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Daily Five: Selectmen Send Back Rec and Parks' Budget

Five things to know for Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

1. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Today should be mostly sunny, with a high around 31, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight should be cloudy, with a low around 18, according to the service.

2. Thursday night, by a 2-1 vote, the Board of Selectmen approved a $224,767 budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year for the Waterford Youth Services Bureau, a 12 percent increase over this year’s total.

The increase was largely because the group is asking for their sole secretarial position to be increased from a part-time position to a full-time position. Youth Services Director Dani Gorman said demand for services has been at an all-time high and the amount of work has been overwhelming for the existing staff.

Selectman Paul Suprin was the sole selectman to vote against the budget. Suprin said the budget was too high for the tough economic times.

The Board of Selectmen also tabled a $1.3 million proposal by the Recreation and Parks Commission, asking the group to lower it by $7,000. The commission is expected to come back on January 24th.

3. Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and all non-essential government offices are closed. That includes Waterford Town Hall and all US postal offices. Also, all Waterford Public Schools are closed today.

4. The Crystal Mall is currently seeking venders for their first ever “Diaper Derby” event set to be held on February 16th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will feature children up to 12-months-old participating in a crawler contest, along with other events. The mall is looking for family-friendly venders to be part of the event.

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5. On this date in 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders. And on this date 1954, the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched in Groton.

Quote of the Day

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

-John Wooden

Trivia of the Day

In 1908, New York City tried to pass the Sullivan Ordinance, which would have made it illegal for women to do what indoors?

Friday’s Answer: Willie O’Ree was the first black person to play in the NHL, doing so in 1958.

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