The Lehrer Report for Nov. 24, 2017

  • Phyllis LEHRER

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Carolyn Holstein of Hadley sent me a postcard of the cloister of Montreal, a cathedral located high above Palermo, Sicily. The beautiful cathedral was founded by William II (1153-1189) and restored many times, according to Carolyn. She was on a trip that included visiting and playing organs in Italy as well as sightseeing.

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I went to my first bridge-naming ceremony, thanks to Ellen Story, our retired state representative. The sign with her name is on both ends of the bridge on Route 63, Montague Road. A good crowd came despite the very windy chilly weather. Our reward — doughnuts. I also picked up a doughnut at the Amherst Rotary Auction. Do you see a pattern here?

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The Friends of the Jones Library debuted a new cookbook, “The Well-Read Cook,” with over 300 recipes contributed by local residents. The book costs $10 and is available at the library and Hastings. Lucy McMurrer of Amherst sent me an email with the news about the book and included a cranberry chutney recipe from Dolly Jolly. The proceeds will benefit programs at the library.

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Mindy Domb, Executive Director of the Amherst Survival Center, sent me an email asking for help with food donations for a “November Burst.” She said the center tries to provide families with food for holiday meals. The collection began Nov. 1 and continues through November. Money is also appreciated to buy special items, such as turkeys. Any help would be appreciated. The center is something we can be thankful for.

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The annual Merry Maple Ceremony will be held Dec. 1 from 4-7 p.m. on the Town Common. There will be music, horse-drawn wagon rides and the University of Massachusetts Marching Band leading Santa Claus, who rides on the Amherst Fire Department truck. Santa will be available for pictures at the Strong House Museum after the ceremony. Come downtown and join the festivities.

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