Honorable Mentions

By Ginni Spencer, President, The Bedford Citizen

Mother’s Day and Memorial Day and Father’s Day and birthdays and anniversaries and on and on. So many events in our lives for which we seek to show our love for the people we care about and our respect for the example they set. We don’t want our gifts to be trivial but it can be hard to come up with unique and meaningful ways to express our feelings.

Here’s a suggestion: celebrate someone you care about by making a donation to The Bedford Citizen on their behalf

World War I ~ 100 Years Later: All Gave Some, Some Gave All

By Jon ‘OC’ O’Connor, Commander, Anthony Hunt Hamilton Post 221, American Legion

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

Turn on your TVs, laptops, and smartphones between now and Memorial Day– you’ll be bombarded by commercials touting the big holiday savings going on this weekend. Cars, BBQs, potato chips, hot dogs, all vying for your sense of celebration and your dollars. This time of year, the perennial battle for our souls mounts another attack between our wallets and a tradition going back to the early days of the 20th century. A tradition of honoring those who gave their lives fighting for their country.

Destination Imagination Global Finals Begin on Wednesday, and Bedford’s Skittleworms are Knoxville-Bound

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The 2017 Destination Imagination World Finals in Knoxville, TN begin tomorrow, Wednesday, May 24, and a 5th-grade team from Lane School, the Skittleworms, are there to represent Massachusetts in their age category. The team qualified for the Global Finals by winning at their regional competition, and the state contest, making them the best in Massachusetts.

A Peek Behind the Curtain: Introducing The Bedford Citizen’s Leadership – Part II

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

In the second week of The Bedford Citizen’s leadership profiles, we would like to introduce you to the second group of our board members: Jerry Wolf, our Treasurer, and board members Mitch Evans, Gene Kalb, Meredith McCulloch and Emily Mitchell. They are your friends and neighbors and like you, they care deeply about Bedford and its future. In just five years they have helped transform the early enthusiasm of our founders into a highly-valued resource for the town.

Bedford Rocks, or A History of Our Town’s Geology, at the Bedford Historical Society’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 23

Submitted by the Bedford Historical Society

The Bedford Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner annual meeting will take place in Fellowship Hall at Bedford’s Congregational Church, 25 The Great Road.

A pot-luck buffet dinner will begin with appetizers and Marion Bryan’s famous punch 6 pm and dinner will be served around 6:30 pm. After dinner and a short business meeting where next year’s board will be elected, the lecture will begin around 7:30 pm.

Bedford Town Historian and local ‘rockhound’ Sharon McDonald will address the following and other questions as she shares her extensive knowledge about the history of Bedford’s geology:

The Bedford Citizen’s Recent Reader Survey

By Ginni Spencer, President, The Bedford Citizen

Many thanks to the nearly 500 readers who responded to our recent survey requesting feedback on The Bedford Citizen.It was gratifying to have such a large response and your comments were thoughtful.

Bay State Bike Week: Ride for Bedford by Logging Your Miles before Sunday, May 21

Submitted by Terry Gleason, Bedford Friends of the Minuteman Bikeway

There’s still time to log your bike rides to increase Bedford’s participation in Bay State Bike Week before Sunday, May 21. Everyone is encouraged to get out and use a bike for fitness, shopping, an errand, to get to work or school, or just for fun during Bay State Bike Week.

Each year Bedford has a friendly competition with our two sister Minuteman Towns – Lexington and Arlington – to see which town can get the best turnout rate. It’s been very close for a couple years but last year Arlington pulled away. We’re looking to change that this year with your help!

Timeless Traditions: Where Memories Are Made – Mother’s Day Brunch

Submitted by American Legion Post

How did Mother’s Day itself begin? Research reveals a woman named Anna Jarvis started diligently in 1905 to create the day to remember and honor mothers. Finally, in 1914, her hard work paid off, Mother’s Day became a national holiday celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year.

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