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I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Bedford Bulletin for its fine coverage of Bedford House during the last month.
The front page article of the Challenge Grant for the Endowment Fund was read in all parts of the county and engendered many of the generous donations that we received. In fact, I will credit the newspaper coverage with helping us to almost double our goal of $30,000 to meet the $100,000 challenge!
The fine articles by John Barnhart also helped to explain to the public our search for land on which to build the Bedford House. The power of the press in keeping the public informed cannot be underestimated. I hope that you will continue your fine coverage of our organization as we move on to groundbreaking and building of this special home for end-of-life care residents.
Jacqueline Wente, President
Bedford Hospice House, Inc. Board of Directors
Thanks for help
The (Centerfest) Kick Off Concert stayed dry but there was a fall nip in the air. However, over 300 people braved the damp weather to come and hear Terry Day and Sam Austin Band and visit with the vendors. Bedford Main Street wishes to thank the performers for their success in kicking off the 28th Annual Bedford Centerfest.
Saturday began as it had the year before, with a mist and as the day progressed, it was very wet. But with smiles on their faces and maps in their hands, the volunteers escorted the vendors to their well marked spaces beginning at 5:30 a.m. By 9 a.m., vendors were in their spaces, booths were readied and shoppers came, slowly at first but as always the streets did fill. An estimate of approximately 9,000 people was given by our Police Command Post in the upper level Main Street Office. Some vendors chose not to participate in the rain or shine event and that is understandable with their valuable merchandise. We hold the weather responsible and do hope that they attend next year.
As the event planner, I cannot express enough thanks to all those who made everything work. The planning begins with the hundreds of applications to be mailed, speaking with all potential vendors, organizations and commercial venues. How do I say my thanks to Troy Bowyer in the electric department for the street layout maps and when something needed to be changed, he did it without hesitation and a smile on his face. If you have never worked a Centerfest event, the public is unaware of the efforts to place vendors who need power in places where there is power and sufficient power for their use. Jeff Weddle, A.J. Fairchild – thank you for working with us in making sure the vendors had what they needed and in the rain as well Friday and Saturday. Garth Morck and Ross Mitchell, what troopers in working with our volunteers in making sure the vendors and stages were plugged in! I felt as though that department was going to put a cot in corner for me but there are so many things that have to be covered. Thanks to D.W. Lawhorne for helping with every aspect and the Public Works Department, Mark Crouch and all the rest for jobs well done with barriers, stages, trash pick-up and just being there.
The Bedford Police Department always rises to the occasion. Chief Day, Captain Bennett, Sergeant Foreman and all those whose names I missed – there is so much I want to thank you for but for now Thank You for the planning sessions, the phone calls and the well staffed events and the emergency Command Post. Everything went off without a hitch and as one officer said, “This is scary.” But, with the cooperation of all departments and the volunteers we intend to keep things trouble free!
Thanks to all the merchants who kept their stores open. Shoppers readily took advantage of a dry space and shopped your stores. Shoppers commented that they had no idea Bedford had so many unique places and they would come back and they were encouraged to visit during Christmas time.
Bedford Main Street wishes to thank the Bedford Bulletin and staff as well as Jay Bondurant, Tom Wilmoth and Mike Forster for great coverage and as always the Centerfest insert to the newspaper. Volunteers came from the Bulletin to pitch in Friday and Saturday; thanks to Sandy Wheeler and Melynda Cassidy.
Volunteers – you are never thanked enough for all you do. Many of you have volunteered for many years and no one has to show you about set ups, etc.; you simply put in 12 to 13 hour days and do it. Many of you have volunteered with me for nine years and some have recently come on board but everyone gives their all and you make these events happen. I know that when the call is made, you all will be there unless there is some unforeseen circumstance to keep you away. I say with Bedford Main Street and the City of Bedford thanks to Debbie and Dave Champagne, Charles Haaff, Donna and Chris Woodroof, Steve Witt, Carolyn Hannabass, Lynn Hannabass, Mary Wingfield, Sterling Penn, Margene and Tony Rivera, Marilyn and Johns Sites, Linda and Doug Moses, the Blankenship family, Patrick Ellis and Mitchell Bond of Goose Creek Studio for helping us mark the streets, Hal Gurley and his wife Tina of Clam Diggers for giving Centertown park a good scrubbing and planting the beautiful plants in the large planters and of course, my husband Tom Wilson. If I have missed you, you know that you are not forgotten and we are indebted to you for your time that you have given all these many years.
As the numbers fade on the street and folk ready themselves for the holiday season, the people of Bedford and surrounding areas and states as well can say another festival well done and we look forward to the 29th! I want to personally thank everyone for all the assistance, advice and hard work to make the 28th Annual Bedford Centerfest happen.
Bedford Main Street, Inc. appreciates all of the hard work by Diane Wilson, our Centerfest Event Planner and by all of the dedicated and hard-working volunteers who helped to make our most recent Centerfest a success. Despite the rain, those who came had a most enjoyable time and the merchants and exhibitors had a very successful day.
Bedford Main Street, Inc. apologizes for the last-minute alteration of plans for the Friday evening Centerfest concert that resulted in a change in performers. Due to a situation beyond their control, the popular band 2nd Flyte was unable to perform and we had to make arrangements for different performers for that evening.
A special thanks goes out to Terry Day for performing on short notice. We apologize to anyone who may not have received advance notice about the change. We are very happy to report, however, that 2nd Flyte is working with one of our committees to present a performance on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at Liberty High School to benefit the staff of Olde Liberty Station Restaurant. We hope that everyone will try and plan on coming to that concert to hear this wonderful band and to support the staff of one of Bedford’s most popular restaurants.
Ginger Bell, President
Bedford Main Street, Inc.
Laughing group forming in Bedford
There are posters all over Bedford stating Gloom, Doom, and Bad News have been fired. The rest of the poster states that in their stead Upbeat, Optimism, Faith and Good News have been promoted with a substantial increase in salary – not in dollars but in enthusiasm.
In support of the community’s refusal to abandon ship when times presented challenges, a laughing group is being formed. It’s intent is to promote lightheartedness as a way of life. A laughing group is not a club. There are no dues, no debates, no officers, no Robert’s Rules. There are a few suggested guidelines: meet once a week in a public place, begin promptly, lighten up and laugh for 15 minutes in all kinds of weather and end promptly. The group embraces all peoples – children to centurions - is non-political, and non-religious. No, there is no joke telling. We just laugh for the health of it and to spread joy. He, He, Ho, Ho, Ha, Ha!
Laughing groups are popping up all over the world. There were over 5,000 in 40 countries at last count. The first group was established in 1995 in Mumbai, India, by a medical doctor who realized the healing effect of laughter. His name is Dr. Madan Kataria. In 1998, Dr. Kataria organized the first “World Laughing Day” in Bombay. Over 10,000 people attended. Just imagine 10,000 people expressing unihibited delight in group laughing. Count us in.
Laughter has a liberating effect and is a vital part of happy living. Children laugh on average 300 times a day. For whatever reason when we leave childhood behind, we also leave laughing behind. Adults laugh about 15 times a day.
Sigmond Freud stated in his book Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious, “Laughter enables individuals to defend against anxieties, fear, anger and other disturbing emotions.”
American research has shown that laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones and boosts immune function. A hearty laugh relieves tension and anger, helps overcome fatigue, has a rejuvenating, relaxing effect and is free to all. It gives the body a gentle workout, causes deep breathing, raises heart rate, and causes the natural feel-good, pain reliever hormone, endorphins to be released. Laughing makes us feel the same as eating really good chocolate. Ask the folks who go to the Bedford Nutrition Center to confirm this. They have been group laughing on purpose every Tuesday for about two months.
Laughter is a valuable part of our determination to be happy. Some American doctors are prescribing laughter for their gloomy patients, and it’s working. The author has a friend whose psychologist urged her to join her local laughing group and to use humor regularly.
You are invited to test all the forgoing statements. Our kickoff “Laugh In” will be Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 9:30 a.m. at The Clock Square on Main and Bridge streets. Come join others for the healthiest 15 minutes you will spend each week.
A piece of chocolate will be shared to determine if good chocolate is as invigorating as a deep-down belly laugh. See you there, He, He, Ho, Ho, Ha, Ha!
The Internet served in the writing of this article, www.4lifeself-help.com.
The Bedford International Alliance thanks all parties involved in helping make the French visit of Oct. 2/3 a wonderful experience.
These are: BIA host families; City of Bedford; Bedford Elementary School (5th/6th grades); The National D-Day Memorial; Bedford Schools JROTC; Staunton River High School French Students (4); The Social Club Restaurant; The Bedford Area Welcome Center; Avenel Foundation; Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest; Peaks of Otter Lodge Restaurant (special thanks to this restaurant for their meal donation).
Bedford International Alliance
Perriello’s happy keeping us
in the dark
As the liberals in Washington get closer and closer to a government takeover of healthcare, one thing becomes clearer and clearer. They don’t want the people to be able to read the legislation before they vote on it! We wonder what they might be afraid of.
In June, Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) introduced a change to the House rules that would prohibit the House from voting on legislation until 72 hours after the proposed law is posted online. That bill now languishes in committee.
On Sept. 23, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) filed a petition that would force a vote on the stalled bill. So far 186 members of Congress have signed the petition, but that is not yet enough to force the vote.
Not surprisingly, one member of Congress who has not signed the petition is Tom Perriello. It is not a surprise because Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has been working hard behind the scenes to discourage Democrats from signing the petition. She apparently doesn’t want the members of the House, let alone average citizens, to be able to read the healthcare bill and other laws before they are voted on. And it should infuriate the citizens of the Fifth District that Nancy Pelosi and Tom Perriello don’t want informed citizen input before they cram their liberal agenda down our throats.
If you think that Nancy and Tom are wrong, go to http://readthebill.org and sign the online petition demanding the 72 hour rule be put in place.
The 5th District’s “Reasonable Response” is comprised of a group of concerned citizens dedicated to exposing Congressman Tom Perriello for what he is – a mouthpiece for Nancy Pelosi. The “Reasonable Response” is deeply concerned for the direction the country is heading and believes that Congressman Perriello does not represent the views of the majority of the citizens of the 5th District.
Edward W. Clark Jr.
We want to thank all who visited our farm on National Alpaca Days.
Rain greeted us on Saturday but visitors came anyway to see just what an alpaca is and learn more about them. The alpacas didn’t mind the rain and since the activities were inside the barn everyone had fun petting and feeding the animals. The weather on Sunday was perfect with sunny skies and cool temperatures.
Folks started coming early in the day and at times the parking area was full. Parents, children, grandparents, neighbors and folks from the surrounding communities came to the farm with questions of every kind and description. The air was filled with laughter as the children fed the alpacas grain from their hands and adults felt the fine, dense fiber on the alpacas.
Alpacas are new to most people since they are originally from South America but their numbers are increasing in the US and the industry is growing rapidly. We at Otter Peaks Alpacas strongly support the development of alpacas and the exquisite fiber industry that is exploding in the US. National Alpaca Days was a single opportunity to invite folks to our farm to experience alpacas.
Alpaca Days are every day at Otter Peaks Alpacas.
John and Cindy Ferrante
Owners Otter Peaks Alpacas, LLC
Does anyone need clarification of the “liberal” agenda? No problem. Just read the Rick Howell commentary in this newspaper each week. To date I cannot recall ever reading any of Mr. Howell’s work which was not devoted to presenting, promoting and defending not merely the Democrat Party’s position. He supports and promotes the entire agenda, no matter how extreme.
To the left of Mr. Howell’s commentary we find the words of John Barnhart. No doubt many “liberals” will try to argue that Mr Barnhart is as heavily conservative as Mr Howell is “liberal.” Mr. Barnhart is most certainly “conservative” but he, at least, knows he needs not to constantly hammer his party’s position to the public. He actually addresses other topics with some frequency.
If any reader wonders why I put quotation marks around the terms, “liberal,” and “conservative,” I had the good fortune to have been raised by true liberals when, in the ‘30s and ‘40s in Jim Crow Norfolk, that meant people who believed and taught children to believe that everyone was created equal and were entitled to equal opportunities. They did not believe that everyone was entitled to equal results no matter the quality of their efforts.