The Lehrer Report: March 29, 2024

Published: 04-01-2024 11:50 AM

Happy Easter greetings to all our Christian neighbors and friends.


Lee Bridegam of Amherst sent me an email inviting everyone to the South Amherst Congregational Church Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m. on the South Amherst Common. Bring your own basket, she writes. It’s also rain or shine.


The Amherst League of Women Voters, of which I am a member, continues its Judy Brooks Conversation Series with three remarkable women, according to an email from Bonnie Isman of Amherst.

Barbara Love, Jacqueline Wallace, and Mary Custard will discuss community leadership online Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. organized by the League’s Racial Justice Committee.

Love is nationally known as a speaker, thought leader, and writer. Now a professor emeritus from UMass, Love runs the AKAR Institute for Executive Coaching in Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Jacqueline Wallace has over 40 years of experience as a caring and dedicated clinical social worker and therapist serving Amherst. She also is director of the Amherst Area Gospel Choir.

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Mary Custard is a leader in social justice at the Amherst public schools. Currently she is the dean of students for 10th and 12th grades at the Amherst-Pelham Regional High School. She also supports the student organization People of Color United. Visit to register.


The South Church continues its monthly dinners that help support local charities. Parmesan crusted chicken will be offered for pickup only Saturday, April 6, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the church on South East Street. The menu includes potatoes, carrots and chocolate mousse. A vegetarian option is available. For reservations call 253- 2977 or visit


Dorothy Cresswell of Amherst sent an email about an exhibit, “Authentic Selves: Celebrating Trans and Non-binary People and Their Families” that opens April 7 from 1 to 4 p.m, at the First Congregational Church, 165 Main St., and runs until April 21.

The exhibit opens with a speakers panel with guests from the book of the same name as the exhibit at 1:30 p.m. on April 7. The exhibit and panel are free.


Bruce Penniman of Amherst sent an email about the student exchange trip to The Gambia and Senegal by 11 ARHS students and four advisers.This will be the fifth cohort of ARHS students to make trip. The group will be at Gunjur Senior Secondary School, which a new building but lacks educational tools, he wrote. Donations of laptops in working condition are needed. Contact Bruce at if you can help. Thanks.


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