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Five Things: Share Your Events, Announcements

The father of our country died 213 years ago today.

SONG OF THE DAY: "Prime" by the National

Good morning, Salem! Here are five things you need to know today, Friday, Dec. 14:

1. FLU SEASON INFO: We've got a post here about information on levels of the spread of flu locally as well as places to get flu shots in Salem.

2. POST YOUR EVENT OR ANNOUNCEMENT: We try to be as interactive as possible here at Patch. In keeping with that, we allow users to post their own events and announcements on our site. Check out the events page and the announcements page and add your own items today.

3. ENTER DECK THE HOUSE TODAY: Do you have the best holiday display in front at your house in Salem? How about the state? How about the country?

Our annual "Deck the House" contest runs through Sunday and the winner will receive $100,000 for their local schools. Enter your home today!

4. THIS DAY IN HISTORY: On this day in 1799, George Washington, the American revolutionary leader and first president of the United States, dies of acute laryngitis at his estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia. He was 67 years old. Information courtesy of History.com.

5. TODAY'S FORECAST: Mostly sunny with highs around 40. Mostly clear tonight with a low around 30.

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