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The Lehrer Report: Sept. 11, 2020


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Garden report: It’s time to pull out the dead tomato and cucumber vines. The sugar snap peas have sprouted. The zinnias and celosia are still blooming. I baked eggplant and butternut squash to freeze. I will probably make one more batch of spaghetti sauce.

The days are getting shorter.

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Jeff Bohne, moderator of the South Amherst Congregation Church sent an email saying the church is having a Fiddler’s Pantry sale of jams, jellies, pickles and fruit crisp on Sept. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. Call the church at 253-2877.

The proceeds will be shared with the Survival Center and the Western Mass Food Bank. This somewhat replaces the Sleigh Bell Fair that was a major fundraiser for the church.

Many faith communities held craft fairs but can’t this year because of the pandemic.

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The First Congregational Church is raising funds to create a scholarship at the Hart School of Music to honor Minister of Music Dick Matteson. So far, over $15,000 has been raised but a total of $25,000 is needed.

Donations, payable to the University of Hartford, can be sent to the church or given to a parishioner. Online donations: hartford.edu. Dick graduated from Hartt in 1973.

For more years than I can remember, Dick has organized the Music at Main concert series at the church, as well as other musical events. I enjoyed every one.

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Cynthia Holmes sent me a postcard of the Memorial Middle School of Sun Yat-zen in China from Florence, Mass. She wrote from the Florence Recreational Field on Spring Street: “A nice place for a lunch meet up with friends. We sat in the pavilion at proper distance and grabbed for hours.” She said it is a hidden gem near the community gardens.

Evan Ane O’Neill sent a postcard of the Mass MoCA sign against a blue sky. Evan ventured into the “wilds” of the northern Berkshires to visit the museum and attend an outdoor concert of an Afro-Dominican fusion band. “It was wonderful. It was great to get away from our house for a bit.”

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The Valley Light Opera is selling face masks to raise funds for a much-needed costume storage facility, according to Phyllis Jordan, VLO board president and mask -sewer. The cost is $10. You can click on the donate button at vlo.org or send a check made out to VLO to: VLO Box 2143, Amherst 01004. Please provide an email or phone number to arrange pick up. Masks can be mailed for a $2 shipping fee.

I have mine.

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