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The Lehrer Report: May 17, 2019

Garden report: the lilac has bloomed. The broccoli and beets have been planted.

The newly formed South Amherst Neighborhood Association is having its first spring social May 18 at the the Munson Memorial Library. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. for a meet-andgreet and treats. At 11 a.m., the group will carpool for a field trip to Lilacland in Pelham returning at noon.

RSVP to lindaaronson8@gmail.com or lauramacleod27@gmail.com. They need to know how much food to provide.

Joan and Allen Hanson of Shutesbury went to French Polynesia where they visited six islands — including Tahiti and Bora Bora — via Wind Spirit sailboat. They learned about vanilla production and how oysters are seeded to grow the famous black pearls, according to the postcard that had an air view of three of the islands.

I will have to ask them if the green depicted is the color of the water or a reef.

In memory of Isaac Ben Ezra, a 1946 Encampment for Citizenship (EFC) alum, the First Annual Isaac Ben Ezra EFC Sponsorship Fundraiser: S’Mores More! is being held May 19 from 2-4 p.m. at 1164 South East St., where Issac lived with his daughter Amy Ben-Ezra.

Amy wrote, “On behalf of the host committee, we are thrilled to learn of the 1:1 fundraising match donation of $3,500 in advance of our fundraising event. It is this type of personal, community, institutional support which helped my father access Encampment when it first launched in 1946. For all of you who admired Isaac’s life work of activism, know that it didn’t come about by accident. It was EFC that provided the encouragement, the experiences, and the leadership development that set Isaac on that path. Right now, we sure do need more youth to be similarly inspired and trained.”

EFC provides leadership development for young people (ages 15-18) of many different ethnic/cultural, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds. The summer program provides youth with a compelling experience in democratic living, with emphasis on critical thinking and social action.

The goal is to send four students to the camp. One, Monica Douangmany Cage, an ARHS sophomore, has been chosen.

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