As 2021 draws to a close, The Bedford Citizen can proudly claim—for the first time in the paper’s history—more than a million page views since January 1, 2021. To be precise, 1,070,539 according to a December 31 report from Google Analytics.
What are readers turning to? Categories of articles in the top 100 include obituaries, community news, letters to the editor, sports, school news, Ask Aunt Laura columns, and real estate transfers. Bedford’s March 2021 town election coverage also fell within the year’s top page views. Community reporter Mike Rosenberg’s articles counted heavily in the total.
The year’s top articles ranged from the serious to the sublime.
The Veterans Administration Inspector General’s report on a patient’s disappearance and death and the arrest on murder charges of a Bedford man in Maine. The departure of Home Goods and The Paper Store, and the sale of the Bedford Marketplace.
Articles about town government included preliminary ideas for the development of a large parcel of land along North Road, coverage of Massport’s possible development at Hanscom Field, and the plans for Papa Gino’s.
There was plentiful election coverage, articles about Annual and Special Town Meeting as well as town board and committee meetings, and a plethora of letters to the editor.
On a lighter note—Aunt Laura’s hint about changing a washing machine filter tied with her feature about the Brimfield Fair and her thoughts on folding a fitted sheet. The Taylor Group’s annual hike and a possible course record for the 2021 Turkey Trot. Fireworks as a sparkling finale for Bedford Day.
Just don’t forget Peterbilt, the Hitchhiking Kitten.