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The Lehrer Report

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I brought my bells to the 150th anniversary celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation. At 2 p.m. on a very cold New Year’s Day we rang our bells and heard the bells rung at the Grace Episcopal Church and Amherst College at a festive ceremony that attracted many of my Orchard Valley neighbors. Carlie Tartakov rang some Eastern temple bells and …

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Three Kings greetings to all our Hispanic and Latino friends and neighbors. * * * Amherst had a white Christmas after all. Granted, it was …

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy New Year 2013 to all our friends and neighbors. * * * Beth Souza and Bill Stapleton of Amherst won the winter postcard-from-the-greatest-distance contest …

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hanukkah greetings to all our Jewish friends and neighbors. I like the new holiday decorations on the street lights in downtown Amherst. They are very bright and visible. * * * William Hosley stressed the importance of place …

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving greetings to all our friends and neighbors. Several faith communities and organizations provided a meal and company on the holiday for anyone who wanted to come. The Amherst Survival Center was one group that provided dinner at …

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I was scheduled to serve as a poll worker for the early morning shift at Precinct 7 in the Crocker Farm School. I brought the newspaper and several New Yorkers to keep me busy during the lulls. Imagine …

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

We were very lucky with last week’s storm. I lost power for 45 minutes, some North Amherst friends were out for four hours and friends in Shutesbury said they were out for 12 hours. Some of the tree …

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Reminder: Change your clocks Saturday night before you go to bed — or Sunday morning when you get up. Reminder Two: Tuesday is election day. We have federal and state offices on the ballot was well as questions. …

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Reminder: Real estate taxes are due Nov. 1, the day after Halloween. Speaking of Halloween, if you don’t want Trick-or-Treaters coming to your home, don’t put on your porch or front door lights. Otherwise be prepared for some …

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Garden report: The marigolds, morning glory, petunias, zinnias, impatiens and celosia still have blooms. But the leaves look bedraggled. The season is winding down. The vegetable bed has been cleared. In that process I ate some cherry tomatoes …

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Larry Siddall of Amherst went to Cuba and brought back a card that includes a photo of a green and white Chevy with the big fins, as well as street and water scenes. He wrote, “Friendly people, good …

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I hope you all will indulge me while I share some tales of my grandchildren, whom I visited last week in Rockville, Md. Tony, 11, is now in middle school and the bus comes at 7:20 a.m. There …

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Monday, September 24, 2012

It’s official: Summer is over. Fall is here. The final flowers — New England asters, autumn sedum and dahlia — have bloomed. It’s time to bring the hanging geranium and fern inside. * * * The Amherst Rotary …