The Lehrer Report: Sept. 15, 2023

Published: 09-14-2023 10:49 AM

New year greetings to all our Jewish friends and neighbors. The new year begins at sundown on Sept. 15.


Garden report: The sunflower has a very heavy, large yellow head that is bending the stalk. It needs to be staked, but the stake has to be very tall to reach the bend. The sunflower seeds will provide a very nice lunch for birds. The New England aster is ready to blossom.

I am starting to put away the pots whose flowers have gone.

I need to plant the yellow mums that I bought. I have to wait for the rain to stop for half an hour.


Phoebe Hazzard, Amherst Community Theater publicity coordinator, sent me an email saying there is still time to sign up to audition for the theater’s production of “Seussical. ” Auditions will be held Sept. 15-17. Actors, singers and dancers ages 7-10 are encouraged, she wrote. Visit to sign up for an audition slot.


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The Amherst Woman’s Club, of which I am a member, is holding a concert Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. at the clubhouse, 35 Triangle St. Cantabile, an a cappella vocal ensemble, will sing Italian Renaissance songs featuring the music of Gesualdo.

Tickets are $15 and available at the door. It’s a fundraiser for our student scholarship.


Michele and Andy Morris-Friedman of Hadley sent a postcard depicting the Eastham windmill on Cape Cod that was moved there in 1793. They wrote that they have visited the Cape for 30 years and this is the first time they passed the windmill when it was open.

What a treasure, they wrote.


Susan Bellak of Amherst sent me an email about the Amherst Regional High School PGO (Parent Guardian Organization) fundraiser.

The PGO has partnered with the North Hadley Sugar Shack to sell mums or asters in a variety of colors in 9-inch pots for $8. Half of the proceeds of each plant will go toward funding field trips, art supplies, and guest speakers at the high school.

To order, she wrote, “Go to to place your order. You will need to print out the receipt of your purchase and present it at the North Hadley Sugar Shack to make your selection.”


Bruce Penniman of Amherst sent me a email saying the West African takeout from the ARHS Sene-Gambian Scholars Program is back. The takeout meals can be picked up Sept. 23 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the South Congregational Church.

The menu choices include vegan domoda, a savory peanut butter stew with mixed vegetables served over rice; and chicken yassa, chicken legs in a sauce of onions, olives, mustard, and spices, served with rice and a side of roasted vegetables.

Proceeds will support Sene-Gambian Scholars exchange trip scholarships as well as the Amherst Survival Center and the Food Bank of Western Mass. For information email Bruce at

To order, visit: (the site uses PayPal, but no account is required). Donations are also gratefully accepted, he wrote.


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