Herald-Sun editorial: Week’s end

Jan. 04, 2013 @ 05:51 PM

This Friday’s Entertainment and More section showcases the wealth of fantastic arts events that we have coming up this spring. Information on entertainment events can be found at http://www.heraldsun.com/lifestyles/entertainment as well.

Whether it’s at the Durham Performing Arts Center, the Carolina Theatre, or one of our other venues, plenty of talent will be on hand for audiences to appreciate this spring.

“Jeckll & Hyde,” Mary Poppins,” Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” Priscilla: Queen of the Desert,” “Sister Act,” and “Lord of the Dance” are among the DPAC highlights, as is a performance by Jerry Seinfeld, and B.B. King and Robert Cray. Jazz, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, and traditional American music will be among the performances planned for the Carolina Theatre; the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival will be performed there, too.

Roger McGuinn, co-founder of The Byrds, will perform at The ArtsCenter.

Wherever you look, a great entertainment offering is just a short distance away. Don’t miss out.

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It is a simple matter, but something that can, and does, save lives: installing working smoke alarms in homes and other buildings.

Firefighters traveled door-to-door on a recent Saturday along Davidson Avenue and neighboring streets in Durham as part of the Durham Fire Department’s Alarm for Life program. They have earned this week’s Herald-Sun Grit Award.

The key is having a smoke alarm that actually works; folks sometimes let the batteries run out without replacing them.

“A smoke alarm without working batteries is just like not having one at all,” said Fire Marshal Edward Reid. “Too often we’ll see a smoke alarm in a home without any batteries in it at all. With this program in place, our goal is to educate residents about smoke alarm safety, smoke alarm maintenance, and that Alarm for Life is available to them.”

The firefighters were expected to visit 80 homes. A number of house and business fires have been in the news recently; two deaths happened in a fire on Davidson Avenue on Dec. 22.

The firefighters check for working smoke alarms, and are available for free home consultations to determine if fire hazards are present in homes, and how to fix them. More information is available by contacting Sierra Jackson, public affairs specialist/public information officer with the Durham Fire Department, at 919-560-4233, ext. 19242 or email at sierra.jackson@durhamnc.gov. For more information on the department’s other programs, visit www.durhamnc.gov/departments/fire.