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Monday, September 13, 2021

Sept. 15/16 is Yom Kippur, a High Holy Day. May all our Jewish friends and neighbors have an easy fast.

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Garden report: I made vichyssoise with my own leeks, potatoes, onions, celery and parsley. I call it mashed potato soup because the first time I made it I used lots of potatoes and little liquid. It looked like pale green mashed potatoes. My conclusion: Vichyssoise is a very fancy name for a basic potato soup.

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When I was working for the Bulletin and Gazette, I would go to the Fire Department every Tuesday around 9 a.m. to meet with office manager Vera West and get the fire log that we would print each week.

I did that on Sept. 11. When I walked in, Vera had the TV on and the image was a plane crashing into a building. I couldn’t fathom that this was live and real. It seemed like a special effect for a movie. We were speechless.

It is an image that remains with me.

The Fire Department holds a ceremony every year to commemorate the event.

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The final Rattlesnake Gutter Second Saturdays Market will be held outdoors on Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leverett Co-op, at 180 Rattlesnake Gutter Road, according to an email from Kari Ridge.

She wrote that vendors will sell handmade items including pottery, soap, sculpture, paintings, wooden bowls and spoons, woven fabrics, cards, jewelry, quilts, clothing and personalized-while-you-wait hand-painted T-shirts.

The event includes tool-sharpening, Tarot card readings, music, nonprofits, massage and fine woodworking demonstrations with hand tools by Richard Hardie.

There is no rain date, she added.

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The Amherst Historical Society’s free lecture series, “History Bites,” begins Friday, Sept. 10 at noon via Zoom.

The first speaker is Robert McMaster, who will talk about his biography of Edward Hitchcock. The programs continue every other Friday until Dec. 3.

For details visit the website Amhersthistory.org.

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After being canceled last year because of the pandemic, the September town block party is being shut down again. During the event, which had been set for Friday, Sept. 15, South Pleasant Street becomes a pedestrian venue with food, music, juggling, magic, step dancing and more. According to the Business Improvement District, a main sponsor, health officials were worried about the risk to children under 12, who cannot be vaccinated yet, and the risk of triggering more pandemic restrictions.

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