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The Lehrer Report for December 7, 2018

  • Phyllis LEHRER


Monday, December 10, 2018

What a great weekend for Amherst!

Many thanks to the many people who organized the Merry Maple and the Town Council inauguration. The efforts are much appreciated.

A larger crowd than usual came to see the maple tree lit. The light snow added a magical touch.

I think the UMass band gets bigger every year.

The inauguration ceremony was just splendid. The speakers and performers hit the right notes.

The Jones Library Special Collection display was of special interest to me. The display included an award for Amherst being America’s Votingest City. It reminded me that I was in charge of that project. The big photo op was the tag line, “We will stand on our heads to get you to vote.” I persuaded several residents to do that in front of Town Hall before a very appreciative crowd.

Kay Moran and I also marched in the South Amherst Fourth of July parade to generate awareness of that election year.

I tried to stand on my head. It is incredibly hard to do.

People mingled after the ceremony, where lots of photos were taken. Many thanks to the carrot cupcake bakers.

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First Congregational Church music director and organist Dick Matteson emailed me about the Brass Concert and Carol Sing Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at the church. The concert was first organized decades ago by Ron Bell, trumpet and the school’s assistant superintendent. It went on hiatus for a while but was resumed a few years ago.

Dr. Matthew Westgate will conduct the Valley Festival Brass that includes 28 musicians, who are volunteering their talent.

It’s free but donations for the are welcome for Not Bread Alone, the food program held at the church.

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Claire Hopley of Leverett wrote me about, “Confections from the Coffee Shed,” a collection of baking recipes from the Friends of Leverett Pond. The recipes are for cookies, muffins, cakes and other baked goods offered at the Coffee Shed at the Leverett Transfer Station. It costs $12 and is available at the Shed every Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Profits will fund restoration of the dam, she wrote.

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