The Lehrer Report for December 14, 2018

  • Phyllis LEHRER

Sunday, December 16, 2018

It’s official, winter begins Dec. 21. Say goodbye to fall and all that rain. There has been no rain for over a week so we can continue raking.

A Solstice program is held Dec. 21 at the UMass Sun Wheel at sunrise 7 a.m. and sunset at 3:30 p.m. The Sun Wheel is off Rocky Hill Road in a field near the UMass football field.

Dress warmly.

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Lyndy Cavanaugh of Amherst has won the winter postcard contest by sending a card from the greatest distance, in this case New Zealand. Dave and Betsy Mullins of Amherst earned second place with a card from Budapest, Hungary.

They each receive homemade cookies, but Lyndy gets more. Besides chocolate chip, peanut butter, chocolate with peanut butter chips, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter blossoms, I made two new kinds: molasses with raisins and lemon-glazed lemon cookies.

Cards sent now are entered in the summer contest with winners receiving tomatoes and vegetables from the garden.

I mention the cards in the column when I know the senders have returned or I know someone is in the house.

Cards can be hand-delivered here. I know it is difficult to find stamps or post offices in some places.

Thanks to all the postcard senders.

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Gigi Barnhill of Amherst said the Amherst Historical Society is accepting used sports equipment in good condition on consignment for its ski and skate sale to be held Jan. 4 and 5 at the Pacific Lodge on Main Street.

Bring consignment items to the Strong House Dec. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. You will get 40 percent of the sales price and the Society benefits from the rest.

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