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April 29, 2006 New preschool set to open Temple Emek Shaloms new preschool - which is set to open this fall - will give potential students and parents a taste of what they will have to offer Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 18

New preschool set to open

Temple Emek Shalom&

s new preschool &

which is set to open this fall &

will give potential students and parents a taste of what they will have to offer Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 1800 East Main St.

The new school will only accept 10 students on a first come first serve basis when they open in September. Judy Visser and Robin Heald will run the school together with Visser acting as director and Heald as teacher. Visser said the Pomegranate Preschool for the Arts will celebrate all jewish holidays and experiment with new programs based on the Los Angeles-based &

music altogether&

program.

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Her philosophy is teaching each child as an individual and nurturing them according to their needs,&

Visser said.

Rotary Youth of the Month selected

The Rotary Club of Ashland recognized Thomas Witt, an Ashland High Senior, as Rotary Youth of the Month at their April 27 meeting.

Witt has appeared in ten main stage productions at Ashland High School during his tenure there. Most recently he was featured as Sky Masterson in the high school&

s production of Guys and Dolls. He will play his first Shakespearean role this coming week starring as Theseus in A Midsummer Night&

s Dream.

Witt has sung with AHS choirs all his years at Ashland High. On Easter Sunday 2005 he sang at Carnegie Hall with the AHS choirs. For the past two years he has sung at the Oregon Bach Festival as part of the Youth Choral Academy. This year he was chosen for the Oregon State Men&

s Honor Choir, and for the Northwest Men&

s Honor Choir. This summer Witt will direct and perform in a puppet production of Robert Louis Stevenson&

s Treasure Island at Oregon Stage Works. The purpose of this project is to introduce children in the Rogue Valley to live theater.

Witt plans to study American history, theater and music in college. He is the son of Mary and Robert Witt of Ashland.

Officials investigate dead birds

State wildlife managers expect to know as early as today whether dozens of dead ducks discovered this week in Upper Klamath Lake are victims of an avian cholera outbreak. Eight ducks collected Wednesday by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists were expected to be tested today for the bacterial disease at a federal lab in Wisconsin.

While surveying Upper Klamath Lake on Wednesday, Collom counted at least 60 dead ducks, mainly scaup and buffleheads. Avian cholera, also known as fowl cholera, is one of the most common diseases among wild North American waterfowl and is tracked monthly by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The disease is the result of infection with the bacteria that can kill within six to 12 hours after infection, according to the USGS.

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Staff reports