Daylight or standard, what will it be? Around the city

BEREA, Ohio – The weather was, not too long ago, that I was “all-in” on the idea of ​​keeping Daylight Savings Time year-round. Now I’m not so sure anymore.

I did a happy dance last December when I learned that Ohio state legislators had passed a resolution urging Congress to end the practice of rolling back clocks every fall.

The US Senate in March passed legislation that would make DST permanent in 2023, ending the biannual clock change.

It now awaits confirmation from the House of Representatives before it can be signed by the president.

Meanwhile, there are many hesitations about the final decision.

Given the reality of winter days that bring sunset as early as 4:59 p.m., many people believe that the annual practice of “spring forward, fall back” should be scrapped, locking us into daylight saving time mode. . But not everyone agrees.

There are those, including medical experts, who argue that it would be tantamount to casting a curse on those who may suffer from disruption of daylight-sensitive circadian rhythms – or body clocks – which regulate the wake cycle- sleep.

Proponents of permanent daylight saving time argue that while it is true that in winter, the crack would occur an hour later under daylight saving time all year round, still sending people to sleep, having an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day on December 21, the shortest day of the year and throughout the winter months, would beat the daylight darkening that occurs around 4 p.m. late December, followed by sunset an hour later.

Finally, there are many who like to change the clock twice a year and want to stick to it. A 2019 Monmouth University poll found that 71% of Americans would rather not change their clocks twice a year.

Winter or summer, I always like the idea of ​​an extra hour at the end of the day. The fact that we can’t have both – an extra hour at the end of the day and an extra hour of light early in the morning clearly shows that we are in fact manipulating time, we are just turning the hands of our clocks. .

Whichever way the vote goes, we’ll have to live with it — at least for a while. it’s the American way.

Theater team: Students from our area were part of the cast and crew of the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music and the recent BW Music Theater Drama and Dance Department production of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece , Tony Award winner, “Into the Woods”, directed by Victoria Bussert. .

Aly Reid, a graduate of Berea-Midpark High School, majoring in marketing, served on the production arts management production team.

Jordan Campbell de Berea, a graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School, majoring in theater design and technical studies, served as the production shop foreman.

“Into the Woods” tells the story of a baker and his wife who cannot have children due to a witch’s curse.

When they go on a journey to break the curse, they meet Cinderella, who wants to attend the king’s party, and Jack, who wants his cow to give milk.

Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions come back to haunt them.

Organ donations: Fifty-eight percent of Ohioans have registered to become organ donors, according to recent Berea Kiwanis Club guest speaker and Lifebanc representative Kevin Pernell.

One of the most common ways to do this, Pernell said, is to have “organ donor” listed on your driver’s license at renewal. Pernell said a single donor can save up to eight lives and a single tissue donor can improve the lives of up to 50 people.

Among the misconceptions people have about organ donation, he said, are “If I’m an organ donor and I have an accident, the doctor won’t try to to save”.

I looked at that and that’s the main reason people don’t check the organ donation box on their driver’s license,” Pernell said, explaining that other reasons people give for not s registering as an organ donor include “I’m too old to donate” and “My religion does not allow me to be an organ donor.”

Pernell opened up about his life and a heart transplant he underwent in 2014 (he has been doing well ever since). He mentioned that when people put their name on an organ donor list, “they are prioritized based on their need and severity.”

One question that was posed to Pernell was “If two people are high priority, what is the tiebreaker?”

He replied that two critical parameters are blood groups and antibodies. “Basically, how closely do the giver and receiver match.”

Scottish games to move here: After 45 years of appearances at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, the Ohio Scottish Games are moving to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, where they will be held June 24-25 .

The event is packed with activities including pipe and drum competitions, highland dancing competitions, heavy athletics, country dancing, bagpipes and bagrock bands, various vendors, food tastings genealogy and whiskey and sheep will be present!

Proceeds from the Ohio Scottish Games fund the Ohio Scottish School of the Arts, which, with OSG’s location change, will move to Baldwin Wallace University this year.

OSAS offers lessons in bagpipes, snare drum, tenor drum, Highland dancing, harp and violin.

Register to donate blood: A blood drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross, will take place from noon to 6 p.m. April 13, at Baldwin Wallace University Student Union Sandstone Area 3 (Strosacker Hall), 120 East Grand St .to Berea.

Appointments are encouraged. Visits without an appointment will be taken according to the schedule. Come and offer a Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers gift card.

Schedule now at RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code BW or call 1-800-733-2767.

Music therapy and more: a Connecting For Kids program designed for families and their children, ages 0-6, who are struggling in a developmental area, are invited to enroll in a hands-on program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child’s academic performance, communication and social skills, and behavior.

Program sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. April 23 at the Middleburg Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library, 16699 Bagley Road. This program is led by a certified music therapist.

For more information, visit connectionforkids.org/music.

Food distribution: The Brook Park Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 6155 Engle Road, in conjunction with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, will be hosting a free food distribution from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 and May 25.

Food will be distributed to those in need on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. For more information, call the library at 216-267-5250.

SCAN Hunger Center Pantry: 39 W. Bagley Road, Williamsport Plaza. 440-260-7226. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Friday of the month and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. the fourth Friday.

Church Street Ministries Pantry: 1480 Bagley Road, 440-239-0549. Open from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Mini pantry: There are two small free food pantries located near the People’s Community Church, 628 Wesley Drive, and the Cuyahoga County Berea Library branch at 7 Berea Commons. The Prospect Pantry is on the corner of Prospect Street and Jacqueline Drive.

Ride in love: Free hot meal 2-4 p.m. third Sunday of the month at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church, Keller Center, 66 Adalbert Street. Eat in or take away. The next meal is April 20.

Free community meal: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road, served 5-6 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month. Drive-up only. The next meal is April 27.

People’s Community Church Pantry: 628 Wesley Drive, 440-234-0609. Open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month. The next open pantry will be on April 16.

Pantry for animals: Animal Rescue Friends, 10015 E. River Road, Columbia Station, 10 a.m. to noon every Sunday. Contact 440-234-2034 or [email protected] for more information.

Senior lunches: Monthly Elders Luncheon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road in Berea. Lunches are $5 and are served at noon on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call Michelle Skutt at 440-234-6080.

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