The Lehrer Report for Jan. 5, 2018

  • Phyllis LEHRER

Friday, January 05, 2018

Feast of Three Kings greetings to all our Latino and Spanish friends and neighbors.

Another holiday to celebrate with family and friends.

It’s also Twelfth Night, which has its own traditions.

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Wolfe Lowenthal and Stephanie Gelfan of Tuckerman Lane in Amherst have a granddaughter. Twyla Maria Lowenthal was born to Fred and Shannon Lowenthal of Columbia, South Carolina. Fred grew up in Amherst.

Gazette reporter Scott Merzbach sent me the news in an email.

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While I like my new car, there is one feature I could do without. There is a gauge that notes the outdoor temperature.

In my old Saturn I knew the temperature because I kept a bottle of water in the car. When it was frozen, I knew I was cold. But with this car do I really want to know it is 4 degrees, or even minus degrees? Somehow knowing the number makes it colder.

I also get ice inside some windows in my house.

Friends in Hawaii and Palm Springs send weekly temperature reports. I still like them.

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The Amherst Historical Society is having a Ski and Winter Gear Sale Friday, Jan. 5, from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Crocker Farm Elementary School on West Street.

Consignment and donated items can be dropped off from 4-6:30 p.m.


Anyone know why an ice skating area hasn’t been created on town property this winter? The frigid temperature seems ideal for making ice. There used to be a spot in Kendrick Park. For those who may buy skates at the Historical Society sale, it would be nice to use them locally.

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Financial news: I got my new property tax bill. I am waiting for the IRS forms. My Social Security check will increase by $2 a month. Doing the math, that is $24 for the year. It would pay for a tank and a half of gas or three movie tickets at the senior rate at the Amherst Cinema. Every little bit helps.

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