The Lehrer report: Sept. 16, 2020

Monday, September 19, 2022

Garden report: The New England asters have bloomed. The radish and spinach have germinated. I have been picking the second crop of arugula. The compost heap features a very white button-type mushroom with a pebbled cap. I don’t know the name, but it’s attractive.


Anita Sarro of Amherst sent me an email about an exhibit, “Voices Of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the Move,” which opens Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. the Gallery of Center Church, South Hadley. The opening features presentations by curator Janine Fondon, the Amherst Area Gospel Choir and Ruth Bass-Green.

Several Amherst residents are featured in the exhibit.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be on view until Oct. 15. Hours are Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Group visits can be arranged at other times. For information, call ***

The Amherst Farmers Market will be celebrating its 50th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to an email from David Machowski, director of operations and the market manager.

The market was founded in 1972 and is one of the longest-running and thriving farmers markets in western Mass. He wrote that state Rep. Mindy Domb and state Sen. Jo Comerford will speak at 10 a.m. John Spineti is the president of the Amherst Farmers Market Committee and one of the veteran vendors.

The market includes music and programs by the Jones Library at times as well as soil testing by master gardeners. Full disclosure: I volunteer at the Sunset Farm booth, run by Connie and Bill Gillen.


I received a postcard that depicts a beautiful painting of Mount Hood in the Oregon Cascades. Unfortunately, the signature is on the black lines of the postcard and hard to decipher. And I couldn’t find my magnifying glass. The last three letters, I think, are nex.

The sender wrote about a decision to try to finish the “triple crown of hiking,” which means a walk from Canada to Mexico on the Pacific Coast Trail. The walker reached just under 1,000 miles to Northern California since the end of July. “Now let’s go on to Mexico. Cakewalk” is how the card ends.

If anyone knows who is walking the Pacific Coast Trail, please let me know so I can acknowledge the sender. Thanks.


Many thanks to the Department of Public Works for filling in the potholes in Orchard Valley. The roads are not so lumpy bumpy now.


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