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ADOPTED! Sweet Boston Terrier ...


UPDATE: Little General met a nice family from Franklin, who adopted him this weekend. Congrats!  

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Good luck New Berlin Eisenhower boys!

I send my best wishes to the New Berlin Eisenhower boy’s basketball team that will compete at the state basketball tournament this week in Madison.

Good luck to Eisenhower as they play Monroe this Friday in the semifinals of the Division Two boy’s state basketball tournament.

New Library

Imagine grabbing a cup of coffee, settling into an over-stuffed chair next to a fireplace, and spending the afternoon paging through your favorite magazine or a novel.  Where are you?  At home or at a trendy book store?  No.  You are at the new Greenfield Public Library!  As many of you have probably heard, the library will be moving to a new building in spring of 2009.  The library has outgrown its current location and a new building will ensure that the library continues to provide excellent service to the community.  The new library will be located on 52nd and Layton Avenue, right across the street from Konkel Park.  Some features of the new library that you can look forward to enjoying are:

  • a children's area with a story time room and a separate teen area, giving younger library users their own space
  • a computer lab with over 20 computers
  • a coffee kiosk that will sell beverages and snacks
  • a sound-proofed music studio equipped with an electronic piano
  • a community room (seating capacity 100) that contains a kitchenette and a grand piano
  • a periodical reading room with comfortable seating and a fireplace.

There are many ways you can support the library in building its new facility.  Please consider giving a monetary donation to ensure that we build the best library possible that will continue to serve generations to come.  All donations, at entry level, will be recorded in a book that will be permanently displayed in the new library.  Donations of $500 or more will be recognized on a donor wall.  There are also several naming and sponsorship opportunities starting at only $5,000.  Please contact Library Director Sheila O'Brien at (414) 321-9595 or visit our website to make a contribution to the new library.

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ADOPTED! Big Yellow Lab (comes with ball)

UPDATE: JUNIOR WAS ADOPTED IN TIME TO CELEBRATE ST PADDY'S IN A NEW HOME!  HOORAY! (and time to buy stock in a tennis ball manufacturer)
Meet Junior. He may go home with that tennis ball because he seems to carry it everywhere he goes!  This handsome 6-year-old lab has silly puppy energy and always greets you with a smile.  And the tennis ball. 

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Adjourning in honor of some wonderful constituents

Tuesday on the floor of the state Senate, I adjourned the Senate session in honor of  Kara Walla of Hales Corners,  winner of  the state spelling bee, and the New Berlin Eisenhower boy’s basketball team that won the W.I.A.A. Division 2 state basketball championship.

You can watch the adjournment honors here.

Check out this book

The recent lunar eclipse has persuaded me to write my first Greenfield Liblog book review on The Planets by Dava Sobel. Having read another of her books, Longitude, I was familiar with her ability to present scientific information in an entertaining manner. Those of us who are not astronomy buffs, but, nevertheless,  stand in awe of the majesty of the universe while gazing at the glossed cluster of a clear northern sky, find a user friendly interpreter in Ms Sobel. Contained in this book is history, discovery, mythology, mystery, suspense, beauty, glory, failure, science, creation, competition, and certainly, facts and figures of our star, planets, moons, asteroids and more. All this is woven together with poetic and spiritual appreciation.  I particularly enjoyed learning how and when our local heavenly bodies were named. For example, why is our planet named Earth, when, logically, it should be Ocean? Plus, I now can tell you the order of planets from nearest to farthest from the sun thanks to the excellent mnemonic "my very educated mother just served us nine pies". Of course, lately the planetary status of "pies" has been called into question. Hey! You'll learn why we are dePlutoed in this book, published by Viking in 2005.The Planets by Dava Sobel is a concise, informative and enthusiastic story of what's all around us. The call number in the Greenfield Library Nonfiction section is 523.3 SOB.  -- shelver dennis

Help Keep Us Safe

It seems that whenever I ask my brethren at the police department for ideas for this blog, they always tell me to address what drivers should do when approaching a squad car that has it's emergency lights activated.  This is a big issue for police officers because their safety is on the line if vehicle drivers do not follow a few simple rules.  I have addressed this in previous postings so instead of "reinventing the wheel", I am going to re-publish a previous posting.

Let’s begin with a quiz.

Question #1
I'm driving along and I see a police car pulled over up ahead. The police car's lights are on. What should I do?

A) Speed on by, I don't have to do anything.
B) Stare at the lights becasue they're pretty.
C) Pull over, one lane AWAY from the squad car and proceed slowly by.
D) Slow down significantly and pass with caution.
E) C or D depending on the circumstances.

The correct answer is E. Wisconsin law requires drivers to move over, one lane AWAY from a stopped emergency vehicle (including police, fire, public works and tow trucks) as they proceed by the stopped vehicle. If traffic or road conditions do not allow the driver to move over, the driver is required to SLOW DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY as they pass the stopped emergency vehicle.

The penalty for a violation of this statute in Greenfield is $172.00 and 3 points.

Question #2
An emergency vehicle is approaching from behind as you are driving your car. You can see in your rear view mirror that it has it’s emergency lights on and you can hear that the siren is activated. You should:

A) Immediately stop your vehicle in the lane you are traveling in causing a hazard for the emergency vehicle to navigate around.
B) Stay in your lane of travel and significantly decrease your speed causing a moving hazard for the emergency vehicle to navigate around.
C) Suddenly change lanes without signaling to create a hazardous test for all drivers in defensive driving skills.
D) Signal a right lane change and cautiously move to the right and come to a stop in the curb lane allowing the emergency vehicle to safely pass on the left.
E) All of the above.

The correct answer is D. Signal a right lane change and cautiously move to the right and come to a stop in the curb lane allowing the emergency vehicle to safely pass on the left. It seems this would be the obvious answer, however, I have seen all answers occur while operating my emergency squad car with my lights and siren operating. This includes  answer E!

The penalty for a violation of this statute in Greenfield is $235.00 and 4 points.

These are both hefty fines but they can be avoided by knowing what to do when there is an emergency vehicle where you are operating your vehicle. Emergency personnel are pledged to helping keep the community safe but we need your help keeping us safe. Following these two simple statutes would not only be appreciated by emergency personnel but also by the families they go home to.

UPDATE! Mattie could TEACH a manners class

UPDATE! This sweet dog went home to a great family thrilled with their new companion!

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Hoppy Easter!

Community Events

Easter came a bit early on Saturday, March 15th for 73 Greenfield children and adults who were registered for the Breakfast With The Easter Bunny event held in the Community Room in Greenfield City Hall.  Those in attendance had an egg-citing time by eating a breakfast of pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries, sausage, hard boiled eggs, applesauce, and juice.  In addition, children had an opportunity to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.  This event was held prior to the Easter Egg Scramble sponsored by the Greenfield Jaycees at Kulwicki Park.  Thanks to everyone who participated in this annual event.

Greenfield Health Officer/Director Darren Rausch and his children, Braeden and Nolen, have their picture taken with the guest of honor at the Breakfast With the Easter Bunny event.

Spring Review Tickets Now Available

Community Events, Dance programs, P&R Office

The Greenfield Dept of Parks & Recreation will be holding its 42nd Annual Spring Review on Saturday, April 12, 2008 in the Whitnall High School Auditorium

Kidnastics 12:00-1:15 PM
Adult Ballet & Tap 1:15-1:45 PM
Baton 1:45-2:00 PM
Middle Eastern Dance 2:00-3:00 PM

Doors Open at 11:30 AM.  Admission by ticket only.  Seats are first come, first served.Advance tickets are now available at the Parks & Recreation office for $3, any remaining tickets the day of show for $4.

I discuss the Great Lakes Compact on WPR

Great Lakes, Mary in the media

I was a guest on the Joy Cardin program on Wisconsin Public Radio. I discussed the concerns I have with the Great Lakes Compact.

You can hear the program by going here.

Scroll down to 3/11/08, 6:00 a.m., and click “Listen.”

My interview is during the second part of the hour.

ADOPTED! 8-month-old Lab Seeking Tennis Pro

Tinsel is a blast.  He's one of the funniest souls you've ever met and he thinks life is just awesome.  You'll feel such joy introducing this 8-month-old black Labrador Retriever mix to new situations and people. He will renew your appreciation for the little things - perfect blades of grass on which to munch, sparrows perched on telephone wires, the sound of the school bus turning the corner - Tinsel notices everything and is fascinated by anything.

Tinsel is looking for a guardian with a good arm and a big supply of tennis balls. Although if you don’t have any tennis balls, he would probably settle for plush toys, or Frisbees, or squeakers, or well, you get the idea. Tinsel loves toys! The only thing that Tinsel likes better than playing with his toys, is playing with his toys with you

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Free Frozen Custard

In celebration of National Library Week (April 13-19), the Greenfield Public Library is now hosting a coloring contest.  Kids ages 11 and younger, pick up a coloring sheet at the Greenfield Public Library.  Celebrate your favorite book by drawing a picture about it.  It can be a character, event, scene or anything you liked about the book.  Return the drawing to the library when completed by April 30th.
What you will win...
Give completed coloring sheet to the librarian, and you'll win a certificate for a FREE single scoop of frozen custard in a cake cone or dish from Culvers.
Your name will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a kickball or mini lantern.

ADOPTED! Murphy's a barrel of lovin' sunshine

When you meet Murphy, you'll fall into a laughing fit.  This dog is such a happy, exuberant fellow that his enthusiasm for life is contagious.  He has a stocky golden body, dense coat and always-wagging tail.  At 8-months-old, this Labrador Retriever/Chow Chow mix is at a great age. Murphy loves to meet new people and eagerly eats up all the attention he can get.  He's fond of stretching out on the floor to invite a belly rub, too! 

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Birding, anyone?

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