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  • Fireworks set for July 3 in Bedford

        The Bedford Moose lodge is finalizing plans for the Fourth of July fireworks display the lodge is sponsoring.
        According to Andy Dooley, the chairman of the lodge’s fireworks committee, the fireworks will be shot off from the National D-Day Memorial on July 3. Parking will be available at Liberty Lake Park — Dooley said that facility has lots of parking available, the Bedford Welcome Center, for handicapped parking only, and the Army Reserve Center in the Harmony project.

  • Health Foundation gift buys new lifesaving technology

        A $13,000 gift from the Bedford Community Health Foundation is paying for a Lucas2 Chest Compression System. This is a portable machine that preforms CPR. According to Janet Blankenship, the machine delivers the correct pressure at the correct timing.

        “It doesn’t get tired,” she commented.

  • Main Street hits ‘the ground running’

        Bedford Main Street, Inc. is in the midst of a lot of changes – and the new board wants area business owners and residents involved.
         Next week, on May 28 at 5:30 p.m. there will be a meeting at Avenel to discuss some of those changes.
        One of those is the opportunity to reboot Centertown’s 2nd Fridays; another is to better utilize Centerfest to feature the town’s business community.

  • BMS student helps with relief effort

        Ryan Balderston, a seventh grader at Bedford Middle School (BMS) , was struck by photos he saw of the devastation a powerful earthquake caused in Nepal last month.
        This was before a second quake, almost as powerful as the first, shook the Himalayan country. The people particularly got his attention.
        “What if that was me?” he commented. “What if that was my family? I’d want somebody to help.”

  • A look back at history

        A state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources that recalls one of the worst train accidents in Virginia history, in which at least 18 people died in Thaxton, was dedicated in the county Tuesday.

  • Bedford woman killed in accident

        A 41-year-old Bedford woman died in a single-car accident Monday morning on Timber Ridge Road in Bedford.

        Alisha R. Downin was pronounced dead at the scene. According to a report from the Virginia State Police, Downin was driving on Timber Ridge Road around 7 a.m. when her 1994 Chevy Lumina ran off the road to the right, she overcorrected and went off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned.

  • Bridges Out of Poverty focus of BCHF meeting

        Truthfully, annual meetings and annual reports are of tremendous interest to the organizations that produce them. 
        For the world at large, the interest can be minimal.  But the May 18 annual meeting of the Bedford Community Health Foundation   is  focused  on the Bedford area and its residents.

  • 2015 Readers Choice: Make your picks!

        What business makes your favorite lunch? Cup of coffee? Steak?
        Have a favorite dentist? Art gallery? Car dealer?
        This is your chance to make your picks.
        Make them count! Help us recognize the businesses that serve your community!
        The Bedford Bulletin is offering you the chance to say what you like best in our sixth annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Winners will be announced in the June 24 edition.

  • Uninvited guests

        One day, when Lucienne Bowden, then 13, came home, she discovered that the family had some uninvited visitors — three high ranking German officers in fancy dress uniforms.

        “They were dressed to kill,” she recalled.

  • Camp Jaycee celebrates Founder’s Day

        Camp Virginia Jaycee would not exist if it hadn’t been for the creative determination of Dr. William Robertson.

        Back in the ‘60s Dr. Robertson had the vision for a camp for high needs children and adults. He also came up with a way to raise the money for the project and the determination to see it through. Camp Virginia Jaycee has been serving this population since 1969, and Dr. Robertson is still personally involved in the fundraising. He was at the camp, late last month, for the camp’s Founders Day Dinner.