The Lehrer Report for Jan. 6, 2017


Saturday, January 07, 2017

Twelfth Night, Epiphany and Feast of Three Kings greetings to those who celebrate those events.

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The new postcard season has begun.

Janine Roberts of Leverett, sent a card advertising one of Africa’s best loved music festival in Zanzibar Feb. 9-12. She was in Kenya and Tanzania to share family therapy interventions to help families get Street-involved children off the streets and back to school.

“Amazing projects and programs were shared among participants from more than 30 countries. I learned so much,” she wrote.

Keep up the good work, Janine.

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Barbara Schuman of Amherst sent a card featuring several views of historic Bath Abbey in England. She wrote that she enjoyed the grandeur of the Abbey in the lovely Georgian city.

She was in England visiting family and trudged beautiful country paths in Welles.

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Amy Anaya , head of borrower services at the Jones Library, sent me an email about the Amnesty Program at the library and the branches.

Overdue material can be returned fine-free from Jan. 9-31 with a donation of non-perishable, non-expired food that will be donated to the Amherst Survival Center. The amnesty doesn’t apply to lost or damaged. You still have to pay for that.

You don’t have to have overdue material to make a donation.

The cold weather makes the food donation critical. For some people the decision could be heat or eat.

In a related matter, the minimum wage increase to $11 an hour. Time for some math: $11 times 40 hours equals $440 a week. Subtract federal and state income taxes, social security and Medicaid, and that doesn’t leave much.

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The Amherst History Museum and the Crocker Farm Parent Group are holding a winter gear sale Jan. 6 from 6-9 p.m. and Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school on West Street. As you can tell it’s a fund raiser.

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