April Almanac

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By Roger Chambers April is a transitional month. While the days are typically in the mid-50s°F, they might be nearly summer-like at times, with a record high of 90°F in 1962. On the other hand,...

Regional Theater Adds to Quality of Life

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By Roger Chambers Live theater productions are alive and well in the Mohawk Valley. Broadway Utica provides excellent shows at the Stanley Theater, such as the “Phantom of the Opera” sequel “Love Never Dies” last...

March Almanac

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By Roger Chambers March varies day-to-day from fairly pleasant to blustery and wintry. In like a lion, out like a lamb (or vice versa) goes the iconic legend. While seasonable temperatures range from the 20s°F...

February Almanac

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Written By Roger Chambers February is a cold winter month with an average monthly high of 35°F and low of 15°. The record low is  -28°F on February 14, 1979, while temperatures of -10° to...

January Almanac

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By Roger Chambers For many people, January is a month long hangover from holiday excesses of food, drink, parties, and a reality check of overspending during the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays. While daylight hours are...

December Almanac

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By Roger Chambers December usually means cold and snow, accented by sometimes bright sunny days that are all too short, with sunset before 5 p.m. December’s long nights are made more cheerful with the extensive...

Rogers Reviews: The Pirates of Penzance at Rome Community Theatre

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By Roger Chambers The Rome Community Theater over two October weekends at their theater on Turin Road presented the Gilbert and Sullivan musical theater production of The Pirates of Penzance. This is quite a challenge...

Roger’s Reviews Play On By Rick Abbott.

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By Roger Chambers At the Stables, the Ilion Little Theater presented a zany comedy of a play within a play over two October weekends. Play On! By Rick Abbot is a goofy play on the...

Mohawk Valley Almanac: November 2017

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By Roger Chambers November is a dreary, dismal month with skies gray skies. deciduous brown trees with orange remnants of the few remaining orange leaves. Days are short and cool to cold, with sunset before 5...

Love Never Dies

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By Roger Chambers The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber was one of the largest hits in American musical theater in the modern times. The sequel has the Phantom return, though this time...