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I have ancestors who came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the seventeenth century, so I'm always on the lookout for books, movies or plays about that fabled place. My interest lies in artistic recreations of a time long past, creations like Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," and movies like "Plymouth Adventure," where to my dismay I learned that Governor William Bradford's wife almost had an affair with the Mayflower's captain.
Inspirational speaker Tasha Schuh of Ellsworth will be addressing the St. Croix Valley Girls 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Citizens State Bank, 375 Stageline Road, Hudson. She will speak about how her life went from budding actress to struggling quadriplegic with just one step. Her story After showcasing her talent as the lead in the Ellsworth High School's production of Grease, Tasha began to dream of a career in the theater.
Remember Teagan Marti? She's the girl who's finally walking again after she fell 100 feet from a ride at Extreme World at Wisconsin Dells three years ago. Teagan is now 15 and recently received help from actor Charlie Sheen. He donated $10,000 yesterday for a therapy dog to help Teagan with her rehab. Lucia Wilgus, who lives in Eau Claire and became friends with the Marti family after Teagan's accident, got the wheels rolling on this one. She's been raising funds for a therapy dog.
Dozens of parents converged on the State Capitol Feb. 19 to protest Governor Scott Walker's plan to let special needs' children attend private schools with tax-funded vouchers. Kimberly Nerone of Wauwatosa said public schools need to improve their already-strong programs for kids with disabilities - and not quote, "chip away at them" by sending youngsters away from those programs.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission declined plans for a 41-turbine wind farm near the town of Forest in St. Croix County. Emerging Energies planned to generate about 100 megawatts of power from the 250 million dollar project.State regulators listed concerns about the impact of noise from those turbines on nearby homes. The door was left open for the filing of a new application after a noise study is completed.
NEW RICHMOND -- The Old Gem Theater is presenting the World War II play, "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 1, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3. During World War II, the Gestapo used Terezín, as a ghetto for concentrating European Jews. Fifteen thousand children under the age of fifteen passed through the Terezin but fewer than 100 survived. "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" is based on poems and pictures that were created by the children of Terezin.
On Sunday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m., the Trio St. Croix will present a free concert at Abbott Concert Hall, in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building on the campus of UW-River Falls. The trio is comprised of Giselle Hillyer, violin; Roger McVey, piano; and Sally Dorer, cello. The program will feature music by Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as "Café Music" by the American composer Paul Schoenfield. For more information about the trio, please visit Trio St. Croix
"October 27, 1940, Sunday -- Went to chapel all day as usual. Our big meeting next Sunday. Gwilym Rees will be preaching. "October 29, 1940, Tuesday -- Went to school. My feet fit easier into the shoes than they did yesterday, as I have corn remove on and I hope they will succeed. I am going to take them off Thursday night probably. Did a lot of homework. "November 3, 1940, Sunday -- Big meeting today. G. Rees gave three beautiful sermons.
The Humane Society of the United States filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Washington D.C. against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the Interior Department. The lawsuit asks courts to put Upper Midwest grey wolves back on the federal endangered species list. It said the government's decision to de-list Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan wolves threatens the animals' overall recovery. Other plaintiffs in the lawsuit are the Friends of Animals, Help Our Wolves Live, and Born Free USA.
Oh, how times have changed. In the 1970s, Wisconsin college dorm residents were just starting to earn the right to have friends from the opposite sex visit their rooms. Now, UW La Crosse is poised to let students of different genders live together in suite-style residence halls, starting this fall. Campus residence life director Nick Nicklaus tells Wisconsin Public Radio that La Crosse will also provide space for lesbian, gay, and transgendered couples.