A Holiday Letter from The Bedford Citizen

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Taking a page (literally) from the holiday letter tradition, we thought we would update you on The Bedford Citizen’s year.  

2021 felt like a great awakening. After a year of both figuratively and sometimes literally hiding under the bed, our country and our community reemerged from under the covers. Sticking with the sleep analogy, the awakening was a bit foggy at times. From masks to vaccines, to schools to restaurants, to football in the Spring, there were a lot of unknowns and strange happenings. People emerged a bit cautiously as to what our new world might bring. Yet spring brought great optimism that the worst was behind us, in spite of some setbacks things seemed much brighter.   

Vaccines—after being hard to obtain—suddenly seemed abundant, and with them came a sense of  “normal.”   Baseball games, barbecues, concerts,  vacation trips, and more.  The thought that one of the most stressful years of our life was behind us was palpable.  Of course, there were problems: staffing shortages and supply chain disruptions made the new normal seem … different.  Nevertheless, the path ahead was clear, or so we thought.

Then came delta only to be followed with our latest scourge, omicron.  Living with the pandemic is exhausting, yet life continues, and if you look hard enough there are signs of optimism, again.  (You have to look hard.)  

Locally, we had our own Catherine Donato sing the National Anthem at Fenway Park.  The Bedford Citizen introduced “Ask Aunt Laura” by Bedford’s Laura Bullock.  We added new features such as “What do they do there anyway,” as well as adding community forums, snap polls, and producing our third Bedford Guide.  

The local sports scene was exciting. Bedford Girls Youth Lacrosse U13 and U15 teams to continue a remarkable streak of nearly 4 years with undefeated play in the Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League. Bedford High School football had two seasons starting in the spring with Fall 2 and then resuming the traditional fall season.  Much was accomplished on the fields and the courts.  Both BHS baseball and softball teams had stellar years as did the girls’ varsity lacrosse team.  In fall sports, both the field hockey and the volleyball team had outstanding years.  The BHS football team renewed an old rivalry with its Thanksgiving day win against Burlington, just missing out on a super bowl appearance.  2021 ends with the girls’ basketball team undefeated after 5 games. And it is thought that a new course record was set by the winner of the 2021 Turkey Trot to benefit the Bedford Food Pantry.

Here’s to hoping the year ahead is truly a path forward to post-pandemic life

Happy New Year

 


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