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Job Lane House Archaeological Dig, 2014

2014 August 1
by The Bedford Citizen
Participants and leaders in the 2014 archaeological dig at the Job Lane Farm Museum on North Road - Image (c) Bob Bass, 2014 all rights reserved

Participants and leaders in the 2014 archaeological dig at the Job Lane Farm Museum on North Road – Image (c) Bob Bass, 2014 all rights reserved

Submitted by Pat Pellegrini for the Friends of Job Lane House

Recently the Friends of the Job Lane House (Friends) conducted their second summer archaeological dig for children ages 10-13 through the Bedford Recreation Department. They studied two pits behind the house and shed adjacent to last year’s excavation. Dig leaders Don Corey and Ralph Hammond removed the sod ahead of time and delivered the necessary equipment. Six children formed two crews who did the digging and made the discoveries: Vincent Canciello, Alex Doherty, Mathew Forman, Aiden McEachern, TJ Mead, and Paris Stone. Paris, TJ, and Vincent were veterans from last year’s dig. Friends’ volunteers Judy Barber and Patricia Pellegrini along with Bedford High School senior, Hunter Jarvis, recorded, bagged and labeled the artifacts. Everyone participated in identifying artifacts.

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Bear Sighting On Chestnut Lane

2014 July 31
by The Bedford Citizen

By Dan Brosgol

Black Bear Watercolor by Dean Crouser

Black Bear Watercolor by Dean Crouser

Ask your average Bedford resident about the wild animals they bump into around town, and you’ll probably get two top answers- deer and turkeys. There was even that coyote that a lot of us saw on the corner of Hartwell Avenue and Bedford Street, although that was about a quarter-mile into Lexington so it doesn’t really count.

One answer you probably won’t hear about is black bears.

Until now.

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Bedford TV Program Highlights: July 31 – August 6, 2014

2014 July 31
by The Bedford Citizen

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Submitted by Bedford TV

The Bedford Citizen is pleased to offer Bedford TV’s schedule of local cablecast programming for July 31 through August 6, 2014.

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What’s Happening on School Way? And Elm Street? And Maple Street?

2014 July 30
by The Bedford Citizen

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What you’ll see at www.thebedfordcitizen.org

The weekly project schedule for the ongoing School Way Area infrastructure and paving project is available to  the public on the DPW web site thanks to Town Engineer Adrienne St. John.

As a convenience to our readers, The Bedford Citizen is sharing the DPW’s messages about the progress of the School Way improvement project in live links found in the right-hand column of our website, www.thebedfordcitizen.org.

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Dispatches from Ireland – Anam Cara: A Shelter for Artists and Writers

2014 July 30
by The Bedford Citizen
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Wellies wait under a windowbox at Anam Cara – Image (c) Andrea Cleghorn, 2014 all rights reserved

There is quiet industry in the countryside of West Cork, housed in a pretty house with robin’s egg blue shutters, gorgeous hydrangeas and a plaque on the stone pillar at the driveway entrance: Anam Cara.

Originally it was a home — and it still is — but since 1998 it has been where Sue Booth-Forbes lives and the retreat she offers to writers and artists.

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Planning Board Delighted by Progress on Coast Guard Property

2014 July 30
by The Bedford Citizen

By Marya Dantzer

Planning Board“Two months ago, we didn’t think this would be possible,” Planning Board member Jeff Cohen marveled, voicing surprise and delight with which the Board greeted news that the U.S. Coast Guard has agreed to work with the Town and the Bedford Housing Trust to secure purchase of the government’s surplus property at Pine Hill Rd. Assistant Town Manager Jessica Porter announced this development at the Planning Board’s July 22 meeting; Manager Rick Reed had briefed Selectmen the evening before.

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A Little More Culture Please…….

2014 July 29
by The Bedford Citizen
The Troop 195 Historical Trolley Tour was sponsored in part by the Bedford Cultural Council - Courtesy image

The Troop 195 Historical Trolley Tour was sponsored in part by the Bedford Cultural Council – Courtesy image

Submitted by Bedford Boy Scout Troop 194

The skies opened up, it poured and poured and poured. Then, just like clockwork, it stopped. The adventure was ready to begin, and so were the thirty travelers who had been anticipating this journey for many months.

Last December, the Bedford Cultural Council approved Troop 194’s grant request to receive funding for the “Fun Revolutionary Trivia Trolley Tour” or FRTTT. Special thanks for the support of Barbara Purchia, of the Bedford Cultural Council in encouraging T194 to seek the grant; we can always use more culture.

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Trolley Cars in Bedford

2014 July 29
by The Bedford Citizen
A trolley traveling along Great Road, passing First Parish Church - Image (c) Bedford Historical Society

A trolley traveling along Great Road, passing First Parish Church – Image (c) Bedford Historical Society

Submitted by the Bedford Historical Society

The close of the last century was marked by many changes in town, not the least of these was the coming of the streetcars, finally eliminating travel by stage coach. The last rail was laid in 1900, and for twenty-five years the people of Bedford enjoyed the convenience of being connected to an expansive trolley system. Fare was only five cents and children under five traveled for free. read more…

Middlesex Community College Awards Celebrity Forum Scholarships

2014 July 29
by The Bedford Citizen
The Middlesex Community College Foundation recently awarded Celebrity Forum Scholarships to 20 students. Shown here, left to right: front row: Miranda Cashman, Alysha Shearer-Cantrell, Karen Pruy, Danielle Lucibello, Anthony Chhan, Amanda Lopez; middle row: Dennis Murphy, Joohee (Judy) Hyung, Emmanuel Appiah, Zena Casteel, Gechlang Chhim, Anastasia Dickenson, Briana Chiodi; back row: David Kalivas, MCC Director of the Commonwealth Honors Program, Amin Gholizadeh, Lindsay Lizotte, Andrew Toufas, Rebecca Brill Weitz, Brandon Schwartz, Derek Min, Robert Morales, and Charles Twomey, Director of the Lowell Connctions Program. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Harkins.)

The Middlesex Community College Foundation recently awarded Celebrity Forum Scholarships to 20 students. Shown here, left to right: front row: Miranda Cashman, Alysha Shearer-Cantrell, Karen Pruy, Danielle Lucibello, Anthony Chhan, Amanda Lopez; middle row: Dennis Murphy, Joohee (Judy) Hyung, Emmanuel Appiah, Zena Casteel, Gechlang Chhim, Anastasia Dickenson, Briana Chiodi; back row: David Kalivas, MCC Director of the Commonwealth Honors Program, Amin Gholizadeh, Lindsay Lizotte, Andrew Toufas, Rebecca Brill Weitz, Brandon Schwartz, Derek Min, Robert Morales, and Charles Twomey, Director of the Lowell Connctions Program. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Harkins.)

Submitted by Middlesex Community College

The Middlesex Community College Foundation recently awarded scholarships for outstanding academic achievement to 20 Middlesex students at MCC’s annual Celebrity Forum.  Among them was Rebecca Brill Weitz, of Bedford, recently graduated from MCC’s Liberal Arts and Sciences program. She is planning to attend Connecticut College in the fall.

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Selectmen & School Committee Grateful for State Funding to Support Hanscom Students

2014 July 28
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Margot Fleischman, Chair of the Bedford Board of Selectmen, and Brad Hafer, Chair of the Bedford School Committee.

Op-EdWe are writing today, because we want to express our gratitude for the important work done in the State Legislature for the town of Bedford.

For the past nine years, the state has provided funding to help the town’s public schools with educating students that live on Hanscom Air Force Base.  This funding is crucial to our town, because, in our eyes, the students we have from Hanscom are crucial to our schools.

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