Units on scene of crash in Bristol

At about 3:18 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a crash on Highway C west of Highway 45 in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle crash. Flight for Life medical transport helicopter responding.

UPDATE 3:19 p.m. — Bristol command reports occupant has been freed from vehicle.

UPDATE 3:21 p.m. — Flight for Life on the ground at landing zone.

UPDATE 3:43 p.m. — Flight for Life has taken off from landing zone.

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Units responding for fire in Wilmot

At about 6 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue (all stations), Town of Randall Fire Department, Wheatland Vol. Fire Department and Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a fire in the 30700 block of 111th Street in Wilmot.

Per dispatch: Garage involved.

UPDATE 6:03 p.m. — A sheriff’s deputy on scene reports smoke from garage, which is about 10 feet from nearest building.

UPDATE about 6:14 p.m. — Salem Lakes command reports to dispatch that fire is knocked down. Ventilation underway.

UPDATE 5:21 a.m., Thursday — No injuries and damage was contained to the area of the fire, SLF/R reported on Facebook (with photos).

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A word from our sponsors: Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center to host Medicare workshop in Bristol

Note: The following is a paid announcement from Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center — DH

The Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) offers no-cost, unbiased, Medicare workshops for those who are new to Medicare, or those who want to learn more. Trained benefit specialists will be available to answer your questions and discuss the decisions you’ll need to make, including the basics of Medicare coverage, options for private health and drug coverage, and public benefits that can help with health care costs.

UPCOMING MEDICARE 2024 WORKSHOPS:

Bristol Village Hall, 19801 83rd St., Bristol

  • Tuesday, March 26, 10 a.m. – noon

Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Call the ADRC at 262-605-6646 to make a reservation or to learn more.

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Agenda: Wilmot Union High School board meeting Feb. 21, 2024

The Wilmot Union High School board is scheduled to meet Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m. in the school library.

Agenda items include:

  • Operational Referendum Results
  • Basketball Court Refinish
  • Summer School Student Worker Wage Increase
  • Fund 80 Spending Change

The full agenda is available here.

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Agenda: Randall Consolidated School board meeting Feb. 21, 2024

The Randall Consolidated School board is scheduled to meet Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. in the school library.

Agenda items include:

  • 5th Grade Academic Focus – Intentional Learning
  • Referendum Update and Alternate
  • Approve 2024-2025 School Year Calendar
  • Approve Construction Costs
  • Closed session for Staffing / Employment Discussion

The full agenda is available here.

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Agenda: Paddock Lake Village Board meeting Feb. 21, 2024

The Paddock Lake Village Board is scheduled to meet Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m. at Village Hall (Municipal Building).

Agenda items include:

  • Authorize Village Administrator to issue purchase order to ES&S for the purchase of one Express vote machine, with a cost not to exceed $4,155.00.
  • Authorize Village staff to pay the Town of Wheatland $4,649.01 for water patrol services.
  • Authorize village Administrator to offer cross training agreement to Gavin Edmonds for training and licensing to operate the Village Sanitary Sewer Plant and Water Utility.

The full agenda is available here.

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Deaths Feb. 20, 2024: Sally Joy Gibbs

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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Spring election 2024: Wilmot Union High School District referendum results

Voters in the Wilmot Union High School District voted on a three-year, non-recurring operational referendum in Tuesday’s election. The request was for $2,000,000 in 2024-25, $2,500,000 in 2025-26 and $3,000,000 in 2026-27.

Early results at 8:16 p.m. with 6 of 8 polls reporting were:

  • No 594 (55.2%)
  • Yes 482 (44.8%)

Results at 8:20 p.m. with 7 of 8 polls reporting were:

  • No 1316 (53.58%)
  • Yes 1140 (46.42%)

At 9:27 p.m. with 8 of 8 polls reporting what may be incomplete results:

  • No 1477 (54.34%)
  • Yes 1241 (45.66%)

UPDATE 9:43 p.m. — The above results are now complete, unofficial results.

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Spring election 2024: Circuit Court Judge-Branch 3 primary results

Voters throughout Kenosha County voted in a primary for Circuit Court Judge-Branch 3 on Tuesday.

Three candidates were on the primary ballot: Frank Gagliardi (who was appointed to fill out the term of retiring judge Bruce E. Schroeder), Heather Iverson and William Michel.

The top two vote getters Tuesday will appear on the April 2 ballot.

Early results at 8:15 p.m. with 48 polls out of 105 reporting were:

  • Frank Gagliardi 2841 (45.37%)
  • Heather Iverson 2466 (39.38%)
  • William Michel 930 (14.85%)

Results at 8:18 p.m. with 62 of 105 polls reporting were:

  • Gagliardi 4071 (44.39%)
  • Iverson 3677 (40.1%)
  • Michel 1386 (15.11%)

Results at 8:26 p.m. with 72 of 105 polls reporting were:

  • Gagliardi 5207 (45.01%)
  • Heather Iverson 4595 (39.72%)
  • William Michel 1723 (14.89%)

Results at 8:31 p.m. with 94 of 105 polls reporting were:

  • Gagliardi 5624 (44.87%)
  • Iverson 4998 (39.87%)
  • Michel 1865 (14.88%)

Results at 8:40 p.m. with 99 of 105 polls reporting were:

  • Gagliardi 7033 (46.06%)
  • Iverson 5910 (38.7%)
  • Michel 2273 (14.89%)

Results at 9 p.m. with 104 of 105 polls reporting were:

  • Gagliardi 8117 (46.45%)
  • Iverson 6664 (38.14%)
  • Michel 2631 (15.06%)

Results at 9:22 p.m. with 105 of 105 polls reporting what may be incomplete tallies were:

  • Gagliardi 8117 (46.45%)
  • Iverson 6664 (38.14%)
  • Michel 2631 (15.06%)

UPDATE 9:32 p.m. — Gagliardi issued the following statement via email to westofthei.com: “I am humbled by the confidence the voters placed in my work as judge of Branch 3 of the Kenosha County Circuit Court.  As judge I am committed to upholding the Constitution and protecting your rights and our community’s safety.  The courts belong to the people and I am honored to be your judge. I would like to congratulate Commissioner Bill Michel for conducting an ethical, honorable campaign and wish him and his family well. There are 42 days until the spring election and I look forward to continuing to make the case for retaining me as your judge.”

UPDATE 9:43 p.m. — The above results are now complete, unofficial results.

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A word from our sponsors: Batting practice with data feedback at Westosha Sports Complex

Note: Westosha Sports Complex is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement.  — DH

Weather or season never gets in the way of perfecting your baseball or softball batting at Westosha Sports Complex in Silver Lake.

Westosha Sports Complex is a professional training facility where players up their game, practice their swings, and just have fun.

Westosha Sports Complex’ features the HitTrax baseball/softball hitting simulator.

HitTrax is not your average batting cage. Its patented technology measures real-time data and displays live results for immediate feedback. Analyze key performance metrics to identify tendencies before stepping onto the field.

With HitTrax, players are further engaged, in-depth performance reports are generated. Whether it’s hitting leagues, tournaments or home run derby’s, HitTrax brings the excitement of the outdoor game into this facility.

How is golf your game? Westosha Sports Complex also features Full Swing, the worldwide leader in cutting edge indoor golf simulation technology. Full Swing simulators are in the homes of top Tour Pros including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington, and many more. Its patented dual tracking technology delivers superior ball tracking data and makes Full Swing the only simulator that actually measures ball flight indoors. With over 30 years of experience, Full Swing provides the most accurate and realistic golf experience you can find. There are over 100 different courses you can play.

Hours are: Monday through Tuesday 3-9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. If you are looking for an earlier tee time call us at least 48 hours in advance and we will try and accommodate you. Refreshments, including beer, are avilable for purchase.

Click here for full pricing details.

Westosha Sports Complex is located at 1215 N. Pryor St, Silver Lake.

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Warm spell starts Tuesday

A string of days with high temperatures above 50 degrees will start Tuesday, says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast.

It’s still February, right?

The NWS says we should see a highs of 54 on Tuesday, 57 on Wednesday and 52 on Thursday. High temps will slip into the 40s for Friday and Saturday before heading back into the 50s for Monday.

It is going to take a bit to feel the warmth Tuesday. At about 5:40 a.m., Tuesday the Westosha Central High School weather station says it’s just 29 at about 5:40 a.m. in Paddock Lake. The NWS has a special weather statement in effect for patchy for and freezing fog.

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Spring election 2024: It’s primary election day!

It’s spring non-partisan primary election day.

Polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here is a list of polling places by municipality

All wards in Salem Lakes will vote at Salem Lakes Village Hall for this election.

On the ballot will be:

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Units responding for crash in Silver Lake

At about 8:06 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of. crash at Highways B and F in Silver Lake.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved. Injuries reported.

UPDATE about 8:10 p.m. — Twin Lakes Rescue requested to respond with an ambulance as mutual aid.

UPDATE 8:14 p.m. — Bristol Fire and Rescue also requested to respond with an ambulance as mutual aid.

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Deaths Feb. 19, 2024: Jacob Robert Whaley, John H. Meyer, Brian C. Beth

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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Sponsored post: Bristol School Early Childhood Screening & Evaluation

Note: This is a paid advertisement from Bristol School — DH

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Wheatland to purchase pumper truck for fire department

 /from a Wheatland slide

The Wheatland Town Board last week approved the purchase of a pumper truck for the Wheatland Vol. Fire Department.

The 2016 Rosenbauer truck is being purchased from a suburban Minneapolis fire department. Cost is $450,000. The board will use $250,000 in American Rescue Plan grant funds and finance the rest of the purchase with a bank loan, said town Chairman Brett Butler.

The truck has about 13,000 miles on it, said Chief Lou Denko at last week’s Town Board meeting.

“It hasn’t been used a lot,” Denko said of the new truck.

Wheatland VFD’s 30-year-old truck that will be replaced has about 27,000 miles.

Some equipment will be able to be transferred from the old pumper truck to the new pumper truck. One of the exceptions is radio equipment. Denko also recommended new tires for the new truck, at a cost of about $5,000.

A comparable new pumper truck would likely cost about $900,000, Denko said. The truck that will be replaced cost about $270,000 in 1994.

The department expects to be able to get over 20 years more of service from the truck the town is purchasing, Denko said.

The town had expected to get about five years more out of the older pumper, Butler said, but a recent need for a repair that would cost about $30,000 prompted the department to look at getting another truck.

“It was best to not start investing in a 30-year-old truck,” Denko said.

The older truck also was not a good candidate for a major refurbishment — as Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue recently decided to under take for one of its older pumpers — because its original manufacturer is no longer in business, Butler said.

 /from a Wheatland slide

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Sponsored post: Vote Judge Frank Gagliardi for judge Feb. 20

Note: This is a paid announcement from Frank Gagliardi for Judge, Treasurer Todd Terry — DH

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Wilmot Union High School honor roll first semester 2023-24

The following students were named to the WIlmot Union High School honor roll for the first semester of the 2023-24 school year:

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Agenda: Twin Lakes joint Village Board, Plan Commission meeting Feb. 19, 2024

The Twin Lakes Village Board and Plan Commission are scheduled to hold a joint meeting Monday, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

Agenda items for the joint portion of the meeting are:

  • Public hearing on an ordinance to amend the Code of Ordinances pertaining to floodplain regulations.
  • Discussion and possible action by the Plan Commission regarding amending the Code of Ordinances pertaining to floodplain regulations.
  • Discussion and possible action by the Plan Commission regarding the use of property at 100 School Street that is not specifically allowed in commercial zoning.

After the above items, the Plan Commission is scheduled to adjourn. The following agenda items are from the Village Board only portion of the meeting:

  • Discussion and possible action by the Village Board regarding amending the Code of Ordinances pertaining to floodplain regulations.
  • Discussion and possible action by the Village Board regarding the use of property at 100 School Street that is not specifically allowed in commercial zoning.
  • Discussion and possible action regarding a quote from Century Traffic for centerline painting int he amount of $12,540.
  • Discussion and possible action regarding Water Patrol pay for the 2024 season.
  • Consideration of a motion to approve quote from Sabel Mechanical for digester wall repair for $34,644.
  • Closed session for conducting a compensation evaluation of the village clerk.

The full agenda is available here,

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A word from our sponsors: Feb. 18, 2024 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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Note: 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:

23400 89th St, Salem

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Units responding for fire in Salem Lakes

At about 8:40 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue, Town of Randall Fire Department, Wheatland Vol. Fire Department units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a barn fire in the 8300 block of 312th Avenue in Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue Lakes.

UPDATE about 8:43 p.m. — Deputy on scene reports pole barn on fire. No people believed to be inside. Some animals inside.

UPDATE about 8:47 p.m. — MABAS box alarm activated by Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue. Requested to respond are:

  • Antioch Fire Department and Twin Lakes Fire Department with engines.
  • Paris Fire and Rescue and Kansasville Fire and Rescue with tenders.
  • Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue with a squad.
  • Lake Villa Fire Department with an ambulance.
  • Antioch with a chief.
  • City of Burlington and Town of Burlington fire departments for change of quarters.

UPDATE 8:55 p.m. — Access to Highway FR being blocked by deputies.

UPDATE 9:03 p.m. — Additional box alarm response for tenders only. Due to respond are Spring Grove Fire Protection District and Newport Fire Protection District.

UPDATE 9:21 p.m. Kenosha County Fire investigation Task Force requested to respond to the scene.

UPDATE about 10 a.m., Sunday — Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue reported via Facebook that the barn was a total loss. No injuries to residents or firefighters. “Several animals were lost in the fire,” the post said.

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Deaths Feb. 17, 2024: Michele Elfering

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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Kenosha Thunder game summary: Vs Brookfield Stars on Feb. 16, 2024

Here is the recap of Kenosha Thunder vs. Brookfield Stars on Friday.

Quote from Coach Joe Trifone:

Tonight was bitter sweet. We outplayed Brookfield for 2 periods but penalties during the 2nd period were to much to overcome . Dylan Kozak and Devlin Al Segar  played like the captains they are, Dylan Masonova played his best game of the year. Although we fell short of our goals, we did finish our 3rd straight year with a winning record. This year’s players have built upon our past players efforts and have left the club better than when they started. I’m very proud of all our guys. We’ve got a lot of talent in the pipeline and look forward to building on the legacy these players have left us. Thanks senior! Roll Thunder!” 

 Game Summary:

February 16, 2024.   Regional playoff game 2 #8 seed Kenosha Thunder vs. vs #1 Brookfield Stars

Kenosha Thunder lost 5-2

Stars of the game were:

  • Davis Schlagenhaft (12) Wilmot -1 goal and assist
  • Dylan Kozak (12) Westosha Central – 1 goal 
  • Connor Costello (12) – IT 1 assist.
  • Max Bondus (12) – 1 assist
  • Dylan Masnova (12) Wilmot – 32 saves

Other Plays: 

1st Period: 1-0.  The Thunder came out strong and Dylan scored the lone goal of the first.

2nd Period: 1-4 Brookfield came out strong with the next 4 goals  

3rd Period: 2-5  The Thunder fought hard but couldn’t close the gap   

Kenosha Thunder was outshot by the Stars 32 to 20.   

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A word from our sponsors: Feb. 17, 2024 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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Note: 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:

23400 89th St, Salem

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Makayla Fedler part of UW-Whitewater production of “Pal Joey”

Makayla Fedler from Salem, WI, a Theatre major, is one of many students involved in the production of “Pal Joey” at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Fedler will play the role of Gladys Bumps / Costume Shop Technical Assistant, as a part of the Cast / Production Team.

“Pal Joey” will be performed by UW-Whitewater’s Department of Theatre and Dance in the Barnett Theatre Feb. 23-25 and Feb. 29-March 2.

“Pal Joey,” written in 1940, is one of many Rodgers and Hart musicals to run on Broadway. It tells the story of a young nightclub performer named Joey Evans with an ambitious dream of one day owning his own nightclub, and seemingly no limits to what he will do to achieve this desire. His large goals and manipulative tactics get suddenly entangled with lust and jealousy when he begins deceptively charming women and letting his selfishness blind him.

UW-Whitewater’s 2024 production encapsulates the show’s unique and complex character relationships and gives new life to a beloved 1940s classic.

“It has been a pleasure to work on the show,” said show director Bruce Cohen, an associate professor of theatre and dance. “It is the most dance-intensive musical that we’ve mounted in the seven years I’ve been here at UW-Whitewater. The students are having a blast.”

Cohen goes on to explain the careful thought that went into the selection process for a show of this nature.

“This show presents a higher degree of triple-threat – singing, dancing, and acting – performance skills than many contemporary shows. This is so important for our students to have experience with.”

Students involved in the show have expressed a strong sense of pride in their strongly-built community.

“I have found that this cast has a lot of theatre majors and non-theatre majors and through that experience, [it] makes the diversity of the cast and perspectives very eye-opening,” said Caitlyn Dickman, who plays the role of Linda English in the production. “Everyone has learned to grow together and become one as a family in bringing this story to life!”

UW-Whitewater’s Department of Theatre/Dance produces five shows per academic year. For more information, visit uww.edu/theatre.

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A word from our sponsors: Polish your golf game year round at Westosha Sports Complex

Note: Westosha Sports Complex is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement.  — DH

Weather or season never gets in the way of your golf game at Westosha Sports Complex in Silver Lake.

Westosha Sports Complex is a professional training facility where players up their game, practice their swings, and just have fun.

Westosha Sports Complex features Full Swing, the worldwide leader in cutting edge indoor golf simulation technology. Full Swing simulators are in the homes of top Tour Pros including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington, and many more. Its patented dual tracking technology delivers superior ball tracking data and makes Full Swing the only simulator that actually measures ball flight indoors. With over 30 years of experience, Full Swing provides the most accurate and realistic golf experience you can find. There are 15 different courses you can play.

Hours are: Monday through Tuesday 3-9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. If you are looking for an earlier tee time call us at least 48 hours in advance and we will try and accommodate you. Refreshments, including beer, are avilable for purchase.

If your game is baseball or softball, stop in for Westosha Sports Complex’s HitTrax baseball/softball hitting simulator.

HitTrax is not your average batting cage. Its patented technology measures real-time data and displays live results for immediate feedback. Analyze key performance metrics to identify tendencies before stepping onto the field.

With HitTrax, players are further engaged, in-depth performance reports are generated. Whether it’s hitting leagues, tournaments or home run derby’s, HitTrax brings the excitement of the outdoor game into this facility.

Click here for full pricing details.

Westosha Sports Complex is located at 1215 N. Pryor St, Silver Lake.

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The Sharing Center seeking supplies

The Sharing Center has put out an appeal via social media for donations of the following supplies:

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Sponsored post: Vote Judge Frank Gagliardi for judge Feb. 20

Note: This is a paid announcement from Frank Gagliardi for Judge, Treasurer Todd Terry — DH

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Deaths Feb. 15, 2024: Miriam Jean Bartelt, Sharon E. Coursey

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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Seven Westosha Central High School band students in 2024 UW-Platteville Tri-State Honors Band Festival

Left to right-front row: Ava Philips Kenny Broadway, Wyatt Shaffer.  Middle row: Caroline DeGoey & Jack Zirkelbach  Back row: Travis Verhaalen, James Noonan. /Submitted photo

Seven Westosha Central High School band students participated in the UW-Platteville Tri-State Honors Band Festival on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10.

The participating Westosha Central students were: Ava Philips, Kenny Broadway, Wyatt Shaffer, Caroline DeGoey, Jack Zirkelbach, Travis Verhaalen and James Noonan.

The Tri-State Honors Band was a 100 member group from high schools in WI, IL, and IA. The students rehearsed all day on Friday and Saturday and were led by guest clinician Carolyn Barber. Barber is the director of bands at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln . A joint performance by the UW-Platteville Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Tri-State Honors Band was held at 4 p.m. at UW-Platteville.  In addition, students were able to work with the UW-Platteville faculty.

The students were nominated by WCHS band director Adam Scheele. 

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