5 Things You Need to Know Today: Dec. 9

Happy Birthday, Westborough Patch!


Each morning, Westborough Patch presents “5 Things You Need to Know,” a collection of announcements, events and reminders to help you organize your day.

1. Happy Birthday, Westborough Patch! One year ago, Westborough Patch was born with a mission to make your life ridiculously easy. Now, with over 700 Facebook fans, over 250 Twitter followers and an incredible batch of website visitors who stop by Westborough Patch daily, we continue to bring you headlines, photos, events, traffic, weather, blogs, business information and more – helping to make your life, well, ridiculously easy!

2. Today is National Salespersons Day. Go sell something! Annually celebrated on the second Friday of December, the date is set aside to recognize those talented folks who get us to spend our money – hopefully, in a more educated way.

3. Two free fly tying clinics will be offered at the , 1 Rabbit Hill Road. The first clinic, Basic Fly Tying, will take place January 17, 19, 24, 26.  The second clinic will be Advanced Fly Tying and will be held on February 7, 9, 14, and 16.  Space is limited. Enroll by calling Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or email him at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

4. With $100,000 for the public schools up for grabs in the now is the time to stock up on holiday lighting. In a statement, National Grid said using light-emitting diode (LED) lights saves on energy costs over traditional lighting. LED lights use only .05 watts per bulb. Ten sets of 100 LED lights will cost the typical residential customer about $1.35 a month to operate.

5. Holiday spirit can be found all around Massachusetts, with light displays, caroling, concerts and more. The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism offers a list of holiday events taking place around the state on this website. Fa la la la la, la la la la!


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Bruce Tretter December 09, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Happy Birthday, Westborough Patch! Love the short, timely articles - and pictures! Patch on!
Gary Kelley December 09, 2011 at 01:07 PM
Happy Birthday Patch...Patch is how I consume local news. What did I do before? (And while the Westborough editor shuns the limelight, Mary Jo is the glue...thank you!)
Nancy Wright December 09, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Happy birthday, Mary Jo -- I mean Patch! You've done a super job of keeping us in the loop. :-)
MaryJo Kurtz December 09, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Thank you for the nice words, all! Happy Birthday, Westborough Patch! I just realized that I have published 1,725 things you need to know in the past year, so I expect you are all now well-informed. How many can you remember? LOL!
Anne Deysher December 09, 2011 at 04:19 PM
It's hard to believe it's been a year, in which time the Patch has become regular reading. Thank you all!


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