The Lehrer Report for March 24, 2017


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reminder: The Amherst town election is March 28. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Each voter will receive two ballots.

The Amherst Survival Center will conduct a food drive at all the precincts on Election Day. Bring non-perishable items when you go to vote. Thanks.

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The Amherst Woman’s Club, of which I am a member, will hold its annual Flower Show March 25 from noon until 4 p.m. at the club house on Triangle Street. A flower arranging demonstration will be held at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and available at the door. One ticket will be drawn for the door prize.

Refreshments will be served.

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Tony Papirio of Belchertown sent me a postcard of icons of history — Ida B. Wells, Oscar Micheaux, Alexander Twilight and Harriet Tubman — from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He wrote that he recently became a supporter of the museum.

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I have to give credit to those who carry on their jobs during snow storms. The DPW crews are obvious, but thanks also to letter carriers and newspaper delivery folks. I had mail on Tuesday but didn’t know until Wednesday. I didn’t think the mail van would deliver during the storm but the post office lives up to its motto.

Since I had done my taxes, I used the adult snow day to clean out the refrigerator.

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It is now officially spring. I saw some green shoots peaking through the snow in the flower bed closest to the house. The iris and day lilies will soon bring color to the yard.

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Lee Bridegam of Amherst described an interesting art installation that needs 1,500 two liter plastic bottles. The project, developed by Alisa Pearson of Mothers Out Front, will be seen at the Sustainability Fair April 22 on the Town Common. According to Lee, it is a multi- faceted Climate Transformer using straw bales, reused wood and bottles. After the fair, it will be taken apart and reused as a greenhouse

Donate bottles in the bins at the South Congregational Church and the Immanuel Lutheran Church. The deadline is April 20.

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