Our daily column, 5 Things You Need to Know Today, will help you to get your day started and offer you some fodder for water cooler conversation.
1. Today is Flag Day. According to the National Flag Day Foundation today in 1885 Bernard J. Cigrand, a teacher, just 19 years old, at Stony Hill School, placed a 10-inch, 38-star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance. His observance, commemorated Congress' adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nation-wide observance of Flag Day. And in 1949, President Harry Truman signed an Act Of Congress designating the 14th day of June every year as National Flag Day. The Framingham Elks, will celebrate its 100th birthday and Flag Day on Saturday. The public is invited.
2. Framingham History Center will hold one of its Past Forward Coffees at 10 a.m. The one hour coffee is an opportunity to hear stories from Center board members, staff and volunteers about the Center's work and the vision of the Framingham History Center.
3. Framingham Farmer's Market is open today from noon to 5:30 p.m. on the Framingham Centre Common, at Edgell Road and Vernon Street. This week's vendors include Copicut Farm, EL Silvia Farm, Globe Fish, Great Harvest Bread, Hanson Farm, Hillside Beef, Lemonade by When Life Gives you Lemons, Natick Organic Farm, Nobscot Artisan Cheese, Pasta by Fior Ditalia, Velma's Kettle Corn
and Westminster Meat. In the showcase tent this week is Tortured Orchard Seasoning Sauce. Framingham Board of Health is offering a free blood pressure clinic in the Outreach Tent. Remember to stop by the manager's tent to enter the free weekly raffle and tell them you heard about the Farmer's Market on Framingham Patch!
4. Today is the last day to submit an applicaton to volunteer for a Framingham board or committee. Selectmen are expected to appoint on Tuesday, June 19. For more information, click here. There are more than 50 openings.