Daily Five: Waterford Ponders Memorializing Fran Sweeney

Five things to know for Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.

1. Today, there is a slight chance of showers, with a high around 44, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight, there is a 40 percent chance of showers, with a low around 38, according to the service.  

2. Some news from the Waterford Recreation and Parks Department. First off, the group has bought a new, “heavy-duty” Ping-Pong table for the Community Center, according to the minutes of the Recreation and Parks Commission’s most recent meeting. The commission is also looking into memorializing Francis X. Sweeney, Waterford’s longtime athletic director who died earlier this year, although they have not decided on anything yet, according to the minutes.

3. Tonight, the Board of Selectmen continues its budget reviews at 5 in Town Hall.

Tonight the selectmen will review the budgets for the utility commission, the public works department, capital improvements and transfers to the capital and non-reoccurring fund. Thursday the selectmen will finalize their budget proposal, and then that coupled with the Board of Education’s finalized budget total will give a good indication of the budget increase for next year. All the budgets still need to be approved by the Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting.

The proposed tax rate increase will take longer to figure out, however, as the town is going through a revaluation and the town assessor won’t sign off on the finalized grand list until the end of February.  

4. A Patch shout out to Waterford’s FASTSIGNS, which recently announced that it has earned a nearly perfect loyalty rating.

The company has received 145 surveys from customers since it opened in May of 2011 and has earned a loyalty rating of 9.9 out of 10 in those surveys.

“I am thankful to our customers who were willing to provide feedback in order to help us learn how to best serve them and improve,” said Tony Sabilia, owner of the Waterford FASTSIGNS. “Our customer loyalty rating puts us at the top of the list within the FASTSIGNS franchise system and it is a spot we will work to keep.”

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5. On this date in 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” was first published in the New York Evening Mirror. And on this date in 1886, Karl Benz patented the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.

Quote of the Day

“Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore’."

-Edgar Allan Poe

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What two states do not observe daylight savings time?

Yesterday’s Answer: Bill Goldberg began his wrestling career with 173 consecutive victories before losing to Kevin Nash.


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