BEDFORD EXPLAINED: Before our Flag Was the Bedford Flag

By Town Historian Sharon McDonald

Each April, during the Pole Capping and Patriot’s Day parades, you will see the bright crimson Bedford Flag flown.  Even out of season, you will see its image sewn on the uniforms of the women and men of Bedford Police and Fire Departments… hanging in the entry hall of each of the schools… being brought forward at the beginning of Town Meeting… and worn (maybe by you?) as a t-shirt. We’re proud of it. It’s the emblem of Bedford.

Board of Health Announces Wednesday Afternoon Flu Clinic Schedule

Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health

Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent getting the flu. The Board of Health is offering free flu shots at the Town Center (yellow building behind Town Hall), 12 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA to all Bedford residents (6 months of age and older) on Wednesday afternoons.

From November 7 through December 12 between 2 and 3 pm, flu shots will be administered in the Board of Health office on the 2nd floor of Town Center, the yellow building at 12 Mudge Way. Please call for an appointment, and plan to wear clothing that allows for easy access to an arm for vaccine administration.

There will be no clinic on the day before Thanksgiving because Town Offices will be closed on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 21.

Bedford Explained: Domine Manse

By Sharon McDonald
Bedford Town Historian

Beside the Great Road in the center of Bedford, half a block east of the Common, you pass a big white house with a sign that reads “Domine Manse.” Have you wondered what that is? Nowadays, it is an office building. But checking with a friend fluent in Latin, I find that “Domine” means “the place where the minister lives.” “Manse” is the word for “minister’s dwelling house” or “mansion.” So “Domine Manse” is “minister’s house ministers house.”

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

By Gene Kalb

A precursor to the present-day Bedford Historical Society float from an early parade – Image (c) Bedford Historical Society, all rights reserved

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?

Bedford Explained, 2.0 ~ Who Was Eleazer Davis?

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

As The Bedford Citizen enters its sixth year we are bringing our readers a new feature called “Bedford Explained 2.0” While many of us have lived in Bedford for a long time, there are things around town that have made me curious. But after seeing them so often, those curiosities have become part of the scenery.

Everything has a story, so The Bedford Citizen is working with the Bedford Historical Society and Bedford’s Town Historian Sharon McDonald to bring our readers explanations about those things that make us curious. We have adapted Bedford Explained a bit. Call it Bedford Explained 2.0.

One question we’ve always had: Who was the Davis School named after. We assume it was from Colonial times, but is there a story? And Eleazer is not a common name.

So Sharon, Can you help?

Who Was Eleazer Davis!

Bedford Explained: Nike Missiles in Bedford?

By Gene Kalb

As The Bedford Citizen enters its sixth year we are bringing our readers a new feature called “Bedford Explained.” While I’ve lived in Bedford for over 25 years, there are things around town that have made me curious, but after seeing them so often those curiosities have become part of the scenery. But those things have a story, so The Bedford Citizen is working with the Bedford Historical Society to bring our readers explanations about those things that make us curious.

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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