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Happy Easter to all our Christian friends and neighbors.

April begins Monday and that’s no joke.

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Garden report: Before last week’s day-before-spring snow, there were green shoots of daffodils and iris coming up in the backyard which faces south. The plants closest to the foundation always come up first. The snow has dissipated and the shoots are still there.

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Shirley Stevens of Amherst gave me a flier about the semi-annual bus trip to New York that University Women sponsor. The trip is April 24. The bus leaves the Campus Plaza Shopping Center at 7 a.m. and leaves New York at 7 p.m. The cost is $37. The trip is open to the public. To reserve a seat call Shirley at 253-7269 or email her at: stevens317@aol.com. Sometimes you can call the day before the bus leaves to see if there is a seat. People do cancel at the last minute.

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A fund named for former Fort River Elementary School teacher Roger Wallace is being established to provide an annual teaching award. So far $11,000 has been raised but $25,000 is needed, according to Pat Romney of Amherst who called me with the news. The Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award will provide a plaque and stipend for the person selected. Roger retired last year after 39 years of teaching, 38 at Fort River.

A fundraiser will be held April 6 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Red Barn at Hampshire College.

For those unable to attend, donations can be made online:razoo.com/story/TheRogerLWallaceExcellenceinTeaching-Award or can be sent to: Roger Wallace Award, Box 3670, Amherst 01004. More details are at the web address.

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I received an invitation to the Amherst Ballet’s annual Spring Fling and Silent Auction that will be held on April 6 at 6 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Church and Community Center on Route 116 in Sunderland. Longtime Amherst Ballet supporters Heidi Stemple and Jane Yolen will be honored. The event includes food and performances by the students. Tickets are available online at the Amherst Ballet website.

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