Letters 12/14/11

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Reaching out

    Bedford Domestic Violence Services would like to reach out to those in the Bedford area who may be a victim of domestic violence and do not know about our services.
    We offer a 24 hour Hotline (540)587-0970, that you can call if you have questions concerning what may be going on in your life or home.
    We offer domestic violence counseling and a shelter to those in need of a safe place to stay.  We also have a court advocate that will accompany individuals to court and assist them in filing for a protective order.
    We want you to know that you are not alone and that there is help and resources available.  It is not your fault and you don’t deserve to be hurt or hit. 
    If you or someone you know are facing a domestic violence situation, please give us a call.  We can help. 
    With the holidays in full swing, do not let all of the hustle and bustle of the season be one more reason to not reach out.
    You do not have to feel ashamed or helpless.  There are many resources in our area we can connect you with, to get the help you need.

Lisa Bailey
Client Services Advocate
Bedford Domestic Violence Services

Nothing foreign

    In the year 1820 James Monroe was president. Daniel Webster. a known Constitutional lawyer said in a speech before 8,000 people at the site of the Pilgrims landing that, “our fathers came here to enjoy their religion free and unmolested; and, at the end of 200 years there is nothing that can express a conviction than the importance of religion to man, both in this life and that which is to come. We hold institutions of government, religion and learning to be transmitted and enjoyed. We are in the line of conveyance through which whatever has been obtained by the spirit and efforts of our ancestors, it to be communicated to our children. We are bound to maintain public liberty, and by example of our own systems, to convince the world, that order, and law, religion and morality, the rights of conscience, the rights of persons, and the rights of property, may all be preserved and secured, in the most perfect manner, by government entirely and purely elective. If we fail in this, our disaster will be a signal, and will furnish an argument stronger than has yet been found, in support of those opinions which maintain that government can rest safely on nothing but power and coercion.”
    Upon  creation of public schools the purpose was to instruct the censures of the law and the denunciations of religion against immorality and crime. Germany was a good Christian nation, then along came Adolph Hitler and enforced the following:
    • Schools prohibit prayers and carols.
    • Schools change Christmas over to winter holiday.
    • Schools change Easter to spring holiday.
    • Nativity scenes prohibited in schools.
    • Crucifixes in classrooms prohibited.
    • Title of Christmas replaced with Yuletide.
    • School children indoctrinated away from individualism.
    • Crosses atop Yuletide trees prohibited in public.
    • Hate speech / hate crime passed into law.
    • Privatize religion. God separated from government.
    Because we have a government for and by the people that, by oath, are servants of the people (our Constitution, liberty and freedom), nothing foreign or from the U.N. shall tread upon our shores.

Walter F. Heydt

Thank you from the Bower Center

    Wharton Foundation and Bower Center for the Arts would like to thank the many generous people who made our first annual fundraiser, Paint the Town, the success that it was.
    It is an understatement  to say that  those who attended the event had a great time, looked amazing in their funky attire, and we can’t wait to see what happens next year.  The GALA was the brainchild of Patrick Ellis and Mitchell Bond of Goose Creek Studio. They gathered the donated work of 40 local and regional artists to serve as the basis of a silent auction.  They solicited the help of Evelyn Johnson, who did her magic with the food, and Rob Jarvis, who outdid himself with the wild, red decorations, to transform the Bower Center into “party central.”
     We thank those Bedford folks who attended the GALA, bid on art work and  danced to the sounds of the Sophistokatz.   Patrick, Mitchell, members of the exhibit committee and many others are great friends and supporters of the Center and help us to continue to offer visual and performing arts activities to the young people and adults in Bedford.

Sara Braaten
Acting Director of the Bower Center
Wharton Memorial Foundation Board of Directors