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Phyllis Lehrer: Network Amherst

The annual Crafts on the Common Fair will be held Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. Besides the crafters, the event includes music, a silent auction, food vendors and a large sale of gently used children’s books.

Admission is free.

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Arrelle Cook of Amherst sent a card from Temecula, Calif., where she stayed at an estate. She said it was a great place to visit with beautiful weather and no rain. She added that there are many wineries in the area.

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The South Amherst Fourth of July Parade was again a Norman Rockwell scene that included children in costume or riding with decorated bikes and trikes, lots of red, white and blue and the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. The event also recognizes those who make a difference in our lives, such as police, fire and emergency personnel, teachers and those who serve in the military.

Children who once participated in the parade now bring their own children. It’s a mini-reunion time, as people who have moved come back and catch up on the news. You see residents from different neighborhoods. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it happen.

The origins of the parade are unclear but the guesstimate is that the parade has been held for 140 years.

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I signed up for the Adult Summer Reading Club at the Jones Library. We don’t get a magician, clown or storyteller to entertain us at an end of the summer party, as the kids do. However, participants who read three books, the minimum during July and August, receive a prize.

The only other requirement is to write a short book recommendation.

I’ve already read three books and a play. My book groups continue over the summer, so I have to keep reading.

Check it out and sign up. Let’s see how many books adults read during the summer.

Have you observed a random act of kindness, or something that was just plain funny? The Bulletin invites readers to send brief, true tales of life in Amherst to Network@gazettenet.com, for possible use in Phyllis Lehrer’s weekly column. Please include your name.

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