The Lehrer Report: Jan. 14, 2022

Monday, January 17, 2022

Monday is Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday, and town offices, schools, library, Bangs Center and some businesses will be closed. In normal times, we would have had the King Community Breakfast this Saturday at the Amherst Regional Middle School and celebrated student scholars and community leaders for their efforts.

We can each honor King’s legacy by being vigilant on racial justice and supporting the town with the new committees and staff dedicated to the issues.


Good news of sorts. Each January the IRS sends the information booklet to help fill out the income tax return. In the past the forms were included, but no longer.

I have yet to receive the federal or state booklets. However, I did get my federal refund.

Since it’s been so long since I sent the form in — nine months but who’s counting — that I forgot I was to get a refund.

I could take a friend to a nice restaurant, have dessert and leave a nice tip. Or we could do takeout. Now I have an incentive to fill out my taxes and hope for another, maybe sooner, refund.


Kathy Lanza sent an email about a call for submissions from local artists for the Burnett Gallery at the Jones Library. She is a member of the Burnett Gallery Committee and would like artists to apply to exhibit in the monthly online art shows. Applications are due Feb. 28 and decisions will be made in March. The next round of shows begins in June.

She wrote that virtual exhibits have advantages: no framing, no hauling, no hanging. And the shows are available 24/7.

You can apply online at jones library.org/galleryapplication.

“Collectively, the exhibits aim to reflect a variety of cultural viewpoints, styles, and mediums. These exhibits offer local artists a virtual, well-trafficked, public space to show their work, particularly those who might otherwise not have a venue or the means to do so in a commercial gallery,” she wrote.


I was not surprised to see Valentine candy in the stores. Feb. 14 is a month away, so it is not that soon. This is in comparison to the Christmas candy that appeared right after Labor Day— talk about a long lead time.


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