The Lehrer Report: Feb. 21, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Mardi Gras is celebrated next Tuesday and folks can watch the major parade in New Orleans on various devices. The next day is Ash Wednesday.

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Bruce Penniman of Amherst sent me an email about the Sene-Gambian Scholars Program at Amherst Regional High School.

“A penny drive is being conducted to raise funds for Pambal, a small village in Senegal, which currently has no access to a copier, not even in the schools. The nearest one is 6 miles away. We’re hoping to deliver the copier when we go there on the exchange trip in April.”

Information about donating pennies (and other coins!) will be posted on the Facebook page @senegambianexchange, he wrote.

He also wrote that used but serviceable laptops are needed for people in the village who have no access to computers. Write to Bruce at pennimanb@arps.org if you have a laptop to donate. Thanks.

ARHS parent Jen Mendelssohn has set up a GoFundMe page. Here is the link, according to Bruce: gf.me/u/xkdx2u.

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The Arcadia Players will present a concert Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Wesley Methodist Church on North Maple Street in Hadley. Arcadia Viols will perform with tenor Daniel Carberg and baritone Matthew Leese. Call 586-8742 for tickets or get them at the door. Full disclosure: I will be ushering.

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O.B. Clifford and Brad Gage, both of Amherst, took first and second place, respectively, in the Winterfest Cribbage Tournament held as a fundraiser for the Senior Center. O.B. gets his name inscribed on the Winterfest cribbage board that will be hung in the Senior Center for all to see.

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The Amherst Boys and Girls Club is holding its fifth annual Feast for the Future Gala March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Hadley Farms Meeting House. The event includes music, a raffle and auction. For tickets, call 413-461-2171.

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Myra Ross of Amherst was in Berlin being coached by the Manhattan String Quartet. David Ross said he was outside taking photos while Myra was playing. Myra has been playing with the Pioneer Valley Symphony for quite a while.

A conversation with them replaced the postcard they forgot to send.

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