The Lehrer Report: July 24, 2020

Friday, July 24, 2020

Garden report: It’s time to process the bounty from the garden. I have frozen peppers, zucchini, carrots and beans. I made refrigerator pickles with the cucumbers. I use cider vinegar, red onion and dill from the garden.

Some friends make it with white vinegar and white onion. Being cold and crisp, it’s a great hot summer treat.

It’s too hot to make spaghetti sauce so will just toss tomatoes in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer.

The broccoli is ready. The red cabbage is starting to make a head.

The volunteer pumpkin is as big as a basketball.


David Chevan, the son of Janet and Al Chevan of Amherst, is a member of the Afro Semitic Experience music group. He has written an opera, “Letters from the Affair,” that is being performed at the Providence Fringe and can be seen streamed live July 23 at 7 p.m. at fringepvd.org or facebook.com/fringepvd.

The opera tells a little-known story about the Dreyfus Affair and how it ended the friendship between the artists Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro. The work traces the relationship of the two artists from before the first impressionist exhibition until Pissarro’s death in 1903. All of lyrics to the songs in this work are taken directly from letters written by these two artists.

Thanks to Janet for sending me the information.


I have been thinking a lot about school openings. I came up with a sort of plan for the elementary schools that proposes creating grade level schools. Sixth and fifth grades in one building, third/fourth in another and lower grades in another.

Since the curriculum is generally grade-based, one grade could be in the gym, the other in the cafeteria with one teacher presenting a lesson, such as math, to the whole group. This would allow enough space to social distance for staff and students. Shields could separate the desks. If a small group needs a modified lesson, that could be accommodated in a regular classroom.

This is a broad concept, but of course the devil is in the details.

I’ve been thinking of many other things while I weed and water the garden and process food. More thoughts later.


An Amherst resident who wants to remain anonymous sent me an email suggesting that I let the public know Kelly’s Restaurant on College Street is open for breakfast. (They has served lunch before March.) She said it isn’t about her but the restaurant that has been in business since 1931 and supports many local charities and organizations.

My Kelly story revolves around the October ice storm. I slept on the floor, fully clothed, in front of my wood stove. The doorbell rings at 7 in the morning. Since I am dressed, no issue answering the door. A friend and neighbor says,” Kelly’s is open, let’s get breakfast.”

I am forever grateful they had coffee. And it seems everyone I knew was there. I think we were there for hours enjoying the heat and light.

My power didn’t resume until Thursday.


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