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May 4, 2014 - From staff reports

Art students selling chili, ceramics

Central Wyoming College ceramics students will sell homemade chili in handmade bowls at a fundraiser Wednesday in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Gallery.

The students are charging patrons $8 for both the chili and bowl, said ceramics instructor Danny Brown.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There also will be silent auctions of ceramic pieces from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

All the proceeds go directly to the CWC ceramics studio to fund new materials, visiting artists, travel and workshops, Brown said.

CWC spring showcase Thursday

Central Wyoming College's community band, collegiate chorale and handbell choir will perform a spring showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Robert A Peck Arts Center Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.

The community band will perform four prominent traditional concert band works in "stark contrast" to what the band performed during the fall concert, band director Jason Ogg said.

The band will play John Philip Sousa's "The Thunderer," Gustav Holst's "First Suite in E Flat" and the "Chorale and Shaker Dance" by John Zdechlik. Also on the program is Percy Aldridge Grainger's "Australian Up-Country Tune."

Sharon Dalton's handbell choir will perform "Elation" by Jason W. Krug, and an arrangement by Sandra Eithun of "You Raise Me Up." The bell ringers also will play "Over the Rainbow," an arrangement by Tammy Waldrop, and Keith Richards' arrangement of Green Day's song "Time of Your Life."

The collegiate chorale will end the performance with a traditional spiritual, selections by James Taylor, Billy's Joel's "And So it Goes," and one of conductor Robert Hussa's favorite arrangements of the folk song "How Can I Keep from Singing."

A short reception honoring Hussa will follow the concert. Hussa is ending his 34-year career at CWC.

Pet owners advised to vaccinate

Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory scientists are urging pet owners -- especially those in Laramie and Goshen counties -- to have pets vaccinated against rabies.

Forty-one of 66 tests of animals from the two counties this year have been positive, said Myrna Miller, a virologist with the University of Wyoming's WSVL. Thirty-seven skunks and one fox from Goshen County and three skunks from Laramie County have been positive. All have been from the South Central rabies strain.

"It is important for pet owners to vaccinate their pets against rabies," said Miller in the Department of Veterinary Sciences, which manages the WSVL. "Even if the animal does not usually have contact with wildlife, rabid skunks and foxes have been known to climb into outdoor dog kennels and attack large dogs and even humans."

Miller advised pet owners to contact their veterinarians if rabies is suspected and report all animal bites to their doctors. Most cases of rabies in Wyoming have been in skunks and bats, but other animals include cats and dogs, horses and cattle, squirrels and foxes, she said.

Rabies symptoms can include lethargy, fever and vomiting, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Signs progress within days to cerebral dysfunction, cranial nerve dysfunction, ataxia, weakness, paralysis, seizures, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation, abnormal behavior, aggression and/or self-mutilation.

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