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Union threats unacceptable

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that union leaders in southeast Wisconsin are threatening to boycott local businesses that do not display a pro-union sign in their windows.According to the Journal Sentinel, a letter to businesses explains that not displaying a sign "will leave us no choice but (to) do a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means 'no' to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members." Capitol chaos was not enough. The union leaders are on an all out assault to keep their jobs. This is not about union workers. This is about union leaders keeping their six-digit jobs. Apparently, union bosses find their own power more important than community cohesion, and the jobs of workers at community businesses.

This playground bullying method by union leaders to strong-arm local businesses is disgusting. Threatening business owners simply for refusing to display a sign shows union bosses’ true priorities.

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Unions, Non-Unions, let's battle, oh my!

If you follow my blogs on a regular basis, you probably know my topics of conversation.  I have covered sex, race, religion and other topics many say yet never out loud.  

There are two subjects I have yet to cover; sports and politics.  It’s not because I don’t enjoy them, I just really don’t pay attention until something really big happens.  Actually, the only reason I enjoy sports is because I can go to the game wearing my most scantily clad outfit.  Talk about good clean fun!!

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Election Day today

elections, voting

Today, April 5, is Election Day. The State Supreme Court race between David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg is the only statewide race on the ballot, and there are many local races.

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Join the Library Board

library board

The Library Board of the Greenfield Public Library is now seeking nominations to fill several upcoming Board vacancies. If you are an avid reader and are looking for a volunteer activity to put your talents to work, please consider this opportunity.

Library Board members must be Greenfield residents over the age of 18 with an interest in serving. The qualifications are as follows: “Board members exhibit an awareness of the community; a willingness to devote their time and talents; the ability to think clearly, to question objectively and plan creatively; skill in communicating and cooperating; plus an awareness and appreciation of the library's past, present and future role in the community. Diversity in background, age and area of residence bring balance to the Board.” The Library Board meets once a month for 2-3 hours on the second Thursday evening of each month; a Library Board term of service is 3 years.

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Genetically Modified Seeds - Made To Live Up To RoundUp

farm, food, garden, plants, seeds

I did not know this, and after I read the article below, I'm not sure that I ever wanted to know this.  I know from living in a farming community that seed companies are making seeds such as corn resistant to RoundUp so that it is easy to spray for weeds as farmers are tending their crops. But I didn't know that they are now genetically altering the seeds, and also doing the same with seeds that we buy as residential back yard garden growers.

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Yard Smarts Hotline Serves Up Lawn & Garden Advice April 15 - May 15

events, garden, landscape, plants, yard, lawn

News Release:

Briggs & Stratton Experts Ready to Answer Questions April 15 - May 15 (April 2011) – MILWAUKEE – This spring, homeowners hungry for yard care knowledge can turn to the month-long Yard Smarts Hotline. Staffed by lawn, garden and equipment experts, the hotline is sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Corporation, which makes the engines that power eight out of the top 10 lawn mower brands in the United States.

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Better Business...

Once in a while, I cover a topic regarding businesses and such.  If you read my previous blog, you will understand that I have been through the ringer and back regarding income.  I am the Queen of finding the best deals.  I refuse to spend excessive amounts of money regarding labels knowing that next season I can get the same item for usually 1/4 of what someone else paid.  

Since I have done my research and have a little bit of knowledge in most areas of life, I am able to lower the price on almost anything.  When striking the best deal, the #1 route would be to go to a private seller.  With cash in hand, a bit of humility and a personal touch will create a home run situation for both.  

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Food Wars

Weight Watchers, food addiction, food craving

Two weeks ago, Wednesday, I went back to Weight Watchers. Some of you may be aware that I lost 30 pounds a few years ago by following the Weight Watchers Points Plan. I got arrogant, figuring I didn't need Weight Watchers anymore. I knew the plan. I knew how to keep my weight under control.

Next thing I know, I've apparently relocated 20 pounds of the 30 I lost and I've got pants I can't wear because they won't go past my thighs. I would probably fit right in with the kids who wear their jeans hanging off their backsides, but it doesn't look comfortable. Plus, I can't walk like that. I could barely make it from the bed (where I tried to tug the jeans on) to the closet (where I'm going to hang them back up 'just in case').

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2 of 3 Falls superintendent finalists from Milwaukee area districts

Menomonee Falls School District, superintendent, West Bend School District, Greenfield School District

Two of the three finalists to become the Menomonee Falls School District's next superintendent come from school systems in the metro Milwaukee area.

West Bend School District Superintendent Patricia Herdrich and Greenfield School District Superintendent Conrad Farner were both named finalists for the position, which is being vacated by Keith Marty at the end of the school year in June.

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I Sustain You!


What is your definition of love?  According to the dictionary, it is defined as; a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties, attraction based on sexual desire, warm attachment, enthusiasm or devotion, unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another, among many others.  One could say this happens after a few cold ones or a night on the town.  Sad, yet true.

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A Worthy Review

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 because 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 $235.00 and 4 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.

Fast Food Establishments and Cleanliness

 One of my pet peeves is going to a fast food restaurant and finding no clean tables to sit at while the employees of the establishment are busy standing around.  Ditto for the full garbage containers that need to be emptied.  I have gone so far as to ASK for a wet, clean cloth to clean a table off for myself and the person I am with.  If one of the employees does take the initiative to clean a table or two off, they don't use elbow grease and just do a quick wipe - not removing anything stuck on on top or the sides of the tables.  And who knows what we are sitting on as far as the chairs and/or booth cushions.  With the exception of one, I have encountered this more often than not.  Yuck.  Unfortunately, very few have the little cards to fill out about the "experience" we had at the establishment.  

Home Landscape Work – What Do You Do First?

safety, education, garden, home, landscape, perennial, plants, travel, spring

It’s Spring! You want to get out there and do some of those landscaping projects you didn’t get to last year.  A new flower bed would be nice, or you want to plant a tree, maybe create a retaining wall.  You have been thinking about what you want it to look like all winter.  Maybe you have already purchased materials for your project.  I’m sure you have also drawn a rough sketch of what you want to do.  It should be easy, right? You have a free weekend, let’s go!


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Summer Recreator Coming Soon

Recreator, Discount Tickets

Here it is. . . The Summer Recreator.  Remember this cover and don't throw it away, it includes programs running through August.

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Double Edged Sword

Stereotypes regarding men and women in the sexual world have existed since the beginning of time.  You may recall a few biblical stories.  One refers to the woman at the well.  It said she had lived a “bad” life, had been married to several men and now lived with a man who was not her husband.  The other is the story of the adulterous woman dragged into the temple by the scribes and the Pharisees.  The law during that time was to stone “such women”.  

Let this sink in.  Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, is brought to light regarding the men these women chose.  If that doesn’t wake you up faster than a double shot of espresso, little else will.  

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Volunteer at the Auction & Support West Allis' Featured Artist

     Believe it or not, the Channel 10 Great TV Auction is right around the corner. I have been a supporter and volunteer at the auction for 10+ years. It is such a fun and rewarding experience. If you are looking for a volunteer opportinity, you may want to give the Channel 10 Great TV Auction a try.

     The staff and other volunteers are very personable and with the variety of tasks, there is something for everyone to do. You can come with a group or by yourself. I can't wait until the auction starts!

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Weed Wars

lawn care, weeds, yard work, homeowner, green grass

I'm sure I've written before about my battle with the weeds in my lawn. It was obvious when my husband and I bought the house that the weeds had been allowed to run amok with little supervision on the part of the previous homeowner.

But my husband and I were naively confident that we could wrestle them back under control. We've owned the house for six years now and, not only have we not conquered the weeds, we now have a lawn full of dead grass. This is not entirely our fault -- the neighbor had a patch of dead grass first and it spread to our lawn faster than chicken pox spreads through a first grade class at the elementary school. Not only that, but it's killing grass so fast that every time I blink, I swear I see it moving diligently across what is left of the grass I've managed to keep alive. I'm sure I hear it taunting me when I go out to get the mail.

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Yard Problems To Look For

education, garden, home, landscape, yard, tree, water

There has been a few days in the last couple of weeks that were nice enough to get out into my yard.  I was itching to get out there!  I moved into my current home in late November, so I had no clue as to what types of perennials or bulbs or woody shrubs I had.  I'm anxious to assess the yard, see what is already there and determine what stays and what goes. There are a lot of things I want to change about it - and I was making mental notes as I did a thorough walk around.  There are many aesthetic things I want to change, but there are a few things that if not corrected quickly will result in bad things happening. Here's a few of the bad things I found:

1. The previous owners used ugly scallopped brick things to make a ring around a tree out by the front sidewalk. They heaped soil and wood chips inside the ring which added about 6 inches of material over the regular ground level. Adding or removing more than one inch of soil to the area under the canopy of the tree will usually kill it in three to five years from suffocation or exposure.

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Prequels, Sequels and Other What Ifs

book list

Fiction authors generally try to create new characters and events but once in a while an author will take a new look at a classic or old favorite. This is a sampling of authors who have done that and the titles are available at the Greenfield Public Library.

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Where's your daddy??

Present or not, fathers are a vital part of every child’s life.  When dad fails to parent, mom must step up to the plate to put in her 150% to ensure that child does not fall to the wayside.   

We are not guaranteed that our children will turn out to be “practically perfect in every way”.  The bible does not include the word fair at all.

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