The Lehrer Report for Jan. 12, 2018

  • Phyllis LEHRER

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Barbara Schuman of Amherst sent the first postcard of the year. It was of Montague House in Somerset, United Kingdom, where she was visiting grandchildren (They don’t live in the house.) The house has extensive grounds, big oak trees and room for 15 acres of vegetables and flowers, she wrote.

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The Jones Library and its branches offer an amnesty period for overdue material if you donate non-perishable food for the Amherst Survival Center. The Fines for Food program runs until Jan. 31. The amnesty doesn’t apply to existing fines or lost items.

You can donate without having an overdue book. Cash is also accepted. Thanks.

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The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, at 9 a.m. at Amherst Regional Middle School. The event includes music and awards to students and community members. Tickets are available at the Hastings and at the door.

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Richard Faulkingham and Dick Matteson both sent me emails about a mega-piano recital Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. The program includes two pianos and 14 hands — those of Nancy Haffey, Catherine M. Kay, Cindy Kuusisto, Richard Matteson, Linda Smith, Anne Stanek and Gail Weirick, all members of the church.

Donations benefit the church’s musical outreach programs.

They did a two-piano, 14-hand program a few years ago and it is something to see.

The snow date is Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.

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