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  • Tree lighting, parade kick off the season this weekend

    More than 85 entries will line the streets of Bedford to share their vision of “Christmas in Bedford” this Saturday. The Christmas season kicks off in Centertown the night before with a Friday evening tree lighting.

        The Bedford Christmas Parade is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 4, at noon. There will be decorated floats and marching bands, antique cars, lots of horses, and  - of course  - Santa Claus. People from all over the region will be participating in this year’s Christmas extravaganza.

  • Festival of Trees grows

    Last year’s Festival of Trees, held at the Bedford Welcome Center, had less than 10 trees, according to Judi Jackson, one of three volunteers who spearhead the effort.

        “This year, we have 21,” Jackson said.
        According to Jackson, Herb Crowder came up with the idea last year. She, Crowder and Yolanda Adams have been heading it up ever since. This year, Jackson added an additional idea. Civic organizations decorate trees and visitors cast votes to decide which tree is the best.

  • Christmas Station needs help

    The Bedford Community Christmas Station, a nonprofit organization run by local volunteers that gives families-in-need a dignified Christmas shopping experience, still needs help to make this year’s effort a success.

        The Christmas Station allows parents to choose clothing and toys for their children and food for their family. They have it bagged up and loaded into their vehicle as they would at any other store – but no money changes hands because of the generosity of the Bedford community.

  • Elks National Home lighting ceremony set for Dec. 10

    Visiting the Elks National Home during the Christmas season to view the extensive outdoor display has become an annual tradition for many families. The Home  enjoys providing this holiday gift to the public.     

        Executive Director, Dr. Ronald L. Plamondon, has announced that the official lighting of the display will take place on Friday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the Home’s dining room.

  • It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

        Bedford’s annual “Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony” will be held on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m., in the Centertown Park, at the corner of Main and Bridge streets.  Santa will light up the tree on this occasion that marks the beginning of the Christmas season here in Bedford, the Christmas Capital of Virginia.

  • Museum says thanks to volunteers

        The Bedford Museum said thanks to its many volunteers with a pre-Thanksgiving lunch, Thursday.

        Volunteers are key to the museum’s functioning and Doug Cooper, the museum’s manager, said that the museum has approximately 50 regular volunteers. The volunteers perform a number of valuable services that would otherwise require paid staff, doing services like scanning and filing documents. Many are retirees and volunteering at the museum gets them out of the house while doing something of value for the community.

  • Holiday open house to be held at Avenel

        It costs a lot to keep the heat on at Avenel.

  • Healing art

    Bedford Memorial Hospital, with help from the Bower Center and Art on Depot Street, has turned a long, sterile-looking hallway into an art gallery. Nine local artists have provided 30 pieces of paintings— water colors, oil, and pastel. A framed display featuring short biographical pieces on each artist gives visitors a chance to get to know some of the Bedford area’s talent.

        The goal, according to Patty Jurkus, the hospital’s CEO, is to provide a more cheerful environment for patients and their families.

  • Bedford Pregnancy Center seeks permanent home

    Bedford Pregnancy Center moved to temporary quarters at Brookhill Wesleyan Church two months ago.

        Lori Lewis, director of the center, said that it had rented space from Life Church, in Bedford’s Centertown, for more than five years. The pregnancy center moved because it was informed by the church about its plans to expand into the space occupied by the Bedford Pregnancy Center.
        Brookhill offered the organization space.

  • Vets turn out for ceremony

    The National D-Day Memorial held its annual Veterans’ Day commemoration at 11 a.m. Thursday.