Today in Washington - March 6, 2009

Donelle Pardee Whiting

William “Billy Slips” Henry of Washington will be sharing his music with Peoria tonight and tomorrow night.

Billy, who has at one time played guitar with Molly Hatchett, Lynrd Skynrd and 38 Special, will be sharing his music at the Gin Joint, next to Hydrate on Main Street in downtown Peoria.

I had the chance to sit down with Billy at 747 Productions in downtown Peoria not to long ago.

He was a very genial man with a quick wit and entertaining stories about how he met Ted Nugent’s mom and had actor Jack Nicholson ask him for an autograph.

Believing that life is meant to be lived, I am sure we will continue to see the young 53-year-old performing for several years to come.

And be sure to keep an eye out for his upcoming novel, “Billy Slips.”

For the full story about Billy, click here.

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The Washington District Library will kick off this year’s Teen Tech Week Monday.

Teen Tech Week, created in 2007 by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

The week was developed to highlight to teens the different services that libraries offer.

For more on the library’s Teen Tech Week activities, click here.

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Washington Community High School will have the first of a series of open houses at 5:30 p.m. Monday prior to the start of the monthly school board meeting at 7 p.m.

The District 308 Board of Education placed a referendum on the ballot, asking voters to approve $18.4 million in bonds which will be used to build and equip an addition to, demolish a portion of and alter, repair, equip and improve the site of the Washington High School Building.

In advance of the vote, the District wants to give all residents the opportunity to view the deteriorating conditions and academic limitations at WCHS.

Additional open houses will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 and 23 while school is in session, and at 5:30 p.m. March 30 prior to the Meet the Candidates night sponsored by the Washington Education Association.

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