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The Lehrer Report for Oct. 20, 2017

  • Phyllis LEHRERTHE LEHRER REPORT


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Probably the last garden report. The house plants that enjoyed the outdoor air and sunshine have been brought in. The hoses are in the garage. The outside spigot has been turned off. The marigolds and zinnias are still in bloom and the sweet pea had three blossoms. Now the raking of leaves starts.

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Congratulations and best wishes to Eunice Hannigan of Amherst, who celebrated her 100th birthday earlier this week.

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Joshua Max Feldman, the son of Bob Feldman and Kathy Vorwerk, sent me an email about his new book, “Start Without Me.” He said, “It’s about two lost souls on Thanksgiving Day. I tried to tell a funny, affecting, honest story of strangers and family, airports and hometowns, and the fine art of getting it right for once. I can’t wait to share it with readers.” The book came out on Tuesday.

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Barbara Aldrich sent me an email about her grandson, Joe Woynar, the son of Mark and Julie Woynar of Amherst. Joe, who is a member of the Coast Guard, just won an award for giving the best tours on the USS Constitution! The ceremony took place at the Harborside Hotel in Boston. On Oct. 20 the USS Constitution will be going out for its first sail in three years. Joe will be having his father, Mark, join him as his guest on the cruise.

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Katja Oxman of Amherst has two exhibitions of her print work on view. One is at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art until Nov. 5. The other is at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Conn. until Dec. 3. If you are traveling or have friends in those cities, you can let them know.

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Jim and Nina Scott of Amherst emailed me about a lecture, “Gerrymandering in the Supreme Court, Democracy in the Dock,” that will be held Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Eric Carle Museum. It is sponsored by Five College Learning in Retirement and is free. The speaker is professor Stephen Gottlieb, an expert on the Supreme Court, and a distinguished professor emeritus from Albany Law School.

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