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The Lehrer Report for Dec. 29, 2017

  • Phyllis LEHRER


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Happy New Year to all.

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Eunice Hannigan and Eunice Tidlund shared several things, including their uncommon first names.

Both lived in South Amherst and were presidents of the South Amherst Thursday Club, of which I am a member. Eunice Hannigan died recently, and I extend condolences to her family and friends. She was exceedingly kind and generous in her thanks and praise.

The women who have lived in her early South Amherst home have all been members of the Thursday Club.

I note Eunice Tidlund, who died many years ago, because she was also very kind and gracious. While Eunice Hannigan’s South East Street home still stands, the Tidlund home has been demolished. It was quite a surprise when I drove by recently to see just dirt and a hint of foundation. That brought back memories of being in that home and one Eunice led to the other.

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Kathryn “Kay ” Robertson, a former Bulletin reporter who covered Hadley, sent me an email from New Zealand, where she now lives with her family.

“Warm wishes for a very merry holiday season. The summer timing of Christmas down under still strikes me as odd, but it’s looking a little more festive around the house with our tree and assorted holiday decorations up now. We have a small display of lights outside, including a laser beam that shines colorful dots over a section of our trees. Lying in bed at night, I have a good view of these, which is a nice way to end the day.”

I had seen her father, Bob Robertson, a retired Mount Holyoke professor, at the Valley Light Opera show. We talked about her, and he sent her my regards.

Kay left the paper to go into teaching.

I also ran into Patrick Callahan, another former Bulletin and Gazette reporter, who works in the University of Massachusetts news and media relations department. He said it’s been 20 years since he left the paper.

When you run into people you haven’t seen in a while, there is catching up to do about families and colleagues. The supermarket seems to be the best running into people place. However, I did not go the day before the snow, because there is milk, bread and juice in my freezer as well as summer fruits and vegetables.

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