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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Feb. 17

Vacation coming, a school project discussion and more today in Lexington.

1. Last Day before February Vacation: Today's the last day of classes before the Lexington Public Schools break for February Vacation.  

2. Site Specifics: The Bridge and Bowman School site councils will hold a joint meeting at 7:45 a.m. this morning at the and the agenda includes a discussion of the upcoming renovations project. Both Pat Goddard, director of facilities, and Mark Barret, the RA and Project Manager, will be in attendance.

3. : Lexington Patch is looking for foodies, parents, poll watchers, politicos, hippies, harpers, fashionistas, business gurus, sports fans and anyone else who has something to say. If you're passionate and opining is your thing, we'd like you to consider blogging for Patch. Anyone may apply.

4. On This Day in History: In 1621, Miles Standish was appointed the commander of Plymouth colony; in 1865, Columbia, SC burned in a Civil War Battle; in 1933, the first edition of Newsweek magazine published and, in 1969, Golda Meir was sworn in as Israel's first female prime minister.

5. Rainy and Warm: Showers are likely, especially before 3 p.m., as highs get up to 47, according to the National Weather Service, which predicts a mostly clear evening with a low of 27.

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