Letter to the Editor, 18 July 2019: Should Bedford Have a Bylaw to Regulate Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers?

By Lily Nemirovsky

When I first caught wind of the “fight” against gas-powered leaf blowers, I was intrigued, but I was not inclined to immediately declare a war against these machines. After all, they are so commonplace I reasoned that if they really were such a huge problem, I’d have already come across large campaigns and protests like the ones surrounding the coal industry, plastic straws, industrialized cattle farms, etc. However, the more I looked into it, the more obvious it became that the gas-powered leaf blower poses a serious threat to both public personal health and a healthy environment, a threat that is neglected in many communities.  Jason Kavanagh, the Engineering Editor at Edmunds.com (a major automotive resource site), illustrates this threat in a 2011 study which found that “the hydrocarbon emissions from a half-hour of yard work with the two-stroke leaf blower are about the same as a 3,900-mile drive from Texas to Alaska in a [Ford] Raptor.”

Letter to the Editor, 20 June 2019: Composting in the Modern Era

Let’s face it: we all produce a lot of garbage. It is a byproduct of our lives. Most of it ends up in a landfill or going up in smoke in an incinerator with the ashes ending up in the landfill.  As concerned citizens, we try to recycle as much as possible.  Unfortunately, recycling is a lot more complicated than it would seem and mileage varies.

Some things were recycled before but can’t be now (e.g., Styrofoam).   Some things can be recycled sometimes (e.g., Pizza boxes if they are not too funky with cheese and pepperoni grease). Some things where recycled before, are not now but may be in the near future (newspaper).  Many plastic items that were previously recycled are now sent to the incinerator. What is really recycled and what ends up in the incinerator anyway? It is a bit confusing, and there is no shortage of opposing beliefs and opinions.

There is a form of recycling that is effective, simple, and readily available: Composting.  If The Graduate were to be remade today, a young Dustin Hoffman might have been told that the future is not about Plastics but Composting.

Letter to the Editor, 23 May 2019: The Bedford Garden Club Thanks the Community for its Support

Submitted by Carol Amick, Bedford Garden Club sale chair

The Bedford Garden Club wishes to thank the community for its overwhelming response at our annual Geranium, Perennial and Floral Arrangement sale held May 11th.

We sold out almost all the beautiful geraniums, Gerbera daisies, verbena, and creeping phlox; hundreds and hundreds of perennials dug from the gardens of Garden Club members as well as non-Club members found new homes to beautify and please local gardeners.    

Letter to the Editor, 30 April 2019: Thank You from DI Teams TEJKMO and The Skittleworms

By Destination Imagination Teams
TEJKMO – Grade 5: Tyler Munsie, Eliza Dickert, Jacob Loroutas, Kevin Visoka, Mina Belir and Owen Walton and
The Skittleworms – Grade 7: Ada Cooprider, Toby Favalora, Rachael Hsu, Evan Kelly, Hayden McAllister and Jane Stewart

We are so grateful for all of the family, friends, neighbors, and supporters who ate at Ginger Japanese Restaurant on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, as part of the Destination Imagination Fundraiser. Thanks to your support, we were able to raise significant funds towards the registration expenses for the two Bedford teams representing Massachusetts in the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Kansas City in a few weeks.  

Letter to the Editor, 3 March 2019 ~ Fighting Ticks and Tick-Borne Disease

By Sarah Legge

My 3-year-old son was bitten by a tick this week. We found the tick embedded in his head as we put him to bed on Tuesday, April 2. We had been a few hikes over the weekend in our neighborhood (including one at Fawn Lake in Bedford), which may have been where he picked up the tick. Or it may have come from our backyard, hopped off our dog, or from a walk at his daycare (also in Bedford) earlier in that day. We weren’t expecting to have to worry about ticks so early in the spring, but, sadly, that was a mistake. I’m writing to share this experience and to encourage you to reach out to your representatives to support an increase in funding for tick-borne diseases and Lyme disease prevention in Massachusetts.