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The Lehrer Report: Feb. 7, 2019


Saturday, February 08, 2020

Linda Marston and Dennis Bromery of Amherst sent a postcard of shark teeth including great white, mako and tiger. They wrote they saw the card at the airport on the way home from visiting snowbird friends from Pelham in Florida. They report they did not see any sharks.

Did you hear the report on NPR that some fish can walk on their fins? It makes the movie “Jaws” even more frightening.

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Dr. Maurianne Adams of Amherst will receive the Amherst Historical Society Conch Shell Award at the Founder’s Day Celebration Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Jones Library. She served on the committee that established the North Prospect, Lincoln-Sunset Local Historic District.

Dr.Marla Miller, director of the Public History Program at UMass, will speak on her research documenting the changing roles of women and their work before industrialization in western Massachusetts.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Full disclosure: I am a member of the society.

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Ellen Lindsey of Amherst sent me news of a great recycling effort and I am happy to pass along the information.

Here is her unedited email: “Recycle your old and tattered clothes, shoes, and linens and the Amherst Schools’ PGOs can earn money — at no cost for you.

“Bay State Textiles collects used clothing and other textiles. Stained shirts, single socks or sneakers, torn towels ... just make sure they’re clean and dry. You can recycle boots, shoes, flip flops, stuffed animals, backpacks, purses, pillows … anything that’s soft.

Look for the large white donation bin in the Amherst Regional High School parking lot and at the other Amherst schools.

About 40% of the clothing that’s collected is still wearable and sent to developing countries. The rest is recycled and turned into fiber products and rags. The Amherst schools get paid by the pound so the more you donate, the more money the PGOs make.”

Now you can clean out the linen closet and toy box for a good cause.

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If you drove by the Common Sunday, you would never know there were over 1,000 paper luminaria the night before — the site was spotless. The only remaining item was the ice sculpture, which didn’t melt despite the temperature being over freezing.

LSSE Director Barbara Bilz told me they recycle the paper bags.

Enterprising Girl Scouts were doing a good business selling cookies.

The luminaria served as a kickoff for Winterfest, which is sponsored by LSSE ends Saturday with lots of activities at Cherry Hill Golf Course.

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The Jones Library Mini Golf Classic was also part of the Winterfest. Police officer Casey Nagle was staffing the department's hole, which featured a beautiful handmade model of the Police Station. Casey said the replica was made by colleagues Sgt. Jesus Arocho and Officer Lindsay Carroll.

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The South Amherst Thursday Club, of which I am a member, is hosting a musical program Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Munson Library. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. I am bringing candy and nuts.

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