Trustees Vote to Offer Bowie Knife for Auction

By Dot Bergin

At their December 12 meeting, the Trustees of the Bedford Free Public Library voted to offer the library’s Bowie knife to Skinner, Inc., auctioneers and appraisers, for inclusion in their spring sale. The knife has been appraised by Skinner and authenticated by various knife collectors and specialists. After Library Director Richard Callaghan researched the matter, the Trustees decided to deal with Skinner, as this house is noted for its expertise in auctions of Americana.

Bedford Community Santa Gift Drop: Saturday, December 16

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen with help from the Bedford Community Santa Program

If your family is planning a visit from Bedford Santa, don’t forget that Gift Drop Day is this Saturday December 16 from 9 am to 5 pm in the gym at the John Glen Middle School. Park in the back parking lot.

Bedford’s Relay for Life: Fundraiser on Tuesday and Event Kickoff on Thursday

By Jeff JHO Hoyland

Relay for Life is a community-wide fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that will take place in 158 days, on May 19, 2018. This year’s Bedford Leadership Team has set an ambitious goal, $40,000 and it will ‘take a village’ to get there.

Relay For Life of Bedford will hold their Kickoff event at the Bedford High School Cafeteria this Thursday, December, 14 from 6:30-7:45 pm. And there is a pre-kickoff fundraiser at Bedford’s Chipotle restaurant on Tuesday, December 12. Click here to read about Tuesday’s fundraiser. Both events are open to all residents.

Letter to the Editor, December 9, 2017: A Community-Wide Thank You from the Bedford Community Table/Pantry

By Peter Grey, President
Bedford Community Table/Pantry, Inc.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, the numerous volunteers and in particular the clients of the Bedford Community Table/Pantry, I want to thank all who came out on a cold Thanksgiving morning to participate in this year’s Turkey Trot. The 387 participants, both two-legged and four-legged, raised over $12,000 for our organization.

MAHT Plans Community Meeting on Pine Hill Crossing Condominium

By Dot Bergin

At their December 7 meeting, members of the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust (the Trust) proposed to hold a community-wide meeting on January 10, 2018, at 7:30 pm, to update townspeople on the Pine Hill Crossing Condominium development and to answer questions that emerged at the November Special Town Meeting. (Note: watch The Citizen calendar for the location of the meeting.)

Recognizing that many residents may not have followed the former “Coast Guard” housing story closely, the Trust extends an invitation to the public to attend the meeting, where the history of the unique partnership between Town and developer will be reviewed. The Trust hopes it will be an opportunity for certain contentious issues to be clarified. In preparation, Trust members have analyzed carefully the points of opposition that caused the rezoning article to go down to defeat at the November 6 meeting and will address those concerns with the public.

Companionship and Fun for Individuals Impacted by Memory Impairment: Bedford’s Memory Café begins in January

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

According to COA Director Alison Cservenschi, “Bedford’s Memory Cafe will support area residents with memory impairment, and their caregivers.” The once-a-month event is planned as a safe and welcoming space that will mitigate the isolation that can accompany a diagnosis of dementia. “The Cafes will offer an environment where everyone – staff, caregivers and loved ones can contribute and reconnect with the community,” she said.

Beginning on January 23, the Bedford Memory Café will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 10 am to noon in the Flint Room on the second floor of the Town Center building, 12 Mudge Way. Walk-ins are welcome, and the program is open to all Bedford-area residents. A care partner must accompany participants who require personal care assistance.

Advent Lessons and Carols ~ A Special Musical Service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 5 pm on Saturday, December 9

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

On Saturday, December 9, at 5:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will host a special service of Advent Lessons and Carols.

The service will feature the Parish Choir and Youth Choir in selections by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Rutter, and André Thomas, and a new work by music director Michael Monroe. The singing by soloists, choir, and congregation will be augmented by a string quartet, processional bagpipes, and guest organist Nathan Skinner of Boston’s historic Park Street Church.

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