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2007 "Keeping the Wreath Green"

To summarize the 2007 "Keeping the Wreath Green" campaign.  The final count was 47 green and three red lights.  Although it may appear it was a successful year, our goal is to "Keep the Wreath Green" and promote fire safety throughout the Holiday Season. 

In 2008 we will again attempt to have no red lights on our wreath, we can do this by continuing to practice fire safety.  Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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$763 million

State budget

$763,272,000 to be exact.

That is the increase in taxes and fees in the 2007-09 state budget, according to a report issued by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

This is why I voted against the state budget.


Former Wisconsin Governor Lee Dreyfus has died.

ADOPTED! Meet Mr. Max Gimble

UPDATE!  UPDATE!   Max was adopted by a young couple from Verona on Sunday.  They are thrilled with their new pal and Max is adjusting well to having three cat siblings! 

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How The Milwaukee County Parks Department Ranks Nationally In Its Offerings

According to the Trust for Public Land, a national center concerned with conserving land for people, here is how the Milwaukee County Park System stacks up to other large metropolitan park systems in a number of areas.

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We need a Great Lakes Compact, but…

Great Lakes, Mary in the media

The Great Lakes Compact is headed to the state Legislature for consideration.

We need a Great Lakes Compact, but as I have stated so many times in the past, it has to be the right document, free of flaws and trap doors. Passing a Compact just to pass a Compact is the wrong approach.

I was interviewed by Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel reporter Stacy Forster for today’s article on the Compact.

ADOPTED! Playful Jake is a staff favorite


Jake is a treasured dog among the staff and volunteer dog walkers at the Wisconsin Humane Society.  He always greets you with a huge smile, like you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to him.  A bad day at work or school is quickly cured by his cheerful demeanor and eagerness to entertain you. Jake LOVES to go for walks and play in the snow, regardless of the temperature. He is an active, silly boy who thinks independently yet cherishes the companionship of humans.

Jake is a 2 ½ year old Labrador Retriever/Newfoundland mix. He’s been called a “goofy newfie” on more than one occasion. He enjoys the pursuit of tennis balls and proudly demonstrates his ability to catch balls mid-air.  This seventy pound dog is also very affectionate and loving; after a good bout of exercise, Jake adores getting tummy rubs and ear scratches. Jake will undoubtedly bring great joy into someone’s life.

Does he sound like a good match for you?  Check him out at or call 414-ANIMALS for adoption information.

Jake, like many dogs, barrels through snow piles with glee and is entranced by snow falling from the sky. However, all dog guardians should be aware that cold weather can be very dangerous for dogs. From frostbite and cracked paws to antifreeze and sidewalk salt, winter can pose many threats to your dog’s safety. Check out cold weather safety tips at the WHS web site.

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Keep your Cash

It's the time of the year that most people are getting their financial records together for taxes with hopes of getting a refund or at least not paying any additional taxes.  Other people are coming up with scams to grab your refund, swindle you out of your money, and leave you "high and dry" without recourse.  The scam artists are getting more and more creative with their methods and they are cheating more and more people out of their money.  The following is a scam given to me by the very astute Sergeant Young.

Notification of Tax Refund on your VISA or MasterCard Now,

> After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have
determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $241.30.

>A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.

  Fox example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

> Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your

> To access the form for your tax refund please copy/paste  the link
below in your browser (or click the link below)  (The hyperlink has been disabled)

> Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date
and time.
Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.


Internal Revenue Service

(c) Copyright 2008, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A.


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Little ones need homes, too

From an Abyssinian Guinea Pig named Mango to Sparkles, a Rex Rabbit, the Wisconsin Humane Society has a myriad of small animals right now!  All these petite pals are looking for new homes and make great companions. 

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ADOPTED! Riggins will warm up your heart and home

Update! Riggins was adopted by a great family.  

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UPDATE: Elize got adopted!

UPDATE: Eliza is now in a new home!

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State of the State tonight

Governor Doyle delivers the annual State of the State address tonight to the state Legislature.

Watch my blog tonight. I will post my reaction to the State of the State following the Governor’s speech.

What other governors are saying in their State of the State messages is keeping track of State of the State speeches being given by the nation’s governors.

Even though many states are now seeing large deficits, governors are still proposing large spending projects.

Some governors are going the other route, calling for tax and spending cuts. As puts it, “Governors are shying away from tax increases.”

Here’s the report.


ADOPTED! 100 lbs of Love: Meet Dakota.

UPDATE! Dakota was adopted Wednesday evening by a terrific woman from Grafton! 

Dakota is a 7-year-old Akita who couldn't be sweeter!  This gentle giant knows several commands, including "sit" and "shake."  He is a calm, patient dog who likes to spend time hanging out in the snow or cuddling with a pal.  At nearly 100 lbs, he would do best in a home without little kids he might accidentally knock over, but he'd likely enjoy the friendship of older children.  If your family is interested in giving this great guy a home, bring everyone down to meet Dakota at WHS.  If you have another dog, you can even do a dog intro here!  Click here to learn more.

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I was just recently made aware of Assembly Bill 624 that is going to be reviewed by state legislators.  This bill is a must for concerned citizens.  The bill intends to provide civil immunity to neighborhood watch members who in good faith, report information to the local law enforcement agency about suspicious activities, persons, or vehicles in their neighborhood. That's what concerned citizens do!!  Concerned citizens report suspicious activity in an attempt to keep their neighborhoods safe!  Immunity from civil liability is a must to safeguard involved and conscientious neighborhood blockwatch members.

 The bill goes on to "require a person who brings an action against the neighborhood watch member for damages related to the report to prove by clear and convincing evidence that the report of information was not made in good faith.  In addition, if the neighborhood watch member is found to have acted in good faith in an action for damages, the court shall award him or her court costs and reasonable attorney fees."  So, if someone wants to bring a suit against a neighborhood watch member who reported an incident, it is their burden to prove the report was not made in good faith and if they can't do this they pay your bill.  As it should be!!

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50th Anniversary Contributors Shown Appreciation

50th Anniversary

Sunday, January 27th was an afternoon filled with "thank you's" and other appreciations at Carl's Catering on Loomis Rd.  The City of Greenfield 50th Celebration Committee planned a celebration to thank all volunteers and donators for their contributions to the success of the City of Greenfield's year-long celebration in 2007 commemmorating the 50th Anniversary of the City.

After mingling with guests, enjoying appetizers, and watching a video showing pictures of the celebration throughout the year, all of those in attendance took part in a program, led by Mayor Mike Neitzke, recognizing everyone who participated in the planning of the celebration and to the many organizations/businesses who came together with generous financial donations.

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ADOPTED! Playful pup looking for a pal.

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