pixels set at 100 dpi, the resulting size would be smaller than a postage stamp. Use those digital cameras you have and send us some good images.
I’ll see you around town and if you want, I will even take your picture.