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Five Things to Know Today in Hamilton and Wenham: May 10

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Five Things to Know Today in Hamilton and Wenham: May 10

Today is Thursday, May 10. Here are five things you need to know:

1. Patton Estate Site Visit: Thursday’s on Asbury Street – – has been postponed. It will now happen on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone who plans to attend is asked to carpool, if possible.

2. Teacher Appreciation Lunch: teachers were honored at a teacher appreciation lunch on Wednesday in the cafeteria at , where high school biology teacher Kristi Umile was awarded the EdFund’s Over and Above Award. The award was created last year and goes to a teacher that submits a grant proposal “that best represents the type of grant requests that the Hamilton-Wenham Edfund seeks to fund in accordance with its mission.” Umile’s grant was for an Open PCR machine and 16 Genelaser kits. In her grant application, Umile explained that a PCR “can be thought of as a ‘Xerox machine’ for DNA” that “enables small amounts of DNA to be replicated very quickly, producing billions of identical copies.” It connects to a Mac or PC to run protocols and, along with the Genelaser kits that function only with the PCR machine, “allow students to study the process of genome sequencing.”

3. Wenham Board of Assessors: The Wenham Board of Assessors meet on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at for the first time since . It will be the first meeting with Richard Fleming, who received 15 write-in votes for the open spot on the Board of Assessors in the town election.

4. Stabilizing Gas: Local gas prices have started to go down, or at least hold steady, in the past few days. The least expensive gallon of regular gasoline is at for $3.70, while and are selling it for $3.79 and has it for $3.99.

5. Hamilton Finance Committee: The Hamilton FinComm meets on Thursday evening for the final time before Saturday morning’s Annual Town Meeting. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at where the committee is scheduled to take a vote on the proposed fiscal 2013 budget and other Town Meeting warrant articles.

To find out what is going on today in Hamilton and Wenham, check out our events listings.

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