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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Jan. 11

An essential get-me-going daily morning column from Hamilton-Wenham Patch.

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 11. Here are five things you need to know:

1. Weather: We have essentially a perfect winter day in store for Wednesday before a storm works into the area, beginning on Wednesday night with what is forecasted to be a mix on some snow, sleet and rain. During the day on Wednesday, it will be sunny with temperatures into the mid-30s.

2. Musher: The were originally scheduled to come to this weekend, and as part of that at . While , Vanek kept his original date. Vanek will talk about his 20-year career as a veterinarian for some of the world’s most famous sled dog races, plus his lifetime as a musher.

3. Trash: Trash collection is back to normal this week for the first time in three weeks. And remember, Wednesday is the first of the three days of Hamilton pickups – as usual.

4. Blizzard: Exactly a year ago, the second blizzard of the young winter was moving in. , the storm ended up dropping 17 inches of snow, knocked out power to several hundred electric customers in both towns and cancelled schools and closed offices.

5. Wenham Budget: The fiscal 2013 town of Wenham budget continues to undergo review on Wednesday night with a at 6:30 p.m. at .

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

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