The Lehrer Report for Feb. 10, 2017


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone.

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Not to disparage a groundhog, but there is always six weeks of winter after Feb. 2. According to my date book, Spring begins on March 20. As to the weather, we could have lots or no snow in those six weeks.

However, we could have lots of snow after March 20. Those of us who have lived in New England for any length of time know that weather is one of the major topic of conversation.

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One of the weather-related conversations concerns the running of the sap, which produces maple syrup. It wasn't until I moved here that I discovered the real thing. Growing up in New Jersey, syrup (Log Cabin, Mrs. Butterworth, Karo) was sugar and water with flavoring for pancakes and waffles.

The good news is that the sap should start about Feb. 14, according to a note I read in the paper.

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Jim and Nina Scott of Amherst sent me an email about the Five College Learning in Retirement Legislator's Forum. It will be held Feb. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Forbes Library in Northampton. The legislators will speak about what's up for 2017. There will be time for questions. It's free and open to the public.

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The renovation going on in the Big Y on University Drive is for a Rao's Coffee Shop, according to one of the staffers.

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