The Lehrer Report for June 8, 2018

  • Phyllis LEHRER

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Garden report: The rain was much-needed. Some tomato plants have blossoms on them. I have harvested radishes. The peonies opened quickly in the heat and some faded just as quickly.

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Cynthia and Jerry Brubaker of Amherst hand-delivered a card of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland.

They stayed at a working sheep farm and experienced sheep shearing. They wrote the scenery is beautiful and the people friendly.

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Barbara Schuman of Amherst sent a card of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. She wrote she enjoyed the abundance of beautiful California flowers and spectacular scenery.

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Pianist Estella Olevsky of Amherst gave me a flier about a eight-hand piano concert to benefit immigrants and refugees at the International Language Institute and the Center for New Americans. It will be held June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Sweeney Hall, Smith College. She will be performing along with Meg Kelsey Wright, Deborah Gilwood and Eugenie Malek.

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Ellen Story of Amherst sent me good news about Kevin McCandlish, who received the George White Award from the William and Mary School of Law in Virginia, where he received his J.D. The award is named for the nations’s first law professor and presented in recognition of outstanding and selfless service. The article she emailed cited that he “fully embraced the ethic of citizen lawyer.”

She wrote that Kevin is the son of Mark McCandlish and Barbara Brown, who was her volunteer treasurer for 15 years. She has known Kevin from infancy. He graduated from Bates College.

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Amherst Regional High School senior Augusta Fricke, the daughter of Rebecca and Tom Fricke of Amherst, is finishing a 20-foot-long mural depicting images from Cambodia. She worked with the Cambodian community to design it and children from the elementary schools helped her paint on several occasions after school. It is in the central hallway at the high school.

It took all year to do, according to her mother, who sent me the news.

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