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Press release from the State of the State address

My office issued this press release after Gov. Walker's State of the State address.

Sen. Mary Lazich reacts to State of the State address

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) issued the following statement about Gov. Scott Walker’s State of the State address Tuesday:

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Please and Thank You.

 My parents always taught me to say Please and Thank You.  I still use these words alot.  I rarely hear it from others anymore - the grocery store checkout employees at one of the grocery stores I go to NEVER use  these words even though the shoppers are the ones that keep them working, the bank tellers at one of the banks I frequent don't use them, and sometimes people I help out don't use them.

However, THANK YOU to those who do know the importance of these words.

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Greenfield police swamped with calls


One thing other than snow has been piling up in Greenfield: police calls.

Deputy Inspector Brad Wentlandt of the Greenfield department said in a statement Wednesday noon that police have responded to 300 calls for service over the past 48 hours, the most ever for that stretch of time. The midnight to 8 a.m. shift Wednesday morning logged 87 of the calls, also a record.

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Some thoughts about Stormageddon

In no particular order -

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Another Super prediction

In 2009, my Super Bowl picks went 2-1.  Last year, I was an amazing 2-0.  Can I continue my 80% streak this season?

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Ultimate Electronics may close stores

Ultimate Electronics

The Denver Post reports today that Colorado-based Ultimate Electronics wants to go out of business as part of a bankruptcy action filed late last month.

According to the report, the electronics retailer filed a motion with the bankruptcy court on Friday seeking permission to close all stores and liquidate its inventory.

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Based on a Book Movie Series


Based on a Book Movie Series Presents:
"Ten Little Indians"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Library's Community Room

Join us for the movie “Ten Little Indians” based on the book And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. The movie, released in 1965, runs 90 minutes (not rated). Free and open to the
public. No registration necessary.

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I was recently informed that “finding my soul mate won’t come easy for me”.   As we all know, good things come to those who wait, so no problem there.

Let me give you a little insight.  I went on a date.  The date in and of itself went really well.  Yet, when it came to our single parenting styles, I did not feel that we would be compatible for long term.  No big deal, right?  Well, it wasn’t really a big deal until I informed him that although I had a great time, it was just not in the cards for us.  This lead him to make the above “soul mate” statement and he bid me farewell.

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Ultimate Electronics closing all stores

Ultimate Electronics

It's official. Ultimate Electronics, the bankrupt Colorado electronics retailer, will close all 46 of its stores, including the one in Greenfield.

The liquidation sale started last week at 30% off.

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If I Were a State Budget Copy, Where Would I Be?

As taxpayers and voters, we have a right to be able to make good decisions based on credible and accurate facts. The issue Wisconsin is facing with the budget is the lack of COMPLETE information available to us to determine for ourselves the exact impact Scott Walker’s decisions are going to have on our daily lives and families as a whole.

I am awe-stricken at how unavailable the ENTIRE copy of the budget is. If I were a state budget copy, where would I be? I know I am not in the hands of the individuals, who are directly affected by the first round of budget cuts. I know I am not in the hands of the people, who will be affected by the budget cuts to follow. I am certain, I am not in the hands of the Wisconsin people to aid them in comprehending and understanding what lies ahead, so they can better prepare and make sound decisions for the future.

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Book Discussion Group

Book Discussion

Date: Wednesday, March 9th
Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Location:  Greenfield Public Library Community Room

BOOK INFORMATION:  Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
"The lives of fifty-four-year-old concierge Rene Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelve-year-old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu."

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Frank Lloyd Wright Book List

book list

The Milwaukee Art Museum is featuring the exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century through May 15. Check out these and other materials at the Greenfield Public Library about the architect and his work:

Magnificent obsession [DVD videorecording] : Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings and legacy in Japan. 2005
This 2-hour documentary covers Wright’s work in building the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, his response to Japanese design, and his influence on Japanese architects.

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World Seed Banks

farm, garden, plants, seeds

Every once in awhile I would hear or read something about world seed banks, but they always seemed shrouded in mystery and hidden away.  Articles never really said much about where they are and how they worked.  Could I make a withdrawal if I wanted to plant something exotic?  Could I send them seeds of my favorite marigold?  Can I trade my snapdragon seeds for some heirloom sunflower seeds?

All kidding aside, there are many seed banks around the world.  Some specialize in preserving seeds for specific food crops, like potatoes or rice. Others, like the Millennium Seed Bank Project at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew (United Kingdom), preserve the native plants of their countries.  The Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry was established in 1894 in St. Petersburg, Russia and is the oldest seed bank in the world.

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Poor Customer Service from Automobile Dealerships

 Boucher Volkswagen Promise (written on the large selection of service receipts we now "own" on our VW Jetta):  We are DIFFERENT, ORIGINAL, HONEST.  We sell cars that offer a unique combination of German Engineering, Safety, Driving Enjoyment and Value.  We are FRIENDLY and APPROACHABLE.  There is a segment of the public that admires our character.  We are different and proud of it!

The service manager at Boucher Volkwagen said we should go right ahead and contact the Media about the issues we have with his dealership and their poor customer service.  So, that's what we are doing and will do in the future.  Wonder where I would be if I used a statement like that at my work with my customers.

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Guilty as charged!!

Rarely do I delve into my personal life or struggles I am going through on an intimate level.  I may gloss over ideas or experiences from past, yet today I am going to expose myself.  I am going deep which may assist others with a touchdown or two of their own.

I have two daughters, ages 18 and 19. I have been a single parent since mid-2000 and have done a fairly decent job.  Decent enough that I have one in college and the other accepted to various colleges for the fall semester as well.  We have gotten through the high school years without serious problems and for that I am grateful. 

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Just know what you're talking about

You knew that there was no way I could avoid talking about the protests in Madison, but I was kinda waiting until it reached a resolution so that I could crow about my side's victory and stomp on the losers.

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I got gas

Driving to work this morning, I see numerous gas stations with pricing for unleaded gas as high as $3.399/gallon, until I get to one of my new favorite places, Jetz on Hwy 100 & Forest Home, which had posted a cash price of $3.259/gallon.  Though I didn't need gas, per se, I did have money in my pocket and decided to pull in.  Musings are below, in the order of occurence...

  • Jetz has a rewards program (like Speedway, but different) in which you swipe your tag after paying.  (Side note; My favorite reward is a free carwash with a 30 gallon purchase in a month.  I get that one every month).  But one thing I don't like about the program is that each pump has a speaker attached that is a constant advertisement while you are pumping gas.  Today, that speaker was either not working or had the volume turned down.  "This", said I, "will be a good day".
  • As I am pumping, next to me a van pulls up, the driver gets out with the van running, and starts to pump gas.  Besides the fact that fueling into a running vehicle is a no-no, I've now got this 20-year old Ford Econoline rattling and shaking and belching out some gawdawful fumes (and making a whole lot of noise.)  I am thinking the driver left it running because it might not start up again.  But it made me wonder - why does every Econoline last about 40 years, but only run well the first two?  Have you ever seen one that idles well?
  • Another Jetz special is a 20 oz coffee and a sweet roll for $1.59 with a rewards tag.  I treat myself to this once (or twice, if I need gas during the week).  They also offer a cinnamon roll to all guests before 8:30 AM.  Because of the cinnamon roll offering, I try to get a croissant for my coffee, but on this day, they are out (again).  I grab a free cinnamon roll and also a donut with my hazelnut coffee.  But they really need to order more croissants on Fridays.
  • I am now in line to pay for my gas-n-grub, and both tellers are working with customers cashing and buying lottery tickets... and it may as well have been the same customer in each line.  They each have a stack of tickets for the cashier to check, each wins a few bucks (between $10 and $20), each make some stupid comment about "finally being a winner", then each are standing over the scratch-off display picking one of these, one of these, and one of these... and each have to dig back into their pockets because their spree went beyond their winnings.
  • My purchases came to $25.58... and I had exact change!  Yowza!
  • On my way out, I see four or five people in line at the Subway restaurant inside the building.  I know Subway has been open before 7:00 AM for a year or so, but I've never seen so many people in line.  I guess the $5 footlongs are timeless.
  • Back in my car, I look at the gas gauge and it occurs to me... I just spent my bowling league money for the night.  Good thing that little blue card in my wallet has an unlimited supply of funds (as long as I beat My-Sugar-Na to it).
  • It's Friday (Good!)
  • I am on my way to work (Bad!)

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March Madness

book list, basketball

Between Superbowl and Opening Day there is March Madness. Here is a sampling of some basketball themed items available from the Greenfield Public Library:


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What Would It Be Like?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Police Officer?  Well now is your chance to find out.  The Greenfield Police Department is again sponsoring a Citizen Police Academy. 


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Scam Alert!

We have recently investigated burglaries that begin by scamming elderly residents.  The scam begins with two males coming to the door of an elderly resident and informing them that they are there fixing a neighbor's roof.  One of the males distracts the elderly resident by asking for a bucket of water while, the other subject is looking through the home and stealing valuables.   If you are a Greenfield resident and something similar to this has happened, please contact the Greenfield Police Department at (414) 761-5300.

This type of scam is not uncommon.  Always be leary of unsolicited visitors wanting to enter your residence for any reason.  In order to solicit services or products door-to-door in Greenfield, the solicitor must have a permit issued to them from Greenfield City Hall.  Ask to see this permit and confirm it is legitimate by calling the police.  If they do not have a permit, call us so that we can determine if they are soliciting for a legitimate business or looking to steal from the neighborhood.  The sooner you call us, the sooner we can stop the scams from occuring.

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