Bedford Explained: Bedford Day ~ How Did it Start, and Why?

By Gene Kalb

It’s that time of year again, Bedford Day. A day where you learn all the things about Bedford you never knew. There are kids, animals, trucks, food, and more. I personally love the simultaneous joy of the children and the disappointment of the parents after the goldfish is won. It’s always a lot of fun and I look forward to it every year. But the “every year” part got me thinking?

What is the History of Bedford Day, how did it start and why?

Back to School Night Program at BHS: Mental Health Awareness for Youth

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

Many of you may know that the 2016 Youth Risk Behavior Survey while affirming our on-going good data regarding youth substance use highlighted some concerns with respect to perceived stress, reported depression, self-harm, and suicidal ideation among our high school youth. School administration and guidance staff have seen this as well and are making mental health issues a focus of education this year for both students and parents.

In Bedford: Congressman Seth Moulton’s Town Hall Meeting and Community Vigil

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford’s Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) drew a nearly standing-room-only crowd to the Bedford High School on Monday evening, August 14. At the end of the Town Hall meeting, Congressman Moulton joined Bedford clergy, Rep. Ken Gordon, and roughly 200 community members at a vigil of solidarity to address the events of Charlottesville, VA over the weekend.

Stay tuned to The Bedford Citizen to read our reports from both the Town Hall meeting and the vigil, but in the meantime, here are some photographs to give you a flavor of the evening.

Register Now for the 23rd Annual Danny Oates Memorial 5k Road Race & 2.5k Walk ~ Bedford Day, September 23

Submitted by the Danny Oates 5k Road Race Committee

The 23rd annual Danny Oates 5k is coming on Bedford Day, Saturday, September 23! Starting at the John Glenn Middle School, the 5k run and 2.5k walk benefit a scholarship fund for our local High School seniors. In addition, the little kids can participate in a Kids Fun Run on the track just prior to the race. Run and Walk registration is $25 pre event, $30 day of, ($5 military) and includes a long-sleeved tee for participants.

Art Show Opening Friday

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

An art exhibit featuring the work of Bedford Arts and Crafts Society members will be opening on Friday, July 14, at the Great Road Gallery and Framing, 363 Great Road, Bedford, with a reception that day from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Reviving an Independence Day Tradition in Bedford

By Julie McCay Turner

For many, many years John Filios, a long-standing member of the Bedford Minuteman Company, read the Declaration of Independence at noon on the Fourth of July.

The tradition was mentioned to Jon ‘OC’ O’Connor a couple of weeks ago. Learning that Filios, who celebrated his 100th birthday in October, 2016, would be unable to participate this year, O’Connor took on the project.

Fourth of July Events

Compiled by the Bedford Citizen

Celebrate the 4th of July at Springs Brook Park in Bedford! Events at SBP include the YoYo Man, watermelon as well as music and dancing, featuring DJ Mike Pride, from 1:30pm – 5:30 pm. The Bedford Minuteman Company will be marching as part of the Burlington 4th of July parade at 11:00 am.

Happy Summer Everyone!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The official first day of summer was yesterday with the summer solstice, but we know for a lot of our residents summer began today with the last day of school.

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