Rotarians Travel to Moca, Puerto Rico to Offer Hurricane Relief

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Paula Gilarde, a member of the Rotary Club of Bedford, traveled to Puerto Rico on February 2nd, with other Rotarians from District 7910.

Members of the Liberty, NY Rotary Club; Operation Endeavor; and Wings of Michael joined in the hurricane relief mission.

The Rotary team was based in Moca, a municipality in the northwest corner of the island that was one of the hardest-hit areas of the nearly-Category 5 hurricane.

Sandy Couvee Honored in National Agriculture Magazine

Submitted by Pink Tractor Magazine

Bedford’s Sandy Couvee will be featured in the March/April issue of Pink Tractor magazine, a publication for women in the agriculture industry. The article, “A Sensory Experience: Connecting Children to The Farm,” explores how Couvee developed enrichment programs at Chip-In Farm. “I have been teaching farm education programs on the farm before it was cool,” said Couvee.

National Feeding Tube Awareness Week

By Julie McCay Turner

Editor’s Note: It’s always a day to be aware of something. For instance, February 9, is unaccountably National Toothache Day, while February 5 honored Nutella. But this week has been important to someone who’s important to us, the author of ‘100 Meals You Never Thought You’d Eat Pureed’ brought Feeding Tube Awareness Week to The Bedford Citizen’s attention, and as it draws to a close we’d like you to know why.

Jeff Hoyland, the photographer who captures the amazing images of student athletes and shares them with The Bedford Citizen and on “Bedford Snapshots,” a Facebook page displaying his photographs, is a “survivor of cancer treatment” according to a 2011 post on his blog, The Art of being Better. He is also the author of 100 Meals. But let us not sell Jeff short: In addition to his photo skills and medical diagnosis, Jeff is an optimist of the very best sort.

Bedford Rotarian Helps to Deliver Relief Supplies to Storm-Ravaged Moca, Puerto Rico

Submitted by the Rotary Club of Bedford

Paula Gilarde, a member of the Rotary Club of Bedford, will travel to Puerto Rico with other Rotarians from District 7910, the Liberty Rotary Club, Operation Endeavor, and Wings of Michael, to participate in a hurricane relief mission from February 2 – 5. The team will be based in Moca, a municipality in the northwest corner of the island that was one of the hardest-hit areas of the nearly-Category 5 hurricane.

The team’s relief efforts will be coordinated by the Moca Rotary Club, the mayor of Moca, and Our Lady of Monserrate Parish in Moca. The volunteers will help to staff flu- and tetanus-vaccination clinics; and deliver food and clean water, shelter and restoration supplies, and toys for children who sustained total losses during the hurricane.

Megan McKenna: Semifinalist in the 2018 Military Child of the Year Award Competition

Submitted by Operation Homefront

Megan McKenna – Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

Operation Homefront, serving America’s military families® since 2002, has announced that Megan McKenna of Bedford is one of 95 semifinalists from across the United States competing for the 2018 Military Child of the Year® Award. Megan is one of 17 students in the National Guard group.

The Experience of Our Years, Volume II

Submitted by Carleton-Willard Village

Residents of Carleton-Willard Village Remember the Moments and Events That Made Them Who They Are Today

Following up on The Experience of Our Years, Volume 1, published in 2012, in 2017 journalist Nancy Shohet West returned to Carleton-Willard Village to ask a new set of participants, “What was the most formative event of your life? What experience, circumstance or situation do you credit for making you the person you are today?”

Volunteers’ Backgrounds and Skills Contribute to a Better Bedford

By Ralph Hammond

When the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, before disembarking the Mayflower, all signed the Mayflower Compact that included the commitment: “….in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.”

Bedford is proud to follow this model in our Annual Town Meetings in spring and special town meetings in the fall. This year, Town Meeting begins on 26 March. As the issues facing Bedford have become more complex, it is no longer possible to fully address the needs of our community at Town Meeting alone. More complex issues are considered throughout the year by town boards and committees established to research and react to issues facing the Town.

Doing All The Good They Can

Submitted by Stephanie Keep

My eldest daughter, Emma, has a birthday is right before Christmas, and my middle daughter has one right after. The result is a period of such glut that every year, when I sneak away several presents to give to Toys for Tots, the girls fail to notice. At church in November, my friend Elise Randazzo told me that her daughters, Arden and Annaliese, had collected presents to donate to Boston Children’s Hospital at their last birthday parties. It was such a wonderful idea, and I knew right away it was something I wanted to suggest to Emma. To my delight, she agreed without hesitation. My youngest daughter had just had successful surgery at Boston Children’s, so Emma was happy to do “something nice” for the place that helped her baby sister.

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