The Lehrer Report: Sept. 8, 2023

Published: 09-06-2023 7:05 PM

Garden report: I am devastated. The sugar snap peas that were several inches high have disappeared! The plants were eaten by a creature — don’t know which one.

I have more seeds but reluctant to replant and be disappointed again. However, the cucumbers are untouched.

Some flowers are still in bloom: lisianthus, sweet William, asters, black-eyed Susans, salvia, ageratum, gomphrena, marigolds and nasturtiums. The autumn sedum is turning color.


Rob Kusner of Amherst hand-delivered two postcards to me at the Farmers Market. One has a photo of the Issac Newton Institue for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge , England, the other was a photo of the Casino Espanol in Iquique, Chile. He wrote that he sent a card from Chile as an experiment and it took a month to be delivered. Hence, the hand delivery. He said he wants to win the winter cookie contest.


The Amherst History Museum begins its History Bites series Sept. 8 at noon at the Jones Library. The series is held every other Friday during the fall. The talks are free.


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Maryjo Maffei is holding an open garden Sept. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at her home, 533 West Pelham Road, Shutesbury. It’s free. For information email


The South Amherst Congregational Church continues its takeout dinner series. The next is Sept. 16 with pickup between 5 and 6 p.m. The menu is Parmesan crusted chicken, potatoes, carrots and chocolate mousse. There is a vegetarian option. The cost is $18. To order call 253-2977.


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