The Lehrer Report: Dec. 6, 2019

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Nominations for the Conch Shell Award, presented by the Amherst Historical Society, are due Jan. 9. The award was established in 2007 to recognize people who have made valuable contributions to the preservation and appreciation of Amherst history.

The award goes to a person, business or organization that has contributed to the preservation and awareness of Amherst history, has demonstrated a commitment to education and interpretation, and has used innovative and creative methods to showcase Amherst’s historic resources, according to an email from George Naughton, society president.

Send nominations to info@amhersthistory.org. The award will be presented Feb. 9 during the Founders Day celebration.

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The UMass Chamber Choir, Chorale and Women’s Chorus will present a “Holiday Card to Amherst” concert Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. In the Fine Arts Center. Wear a tacky sweater and you can participate in the tackiest holiday sweater contest. The winner will be chosen by the audience.

Tickets are available at the door with seniors and students paying $5.

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The latest culinary news is not to eat raw flour. The culinary experts now seem to have to indicate that flour is “raw.” My comment: “Duh.”

I can’t remember how young I was when I first ate raw dough when my mother was baking. I do know that the most recent time was earlier this week when I made cookies. I have licked beaters and swiped bowls for decades. That is not to say one can’t get sick from raw batter, but so far so good.

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The first snow this season was major with cancellations called before the first flake fell. And winter doesn’t officially begin until the solstice. We now have to add snow dates to the calendar.

I heard the plows quite late in my neighborhood Sunday night. Thanks to all crews who keep our roads and sidewalks clear.

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