Watching the June 10 Partial Eclipse of the Sun from Bedford

The sun is going to act weird early on Thursday morning June 10. For the entire Northeast, the sun will rise not as a round ball but as an eerie, misshapen, dazzling crescent partly blocked by the moon. For Bedford, the sun will rise at 5:08 a.m. and will remain partially eclipsed for more than an hour after that.

Garden Week, Day Five: The Return of The Hummingbird

With the arrival of spring comes the Ruby Throated Hummingbird, exhausted from its very long travel to the North.

There are lots of feeders out there to choose from, but these two simple designs are my all time favorites.

They suction to a window which will let you enjoy their antics whether you are inside or out, and the small ones can even be held in your hand. Nothing like a close encounter with a hummingbird!

In Split Decision, Select Board Votes to Increase Percentage of Electricity from Renewables

The Select Board voted 3-2 Monday to increase the percentage of electricity generated by renewables from 5 to 20 as the default option in the next community aggregation contract, which is expected late this year.

Since the state mandates a 20 percent baseline of renewables, the vote means the percentage actually will be 40. Participants in the plan will also have options to increase to 50 or 100 percent, as well as decrease to the baseline.

Someone you Should Know ~ Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator

There are some professions that attract the creative types.  Musicians, writers, artists, maybe an occasional accountant come to mind.  One place you don’t necessarily expect to find a creative type is in the Department of Public Works as the town’s Recycling Coordinator.  To an outsider the job seems simple enough, to paraphrase a commercial, “you pick stuff up – you drop it off.” That is a gross mischaracterization  of what the job entails.    

Rain! Sleet! Snow? SNOW!

Early morning weather reports predicted heavy rain from a Nor’easter passing through Bedford on Friday, April 16, with snow falling in the higher elevations of Worcester County and into New Hampshire.

The best-laid plans can change, and they did this morning.

Curbside Yard Waste Collection ~ Next Week ~ April 20-23

Bedford’s spring curbside yard waste collection begins Tuesday, April 20, and runs through Friday, April 23.

Residents should place the yard waste out at the curb in tall paper bags or open barrels with no lids by 7 a.m. Tuesday. Republic’s employees will not remove bags that are line up along a driveway.

Acceptable yard waste for curbside collection consists of leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, garden trimmings, and tree material up to one inch (1”) in diameter.

Several Events to Observe Earth Day ~ April 18 to 22 ~ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

As Elizabeth Nemirovsky so eloquently wrote last week, the 51st anniversary of Earth Day is next week, on April 22nd.  Communities of faith frequently participate in this celebration of our planet, or in the words of Pope Francis, “our common home”, because almost all faith traditions call upon their believers to be good stewards of Creation as well as to care for their neighbors.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Bedford is hosting three events to observe Earth Day, two of them this coming Sunday, April 18th. 

DPW Begins Drop-Off Collection of Glass Items

The Department of Public Works is expanding its recycling program by offering Bedford residents the opportunity to drop off glass at the Compost Center at 108 Carlisle Road beginning Saturday, April 10.

Glass is being collected in a container across from the compost piles. Accepted glass items are jars, bottles, beverage glasses, and window panes. Lids and caps should be removed; windows should be removed from metal and wood frames.