🌱 Canada’s Champagne + 100 Icy Road Crashes+ Free Test Kits Here

Good Morning! Paula Constance here with today’s edition of the Bedford Daily.

First, today’s weather:

Cloudy early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. A few flurries or snow showers are possible. High: 37. Low: 25.

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Here are the top stories in Bedford today:

  1. Our neighbors in Canada will have plenty of champagne to toast Christmas and the holidays, but there may be a shortage of other spirits to celebrate. Imported wines, beer, and liquor drinks that are imported from the United States, Europe, and around the world are in short supply due to a “bottleneck” caused by the pandemic-related shipping and supply-chain delays. This means that certain wines and beer from Australia, New Zealand, and South America may not be available. Imported wine, beer, and liquor travel to Canada through Vancouver, which was impacted by floods this year that limited train and road access. There is also a worldwide shortage of glass and aluminum adding to the mix. A European beer may be missing one week, or wine from New Zealand the next said Beverley Ware, spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC), but local beer and wine are available, and for some reason, there is plenty of champagne to toast in Christmas and the New Year. You can read more here: (The Union Leader)

  2. Bedford and Southern New Hampshire woke up to freezing rain and icy roads early Christmas morning. As the day warmed up, freezing rain turned to light rain in places. State troopers reported over 100 crashes and spinouts on slippery and icy roads on Saturday, including a 15 car pile-up on the Everett Turnpike. Eileen Meaney, a spokeswoman with the Department of Transportation said, “With the air temperature, the road temperatures, and then that freezing rain coming in, it froze on contact.” Icy conditions with a wintry mix of snow are likely Saturday night with less than an inch of accumulation. Sunday will be a better travel day, starting cloudy with a few flurries possible, followed by sunshine and clouds later in the day. Wishing everyone a safe and joyful holiday weekend. (WMUR)

  3. Did you get a free at-home Covid-19 test kit? They are now available for New Hampshire residents who have not yet received one. Governor Chris Sununu announced that up to 750,000 additional free at-home test kits would be available as of Thursday, Dec 23. Sign up by clicking on the “free test” icon on the state’s COVID-19 website, https://www.covid19.nh.gov/. You can read more here: (The Union Leader)

From my notebook:

  • Bedford Hockey: “Great game Wednesday against Pinkerton. Final score 3-0 Bedford! Next game 12/26 JFK for the Christmas Tournament! Happy Holidays all!” (Facebook)

  • Bedford NH Police Department: “We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!” (Facebook)

  • Bedford Athletic Club: “‘TIS THE SEASON TO CELEBRATE! Happy Holidays from Bedford Athletic Club.” (Facebook)

  • Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains: “Get into the Holiday spirit with this Christmas parade Fun Patch!” (Facebook)

  • Bedford N.H. Community Television: “Happy Christmas Eve Everyone!” (Facebook)

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Paula Constance

About me: I am a freelance writer, author, and media producer. I am committed to media projects that empower, engage, and help make the world a better place.

This article originally appeared on the Bedford Patch

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