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  • Naturally, when we face economically trying times, the social safety nets become ever more important.

        With people losing jobs and companies cutting back on hours and benefits, obtaining health care becomes more of a concern.  Oftentimes, illness or injury can be the straw that breaks a family’s financial back.

        That’s where places such as the Bedford Christian Free Clinic (BCFC) and the Free Clinic of Central Virginia (FCCV) can offer help.

  • Dee Duffy knows Stump, the winner of this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, well. She’s one of his breeders.

        The Montvale resident was in Indiana on Dec. 1, 1998, when Stump was born and she watched with tears in her eyes Feb. 10 as the Sussex Spaniel was named “Best in Show” at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, outclassing some 2,500 other champion dogs for the title.

  • Tomorrow, Feb. 12 marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. This year also marks the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s “Origin of the Species” in which he set forth his theory of evolution. To mark these dual anniversaries, Answers in Genesis is sponsoring two free national conferences to provide a biblical, science-based response to Darwin’s theory.

        The conferences are called “Answers for Darwin” and one will be held at Thomas Road Baptist Church, in Lynchburg, from Feb. 15 through 17.

  • Goode’s Country Kitchen closed its doors for the last time Sunday.

        The restaurant has stood on U. S. 460, on the eastbound lane just east of Bedford, since 1981 when Betty and Norris Goode acquired the shell of a building and turned it into Bedford County’s first country buffet. It finally closed, a victim of steeply rising food prices and the passage of time.

  • The world of professional music can be just as competitive as any sporting event.

        Just ask Michael Inge.

        The former Bedford resident makes a living creating music in Nashville, Tenn., and is now one of two finalists in the Duke’s Mayonnaise jingle contest.  And the fact is, his hometown can help him win that contest.

  • About 2 million people were on hand for President Barack Obama’s inauguration, but  only saw him on a TV screen. Cory Watkins, of Bedford, saw President Obama from about 20 feet away.

        Watkins, a 2006 Liberty High School graduate, is a member of the Hampton University Marching Force, the university’s marching band. The junior, majoring in business management and  minoring in Spanish, plays clarinet, the instrument he took up in sixth grade.

  • LaCarol Wynne wasn’t about to miss the inauguration of President Barack Obama last Tuesday so Monday afternoon she and two others set out from Bedford for Washington D.C.

        “It was so overwhelming,” she said of the event, which drew an estimated crowd of at close to 2 million people. “We didn’t get any sleep, but it was worth it.”

  •     Bedford Ride could use some more volunteer drivers, according to Ira Doom, the non-profit’s director.

        Bedford Ride, which first got rolling in the early autumn of 2001, provides non-emergency medical transportation for people who have trouble getting to medical appointments or to get to a pharmacy to get a prescription filled. Doom is one of the organization’s two paid employees. The rest are volunteers. The volunteer drivers use vehicles that are provided, and fueled, by Bedford Ride.

  • A local band that began in 1977 as the Love of God Singers has been reborn as L.O.G.O.S.

        According to Dan Snyder, of Forest, this name was chosen because band members wanted a name with initials that would spell something. L.O.G.O.S spells the Greek word that is translated “Word” in the first chapter of the Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

  •     The Wharton Memorial Foundation and the Bedford Academy for the Arts ended the old year by becoming one. The merger took place in September.

        The Wharton Memorial Foundation was formally organized in 1997, according to Fred Duis, the foundation’s vice president and a founding member. Its roots go back to the desire to set up a public garden.

  •     Austin Wiese, a 2004 Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) graduate, decided during his freshman year of high school to seek a career in the armed forces.

        “What better way to serve and to defend our nation’s values than to be in the military?” he commented.

        Wiese said that his paternal grandfather, Colonel William Wiese, was a major influence in that decision. Col. Wiese, an Air Force officer, flew combat missions in Vietnam in the F-105.

  • Shayne Tracy is a different kind of massage therapist. His clients are big, big as a horse. In fact, they are horses.

        Tracy started out with people and did massage therapy on humans for 20 years. After doing some research, he began working with horses.

        “It relaxes them,” he said.

  • Paul D. Helsel, who heads up the Elks organization nationwide, was sure that there would be a line of cars near the Elks National Home full of people hoping his remarks would be brief. He was right. As soon as he pressed the switch that turned on the lights Friday night, a steady stream of cars began rolling into the Elks Home property.

  • Calvin Rice has worked along the Blue Ridge Parkway for half a century.

        He’s currently the dining room manager at the Peaks of Otter Lodge.

        Rice started working at a service station along the parkway at Otter Creek, near Big Island, right out of high school. This is 28 miles north of the Peaks and the parkway was not yet complete at that time. There was not yet a bridge carrying the road over the James River and motorists, upon reaching that point, had to get off, cross the James elsewhere and then return to the parkway.

  • Bedford area residents welcomed in the holiday season Saturday as the streets were lined with those attending the Bedford Christmas Parade.

        “It’s nice to see the community come out,” noted Bedford Main Street Executive Director Linda Exley. “The comments were very positive.”

  •     The Bedford Historical Society held its annual Hanging of the Greens lunch at the Bedford Historic Meeting House.

        Hanging of the Greens is an old English tradition observed in many churches. It marks the beginning of Advent, the period leading up to Christmas. It got its name because of the green wreaths that were hung as decorations for the season. It marks the point when many churches put up their holiday decorations, leaving them up through Epiphany, which comes on Jan. 6 and marks the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child.

  • A lake area author has written a book on combat veterans and he came to the National D-Day Memorial last week to sign copies.

        Bob Vanderlinde knows something about serving in combat. A member of the 187th Airborne, he made two combat jumps during the Korean War. He was wounded three times and still has pieces of shrapnel in his body.

        His first jump was on Oct. 20, 1950.

        “We jumped 50 miles north of Pyongyang,” he said.

  •     Ruth Crouch has been the manager at D. Reynolds for 32 years, but she's known about Bedford as the pie lady. As a sideline, she bakes pies to order.

        “I made six this morning before I came to work,” she said when interviewed the day before Thanksgiving. 

        All told, she's baked 220 this year. That includes more than 40 for Main Street United Methodist Church's bake sales in July and August. Each year she contributes at least 40 for this fundraising event.

  • The Shepherd’s Table served its annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday, feeding 106 people turkey with dressing and gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.

        It’s a labor of love. The Shepherd’s table provides free hot lunches to people in Bedford who are in tight financial circumstances.

  • Julius Hinsch, a resident at Carriage Hill in Bedford, turned 100 years old on Nov. 24.

        And he has some advice for the young folks of today: “Get a job and work hard.”

        Born in Germany on Nov. 24, 1908, Hinsch moved to the United States 80 years ago, settling in New York. He has been a resident at Carriage Hill since 2002.

        Hinsch has a daughter who lives at Smith Mountain Lake and a son in New York. He also has two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.