http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Family Fun Day will promote responsible pet ownership http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/family-fun-day-will-promote-responsible-pet-ownership <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tails_event_verticle.jpg" alt="The Happy Tails Family Fun Day will include a chance to see dogs that could be adopted. " title="The Happy Tails Family Fun Day will include a chance to see dogs that could be adopted. " align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tails seem to be wagging a little bit happier these days at the Bedford County Animal Shelter.</p> BCSO IDs hiker who died http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/bcso-ids-hiker-who-died <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bedford County Sheriff&rsquo;s investigators have identified the hiker found dead at the Matt Creek Shelter Monday morning as Rodney Montgomery, 59, of Otis Orchard, Wash.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Investigators contacted one of Montgomery&rsquo;s brothers in Washington state late yesterday. The brother said that he had two brothers hiking together on the Appalachian Trial.&nbsp; Investigators contacted the second brother, by cell phone, and learned he was in Troutville.<br /> Local store was the gathering place http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/local-store-was-gathering-place <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/marie_overst._3_col.jpg" alt="Marie Overstreet at Overstreet General Repair. She fondly recalls the days when Shepherd&#039;s Store was a hub of activity for the community. " title="Marie Overstreet at Overstreet General Repair. She fondly recalls the days when Shepherd&#039;s Store was a hub of activity for the community. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Marie Overstreet, who serves as secretary and treasurer of Overstreet General Repair, was no stranger to a family-owned business when she married into the Overstreet family.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;She grew up in one. Actually, she grew up living over her father&rsquo;s store.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Her father, Virgil Shepherd, owned Shepherd&rsquo;s store which was located at the intersection of Dickerson Mill Road and Shepherd&rsquo;s Store Road.<br /> Shearing day comes to local alpaca farm http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/shearing-day-comes-local-alpaca-farm <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/alpaca_d_3_col.jpg" alt="John Ferrante, co-owner of Otter Peaks Alpacas, has a chat with one of his alpacas, explaining the shearing process." title="John Ferrante, co-owner of Otter Peaks Alpacas, has a chat with one of his alpacas, explaining the shearing process." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Otter Peaks Alpacas invited three other alpaca farms to join in as the farm brought in a professional shearing team to shear their alpacas.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;John and Cindy Ferrante, who own Otter Peaks, have 22 alpacas.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Alpacas are domesticated camelids that were bred in the Andes Mountains for very thick, wooly coats. Alpaca wool is warmer than sheep&rsquo;s wool and is not prickly. It is also hypoallergenic because it does not contain lanolin. Alpaca wool is flame resistant.<br /> Getting out from behind their four walls http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/getting-out-behind-their-four-walls <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/food_pantry_3_col.jpg" alt="The Rev. David Hinsen, Bedford Church of God’s senior pastor, with some of the canned goods they’ve brought in for the food pantry." title="The Rev. David Hinsen, Bedford Church of God’s senior pastor, with some of the canned goods they’ve brought in for the food pantry." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; David Hinsen, Bedford Church of God&rsquo;s senior pastor, believes it&rsquo;s important for the church to &ldquo;get outside our four walls.&rdquo;<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;If all we do is have a couple of services and go home, we&rsquo;ve failed,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We need to be a part of the community.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;That&rsquo;s the impetus behind the church&rsquo;s decision to open a food pantry on May 1. According to the Rev. Hinsen, the idea came from J. R. Cook, the youth pastor.<br /> Bedford Memorial honored hospital volunteers http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/bedford-memorial-honored-hospital-volunteers <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bmh_e_3_col.jpg" alt="Candy Top the Clown, aka Walter Johnson, was the source of all the balloon headgear and little balloon dogs. Johnson donated his services." title="Candy Top the Clown, aka Walter Johnson, was the source of all the balloon headgear and little balloon dogs. Johnson donated his services." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bedford Memorial Hospital honored its volunteers, Thursday, with an appreciation lunch at the Bedford Columns. Along with a buffet lunch, the event featured entertainment and door prizes donated by 35 area merchants.</p> Restoration fundraiser slated for May 10 http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/restoration-fundraiser-slated-may-10 <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bigottermill_3_col.jpg" alt="Big Otter Mill" title="Big Otter Mill" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Friends of Big Otter Mill and the 24th Masonic District are teaming up for a fundraiser at Big Otter Mill on Saturday, May 10.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;All profits from the fundraiser, a BBQ dinner, will go to the mill restoration project and Masonic District charitable projects. The mill will be open for tours during the fundraiser, which takes place from 3-7 p.m.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;We are trying to get it restored,&rdquo; said Tom Richardson, a member of the mill&rsquo;s board of directors.<br /> D-Day Memorial seating gets a facelift http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/d-day-memorial-seating-gets-facelift <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dday_bench_repair_3_col.jpg" alt="Workers from F &amp; S Building Innovations, in Roanoke, install Trex surfaces on benches at the National D-Day Memorial." title="Workers from F &amp; S Building Innovations, in Roanoke, install Trex surfaces on benches at the National D-Day Memorial." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Workers from F &amp; S Building Innovations spent Monday installing new surfaces, donated by Trex, a company located in Harrisonburg, to the benches that surround the plaza at the National D-Day Memorial.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The Trex material looks like stained wooden planks. The workers saw it and use construction screws to secure the planks in place, but it&rsquo;s not wood. It&rsquo;s made of recycled plastic bottles. According to Martin Leamy, the D-Day Memorial&rsquo;s site manager, it&rsquo;s more weather resistant than pressure treated wood.<br />