The Lehrer Report for July 14, 2017


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Garden report: The Black-eyed Susans have bloomed, the cranberry and peach day lilies have bloomed. The tomatoes and peppers get bigger every day. The beans are starting to come in. Maybe a blossom will appear this week on the eggplant.

The robin babies have flown the nest and I have pruned the rhododendron. The sunlight can now enter the dining room with all the limbs that have been trimmed.

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More bear sightings in South Amherst. Laura MacLeod reports seeing a black bear in her South East Street yard. It went off into the woods. There have been no further reports of the Orchard Valley bear. But it could be the same one.

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Knitters and crocheters are invited to make chemotherapy caps that will be donated to the Cancer Connection. The Jones Library is sponsoring a Stitchin’ Club July 20 from 6-8 p.m. Patterns will be provided. You can bring your own yarn but make sure it is washable and soft. The club is inspired by the summer reading club theme, Build a Better World.

The club will also meet Aug. 17.

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Pat Romney and Paul Wiley of Amherst did not send a postcard, but told me about a wonderful river voyage on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (When I was in geography class in elementary school it was called Burma). They visited many beautiful temples, saw farms growing soy beans and visited small villages along the river.

Meanwhile, other friends who have returned from Paris said it was very hot. They also did not send postcards.

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Six volunteers with gardening experience are needed for the Jones Library Garden Advisory Committee. The committee would help with developing, planning and maintaining the Library’s green spaces. If interested, send a letter to Library Director Sharon Sharry by July 31.

The reward: your green thumb will be greener.

Phyllis Lehrer can be reached at phyllehrer@gmail.com.