Net Zero Forum “Zeroes In” on Carbon Reduction, Energy Saving

Net Zero Forum “Zeroes In” on Carbon Reduction, Energy Saving

By Dot Bergin

Despite intermittent downpours, 30 or more interested Bedford residents turned out for the Net Zero Advisory Council’s public forum on June 20  to consider ways to reduce carbon emissions in town buildings, both in the immediate future and looking out to the year 2050. The Council will incorporate input from this forum and other feedback into a set of proposed strategies to present to the Selectmen in September.

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Bedford Graduates in the Class of 2019 ~ Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical High School

Bedford Graduates in the Class of 2019 ~ Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical High School

By Nancy Asbedian
Bedford representative to the Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School Committee

On Thursday, June 6, Bedford residents Antonio Attardo and Mia Smith celebrated with more than 300 fellow classmates who graduated from Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School.

Thanks to Andrew Pigeon, Director of Community Services & Post-Secondary Programs, we are pleased to share this information about Mia and Antonio.

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Milestone: Boston MedFlight’s 75,000 Patient Transports

Milestone: Boston MedFlight’s 75,000 Patient Transports

ubmitted on behalf of Boston MedFlight

Boston MedFlight, the 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that delivers critical care medical transport to patients in need by air and ground, has announced that it recently provided transport to its 75,000 patient since its founding in 1985. This is a significant milestone for the region’s primary provider of critical care transport that area residents and visitors depend on.

Editor’s Note: Boston MedFlight is a Bedford business, based at L.G.Hanscom Field. Their state-of-the-art headquarters opened in Hangar 1727 in November 2018.

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The Bedford PMC Kids Ride ~ A Letter to the Community

The Bedford PMC Kids Ride ~ A Letter to the Community

Submitted by the 2019 Bedford PMC Kids Ride Team

This past Saturday we hosted the 15th Bedford PMC Kids Ride at JGMS.  The event was wonderful in many ways:  watching little ones navigate the obstacle course on “Wally’s Way” and seeing so many children (and adults!) head off through the balloon arch on scooters, tricycles, and bikes in support of such an important cause. It was especially meaningful to celebrate last year’s pedal partner, Stella Downey, who recently had her 1-year cancer free appointment. She and her twin brother Thomas spent hours on the obstacle course, much to the delight of their parents, family, and friends.

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

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.

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Bedford Troop 194 Wins Arthur Smith Commanders Trophy

Bedford Troop 194 Wins Arthur Smith Commanders Trophy

Submitted by Bedford Boy Scout Troop 194

After many months of instruction and preparation, Bedford’s Troop 194 brought the Arthur Smith Commander’s Trophy home to Bedford for the thirteenth time. The scouting competition is held annually by the American Legion at Camp Collier in Gardner, Massachusetts. The weekend program consists of a series of events, which are designed to provide a competitive arena in which the boys demonstrate their skills in Scout-craft, teamwork, and Scout Spirit.

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Picking Up the PACE ~ Bedford Police Expands its Bicycle and Golf Cart Patrol Initiative

Picking Up the PACE ~ Bedford Police Expands its Bicycle and Golf Cart Patrol Initiative

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to announce that the Bedford Police Department’s Quality of Life patrol program will return for the summer season this weekend.

The Quality of Life Patrol program is an extension of the department’s Pro-Active Community Enforcement (PACE) patrol program over the holiday season, which schedules officers to patrol shopping centers on foot.

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An Obituary: Marguerite M. ‘Peg’ Flynn Scheipers

An Obituary: Marguerite M. ‘Peg’ Flynn Scheipers

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Marguerite M. “Peg” Flynn Scheipers, 97, died on June 17, 2019. a 67-year resident of Bedford, Mrs. Schiepers was a member of St. Michael’s Church where she served as an Extraordinary Minister. She was also a volunteer and member of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary, Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and Bedford Library.

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Sue Baldauf Reflects on Her Career as Director of Bedford Youth and Family Services,

Sue Baldauf Reflects on Her Career as Director of Bedford Youth and Family Services,

By Martin Renzhofer

Sue Baldauf has spent her adult life in human services, helping others to make their way through life’s crises through guidance and counseling. It’s serious work for serious people.

Early on, though, Baldauf had to learn how to leave the job at the office. “You can’t take it home,” she said. “It’s hard to know when a light bulb went off. Mentors I had told me the same thing. You’ve got to be able to do the work and not take it personally. “When I train students, or I mentor, I say you’ve got to be able to compartmentalize it.”

As director of Bedford’s Youth and Family Services, and after more than four decades of helping others, Baldauf is retiring. Sort of.

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