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Merry Christmas and Kwanzaa greetings to all our friends and neighbors.

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Khalea Glasgow, the daughter of Sharon Glasgow of Amherst, volunteered for six months at a hospital in Iganga, Uganda, as part of the Northeastern University co-op program. She was only supposed to stay for three months but enjoyed it so much she extended her visit, according to her mother. Khalea worked with surgeons, helping to perform operations. Volunteers reside with the program’s director, and Khalea helped deliver the director’s grandchild. She will be a premed major when she returns this month.

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The Valley Brass Festival Concert featured a set dedicated to Ron Bell, who initiated the group decades ago. He was sitting in the front row.

The concert was a benefit for the Survival Center. All the musicians donated their time. Laura Rexroth, who conducted at Amherst Regional High School and at the University of Massachusetts, directed the group. Trumpet player Sheldon Ross provided introductions.

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I was talking to Sheldon Cashdan, a retired University of Massachusetts psychology professor, last week. He told me has written another book, “Emma von N.,” that is only available online. Cashdan, who lives in Amherst, also wrote “The Witch Must Die, The Hidden Meaning of Fairy Tales,” which is available at local bookstores. Not surprisingly both have psychological themes. The website is www.witchmustdie.com.

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The 2013 Renaissance Center calendar is out an I am in it. You may need a magnifying glass to see me, but I recognized my white sneakers, which were new at the time. The photo I am in is for June and includes the audience and actors for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which was presented during the center’s annual May Festival.

All the photos in the calendar, except for one, were taken by Amherst resident Don David, who is an award-winning photographer.

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Discouraging news. I went to one of the holiday fairs and was told a very valuable item was stolen.

Please send items of interest to phyllehrer@gmail.com.

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