Five Things to Start Your Day: Jan. 22

A few facts, figures and tidbits to start your Tuesday.


Tuesday: A fluffy snow falls. 1-3" inland, 3-5" North Shore, South Shore, Cape. Locally, a few towns over 5" is possible Cape Ann, Cape Cod and NH Seacoast. Temps fall from the 20s to the 10s by the afternoon. Northeast wind 5-15mph.

Wednesday: Bitterly cold with morning temps near 0 and afternoon temps near 10. Awesome. Mostly sunny skies.

Thursday: Near 0 start for the burbs, 5-10 in the city, then another cold afternoon with highs struggling to reach 20.

2. HAVE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED: The Acton Nursing Service will have a registered nurse available at 9:30 a.m. at the Acton Senior Center to check blood pressure, pulse, weight, and discuss any medication, nutritional or health related questions. No appointment necessary.

3. FINANCIAL TOPICS SERIES: Join St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Sudbury for the next installment of the Financial Topics Series today at 7:30 p.m. Parishioner Bob Dawson, a certified financial planner, will discuss unemployment and the issues of weathering a job loss and financial strategies for coping with the challenges. Job hunting strategies will also be open to discussion.

4. WHAT TO CELEBRATE TODAY: Today is National Blonde Brownie Day. National Blonde Brownie Day is a special day that is set aside to bake and eat blonde brownies. What's a blonde brownie, you ask? Well, as their name implies, traditional brownies are a dark brown. To make blonde brownies, light brown sugar is used in the recipe in place of dark brown chocolate. On National Blonde Brownie Day, its your right and responsibility to bake blonde brownies, and to eat them. If you don't have time to bake today, buy some and eat a few extra blonde brownies.

5. THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1901 — Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for 63 years (the 4th longest among longest-reigning monarchs and the longest for queens); 1905 — 500 workers were killed by the Czar's troops in "Bloody Sunday" in St. Petersburg; 1938 — Thornton Wilder's play Our Town first performed publicly in Princeton, N.J.; 1973 — Former President Lyndon B. Johnson died at age 64; 1973 — The Supreme Court legalized some abortions in Roe v. Wade; 1997 — The U.S. Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the first female secretary of state.


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