The Lehrer Report, June 21, 2024

Published: 06-20-2024 3:47 PM

Garden report: I picked a pepper and ate it. I have a zucchini that is about 2 inches long and about an inch around. I will check every day since they reach baseball bat size quickly.

The green bean leaves were devoured by … pick an animal. I put milk crates over the plants and there are tiny leaves sprouting.

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It’s official: Summer has arrived with the solstice on June 20.

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Sarah Eddy of Amherst sent an email about the launch and reading of her new volume of poetry,” Ordinary Fissures,” at Amherst Books on Friday, June 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. She is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, “About Food” and “Tell the Bees.”

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Tim Anderson, director of the Amherst Community Band, reminded me that the first concert of the season is Saturday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Sweetser Park. “It’s an all-Gershwin program, celebrating the centennial of the premiere of Rhapsody in Blue!” he wrote. We will be humming every tune.

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Bob DiCarlo of Amherst and Martha’s Vineyard sent me an email about his first published book of poems and photographs, “Poetic Images: Martha’s Vineyard.” He was selected as one of the contributors to write a “Community Poem” as part of a National Competition of Poets, published in Current Magazine and read by Kwame Alexander at the National Conference of PBS.

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Amy, Jamie, Rory and Sophie Sweeting of Amherst sent an email photo of a postcard from Kyoto, Japan where they spent three weeks. The postcard included photos of the temple, Kinkaku-ji, and the shrine, Heian-jinngu.

Amy wrote that she lived there 30 years ago.

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If you send a postcard from Chicopee, Cape Cod or Maine or any other local destination, you now have an opportunity to win the postcard contest.

Many have said they don’t send postcards because they aren’t traveling far. Now you can. After picking the two far distance winners, I will put the names of all the postcard senders in a bag and have a friend or neighbor draw a winner who will get vegetables from the garden.

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Thanks to Charles Stevenson of Amherst, who noted a typo in last week’s column. It’s Groff Park, not Griffey Park.

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