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It’s now the end of February which means the official date of spring is three weeks away.

The other good news is that maple syrup season begins. The ads have appeared for the sugar shacks. If you are new to the area, you should visit one of the shacks and watch maple syrup being boiled. The heat and steam fog your glasses but the aroma is so sweet. Then order pancakes or French toast served with the real thing. It makes us realize why we need winter.

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Ruth Black of Amherst sent a card depicting the Trelissick Garden in Cornwall from London. She reports real snow falling in the city that melts immediately. While it was not an issue for someone like her, hardened in New England, she reported, “the natives are quite distressed.”

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Bob Romer of Amherst sent me an email with the new date for the Amherst Historical Society meeting. The February event was postponed because of the snow storm. The meeting will be held March 2 at 2 p.m. in the parish hall at Grace Episcopal Church.

Allen and Sylvia Torrey will receive the Stephen Puffer, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat Holland and William Robinson who wrote “North Amherst and Cushman” will receive the Conch Shell Award.

Bob is giving the Mabel Loomis Todd Lecture: “Black Soldiers White Officers — Amherst College and the Town of Amherst in the Civil War.” The program is free and open to the public.

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Hans Schuman, the son of Murray Schuman of Amherst, will perform with the Metta Quintet March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium.

In 1994, Hans founded JazzReach, a performance and educational non-profit corporation to introduce children to jazz. The quintet is the resident performance ensemble of Jazz Reach that has been touring recently.

The program is entitled “Miles Davis and the Blue Flame Incident.” The work was commissioned last year, according to Murray.

There will be a performance for children that morning.

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