Bedford Explained: Bedford Day ~ How Did it Start, and Why?

Bedford Explained: Bedford Day ~ How Did it Start, and Why?

By Gene Kalb

It’s that time of year again, Bedford Day. A day where you learn all the things about Bedford you never knew. There are kids, animals, trucks, food, and more. I personally love the simultaneous joy of the children and the disappointment of the parents after the goldfish is won. It’s always a lot of fun and I look forward to it every year. But the “every year” part got me thinking?

What is the History of Bedford Day, how did it start and why?

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Rosh Hashanah 5778—Not A Reset Button

Rosh Hashanah 5778—Not A Reset Button

By Dan Brosgol

Rosh Hashanah never really comes at the right time, crashing into the secular calendar without regard to the schedules of school, ballet, pennant races, or youth soccer games.

Sometimes it comes right after Labor Day, and sometimes it comes in October. Some years it’s in the middle of a late summer heat wave, while in other years we are already breaking out the fleece and the cider. No matter when it pops up (this year, the holiday starts at sundown on Wednesday, September 20), life comes to a screeching halt and we end up not in school and not at work, but in synagogue, dusting off tunes that we only hear three times a year and going from a pace of 0-to-60 on the High Holidays meter, seemingly in no time at all. It’s a little disorienting.

But every year at Rosh Hashanah, the blowing of the shofar (a ram’s horn) calls us to attention. Wake up! Listen up! Get serious. It is a powerful sound, perhaps one that used to bring armies to battle and allegedly preceded the revelation of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai.

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The Bedford Garden Club: Thanks for Another Season of Splendor

The Bedford Garden Club: Thanks for Another Season of Splendor

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen, with thanks to the Bedford Garden Club

As summer draws to a close, here’s a quick look back at the flower beds maintained throughout the growing season by the Bedford Garden Club.

The Garden Club prepares and maintains gardens at 18 traffic islands, corners, and public buildings throughout heavily traveled areas of Bedford, including the Lillian Dutton Memorial Herb Garden at the Job Lane Farm Museum, whose work is part of the historical preservation plan for one of the Town’s oldest houses.

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Bedford Historical Society Talk: the 200-Year-Old Meeting House on Bedford Common, and National History Day Students

Bedford Historical Society Talk: the 200-Year-Old Meeting House on Bedford Common, and National History Day Students

Submitted by the Bedford Historical Society

Two fascinating topics will be featured at the first program of the Bedford Historical Society’s 2017-2018 Speakers Series. Bedford High School students who placed third at the National History Day competition will present their documentary, and Bedford Town Historian Sharon McDonald will speak about the 200th anniversary of the Town’s second Meeting House.

These programs will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 27th in the Common Room of the First Parish Church on the Common, 75 The Great Rd. A refreshment period from 7:15 – 7:45 pm will kick off the event, to be followed by the BHS students and then Mrs. McDonald.

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Hanscom Air Force Base Technology Expo – Part II

Hanscom Air Force Base Technology Expo – Part II

By John Laferriere

In anticipation of the United States Air Force’s 70th birthday on September 18, Hanscom Air Force Base was the site of a technology and aircraft expo on September 13. Follow this link for more information on this landmark anniversary: http://static.dma.mil/usaf/70/

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