News Digest

U.S. Department of Education honors Riddle Brook School

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that two First District schools, Riddle Brook School in Bedford and Belmont Middle School, have earned recognition by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017.

“I’m proud to congratulate Riddle Brook School and Belmont Middle School on their much-deserved recognition as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools,” said Shea-Porter. “These awards are an impressive testament to the talent and dedication of Riddle Brook and Belmont Middle faculty and staff, and the schools’ parents and communities should be very proud of the great learning environment they are providing for their kids.”

This year, just 342 schools across the country earned Blue Ribbon recognition. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. Representatives from the schools will be invited to participate in a recognition ceremony on Nov. 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C.

2017 inaugural induction for Bedford School Hall of Fame

BEDFORD – Local residents Bill Greiner, Tim Mayes, Sue Mullen, Dennis Pope, Ann Remus and Bill Whitmore are the inaugural inductees selected to the Bedford School Hall of Fame.

These six individuals have gone above and beyond in their contributions to the Bedford School District, in their commitment to the students of Bedford and to the Bedford community. Each has individually contributed an immeasurable amount of time, energy and dedication to making the Bedford School District extraordinary. They have each been instrumental in establishing and upholding a tradition of excellence. Their desire to excel in all areas of eduction and extracurriculars has helped to cultivate an environment of learning and enrichment that make our schools and our students truly exceptional. We are honored to recognize their contributions to our community with their induction to the Bedford Schools Hall of Fame.

An induction ceremony and luncheon will be held Oct. 21 at the BHS Commons. Limited tickets are available. Check out

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Meeting schedule for week

of Oct. 9 on BCTV

BEDFORD – A planning board meeting will be broadcast live on BCTV channel 22 on Monday, Oct. 9, as well as a town council meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The water and sewer advisory committee meeting will be broadcast live on Thursday Oct. 12, at 7:45 a.m. On channel 23, there will be a school board meeting broadcast on Tuesday, Oct. 10. BCTV will show a zoning board of adjustment meeting on Tuesday, Oct.17 at 7 p.m. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All archived meetings can be viewed on demand by visiting Also, visit our website to view all three BCTV channels – 16, 22 and 23 live online.

Be sure to check out the variety of programming airing on channels 16 and 23. You will find talk shows, local town events, political programs, outdoor recreation, cooking shows, music shows, lectures, history programs and much more on channel 16. On channel 23, you can watch sporting events and educational programs. Don’t forget if you missed a program or a live meeting you can watch it on demand by visiting You can also find programs and broadcast times for all three BCTV channels (16, 22 and 23) by visiting our website or by calling the station at 472-8288.