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Daily Five: Gandolf Shall Pass, Echoes Of Nature, Congressmen In Space

Five things to know for January 12

1. You know what they have in the more northern regions of New England today? The last of a winter storm the National Weather Service has dubbed Gandolf, bringing snow and freezing rain. What do we get here? A few showers and clouds, with a balmy high of 48 degrees and low of 39. Sunrise is 7:13 a.m., sunset is 4:41 p.m.

2. The Gallery at Firehouse Square opens a new exhibit, featuring works by Dianne Gorrick and Jacqueline White. Meet the artists and see what they have to offer in an afternoon reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

3. It’s also your last chance to check out the holiday art that was displayed at Studio 33. That exhibit is coming down today, so be sure to check it out if you’ve still got that yuletide spirit.

4. Got a good photo or video of an interesting snow sculpture, passing submarine, or other scene from around town? Share it in the Pics & Clips gallery.

5. On this day in 1986, NASA sent a congressman into space. Bill Nelson, then a representative from Florida, went up on the Columbia as a payload specialist. Nelson is still a member of Congress, though he’s now in the Senate.

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