Mary Poppins Opens This Weekend

The Community Players of Southwestern Wisconsin will be presenting the musical “Mary Poppins” beginning tonight (Friday) through Sunday and continuing next weekend at the Richland Center High School Auditorium. Featured in the performance will be many local actors, actresses, singers, dancers, and musicians.

Performances for the musical “Mary Poppins” will take place tonight (Friday), tomorrow (Saturday), and Sunday, and again next Thursday through Sunday (August 6-9) at the Richland Center High School Auditorium. Performance times will be at 7:00 PM with the exception of 1:30 PM matinee performances this Sunday (July 27) and next Sunday (August 9). Tickets are available at Ed's Family Foods and Gordy's Market in Richland Center, and will also be available at the door on performance dates. There will also be a $50 family package ticket available only at the door that will admit two adults and any number of children.

11th Annual WRCO Walk With GRACE Auction Recap

The 11th annual WRCO Walk With GRACE Radio Auction is in the books, and thanks to 305 enthusiastic bidders and dozens of generous auction donors, the 2015 auction proved to be the best yet. Thursday's auction total was $10,610 – the best 1-day fundraising total for the event ever. That proved to be the capstone of what was a remarkable story every day this week. The final total of the four days came to $33,190.

With the help of so many who are supportive of the Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination, the Radio Auction also eclipsed another milestone. In the 11 years of the auction, $203,957 has been raised to support cancer patients seeking help through GRACE. 100% of the funds raised from the auction go directly to GRACE in its ongoing mission to assist local cancer survivors, provide funds for cancer research efforts in Madison and LaCrosse, support the local medical community, and continue local cancer prevention and education efforts.

A complete listing of successful auction bidders for each of the four days can be found at our website: wrco.com. If you were the top bidder, items can now be picked up here at WRCO during regular business hours. If possible, we would like all items to be picked up and paid for by the end of next week.

Attention now turns to the Walk with GRACE itself. This year's Walk is set for the evening of Friday, August 14th. The Survivor Reception and Captain's Night will be Wednesday evening, August 12th at the Phoenix Center. The theme for the 2015 Walk with GRACE is “Our Field of Dreams: Striking Out Cancer.”

23rd Annual Muskets & Memories

The 23rd annual Muskets and Memories Civil War Era Weekend opens with registration today (Friday) in preparation for a busy weekend. The civil war encampment will be open to the public from 9:00 until 5:00 Saturday and 9:00 until 4:00 Sunday in Boscobel's Kronsage Park. The battle re-enactments will be at 1:00 Saturday and 1:30 Sunday. The Saturday battle will be a re-enactment of the Angle at Gettysburg from July 3, 1863 in which Medal of Honor recipient Alonzo Cushing was killed. An Alonzo Cushing Medal of Honor Memorial will take place on the battlefield at 12:30. The Medal of Honor was posthumously awarded to Cushing by President Obama this past September. Cushing was born in Wisconsin.

The Sunday battle will depict Morris Farm at Bentonville, North Carolina. The organizers of Muskets and Memories stress that the event is staged to honor the men, women and children who have diligently worked or offered the supreme sacrifice, their life, in war and in peace to make the United States of America the land of the free and the greatest country on earth. The event is NOT a celebration of war.

There are many other activities during the weekend in Boscobel including the Lady's Garden Party Saturday afternoon from 2:30 by 4:00 and the Military and Civilian Ball beginning at 8:00 Saturday night in downtown Boscobel. The event tent on the re-enactment grounds will feature several programs relating to the weekend's activities featuring special presentations, a period wedding and even family dance lessons. To learn more about Shelby Harriel presentation, visit www.forbiddenhiddenforgotten.blogspot.com.

General admission for Muskets and Memories is $10 per day, age 7 - 12 is $4, and under age 7 is free. Group, family, and weekend rates are available.


WRCO Walk with GRACE Radio Auction 2015

The 2015 WWG Radio Auction features a variety of valuable and practical items that will all work for a very worthy cause... Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination or GRACE. Our auction partners include contributors from a wide area who have been extremely generous.

The auction will be broadcast Monday, July 27 through Thursday, July 30, on WRCO FM 100.9 and wrco.com between 9:10 AM and Noon. The largest value items each day will be sold between 11:30 AM and Noon.

Here are a few pointers for being a part of the auction:

  • Every dollar of every winning bid will go to GRACE.
  • The telephone number for bidding will be 608-647-2111.
  • You will be issued a bidder number the first time you bid. We will need your name and telephone number only.
  • You may place only one bid per item per call. You may call as many times as you like.
  • Charitable receipts will be issued to all buyers whose bid exceeds the stated retail value of the item being sold.
  • Successful bidders will be called to confirm their purchase. Winning bidder numbers will be announced on the air; names will not.
  • Items purchased (or certificates for items) will be available for pickup at WRCO Radio after Noon the next day.
  • We will accept cash and checks made payable to GRACE.
  • All items must be paid for and picked up by Friday, August 7, 2015.
  • All items will sell to the highest bidder. All items sell.
  • Bids are not taken in advance. If you are not able to bid, please find someone to bid for you.
  • We reserve the right to change the auction schedule, listing, or description. Items may be added or deleted as required.
  • Questions about the auction or an item are welcome in advance by calling WRCO Radio.
  • The auction schedule is available by clicking the schedule for each day on the Grace Auction Menu. Thanks for your interest in the WRCO Walk with GRACE Radio Auction!
  • Remember... the schedule is subject to change. Announcements made on the air take precedence over the printed schedule.

Siren System Check

This week will mark the first time the City of Richland Center will conduct a second monthly test of it's warning siren system. At noon on Wednesday (July 15) the sirens will be activated via a remote device to help ensure the warning system is operating correctly. This test will be a regular check of the sirens. It will be in addition to the one held regularly on the first Wednesday of the month. City officials say if you hear other sirens in the community, but notice the one closest to you is not working, you are asked to please contact City Hall or law enforcement right away.

Tree Trimming Services

The following businesses have shown proof of insurance and obtained a license to cut trees within the City of Richland Center. Any other businesses need to obtain a license before cutting any trees in the City.

Ashton's Affordable Tree Service LLC - 608-642-0683
8697 Crosscut Rd., Platteville, WI

Peer Construction - 608-732-5279
29301 Pleasant Mound Rd., Boscobel, WI

Sprague Brothers Tree Services - 608-822-3470
1005 14th St., Fennimore, WI

Contractors are not permitted to place trees or brush outside of the landfill area. They must take the debris inside the landfill. The landfill will be open during between 8am and 3pm this week for City residents. Approved Townships may also use the landfill during regular open hours - Mondays & Wednesdays from 8am to 1pm and Saturdays from 8am to noon.

Upcoming Street Reconstruction in Richland Center

Road and other Public Works projects will soon be ramping up in the City of Richland Center. The Public Works Department will be closing South Stewart Street at the intersection of West Haseltine Street for culvert repairs beginning next Wednesday (July 8). That work will continue for approximately four weeks through August 5th. Motorists are encouraged to find an alternate route.

Also, beginning on Wednesday (July 8) the City of Richland Center will begin the reconstruction of North Park Street and East 11th Street. That project includes excavation, storm sewer, base course, curb & gutter, asphalt paving, clearing & grubbing, and restoration of the work area. Later this summer, the construction of Third Street between Jefferson and Main Streets on the north side of Jefferson Elementary School will take place. The estimated start date for the Third Street project is Monday, July 27th. During the construction, local residents will have limited access to driveways at times. Mail delivery will be maintained throughout the project. The estimated completion date through asphalt paving is August 14th.

The Richland Center Public Works Department is also in the process of repainting crosswalks throughout the city. They will also soon be marking parking stalls in the downtown area this month. The plan is to do the paining projects on busier roads between the hours of midnight and 6:00 AM. Motorists should expect one lane of traffic to be closed while the paint is drying. Exact dates of the paining projects will be dependent upon the weather.



Riverdale Class of 2028 Supports Local Library

The Riverdale 4K class of 2028 hosted a very successful Old Fashioned Lemonade Stand last Friday.  They presented their donations totaling $585.90 to Mrs. Wiederholt on the last day of summer school. They would like to thank everyone involved for their generous donations!

Thunderfest 2015

Come early and stay late for RC Thunderfest in Richland Center, Saturday, June 27, in Krouskop Park. The PiTri Challenge kicks off this event at 7:00 AM and 12 hours of free non-stop music to follow starting at noon. There will also be delicious food; the new Try Pie and Wow Ball events, the Caring Karts Churnin' Dust races, the Thunder Showers bounce houses and Bungy Jump. To end the night, bring family and friends to one of the very best fireworks displays in southwest Wisconsin which will begin around 9:30 PM. RC Thunderfest brings family and community together while celebrating our nation's independence. 


WIAA State Baseball Coverage

In honor of both the Ithaca and River Valley Baseball teams earning their way to the WIAA State Baseball Tournament, WRCO will cover both games on Wednesday, June 17th. At 10:25 am Wednesday, tune in to WRCO FM 100.9 and WRCO AM 1450 as Ithaca takes on Ribb Lake.  Then at 8:20 Wednesday evening, you can hear River Valley against Notre Dame on WRCO FM 100.9.  Both games will be streamed on wrco.com.  Thursday's games will also be covered on both WRCO AM and FM, as well as online. Stay tuned for those times as we hear the results from Wednesday.  Congratulations to both Ithaca and River Valley on their accomplishments thus far!

Richland Weather

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