Warm Friday, wet weekend

The latest, local National Weather Service forecast calls for a Friday flirting with 70 degrees followed by a wet weekend.rain-downspout

Friday’s high temperature may reach 69.

But starting tonight and extending through Saturday it is expected to rain. The chance of rain Friday night is 90 percent, 100 percent Saturday, 80 percent for Saturday night and 50 percent Sunday.

After that warm Friday, Saturday will be much cooler with a high in the high 40s. Sunday will be a little warmer with a high in the mid 50s.

Salem School Celebration 2017 “Under the Sea” coverage (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

salem-celebration-2017-1The annual Salem School celebration was held Thursday at the school.

This year’s event had a theme of “Under the Sea.”

The event is designed to showcase what is going on at Salem School. It featured crafts, story readings, games, art displays, projects, activities and ice cream in the cafeteria. As is tradition, the night ended with a performance by school staff in the North Gym.

Here is video of the staff performance:

Here are some more photos from the night:

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Deaths March 23, 2017: Bernard Louis Gunty

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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A word from our sponsors: St. Alphonsus Parish fish boil March 31

st-alphonsus-fish-boil-2017-3St. Alphonsus Parish is hosting its third and final fish boil of the Lenten season on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Parish Center, 6211 344th Avenue, New Munster.

The fish boil features all-you- can-eat boiled fish, potatoes, onions, carrots, coleslaw, bread,

dessert, milk and coffee. Grilled cheese sandwiches are also served. Carryouts are available.

Ticket prices: Adults (12 & older) $12, children (ages 4-11) $6, ages 3 and under free.

For more information call St. Alphonsus Parish at 262.537.4370.

Local students present at Undergraduate Research Day at the UW-Whitewater

The following local students were among the presenters at Undergraduate Research Day at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

  • Michaela Efflandt from Twin Lakes, majoring in psychology. Efflandt’s projects are called “Non-reciprocal Behavioral Contrast in Multiple VI-DRL Schedules” and “Exploring behavioral contrast in multiple VI PR schedules.”
  • Grace Barrett from Trevor, majoring in geography. Barrett’s project is called “UWW Soils Team Participation in Collegiate Soils Competition.”
  • Kierstin Sorensen from Salem, majoring in physics. Sorenson’s projects are called “A Citizen Science Search for High Proper Motion Stars Towards Galactic Center”, “What Makes a Good Citizen Scientist: First Results from The Milky Way Project Blink” and “A Search for Variable Stars Towards Galactic Center Using “Citizen Science.”
  • Kayla Weidner from Bristol, majoring in elementary education. Weidner’s project is called “Does It Exist Without Light: Season 2, Episode 5”.
  • Gregory Hyde from Kenosha, majoring in computer science. Hyde’s project is called “Testbed Development for Genetic Algorithms”
  • Colin Deady from Trevor, majoring in marketing. Deady’s project is called “Evaluating eBay’s Future in the Online Marketplace.”
  • Brittany Moore from Twin Lakes, majoring in communication sciences and disorders. Moore’s project is called “Bi-dialectalism:the investigation of the cognitive advantage and non-native dialect perception in noise.”

“It’s a showcase of academic student engagement in its purest form-seeing students engage in scholarly activity through undergraduate research within their discipline and across disciplines,” said Whitney Supianoski, director of the McNair Scholars Program.

The event was Thursday, March 16, in the James R. Connor University Center Hamilton Room.

Projects ranged from social work and criminology to performing art pieces. Many of the students have been preparing their research and working alongside a faculty mentor for close to a year.

“Typically, they (undergraduate students) work for a year or more. By ‘work’ I mean the active scholarly work that they need to put in, including a literature review or some sort of experimentation. It includes thinking how to present the work and explain the work to people who may not be in their field of expertise,” said Catherine Chan, director of the Undergraduate Research Program.

As a longstanding UW-Whitewater event, Undergraduate Research Day has grown not only in numbers, but in the quality of the research being presented.

“I’ve witnessed a growth in the variety of the projects and different trends in the projects being presented,” said Chan. “There are more team-based projects now, more interdisciplinary projects being developed. It is certainly an opportunity for them to practice any opportunities down the line for interviews for grad school, professional schools and employment.”

A word from our sponsors: Wheatland Center School has job openings for special education aide and bus driver

wcs-round-logoNote: Wheatland Center School is advertising these positions with westofthei.com. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Wheatland Center School has the following job openings:

Special Education Aide Position — Starting rate $11.97 per hour. Approx. 30 hours per week. Those interested should submit a letter of application and complete the district job application available on the school’s website: www.wheatland.k12.wi.us Send application to: Wheatland J1 School District, Attn: Carolyn Spangler, 6606 368th Avenue, Burlington, WI 53105. Call with questions, 262-537- 2216.

School Bus Driver Needed — Seeking dependable and safety minded individuals for Route, Field Trips and Other Opportunities. CDL with “S” Endorsement Required. FREE TRAINING available for qualified persons to assist in obtaining a CDL. From $27.50 – $29.75 per route. Visit website for more information and an application: http://www.wheatland.k12.wi.us. Send application to: Wheatland Jt. #1 School District, 6606 368th Ave., Burlington, WI 53105. Call with questions 262-537- 2216.

The Wheatland J1 School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, marital status or parental status, sexual orientation, or disability in its programs, activities, or employment practices.


Central HS students, staff holding fundraiser run/walk for teacher’s family

run-shoe-sxc-Alexander-KalinaStudents and staff at Central High School have organized a fundraiser to help a CHS teacher meet the expenses of his wife’s cancer treatments.

The Appleby Family 5K Fun Run or 2 Mile Walk will take place  on Saturday, April 22 at Central High School. The run/walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. and there will be no formal awards or timing system. The cost to pre-register is $20 and you will be guaranteed a shirt if registered by Friday, April 7. You may also register on the run/walk day between 8:30 and 9 a.m.; all profit will go to the Appleby family.

Randy Appleby, a teacher at Central, and his family have been dealing with a devastating disease. Susan Appleby, Randy’s wife, has been battling cancer since 2012. Since first being diagnosed, she has gone through many treatments, but in the last couple of years, the treatments are becoming less and less effective and she is running out of available options. Most recently, Susan’s cancer has shifted to her brain, to which she just underwent another surgery to contain this aggressive disease.

To be pre-registered your registration form must be completed and received before Friday, April 7, 2017. Please make checks payable to CHS. Registration forms and money may be dropped off at the school or mailed to: Central High School, Attn: Melissa Bahnson, P.O. Box 38,
Salem, WI 53168.

Online registration is available here.

Units responding for burning in Paris

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5:40 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of burning in the 13500 block of Highway 142 in Paris.

Work resumes on Highway 165 in Pleasant Prairie

road-workThose of you who travel east of the interstate, especially on Highway 165, may be interested in the following announcement from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation:

On March 22, 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) resumed work on a resurfacing project on WIS 165 (104th Street) from I-94 to WIS 31 (Green Bay Road), in Kenosha County. The initial work is anticipated to take place off-road with limited traffic impacts. Then, the week of March 27, long-term single lane closures on WIS 165 are scheduled. Some congestions may occur with these closures. During the week of March 27, work will also begin on the WIS 165 and WIS 31 Intersection. This operation will prohibit left-turn movements on both northbound and southbound WIS 31, at the intersection, for approximately one month. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes or make use of adjacent intersections for the left-turn movements. The intersection will have increased capacity as a result of this improvement. The schedule of work is weather dependent and subject to change. The project is scheduled to be completed this summer. More information about the project can be found on 511 Wisconsin at http://projects.511wi.gov/wis165/.

Paddock Lake considering timing of water system work along Highway 50

Paddock Lake plans to put in a new water main along Highway 50 in 2018 to connect the east side water system to the west side water system that will serve yet to be developed areas southwest of Brass Ball Corners (Highway 50 and 83) and the Highway 50 corridor.

Recently the timing of when to start work on water line laterals that will connect customers along Highway 50 has been a topic of discussion.

Originally the village planned to have the lateral work done in 2026, when Highway 50 through the village was scheduled for reconstruction by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. That was for potential cost savings of doing the work while the road was already torn up and to defer the connection to lessen “push back” by business owners and residents along Highway 50, village officials say.

“It just was to the benefit of all parties concerned,” said village President Terry Burns.

That thinking has been disrupted by WisDOT notifying the village that instead of full reconstruction in 2026, the state now plans to just resurface Highway 50 in Paddock Lake in 2022.

The result is that without reconstruction there is little advantage to coordinating with the state project, village engineer Mark Kolsczaski of Baxter& Woodman said.

At a committee of the whole meeting on March 14, board members discussed the options of coordinating the lateral work with the water main installation or the resurfacing.

The village would obtain a loan to cover the cost of the laterals — the pipe between the main and an individual building — and then recover the cost through a special assessment on the property. Lateral project cost is estimated to be $450,000.

Board members did not arrive at a consensus on when to construct the laterals. They did ask village staff to research two questions:

  • Can the lateral project financing be rolled into a USDA loan the village has already in process to cover the cost of the water main and related work?
  • What can the term be for the special assessment repayment? Kolsczaski said five years is pretty typical, but village officials have heard of other municipalities being able to set longer repayment terms such as 10, 15 or 20 years.

Units responding to crash in Brighton

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 2:39 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 29000 block of Highway JB in Brighton.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle rolled over on driver’s side. Single occupant conscious and breathing but may be trapped.

UPDATE 2:42 p.m. — Deputy reporting that occupant of vehicle not trapped and is climbing out of vehicle. Tow truck requested.

UPDATE 2:44 p.m. — Deputy on scene reports occupant is out of vehicle.

UPDATE 2:56 p.m. — Deputy reports a Highway B road sign was damaged.

UPDATE 3:07 p.m. — Road being re-opened.

The Sharing Center to host roast of Paul Gagliardi as fundraiser on April 1

the-sharing-center-logo-with-tagThe Sharing Center will celebrate Paul Gagliardi and his longstanding service in the community with a good humored roast from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at Casa Capri, 2129 Birch Road, Kenosha.

Enjoy h’orderves & desserts, a cash bar, wine raffles, 50/50’s, and much more, in the spirit of April Fool’s Day.

All proceeds will benefit the Sharing Center, Western Kenosha County’s Resource Center and Food Pantry. 2017 marks its 34th year of service to Kenosha County families.

Said Gagliardi:

It’s an honor to be part of a fund raising event for a wonderful and needed non-profit agency that serves so many.  It will be a fun night we all can look forward to.  Many thanks to our board and staff for doing all the heavy lifting to make this event possible and to the Casa Capri for being our host.”

Tickets are limited, $50 per person, and can be purchased online at TheSharingCenter.net/PaulysRoast or in person at The Sharing Center, 25700 Wilmot Rd., Trevor.

Dementia adult day program seeks volunteers

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Volunteers are needed to help at Daybreak, an adult day program for people who are experiencing Alzheimer’s or other related dementia.

Come serve anytime between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Daybreak is located at 701 N Lake Ave. Twin Lakes. Please call site coordinator, Diana Mengo, at 262-358-5662 for more information.

A word from our sponsors: Wisconsin Emissions Testing available at Wilmot Auto Service

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Wisconsin Emissions Tests can now be done at Wilmot Auto Service.

The test is free to you. Call 862-6300 for an appointment. Hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Wilmot Auto Service, Inc is an independent auto repair shop and has earned the Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by means of voluntary testing and certification for automotive repair and service professionals.

Dwayne & Cindy Garwood are the owners and Dwayne is an ASE Master technician and has been in the automotive repair business for over 25 years, 16 of these years have been in Wilmot. Dwayne’s grandpa Harmon Garwood started Wilmot Auto Service in 1951. They are celebrating 66 years in business. He employs ASE certified and ASE master technicians. Dwayne’s commitment to you has always been to offer the highest quality, honest and friendly auto service.

Wilmot Auto Service offers a variety of services like alignments, brakes, tires, timing belts, check engine lights and state inspections. They can be reached at 262-862-6300. They are located at 11307 Fox River Rd. Wilmot, WI 53192 with the BP gas station in downtown Wilmot. www.wilmotautoservice.com

Warmth and rain in end of week forecast

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Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

Warmer and wetter weather is in the latest, local national Weather Service forecast for the latter part of the week and into the weekend.

Wednesday will be colder than its been with a high of 36 but mostly sunny conditions.

Thursday and Thursday night there will be a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain with a high temperature of 43.

Friday, the chance of rain lessens to 20 percent and the high temperature forecast soars to 64. But by Friday night the chance of rain increases to 80 percent and it just gets wetter from there. Saturday’s forecast has a 100 percent chance of rain, Saturday night a 90 percent chance of rain and Sunday a 80 percent chance of rain. The high temperature should be about 48 Saturday and 53 Sunday.

Deaths March 21, 2017: Gail A. Rosenfeldt

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Nate Walter 5K Memorial Fun Run/Walk is April 21

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Nathan Walter

The Nate Walter 5K Memorial Fun Run/Walk will take place starting at 6 p.m., Friday, April 21 at Wilmot Union High School

Proceeds from the walk will go to continue the scholarship in Nathan’s memory for a student pursuing a career in technology as well as for the Wilmot Unity Council Fund.

Cost:  $15 per person — includes a t-shirt, water and food following the run/walk.

Team option: $5/per individual of team -includes water and food; shirts can be purchased for extra the day of the race.

Registration can be done here.

Walter was a student at Wilmot when he was struck while driving a lawn tractor along side a road by a driver who was under the influence of heroin. Walter later died from his injuries.

Gas station nostalgia program at Friends of the Community Library annual dinner April 3

Dinosaurs and Red stars on signs in front of gas stations and round crowns on top of gas pumps. Sound familiar or not? Either way please join the Friends of the Community Library at their annual dinner when they present Jim Draeger as the guest speaker. He is a well known author, TV and radio personality and a member of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Speaker Bureau. His topic will be “Fill ‘er Up”, a nostalgic look at Wisconsin gas stations of a bygone era.

The dinner will take place at the Fire Pit, 12417 Antioch Road in Trevor on April 3. There will be a short meeting at 4:30 p.m., cash bar at 5 p.m., buffet at 5:30 p.m. and author presentation at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is open to everyone and the cost is $25 per person. Reservations should be made by March 24 .

For information or to make a reservation, please call Marlene at 262-843- 2266

A word from our sponsors: The Plumbing Works LLC now offering rental of water treatment equipment

the-plumbing-works-water-treatment-photo-webNote: The Plumbing Works LLC is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

The Plumbing Works LLC is now offering rental of our top of the line water treatment equipment! We have found that some of our customers prefer to rent water treatment equipment rather than own it.

When you rent from us you will never be charged a service charge (unless it is damaged due to renter negligence) and you will never have to worry about repairs. Rental fees begin at $28.00 per month. In addition to renting water softeners, we also rent iron filters and sulfur filters. Iron filters remove excessive iron (rust). Sulfur filters remove sulfur particulates and “rotten egg” odor.

Along with our rental program we offer a salt delivery program to be sure your units are properly filled with salt and periodically maintained.

If you are interested in our rental option, please give our office a call today at 262-877-3842!!

Deaths March 20, 2017: Carol June Bellefeuille, Juliette L. Poray, Anthony M. Pietluck

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Eagle Scout project aims to improve Legion Park dugouts

Players using the ball field at Legion Park in Twin Lakes may be a little cooler and drier in the dugouts there thanks to a local Boy Scout’s quest to earn Eagle Scout rank.

Daniel Porter outlined his plans to improve the dugouts at the Twin Lakes Village Board meeting Monday.

Completing a community service project is part of the requirements for achieving Eagle Scout.

Porter’s plans call for putting roofs over the dugouts and a mesh backdrop to the fences behind the dugouts. The roofs will allow players to escape the sun and rain.

Porters said his affinity for baseball lead him to pursue this project.

“I’ve been a baseball player all my life,” Porter said “I thought it would be a good project to improve the dugouts.”

Porter will seek donations for materials, labor and tools for the construction project.

Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald suggested the project be inspected by the village building to ensure it would stay anchore deven in severe winds, but in general the board approved of the plan.

That’s “quite and ambitious project,” Fitzgerald said to Porter.

Village administrator Jennifer Frederick said she felt people playing ball at the field would appreciate the improvement.

“The baseball teams have been asking for better dugouts for years,” Frederick said.

Christ Lutheran Church to host Community Easter Egg Hunt April 9

Photo by Matthias Wieland via stock.xchng

Photo by Matthias Wieland via stock.xchng

All Kids ages 0-10 and their families living  West of I-94 are welcomed to Christ Lutheran Church in Paddock Lake on Palm Sunday April 9 for a Community Easter Egg Hunt.

Coffee, milk, and Danish will be served immediately following 9 am Worship service at 24929 75th St. (Highway 50) in Paddock Lake.

Deal of the Day: Hill Country Market $25 gift card half off

HCMl-west-of-the-i-web-ad-(1)Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal!

Today’s offering is from Hill Country Market, 7510 288th Ave, Suite #1, Salem. Hill Country Market features local, organic, and gluten-free grocery products, produce, fine cheese, sausage, wine and beer, gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, deli items, fresh meat, baked goods and more. They believe that fresh, local, and natural ingredients are best. You can even expect to see produce straight from their garden during the growing season. Make sure you visit the tea and coffee bar at Hill Country Market and the deli offering quality meat and cheeses from Boar’s Head. Hungry? Check out Hill Country Market’s unique, made-to-order sandwiches and panini’s as well as salads, soups of the day, fresh baked goods, and more.

Today’s offer is for a $25 Hill Country Market gift card that you can buy for $13.50 ($1 processing fee included). Full description of conditions is available here. It’s easy to purchase a Deal of the Day! Click the button below and you will be taken to PayPal’s site, where you can securely pay with a credit card or through your PayPal account. A PayPal account is not needed. We instantly receive notice of your purchase and we mail out the certificate usually the same day. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!

A word from our sponsors: Tax season is here again for Bruce Melling CPA

artwork-for-post-1Note: Bruce Melling CPA is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

This year’s income tax return filing deadline is April 18th and will be here before we know it. Bruce Melling is a Certified Public Accountant in his 48th tax season. He completes federal and state income tax returns for individuals that live in many states across the country.

Bruce is very knowledgeable regarding current income tax laws. He attends an extensive, multiple-day Tax School every year. The classes at the Tax School are often taught by current and/or former IRS and State of Wisconsin employees.

For more information about Bruce, you can visit his website at www.mellingcpa.com.

Have your tax returns prepared by a skilled professional this year. Contact Bruce by phone at 866-578- 0900 or e-mail him at bruce@mellingcpa.com.

Deaths March 19, 2017: Richard “R.J.” Svoboda Jr

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Brighton School celebrates a whole week of Dr. Seuss

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Brighton School recently celebrated a whole week of Dr. Seuss.

Monday was Cat in the Hat day.

Tuesday the school community wore shirts you can read for I Can Read With My Eyes Shut day.

Wednesday was Fox in Socks day and boy were there some fun socks.

Thursday was If I Ran the Zoo day with everyone wearing animal prints.

On Friday everyone donned shirts showing The Places You’ll Go, or in some cases, places grandparents, aunt and uncles went.

Students and staff alike enjoyed recognizing the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel.  His literary contributions are appreciated by everyone from Kindergarteners right down to the office.

In a surprise ending to the week, the school was joined by Elvis of the Kenosha Kingfish.

Brighton Stars have been reading on their own time and keeping track of their progress.  Once they hit 100 minutes, they get a free ticket to a Kingfish game, each year Brighton Night at Simmons Field gathers more and more attendees.

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Units responding for alarm near I-94

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 1:09 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue along with Kenosha Fire Department are responding with to a fire alarm at a business in the 7000 block of 122nd Avenue in Kenosha.

Per dispatch: Alarm coming from a pull station.

A word from our sponsors: March 19, 2017 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

AD-bear-realty-glenda-butch-revise2Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors. This is a paid announcement — DH

Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

33100 120th St, Twin Lakes

606 Pinehurst Ct, Twin Lakes

314 N Cogswell Dr, Silver Lake

1406 88th Ave, Kenosha

23300 111th St, Trevor

9000 226th Ct 9B, Salem

24621 121st Pl, Trevor

2017 Randall School PTC ShamRock ‘N’ Run coverage (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

randall-shamrock-2017-8Randall School families and friends came out to the Randall School ShamRock ‘N’ Run Saturday in Twin Lakes.

Participants were able to run or walk a 5K course through the streets of Twin Lakes, beginning and ending at Twin Lakes Country Club.

The fun didn’t stop there. Inside the pavilion there was food, auctions, kids crafts and live music.

Profits earned after event expenses will be used by the PTC to benefit Teacher Wishlist and Student programming.

Here is some video of the pre-race warm-up and singing of the National Anthem:

Here is some video of the start of the race:

Here are some more photos from the event:

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Wilmot UHS spring musical ‘Hello My Baby” is tonight, Sunday

music notes-sxc-Robert Proksa_opt“Hello My Baby” is being performed as the spring musical at Wilmot Union High School Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m.

The story is a comedy about sellers of sheet music during the ragtime era.

Tickets are $10 per adult and $7 per student. The performance will take place in the school’s Lance Haas Auditorium.

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