The Lehrer Report: June 26, 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Garden report: the Shasta daisy and coreopsis have bloomed. The day lilies should burst forth any day.

It is so hot and dry I water daily. At the same time Town Hall is saying water rates will have to increase. I do use the water from the dehumidifier and save the water from vegetable washing, but it’s not much.

I spoke to my sister in New Jersey and she said they get torrential rain for about 10 minutes most days. I would welcome that.

I did find the window fans and set them up.


With the virus, no tag sales have been held. However, people leave items on the side of the road. One friend said she picked up a nice table. The top wasn’t great but a tablecloth makes it work. Another couple said they found a bench that was perfect for their RV.

In the past week I a saw a wringer washing machine on the side of the road and on another street there was a white toilet and a pink toilet side by side. They looked in great condition. No surprise — all the items were gone after a few days.

When I was a little girl, we had a wringer washing machine, a Maytag. My role was to feed the sheets into the rollers, a simple task since sheets were all flat then. One day my fingers got caught. Since my mother was right there it was only seconds before she released the rollers. No physical damage. Seeing that machine brought back lots of memories.

Bleach was delivered in gallon glass bottles. The empty bottles were removed with a new delivery. I think starch was cooked on the stove. Blouses and shirts were dipped into the solution to provide a crisp finish when ironing. I can’t remember when we got a steam iron.


George Naughton, president of the Amherst Historical Society, sends weekly news items about variety of topics. One week he mentioned what was blooming in the garden behind the Strong House Museum.

Last week he said the Jones Library created a short video to celebrate African-American history in Amherst and it can be viewed on his update.

He wrote, “The Amherst Historical Society regrets that we do not have more of the stories of African-Americans in our town, but we are fortunate to have two books on relevant topics: “Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts,” by Robert Romer, and “History of the Black Population of Amherst, Massachusetts 1728-1870,” by James Avery Smith.”

He said the society hosted a video of Cliff McCarthy giving a lecture on the abduction and rescue of Angeline Palmer in 1840.


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