The Lehrer Report for Oct. 6, 2017


Thursday, October 05, 2017

Monday is a holiday with two names — Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day. You can choose what you want to celebrate or not and just enjoy the day off if you don’t have to work. Mall and supermarket employees do work.

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One thing you can do Monday is donate blood. Jeanne Esposito of South Amherst emailed about the Red Cross Blood Drive that will be held Oct. 9 from 2-7 p.m. at the South Congregational Church.

Call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter 2698. Thanks.

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The Arthur Kinney Renaissance Center sponsors a series of talks on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. that are free and open to the public. The first is Oct. 11. The topic is Witch Trials in Western Mass by Bridgett Marshall of UMass Lowell.

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Save the date: The semi-annual bus trip to New York is Nov. 15. This used to be sponsored by the University Women. Though the group no longer exists, the bus trip is still run. I go and get to see my daughter and the basement costume rooms where she works.

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The Triangle Street rotary looks good now that the grass and mums have been planted.

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The Bangs Center Thrift Shop is open again on Fridays from 9 a.m. until noon. Clothes, accessories and small household items are available. The proceeds benefit the Senior Center. Donations in good condition are welcome.

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Condolences to the family and friends of Isaac Ben Ezra, who died this week. He was an activist and very vocal for many causes to make a better community and world. He held court at John Spinetti’s booth at the Amherst Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. That was where I last saw him engaging people with his wit and wisdom.

Despite his many physical ailments, he had a positive attitude. He was a well-known character around town, and he always had something to say.

Phyllis Lehrer can be reached at phyllehrer@gmail.com.