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Gone Fishing, 2014

2014 August 23
by The Bedford Citizen
Gone Fishing 2013 - Image (c) JMcCT, all rights reserved

Gone Fishing 2013 – Image (c) JMcCT, all rights reserved

The many volunteers who create the Bedford Citizen each week are taking a brief vacation. We’ll return with new stories on Tuesday, September 2.

In the meantime, you’re invited to browse the articles and announcements in The Citizen archive, and catch up on those you may have missed.

We’ve gone fishing!

Changes to Bedford Marketplace’s 2008 Plan Have Been Approved by the Planning Board

2014 August 23
by The Bedford Citizen
The 2008 plan, and the revised plan adopted on August 12

The 2008 plan, and the revised plan adopted on August 12

By Marya Dantzer

At its August 12 meeting the Planning Board reviewed a Request for Modification to Site Plan Approval at the Bedford Marketplace. Click here to see an 8.5×11 PDF showing both plans.

Plans submitted under prior ownership of the site were approved in 2008 but the project did not move forward due to the recession. Since then, the property has been sold to Hamlin Development LLC, of the BSC Group, Inc., of Andover. Hamlin/BSC is seeking a number of modifications to the scale, structural design, and aesthetics of the redevelopment.

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Planning Board Update: August, 2014

2014 August 23
by The Bedford Citizen

By Marya Dantzer

Planning BoardIn addition to approving revisions to the 2008 Bedford Marketplace plan, the planning board considered a proposal for a cluster development on Irene Road, concerns about the Minuteman Bikeway / Reformatory Branch Trail connector, and saluted the Planning Office’s summer intern. read more…

Bedford 4H Club Rocks the Middlesex County Fair Through Sunday

2014 August 22
by The Bedford Citizen
Dante, a rising second grade student at Davis School, visited his calf every morning before school! Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

Dante, a rising second grade student at Davis School, visited his calf every morning before school – Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

By Julie McCay Turner

Bedford 4H Club coordinator Sandy Couvee, AKA Farmer Sandy, of Chip-In Farm and the other adult volunteers who keep 4H alive have a lot to be proud of this weekend: Bedford 4H club t-shirts were in evidence all around the Westford Fair Grounds this afternoon, and Bedford club members have earned dozens of blue ribbons.

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Hartwell Road and Parts of School Way Improvement Project Paved on Friday

2014 August 22
by The Bedford Citizen
The smooth new surface on Hartwell Road, looking in from the corner at Concord Road - Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

The smooth new surface on Hartwell Road, looking in from the corner at Concord Road – Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

By Julie McCay Turner

A lot of asphalt was laid in Bedford today: Hartwell Road was resurfaced from Concord Road to the Edge Sports Center/Instrumentation Labs, and the School Way Area improvement project saw Elm Street, south of School Way resurfaced. Permanent reconstruction of  the road will be scheduled next year according to Town Engineer Adrienne St. John (http://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2014/08/14/hartwell-road-paving-scheduled-to-begin-on-august-18/)

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Did July’s Chestnut Lane Bear Hang Out in Bedford for a Few Days?

2014 August 22
by The Bedford Citizen
The black bear recently captured by a back yard security camera in the woods off Carlisle Road - Courtesy image

The black bear recently captured by a back yard security camera in a wooded area off Carlisle Road – Courtesy image

Special to The Bedford Citizen

It appears the black bear that made an appearance at a Chestnut Lane bird feeder early on the morning of July 29 may have remained in the area for at least a few days longer. A bear’s image was captured on a home game camera at 11:24 pm on August 3 as she/he meandered in the woods off Carlisle Road, but the homeowners just downloaded the camera’s zip drive and found the photograph on August 19.

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Buccaneer’s Football Season Opens on September 5, at Home vs The Vineyarders

2014 August 22
by The Bedford Citizen
Artificial turf was installed at Bedford High School's Sabourin Field in 2013. Image (c) JMcCT, 2013, all rights reserved

Artificial turf was installed at Bedford High School’s Sabourin Field in 2013. Image (c) JMcCT, 2013, all rights reserved

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Buccaneer

The Bedford Buccaneer

Bedford’s Buccaneers will take the field against the Vineyarders of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School at 6:30 pm on Friday, September 5 to kick off Bedford High School’s second football season on Sabourin Field’s artificial turf.

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More Than 100 Years Ago Lee Field Was Bedford’s First Airport

2014 August 22
by The Bedford Citizen
The Flying Parson - Image (c) Bedford Historical Society

The “Flying Parson,” Lt. Belvin Maynard – Image (c) Mabel Kirkegaard, November 11, 1919 – Property of the Bedford Historical Society

Submitted by the Bedford Historical Society

Hanscom Airport was not the first airport in Bedford!

In an attempt to build on the success of the airplane after its use in WWI, in 1919 the Curtiss Airplane Company leased a field from farmer Ernest Yates. This field, off South Road, and named Lee Field by the Curtiss Company, and was to be part of a network of small airdromes or landing stations placed strategically around the country. The purpose of this facility was to provide not only a relay point for aircraft that lacked the ability to travel great distances without landing, but it also provided the Curtiss Company with a regional base to promote the sale of their aircraft.

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Bedford Veterans Participate in Archery Program at Woburn Sportsmen’s Association

2014 August 22
by The Bedford Citizen
Veterans and instructors on the firing line while Duncan, the Lab, watches. Courtesy image

Veterans and instructors on the firing line while Duncan, the Lab, watches. Courtesy image

Submitted by Dick Milewski, Woburn Sportsmen’s Association

Leah Sullivan, a Certified Recreational Therapist at the Bedford VA, started an archery program for residents in collaboration with Woburn Sportsmen’s Association. She was introduced to WSA at the first Vets Day event the Club sponsored in 2012. She saw how well the Vets enjoyed the Club and the demonstrations that were put on, as well as the having the Vets participate in some activities, particularly archery. When asked if the Veterans’ interest was the prime mover to create an archery program, she responded that the VA and the US Paralympics Committee, in a joint venture, invited one recreational therapist from each VA facility to become a Level 2 archery instructor. The committees then had them go out and create a program. When the instructor’s course was completed, Leah thought of WSA, and asked us to offer our facility. They started in late 2013, and now they use the Bedford facilities to practice archery for a few hours twice a month.

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World of Music Concert Series Begins on September 7 at Middlesex Community College

2014 August 22
by The Bedford Citizen

MCC World of MusicCompiled by The Bedford Citizen

Love and Relationships: Hugo Wolf’s “Italian Songbook will kick off Middlesex Community College’s World of Music Concert Series at 3 pm on Sunday, September 7, in the MCC Concert Hall. The concerts are free and open to the public.

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