The Lehrer Report: Jan. 26, 2024

Published: 01-25-2024 11:08 AM

Reminder: Real estate taxes are due Feb. 1, which is a Thursday.

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Reminder 2: Return your town census forms to your town hall or town clerk. Returning the forms are important for voting. I am a poll worker at elections. Residents who don’t fill out the forms have to check with the warden when they attempt to vote since their names don’t appear on our lists. They are still able to vote but there is a delay. Names have to be found and checked on a master list. We want to make voting as easy and accessible as possible, so please return your forms. Thanks.

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The next meal offered by the South Amherst Congregational Church is lasagna, either meat or spinach, salad, bread and cannoli cake. Meals can be picked up from 5 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 3. Call 253-2977 for reservations.

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Amherst’s WinterFest, organized by the Recreation Department and volunteers, runs from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3 with a host of activities including outdoor games, an indoor craft market, ice skating and college sports games, ending with the Fire and Ice fest on the Common Saturday, Feb. 3.

One of the events is the Snow Ball Thursday, Feb. 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Bangs Center with snacks, games, raffles and dancing. It’s free and open to all ages.

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For a full schedule of events, visit the town website: www.amherstma.gov.

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Another WinterFest program that is appropriate at this time of year is about harvesting ice. Dennis Picard will speak on “Crystal Products of the Frost King” on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. at the Munson Memorial Library. The event is sponsored by the Amherst Historical Society and Museum, of which I am a member. It’s free.

For those of us of a certain age, we remember ice boxes and the delivery man carrying a chunk of ice sitting on burlap on his shoulder. Our first electric refrigerator had a freezer compartment in the refrigerator itself, big enough for a tray of ice cubes and a half gallon of ice cream. What luxury!

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