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The Lehrer Report: Nov. 8, 2019


Saturday, November 09, 2019

Veteran’s Day is Monday. Thank you to all who have served.

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Larry Zacharias of Amherst sent me an email about a group he works with: idea4Africa (idea4Africa.org). The organization teaches entrepreneurship to youth in sub-Saharan east Africa and promotes entrepreneurial activities there. “This past summer I spent time in Uganda and Rwanda teaching 18- to 26 -year-olds in workshops; I was particularly struck by my experiences in Uganda, where we taught mainly refugees, predominantly Congolese, but also Rwandans, Burundians, and Somalis who were living in Ugandan refugee camps,” he wrote.

IDEA4Africa is the brainchild of Dennis Hanno, who began taking UMass students to Ghana in 2000, where they taught business planning and helped would-be local entrepreneurs develop their business plans. At the time, Dennis was the undergraduate business dean at UMass.

When Dennis left UMass, a 501(c)(3) organization (Nyansa.org) was formed to raise funds to continue the work that was begun.

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Elsie Fetterman of Amherst sent me photos of the cruise she took sailing through the Panama Canal. It’s a big boat and everyone was on deck while the boat went through a lock. Very impressive.

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The League of Women Voters, of which I am a member, is sponsoring a talk by Amherst College Professor Austin Sarat Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Woman’s Club. His topic is, “Can we Save Democracy and the Rule of Law: Is the Solution Impeachment?” The meeting is free and open to the public.

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I had 80 trick or treaters last week, fewer than previous years. The temperature was very warm. One dad was covered in a cow outfit from neck to ankle. He was warm. It sprinkled rain on and off starting at 7 p.m., which I think kept the numbers down. It was great seeing the kids and some parents.

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Bruce Penniman of Amherst sent me an email about the West African take out meals to benefit the Sene Gambian Scholars Program scholarship fund to defray costs of the exchange program. Choices are chicken yassa or vegetable thiou. Order online at:

Tinyurl.com/westafricanmeals by Nov. 12. Pickup is Nov. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the side door of the high school. Park in the lot next to the track field.

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