1. Happy Presidents’ Day! Today should be sunny, with a high around 34, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight should be clear, with a low around 25, according to the service.
2. There is an application to turn 521 Boston Post Road into a self-service ice cream and yogurt store, according to Town Planner Mark Wujtewicz.
The property was formerly the Golden Spur Package Store, Wujtewicz said. Now, the owner plans on turning it into a “country store,” complete with ice cream and yogurt, according to Wujtewicz. The site is being renovated.
Wujtewicz said the application does not need to go before any town boards because it is a retail outlet going into a property that was already a retail outlet. He said the only town permission the owner needs is a building permit to do the renovation.
3. There is no school today because of the holiday.
However, there is school Tuesday. Originally, Tuesday was supposed to be a vacation day as part of a two-day February break. Superintendent Jerome Belair announced last week though that school will be in session Tuesday because he was worried about finishing the year on time.
There have been many cancellations this year from the blizzard and Superstorm Sandy and Belair feared he would not get the statutorily-mandated 180 days of school in by the end of June.
4. Waterford Town Hall is closed today as well, along with all other non-essential government offices. There also will be no trash pick-up today, but workers will do the Monday and Tuesday trash and recycling runs on Tuesday.
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5. On this date in 1957, Walter James Bolton became the last person to be legally executed in New Zealand. And on this date in 1861, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the provisional president of the Confederate States of America.
Quote of the Day
“Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule.”
Trivia of the Day
On this date in 2001, this seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion died in an accident during the Daytona 500. Who was it?
Friday’s Answer: On Feb. 15, 2003, there was a massive peace demonstration against the Iraq War across 600 cities; the largest peace demonstration in history.