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5 Things To Know on Jan. 2: Energy Fund Opens for Applications

A great way to start the day with a quick look at the events and happenings in town.

Welcome to “5 Things,” your daily resource for community events, happenings in town and other little tidbits of information. Here are five things you need to know on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

1. Cold: The sun is forecasted to shine bright on Wednesday, but it will not do much the warm things up. The high temperature will be in the upper 20s with winds gusting to 25 miles per hour.

2. Dunn: It was 95 years ago on this day that Cornelius F. Dunn first arrived in Danvers. Dunn taught science, history and economics and then became an assistant principal in 1921 and principal at Holten High School in 1928. He retired in 1958 after 40 years in the school system. He had a wing at the high school named after him and the administrative suite at Holten-Richmond Middle School.

3. Energy Help: The Salvation Army’s Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund opens to applications on Wednesday. The fund is a cooperative effort between the state's energy companies, their customers and The Salvation Army. It helps households in temporary crisis who do not qualify for federal or state assistance with the payment of their energy expenses. This year's Fund disbursement is $350 per eligible household for the heating season. For more information on the Fund and how to apply, call 800-334-3047. To donate, go to www.magoodneighbor.org or call 1-800- SAL-ARMY.

4. Stamp: The U.S. Postal Service commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on Wednesday with the release of a new “forever” stamp. The stamp is available at post offices, including the downtown and Hathorne post offices in Danvers. President Abraham Lincoln signed it on Jan. 1, 1863 and the new stamp was unveiled on New Year’s Day at The National Archives in Washington, D.C. where the document is on display. It is the first in a series of three Civil Rights stamps to be released in 2013.

5. Governor’s Council: The Governor’s Council meets for the first time in the new year on Wednesday. Danvers has a new representative on the council, Eileen Duff (D-Gloucester), who was elected in November to replace Mary-Ellen Manning (D-Peabody), who decided to not seek reelection to run for the state Senate. Manning later lost in the Democratic Party primary to Joan Lovely, who went on to win the seat and replace Fred Berry. The council’s Wednesday meeting will include a tribute to the late Councilor Kelly A. Timilty.

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