The Lehrer Report: May 15, 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Garden report: The lilacs have bloomed. However, there are more blossoms on one side of the bush than the other, very uneven. The peonies are 2 feet high and have buds.

The sweet pea seeds I planted have yet to germinate and it’s been at least two weeks. They may be a loss. However, it’s time to get the wave petunias. They make such a splash of color.

I will plant some tomatoes this weekend. If the overnight temperature drops, I will cover them.


The Blue Light recognition of first responders last Friday was limited since the rain prevented the luminaria from taking place. I saw Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Director Claudia Pazmany taking a picture (as I did) of the Lord Jeff bathed in blue light. It was just lovely. I hope they continue with red for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s Day, red, white and blue for the Fourth of July, and orange for Halloween and whatever other holiday is appropriate.

The downtown fire station was lit and firefighters were in front wearing their reflective gear. A special treat: A bagpiper performed under a tent. Lots of cars were honking. The bike shop had a bike outlined in blue lights in the window.

Thank you to the chamber and BID for organizing the event.


Condolences to the family and friends of Fred Tillis, who served the University of Massachusettts for decades in a variety of roles. I’m glad the Gazette mentioned that he was a poet.

He graciously sent me three signed copies of his books, “Bittersweet Harvest,” “Beginning Again,” and “Breaking Down and Healing.”

I have been rereading them, a wonderful legacy.


I liked the observation made by one woman who wrote in the paper that we don’t socially distance, we physically distance. Even though we wear masks and are physically apart, we still greet each other and are social.

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