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The Lehrer Report: July 16, 2021


Monday, July 19, 2021

Garden report: The green beans are ready to eat and the green pepper should be big enough in a few days. The flowers are drooping from being so wet.

I have standing water in some parts of the backyard.

A North Amherst friend told me the Atkins Reservoir is at capacity.

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I saw Estela Olevsky at the Farmers’ Market. She had good news. The Mohawk Trails concerts will be indoors now at the Federated Church in Charlemont, not on the lawn outside, beginning this Saturday, July 17. No rain date is needed. She will be playing on the 5 p.m. program.

The concerts are free. Masks are required indoors.

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Ann Tweedy, marketing director for the Business Improvement District (BID) sent me an email with more information about the UMass Jazz in July concert to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It will be held on the Common on Friday, July 30.

There is an earlier 4 p.m. start for the Alumni Set and a 7 p.m. start for the Faculty Set with jazz legends Sheila Jordan, Avery Sharpe, Steve Davis, Winard Harper, Jeff Holmes and many more artists, she wrote.

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Sarah Marshall of Amherst sent me an email about a new blog, The Amherst Current (theamherstcurrent.org), that will focus on local issues.” Nick Grabbe and I are leading the effort and are recruiting folks to write in a spirit of civic and civil engagement,” she wrote.

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I am sharing the entire email that Janine Roberts sent me. She is a regular contributor, as you will learn.

“It is that time of year again when I usually email you about my daughter (Natalya Weinstein Miller, offspring of Janine Roberts in Leverett and Jerry Weinstein in Amherst) and son-in-law’s July concert here as the band ‘Zoe and Cloyd’ (their middle names). Because of the pandemic they are not performing here, but you can hear them free in a half-hour PBS program, which began streaming in May.

Zoe and Cloyd (their band name) is featured in Season 5, Episode 2, of “David Holt’s State of Music”! You can watch the episode via the PBS app on your SmartTV or check your local PBS station for airing dates and times. Or Google Zoe and Cloyd and see other performances on YouTube. Even my granddaughter Cadence (age 5 when filmed) has a cameo performance in the PBS show. May their music lift you and bring you some solace and joy.”

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More good news. The Jones Library has expanded its hours and is now open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Tuesday and Thursday, when the hours are 12-7 p.m. In addition, the Munson Memorial Library and the North Amherst Library are now open to the public. Masks are still needed.

I signed up for the adult Summer Reading Club, which is great for animal lovers with a theme of Tails and Tales.

There are lots of pet-related books suggested.

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