Trustees Vote to Offer Bowie Knife for Auction

Trustees Vote to Offer Bowie Knife for Auction

By Dot Bergin

At their December 12 meeting, the Trustees of the Bedford Free Public Library voted to offer the library’s Bowie knife to Skinner, Inc., auctioneers and appraisers, for inclusion in their spring sale. The knife has been appraised by Skinner and authenticated by various knife collectors and specialists. After Library Director Richard Callaghan researched the matter, the Trustees decided to deal with Skinner, as this house is noted for its expertise in auctions of Americana.

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Bedford Education Foundation Announces its Fall Grant Recipients

Bedford Education Foundation Announces its Fall Grant Recipients

Submitted by the Bedford Education Foundation

The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) is proud to announce the funding of seven grants in our Fall 2017 grant cycle, totaling $11,000. Congratulations to all of our grant recipients! To date, the BEF has funded over $200,000 towards creative and innovative projects and materials in the Bedford Public Schools.

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Residents Voice Concerns about Possible Dog Park in Bedford

Residents Voice Concerns about Possible Dog Park in Bedford

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Editor’s Note: Bedford residents submitted a letter to the Selectmen on December 4, 2017 about the dog park project. The issues raised were not simply about whether or not there should be a dog park in Bedford. The concerns were about the process, the impacts on people, the environment, the use of public land, operational plans, sustainability and short- and long-term costs to taxpayers and the Town. The hope is for respectful and open dialogue. The residents expressed appreciation for Selectmen Caroline Fedele and Ed Pierce, representatives of the ad hoc Dog Park Task Force for their time in working to address the concerns, and ensuring a transparent process. The residents also appreciated the Bedford Selectmen’s consideration of the broad impacts of this project, and their investment in supporting all residents’ concerns.

The residents wrote:

As the dog park project is still in an exploratory stage, residents asked the Bedford Selectmen for their support to eliminate any potential dog park site that abuts a home, and/or is met with an abutters’ objection due to the concerns for their personal property or quality of life. They do not believe it is fair to expect that any homeowner or family would have to absorb the negative consequences of this optional dog park amenity that would benefit a relatively select group of people in Bedford, and would be open to the general public.

They included a list of questions and issues:

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Bedford Community Santa Gift Drop: Saturday, December 16

Bedford Community Santa Gift Drop: Saturday, December 16

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen with help from the Bedford Community Santa Program

If your family is planning a visit from Bedford Santa, don’t forget that Gift Drop Day is this Saturday December 16 from 9 am to 5 pm in the gym at the John Glen Middle School. Park in the back parking lot.

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Advent and Christmas Services at Bedford Churches

Advent and Christmas Services at Bedford Churches

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Thanks to Bedford’s faith communities – First Baptist Church, Immanuel Baptist Church, St. Michael Parish, First Church of Christ Congregational, St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lutheran Church of the Savior, and First Parish Unitarian Universalist – for sharing their Advent, Christmas Eve, and Christmas service schedules.

The churches and services are open to the public, and newcomers are especially welcome during the holidays.

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Bedford’s Relay for Life: Fundraiser on Tuesday and Event Kickoff on Thursday

Bedford’s Relay for Life: Fundraiser on Tuesday and Event Kickoff on Thursday

By Jeff JHO Hoyland

Relay for Life is a community-wide fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that will take place in 158 days, on May 19, 2018. This year’s Bedford Leadership Team has set an ambitious goal, $40,000 and it will ‘take a village’ to get there.

Relay For Life of Bedford will hold their Kickoff event at the Bedford High School Cafeteria this Thursday, December, 14 from 6:30-7:45 pm. And there is a pre-kickoff fundraiser at Bedford’s Chipotle restaurant on Tuesday, December 12. Click here to read about Tuesday’s fundraiser. Both events are open to all residents.

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