Observing Veterans Day in Bedford, 2017

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Town of Bedford conducted Veterans Day ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Park on The Great Road at noon on Saturday, November 11. Bedford’s Police Honor Guard escorted committee members and dignitaries along the walkway from the Patriot statue to the Veteran’s monument. The Bedford Minuteman Company’s fifes and drums accompanied the march.

Net Zero Funding Approved in Article 2

Submitted by Bedford Mothers Out Front

Bedford Mothers Out Front is pleased to report that Bedford’s Special Town Meeting approved funding to develop a Net Zero plan for Bedford. So many voters attended on Monday night, Nov 6, that they overflowed the high school auditorium and had to be accommodated in the library and additional classrooms.

Article 2, Bedford’s Energy Assessment and Action Plan, asked the town to approve $75,000 to hire a consultant to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory of Bedford and then develop a plan to reduce Bedford’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050. Article 2 aligns Bedford’s emissions reduction goal with the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 and is consistent with the goal of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.

Celebrate the Yankee Division in World War I with Historian Dan LeClerc on Sunday, November 12

Submitted by the Bedford Historical Society

When the call went out for American boys to join the fight to save democracy in Europe in 1917, the Yankee Division was the first to be organized, the first to cross the ocean, and the first to take to the battle lines in World War I.

Formed on July 18, 1917 and activated on August 22, 1917 at Camp Edwards, MA from units of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, the Yankee Division was the nickname of the 26th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army.

33rd Annual John Dodge Coat Drive: A Bedford Tradition Continues on Saturday

By Julie McCay Turner

The 33rd Annual John Dodge Coat Drive will take place from 8 am until dusk on Saturday, November 4 in front of the Bedford Funeral Home, 167 The Great Road, opposite the Bedford Marketplace.

The late John Dodge’s commitment to gathering gently-used and clean coats, hats, scarves, and gloves for Boston’s homeless men and women served by St. Francis House in Boston is the stuff legends are made of.

2nd Annual Matty’s Monster Dash: Oh, What a Glorious Morning!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The 2017 running of Matty’s Monster Dash was a success by any measure. There were bib numbers from the single digits to 487, runners and walkers aged 8 to 71, with smiles and hugs. And, there were costumes: a pair of dinosaurs, at least one ballerina, muscle men, superwomen (as well as a lot of super women), batmen, and not just 1, but 2 Things. Hundreds of serious runners, fun-runners, and walkers enjoyed perhaps the final glorious October Saturday in 2017.

Talking Trash and Cleaning Up along the Shawsheen Riverbank

Submitted by Marlies Henderson

Bedford resident John Zupkus along with several Billerica residents worked to clean up the Shawsheen River off the Stop & Shop parking lot in late September. They collected 200 pounds of trash and towed three shopping carts and a bicycle out of riverbed muck.

It was fun and rewarding doing this together, but part of the clean-up party is to raise awareness so we and future generations can enjoy pristine rivers. The preservation of our limited natural resources is at stake!

American Legion Auxiliary’s Barbeque Lunch for Residents of the Bedford VA

Submitted by the Bedford American Legion Auxiliary

Earlier this month, as they have for many years, members of the Bedford American Legion Auxiliary served a barbeque lunch to over 150 Veterans at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford. Former Bedford resident Andy King and his team, the Bastey Boys, fired up their smokers and grills to prepare the barbeque.

Thanks to Everyone Who Supported Bedford TV’s First Annual Trivia Night

Submitted by Bedford TV

Every table at Old Town Hall was full for the First Annual Bedford TV Trivia Night – Image (c) Bedford.TV 2017 all rights reserved

Team Friggatriskaidekamaniacs won Best Team Name – Image (c) JMcCT, 2017 all rights reserved

The first annual Bedford TV Trivia Night was a big success. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the fundraiser. A full room of teams at the Great Room in Old Town Hall battled it out over three rounds of questions with much laughter and competition along the way.

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