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Cheers! First Drink in 81 Years Sold in Former Dry Town

A volunteer firefighter took the first sip of legally purchased booze in Bridgewater, Conn., since 1935



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    A simple plastic cup of beer has made history by being the first alcoholic drink sold in the small town of Bridgewater, Connecticut, in 81 years. 

    The affluent bedroom community had been the last dry town in the state until residents approved alcohol sales in 2014. 

    The News-Times reports that the first booze sold in town since 1935 was a cup of beer purchased Friday at the Bridgewater Country Fair. 

    Bridgewater native and volunteer firefighter Jim Lillis took the first sip before passing the cup to other firefighters and fair volunteers who gathered for the ceremonial sale. 

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    London Zoo is welcoming the first ever baby aye-aye lemur just in time for Halloween.

    The creepy-looking creature was actually born on July 1 but has only emerged from its secluded nesting box for the first time this week.

    The species of lemur (formally known as Daubentonia madagascariensis) are unique in that they have an unusually large middle finger and are associated with doom in their native Madagascar. Natives there believe that if an aye-aye points its long finger at you, death is not far away.

    Zookeepers expressed their excitement at the birth although they only saw the baby recently as it has been hiding in its nest box.

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    Voters legalized alcohol sales nearly two years ago as developers proposed restaurants in the western Connecticut town of 1,700 residents on the condition that they could sell booze. 

    No restaurants have opened yet.