I liked Larry Kelley. He was passionate and cared about his town. He was tenacious, outspoken and critical about what he considered needed correcting. He had his critics. He wasn’t shy in sharing his opinions. He was also funny.
He was a strong supporter of the Fire Department, with good reason — a building he lived in burned down. He was active in town, serving as a Town Meeting member and the Redevelopment Authority. He ran for Select Board.
He shared his pet peeves and valentines with us via his blog with the tongue in cheek title — “Only in the Republic of Amherst.” It was a forum for anyone to express an opinion, and many did. He was a firm believer in the Sunshine law and promoted it.
He took some great photos with his drone.
Condolences to his family and friends.
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Ed Klekowski will speak on World War I Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Amherst Woman’s Club, of which I am a member. It is a fund raiser for the Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.
April will mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering the war.
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Mary Burlington of Amherst sent me a postcard of Kailua Beach in Hawaii, where she snorkeled, visited Pearl Harbor and attended a traditional luau.
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Pip Stromgren of Amherst said the fund raiser to name a room at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital for former state representative Ellen Story is going well and just needs a few more donations to reach the $10,000 goal. Visit www.razoo.com/us/Story/wlpfig,to make a donation. Thanks.
Phyllis Lehrer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.