The Lehrer Report for Dec. 22, 2017

  • Phyllis LEHRER

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Merry Christmas to all our Christian friends and neighbors.

Kwanzaa greetings to all our African-American friends and neighbors.

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Gigi Barnhill, who is the president of the Amherst Historical Society, said nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Conch Shell Award, according to her email.

The award, which is presented to celebrate Founders Day, recognizes individuals who have made valuable contributions to the preservation and appreciation of Amherst history. Nominations should be sent to gigi.barnhill@comcast.net by Jan. 3. Thanks.

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee needs volunteers to help with its breakfast program, held in January to celebrate King’s legacy. Go to the committee’s Facebook page to sign up or make a donation. The breakfast is held at Amherst Regional Middle School and includes music, a speaker and awards, including scholarships to students.

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Drum roll, please.

The winners of the winter postcard contest are Carolyn Holstein of Hadley and Mary Hough of Amherst, who both sent cards from Italy. Since they both traveled in more than one place they received the same amount of cookies, since I couldn’t determine who had the greater distance.

The winners receive cookies that I made: chocolate chip, molasses, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, M&M, chocolate with peanut butter chips and peanut butter blossoms.

The new postcard contest begins with the winners receiving vegetables from the garden. Note that I wait until the senders are home before announcing the card unless I know someone is home. Email photos from the site count, as do cards hand-delivered. Sometimes it is difficult to find stamps or a post office.

Thanks for all who send cards.

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One more concert: The Arcadia Players perform Handel’s “Messiah” Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Abbey Chapel, Mount Holyoke College. Tickets are at the door or online at the Arcadia Players website.

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