🌱 Say hello to new firefighters + Brighten up a child’s holiday with toys

Hello again everyone! It’s Paula Constance, your Bedford Daily anchor. Stop by for the top things happening in the city these days, including updates on:

  • Welcome to the new Bedford firefighters!
  • Public school student enrollment Numbers are declining.
  • It’s time to donate new, unwrapped”Toys for toddlers.”

But first today’s weather:

Rain; breezy in the afternoon. High: 46 Low: 32.

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Here are today’s top stories from Bedford:

  1. Say hello to new firefighters Michael Sitar, Donald Tilbe and James Somers. In a recent post, Bedford Fire Brigade saluted the new members of the department and also wished them “good luck” in their probationary period. Welcome – and good luck! (Bedford, NH Fire Department via Facebook)
  2. A new report released Tuesday by the NH Department of Education shows as much Student enrollment in the state’s public schools is declining. It’s a trend we’ve seen over the past 20 years due to lower birth rates, an increasingly older population, and a few other factors. Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut said: “It is important for school leaders to understand how declining enrollment rates can affect their districts and how they can plan accordingly.” What about Bedford? Bedford has the third largest public school district in the state with 4,159 students. Manchester is the largest “with 12,016 students, followed by Nashua with 9,915 students”. (Yahoo)
  3. Help make a child’s Christmas “a little more colorful” this year by donating a toy for a child. The Bedford Police Department is now accepting new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Take the toy to the Bedford Safety Complex at 55 Constitution Drive (by the fire department entrance). “If you are a group with a large donation, please contact [email protected]” (Bedford Police Department via Twitter)

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You’re all caught up for today. See you tomorrow morning with a new update in your inbox!

— Paula Constance

About me: Paula is a writer, author and award-winning media producer. She is committed to media projects that empower, engage and help make the world a better place. When she’s not writing, she can be found hiking or watching fireflies in the muggy moments before sunset. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.