Daily Five: Batter Up ... and Swinging at Taxes!

Five things to know for Monday, April 30, 2012

1. What’s the Weather? Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 62 degrees and an overnight low of 48 degrees, according to weather.com. There’s only a 10 percent chance of showers, although showers are increasingly likely later in the evening. The record high temperature for this date, by the way, was a scorching 86 degrees in 1942!

2. In case you missed it: Major League Baseball’s spring training may be in full swing but this weekend marked the first time Little League players stepped up to the plate. Here’s what it looked like when hundreds of baseball players took the field on Saturday in Durham to celebrate of Coginchaug Little League.

3. On a Musical Note: Do you ever watch American Idol and think, “I could do that!” Well, now’s your chance to prove it! Durham is holding its very own Idol contest, with categories for youth ages 4-12 and young adult ages 13-17, on June 2. Auditions will be held at the Durham Activity Center on May 1 and 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on May 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. but the deadline to register is today. Registration forms, which are available online, should go to Durham Recreation. Call 860 343-6724 for information.

4. Tired of paying high prices at the pump? So is State Senator Len Suzio (R-Cheshire, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown), who will be holding a rally today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Danby’s Gulf Express gas station, 872 East Main St., in Meriden. You’ll have to burn some gas to get there but if you want to lend your support for Suzio’s proposal to cut the tax from 7.5 percent to 2 percent for two months during peak summer driving time, let your voice be heard!

5. This day in history: On this date in 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States. Following the ceremony, which was held on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, President Washington gave a brief speech to members of Congress about “the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”


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