Rotary Sponsors “Meals for Kids” Project on Saturday, April 21

By Jeffrey Epstein

Each year, some 270 volunteers, both adults and children, come to the Bedford Rotary’s Meals for Kids event, packaging meals that will help feed hungry children in poor developing countries. But for all the years he has been coordinating the event, the Rotary Club’s Bob Cassidy says he gets the biggest kick from watching the kids.

“It’s a blast!” he says. “I enjoy watching the reaction of the kids” who appreciate that their efforts are assisting other children elsewhere.

Bedford Rotarians’ Service Honored by District 7910

Submitted by the Rotary Club of Bedford

Two Bedford Rotarians were recently honored by Rotary District 7910. Monday, at its Celebration of Service Heroes, Paula Gilarde and Marc Hamilton were among the 25 Rotarians from across the district recognized for their embracing of the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self”, through their service to people around the globe, in their community and their club.

Concord’s Patriot’s Day Parade is Cancelled Due to Weather

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

In a near-historic move, John Arena, chair of Concord’s Public Ceremonies Committee, canceled Monday’s Patriot’s Day parade through the town and across North Bridge.

With thanks to the Bedford Minuteman Company for sharing the news, Arena said that concern for the marchers’ safety is paramount and that multiple sources indicated heavy rain, strong wind, and near-freezing temperatures for Monday morning. The hard decision was made on Sunday; in remarks about canceling the parade earlier Arena had said, “we feel strongly about honoring our town and heritage whether thousands of people are collectively watching on a sunny day, or just dozens on a rainy one.”

What Does the COA Fix-It Shop Repair? Almost Anything!

By Susan McDonough

Don’t throw it away, get it fixed. Is your lamp broken? We’ll fix it. Does your chair wobble? We’ll glue it. Are your knives dull? We’ll sharpen them. Has your watch stopped? We’ll replace the battery. Is your vacuum not working? We’ll get it going again. Etc., etc., etc. The senior volunteers are actually whiz kids!

The Fix It Shop is sponsored by the Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging (FBCOA). It provides an opportunity for retirees to use their skills, socialize, and contribute to the community. Most of the volunteers have career experience in engineering or electronics. They love finding creative ways to make something whole again.

BCA Photography Show at the Library Gallery through May 9

Submitted by the BCA Photo Group

The Bedford Free Public Library Gallery’s current show BCA Members’ Photography exhibits the strong and varied photographic work of 22 members of the BCA Photo Group. The show will run through Wednesday, May 9 during regular library hours; the library is located at 7 Mudge Way, Bedford.

If These Walls Could Talk ~ A Bedford Historical Society Lecture on April 25

Submitted by the Bedford Historical Society

What do a house built in the 1800s and Carleton Willard Village have in common? How about a miller and a candy maker doing business in Bedford? Your opportunity to find out the full stories will be presented at the next Bedford Historical Society Meeting’s lecture, If These Walls Could Talk, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at 7:15 pm in the Great Room at Old Town Hall, 16 South Road. Refreshments will be served before the meeting begins.

Bedford’s Liberty Pole is Capped!

  Compiled by The Bedford Citizen Cloudy skies turned sunny as Bedford’s annual Pole Capping ceremony got underway on Saturday morning, April 7.           Town Historian Sharon McDonald composed an original poem to commemorate today’s Pole Capping...

Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library Spring Book Sale

Submitted by Susan Rogalski

The Friends of the Bedford Library will hold their spring book sale (Yes, spring!) this week.

Friday, April 6, 1–5 pm
Saturday, April 7, 10 am–4 pm
Sunday, April 8, 1–4 pm

Special sale items include beautiful art books and other like-new gift-worthy books sure to interest collectors and book lovers alike. There is a children’s section filled with picture books, kids chapter books, early readers, and movie DVDs. A tremendous variety of adult fiction and non-fiction books will be offered, along with CDs, audiobooks, and vinyl records. With thousands of books to choose from, there is something for everyone.

The Bedford Minuteman Company’s 54th Annual Pole Capping Ceremony ~ Saturday, April 7 at 10:30 am

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Nearly 400 Colonial reenactors will descend on Bedford on Saturday, April 7, to kick off 2018’s Patriot’s Day celebration at Bedford’s 54th annual Liberty Pole Capping ceremony at Willson Park.

The reenactors often arrive in Bedford early to join locals for the Pancake Breakfast prepared by First Parish’s Partner Church Committee. Fresh-cooked pancakes, sausages, juice, and coffee will be served in the Common Room from 8 until 10 am for a modest fee, $5 per person (if you plan to attend, use the fully-accessible Elm Street entrance). The breakfast is a fundraiser to benefit Abasfalva, First Parish’s partner village in Transylvania.

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