Features http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/features/todaysfeatures en Couple hosts child from NYC for third straight year http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/couple-hosts-child-nyc-third-straight-year <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kayla_and_lottie_3_col.jpg" alt="Kayla Thelwell with her doggie friend, lottie" title="Kayla Thelwell with her doggie friend, lottie" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kayla Thelwell, who just turned 12 and lives in the Bronx, spent two weeks in Bedford courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The Fresh Air Fund allows children from low income communities in New York City to have country and small town experiences every summer.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;This is the third summer that Mike and Katy Shea, of Bedford, have hosted Kayla. She&rsquo;s a very welcome house guest. The Sheas three children are grown and Katy notes that it&rsquo;s nice to have a child around the house.<br /> From refugee to brigadier general http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/refugee-brigadier-general <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dday_miller_-_0005_3_col.jpg" alt="Brigadier General Lapthe Flora received his new rank at a ceremony held June 6 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford." title="Brigadier General Lapthe Flora received his new rank at a ceremony held June 6 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brigadier General Lapthe Flora recalls his first meeting with his platoon sergeant when, as a second lieutenant, he took command of of a platoon in Clifton Forge&rsquo;s Company C. The sergeant was a Vietnam veteran.</p> Unusual artifact: Bottle of brandy had belonged to Earl Draper http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/unusual-artifact-bottle-brandy-had-belonged-earl-draper <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dday_calvados_etched_bottle_verticle.jpg" alt="This bottle of calvados, a Norman apple brandy, was presented to Earl Draper after surviving a nearly fatal mishap during a parachute jump in 1994. The bottle is etched with the date of D-Day, in French, and the date of the 1994 jump, also in French. There is a pear at the bottom of the bottle." title="This bottle of calvados, a Norman apple brandy, was presented to Earl Draper after surviving a nearly fatal mishap during a parachute jump in 1994. The bottle is etched with the date of D-Day, in French, and the date of the 1994 jump, also in French. There is a pear at the bottom of the bottle." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> The National D-Day Memorial Foundation has been accumulating a collection of D-Day related artifacts and documents for nearly 20 years. One of the most unusual is a vintage bottle of Calvados, a Norman apple brandy. The bottle belonged to Earl Draper.</p> Local middle schooler has gift for playing the piano http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/local-middle-schooler-has-gift-playing-piano <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dianne_fitzgerald_1_4_col.jpg" alt="Though only 11 years old, Dianne Fitzgerald is already using her gift of playing the piano to help others feel better." title="Though only 11 years old, Dianne Fitzgerald is already using her gift of playing the piano to help others feel better." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One of the area&rsquo;s most talented pianists is only 11.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A sixth grader at Bedford Middle School, Dianne Fitzgerald performs at three local churches, including her home church, Big Island Baptist.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;She&rsquo;s also performed at other venues. One of these was the Pearson Regional Cancer&nbsp; Center, where she played to sooth patients as they received cancer therapy. Fitzgerald played classical music, hymns and &ldquo;American classics.&rdquo; She selected the music herself.<br /> Splinters and Threads http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/splinters-and-threads <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/march_ff_004.jpg" alt="Artisans Des and Linda Black are retired, but busier than ever. " title="Artisans Des and Linda Black are retired, but busier than ever. " align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> By Patricia C Held<br /> Contributing Writer<br /> news@bedfordbulletin.com<br /> &nbsp;</p> Child’s illness leads to fight for funding http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/child%E2%80%99s-illness-leads-fight-funding <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jake_c_3_col.jpg" alt="This photo is from the Spring of 2014 during a campaign to get legislators involved and supporting the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act." title="This photo is from the Spring of 2014 during a campaign to get legislators involved and supporting the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act." align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jake Russell was 3 years old when he started having pain in his leg.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;His parents initially thought he might have injured his leg in a fall so they took&nbsp; him to the doctor. An initial exam revealed Jake didn&rsquo;t have an infection and that there wasn&rsquo;t any break.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;More tests were run and soon they realized the diagnosis was much worse.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Jake had cancer &ndash; specifically Ewing&rsquo;s sarcoma.<br /> Four generations at mill http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/four-generations-mill <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/minnis_b_3_col_1.jpg" alt="Kevin Minnis, left, and his father, Larry, both work at Georgia Pacific’s Big Island mill." title="Kevin Minnis, left, and his father, Larry, both work at Georgia Pacific’s Big Island mill." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Larry Minnis and his son, Kevin, represent third and fourth generations of their family to work at the paper mill in Big Island.</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The first generation was Jessie Minnis, Larry&rsquo;s grandfather. The second was Larry&rsquo;s father, Marshall, who started in 1939. Larry&rsquo;s uncle, J. W. Reynolds was the mill&rsquo;s first black supervisor.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Kevin noted that his maternal great-grandfather, Gilbert Spinner, also worked at the mill.</p> Ringing the bell http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/ringing-bell <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bell_tower_3_col.jpg" alt="Edward Stanley today" title="Edward Stanley today" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Last year&rsquo;s renovation of the bell tower on Bedford&rsquo;s courthouse included repairs to the clock. Long before that, however, Edward Stanley worked on the clock and made sure it rang on the half-hour, along with tolling on the hour.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Stanley always liked clocks and repaired them as a hobby when he was a child.<br />