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Maud Powell Arts Festival to feature professional and student performers

Posted by wlpo on August 17, 2014

You have to start somewhere and for many local musicians their early performances were at a local music festival.

At the Maud Powell Arts Celebration in Peru you’ll hear professional and veteran performers and young piano strings students too.

Chris Coughlin is a part of the celebration that begins next Friday.  A band of junior high aged musicians debuts Friday night with a performance at Maud Powell Plaza. More students will be performing Saturday morning the Peru Municipal Building.

Sarah Arter, who you may have heard at LP High School or a local church, has returned from Ireland and will be playing Irish fiddle music at the Peru Public Library Saturday afternoon.

An open-air concert featuring Sara Ptak, Steve Sharp and local dancers is Saturday night outside the Municipal Building. All of the performances are free.

Learn more about the Maud Powell Arts Festival by listening to an interview that’s available at the WLPO AM and FM news page.

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Nude banking is a “no-no”

Posted by wlpo on August 17, 2014

    Rockford police have arrested a 32-year-old man they say tried to rob a bank while naked. The Rockford Register Star reports police say Ezekial Deanda approached a personal banker on Friday “while completely disrobed.” They say he then demanded money.

   Police say Deanda fled the lobby area with an unspecified amount of cash before getting caught trying to get dressed in a bathroom.

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Unrest continues in Ferguson, Missouri

Posted by wlpo on August 17, 2014

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson says 2 events precipitated a strong response to enforce a curfew in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a white officer. One was people positioned on the roof of a barbecue restaurant that was broken into. Another was a man with a handgun.

Authorities say 1 person was shot and critically wounded and 7 people were arrested.

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Beach Boys coming soon to Bureau County

Posted by wlpo on August 17, 2014

   This is the week “The Beach Boys” come to Princeton and the Bureau County Fair.  They’ll be playing at the grandstand Thursday night.  Some tickets remain.  The 159th edition of the fair opens Wednesday extending to Sunday.  Antique and modern tractor pulls, extreme bull riding, demo derby, beer garden, talent show and loads of free entertainment.

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Peru CSO picnic now welcomes all

Posted by wlpo on August 17, 2014

If you are wondering what the excitement at Centennial Park in Peru is, stop by. The CSO’s 81st picnic is from 12 to 7pm Sunday.  You’ll find bags and horseshoes along with kids games and a bouncy house.  CSO members will grill hamburgers and hot dogs.

The event is paired with the I V Rodders  car show from 9 – 3.


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