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Today's Features

  •     A painting by Franz Beisser is being raffled to raise money for Big Otter Mill, a historic mill on Va. 122 near Bedford.

        Beisser, now retired, founded Bison Printing, located just west of Bedford. It’s a family-owned business that is now run by his sons.
        Art has long played a big role in his life. When he first got the business rolling, nearly 40 years ago, one of his marketing tools was to do pen-and-ink drawings of churches for the covers of their church bulletins which he printed.

  • ibrary is always an attractive place, but the Peaks & Pieces Quilt Guild really transforms it with the group’s annual quilt show. The colorful quilts are currently on display and the show will go on through next Tuesday.

        These quilts are works of art and you really need to see them up close to fully appreciate them. The intricate stitching in them is part of the artistry. All the quilts were made by Guild members.

  •     Kayla Thelwell, who just turned 12 and lives in the Bronx, spent two weeks in Bedford courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund.

        The Fresh Air Fund allows children from low income communities in New York City to have country and small town experiences every summer.
        This is the third summer that Mike and Katy Shea, of Bedford, have hosted Kayla. She’s a very welcome house guest. The Sheas three children are grown and Katy notes that it’s nice to have a child around the house.

  •     “We are going to take collective responsibility for this fiasco,” said Nancy Johnson, Friday evening, as she and Karen Hopkins gathered the cast of Little Town Players’ (LTP) 40th anniversary presentation.

        The local theater group was making its final preparations for the free show it presented Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Johnson, Parkie Smith and Karen Hopkins planned and organized the entire show and it worked.

  •     Bower Center for the Arts officially reopened its doors to the Bedford community Thursday with a ribbon cutting that cut the bow on the $1 million renovation and expansion project.

        Dr. John Bower cut the ribbon, dedicating the building to his parents, Minnie and Mitch Bower. Dr. Bower and Edna Curry, the donors that made the Bower Expansion Project possible, attended Thursday’s opening and Dr. Bower recounted the history of his family’s journey that eventually landed  them in Bedford.

  •     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’s Company C. The sergeant was a Vietnam veteran.

  •     Lydia Wentzel, a 2016 Liberty High School (LHS) graduate, now has one of her works of art hanging in the U. S. Capitol.

  •     Lydia Wentzel, a 2016 Liberty High School (LHS) graduate, now has one of her works of art hanging in the U. S. Capitol.
        Lydia, with her parents, Jim and Terry Wentzel, and her LHS art teacher, Leslie Bowyer, went to Washington, D.C. Friday to be honored for her work.

  •     Friday will be the last day for the Rwandan Hugs Thrift Store, located on North Bridge Street.

        “We are closing June 24,” Nancy Strachan, president of Rwandan Hugs, said.
        Hugs, which has been around since 2007, has operated the thrift store since August, 2013. The organization had a booth in the building for a year-and-a-half before that.

  • 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.