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Ex-Kohl's supermarket sold for Asian grocery

Greenfield, Retail

 A 45,000-square-foot former Kohl's Food Store,  2750 W. Grange Ave., Greenfield, has been sold for for $1.9 million to Viet Hoa Holdings Inc., which plans to operate an Asian grocery and restaurant, and lease additional space to other retailers.

The sale was brokered by Jon Thoresen and Brian Gingrass, of Commercial Property Associates Inc. The property's seller was the Masue Trust, of Boca Raton, Fla., according to assessment records.


Gangsters, Wisconsin Style

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The long-awaited movie, “Public Enemies” that was filmed in several Wisconsin locations last year opens in theaters July 1, 2009. An adaptation of notorious gangsters from the era of the great depression and Prohibition, the movie features the popular Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, America’s first Public Enemy Number One, and Christian Bale as the government agent in hot pursuit, Melvin Purvis.

To mark the occasion of the movie’s opening, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism is encouraging visits to the many locations used to film action scenes. You are invited to take it on the lam and go on a Wisconsin gangster tour.

Wisconsin was a favored getaway destination for Chicago criminals in the 1920’s and 1930’s like Dillinger and Al Capone, thanks to our wooded and rural landscapes. The Department of Tourism suggests a Northern and Southern tour of Wisconsin sites that served as gangster hideouts and were used to film, “Public Enemies.”

The Southern tour includes Milwaukee, Racine, Madison, Darlington, Columbus, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Dells, Lake Delton, Oshkosh, and Lake Geneva.

Numerous scenes were shot at the Milwaukee County Historical Society Building. One of them was, appropriately, a bank robbery sequence. The downtown building was a bank before it became the Historical Society took it over.

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It's June...oh, deer!

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October and November are deadly months for deer crashes. The deer are quite active due to their mating season. However, we are now at a point in our calendar that also poses a challenge for motorists.

The state Department of Transportation reports, “
In four of the last five years, June ranked as the worst or second worst month for motorists’ injuries from deer crashes, according to Dennis Hughes, chief of safety programs for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Safety.”

Be careful out there.

Newspaper calls JFC budget process an "insult to public"

State budget

The Appleton Post-Crescent lashes out in an editorial at the process used by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee during state budget negotiations:

“The Joint Finance Committee of the state Legislature just finished its work on the state budget bill. Thank goodness it stopped when it did. Who knows how much more damage it could have done to the notion of responsible government? It's hard to know where to start.”

You can read the entire editorial

State Budget Watch: How the JFC budget affects you

State budget

The state budget approved by the Democrat-controlled Joint Finance Committee (JFC) along party lines that was crafted behind closed doors and without minority Republican input would have tremendous negative effects on you.

Here are some of the direct impacts the budget would have:

You will pay higher property taxes because the Qualified Economic Offer (QEO) will be eliminated.

You will pay higher property taxes because state aid to local municipalities and school districts is being cut.

You will pay higher income taxes because a new income tax bracket is being created.

You will pay higher capital gains taxes.

You will pay higher hospital care costs because a new hospital tax is being imposed in addition to the original hospital tax approved earlier this year by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature.

You will pay higher gasoline costs because a new oil company tax will merely be passed onto consumers.

You will pay higher phone costs because of a new phone tax.

You will pay higher car insurance premiums.

You will be less safe because many felons will be given early release.

Your children will be less safe because GPS monitoring of sex offenders is being cut.

Your local police department will have longer response times because of a new requirement to collect racial data at every traffic stop.

State budget deliberations are still in progress. However, I lack confidence the Democrat-controlled state Assembly, Democrat-controlled state Senate, and Governor Doyle with his veto pen will make any improvements to what will more than likely be the worst state budget in Wisconsin history.

Business leaders spoke, we listened: Policies to create jobs in Wisconsin

Business, Taxes, State budget

The Wisconsin Jobs Now Task Force that I serve on along with other Republican legislators has been holding roundtable discussions around the state, 
listening to the expertise and concerns of businesspeople about Wisconsin’s woeful business climate.

As promised, the input from the roundtables has been incorporated into a final report of recommendations to the Legislature to create jobs and stimulate our economy.

Among the report’s recommendations:

Reduce the Personal Income Tax
The Task Force recommends an overall reduction in individual and employer taxes to keep businesses here and attract new businesses and job-creation opportunities to Wisconsin.

Repeal 11% Employer Tax Hike Passed in February
The Task Force recommends repealing the new combined-reporting tax and the new tax on custom software.

Freeze property taxes
The Task Force recommends maintaining a strong property tax freeze to reduce the ever-increasing burden placed on businesses looking to expand or trying to attract new employees.

Simplify and Streamline Tax Code
The Task Force recommends streamlining, consolidating, and cutting fees on employers.

Stop the increase in the Capital Gains Tax
The Task Force recommends opposing an increase in the capital gains tax that is in Governor Doyle’s proposed state budget and the budget recently adopted by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee.

Reduce the Tax Burden on Expansion/Retooling
To help Wisconsin employers stay competitive, and to create jobs for equipment suppliers, the Task Force recommends providing tax relief on new equipment purchases.

Stop the “Brain Drain”
The Task Force recommends creating a business-recruiting team to bring high-tech and cutting-edge industries and startups to Wisconsin.

Freeze on new regulations
The Task Force recommends a freeze on all new regulations until the economy

Expediting the permitting process
The Task Force recommends guaranteeing agency permitting responses within a reasonable amount of time.

Help small businesses afford health insurance
The Task Force recommends allowing small businesses to pool together to achieve significant health insurance cost savings.

Guarantee reasonable caps on non-economic damages for medical malpractice cases
The Task Force recommends establishing low long-term caps on non-economic damages.

Stop raids on Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund
The Task Force recommends prohibiting future government raids on the fund to attract and retain high quality health care providers.

Move Toward Patient-Centered Care
The Task Force recommends that Wisconsin implement a system that patients have access to the information they need to make informed decisions and have control over their health care dollars.

Don’t repeal the 1995 reforms in Joint-Several Liability statutes
The proposed changes could make an employer who is as little as 1% at fault, 100% liable for damages. 

Don’t increase auto insurance costs
Proposed changes will increase auto insurance rates by more than 33% and bring Wisconsin rates from the 3rd lowest in the country to one of the highest, increasing costs on employers, and killing jobs.

Don’t increase the state minimum wage above the federal minimum wage

Don’t adopt proposed changes to Prevailing Wage Law

You can read the final report of the Wisconsin Jobs Now Task Force here.

Enjoy These Special Fitness Workshops

Fitness, Konkel Park

Get outdoors this summer and get active in our special Fitness workshops!   

The LifeTrail stations are a series of outdoor exercise/physical activity stations located in Konkel park.  Our special workshop will be a walk-thru on how to safely and effectively use them to reach your fitness goals.  Sign up now .. Tuesday, June 23 either at 9:30 AM or 6:30 PM .. see page 37 of the Summer Recreator for details.   

Learn how to turn a simple walk around the park into an efficient, effective, aerobic, total body workout in our Pole Walking Workshop.  It is more than just grabbing a pair of poles and swinging your arms.  Learn the correct technique to get outdoors this summer and get active.  Sign up now .. Tuesday, June 30 either at 9:30 AM or 6:30 PM .. see page 38 of the Summer Recreator for details.

Audit: Local Government Property Insurance Fund


The Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) has completed a statutorily-required review of the Local Government Property Insurance Fund. The fund provides property insurance to counties, towns, villages, school districts, and other local units of government and is operated by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI).

During June 2008, the Property Fund insured 1,124 local units of government with insured property valued at $45.5 billion. The total number of governmental units insured has dropped from 1160 during 2005 to 1124 during 2008. Even so, the value of insurance continues to increase due to inflationary increases in the property base and of new construction.

As of March 31, 2009, OCI reports a surplus balance of $40.0 million. There have been steady surplus increases since fiscal year 2003-04 due to premium rate increases. Factor in fewer claims than had been anticipated and the Property Fund started to reduce rates July 1, 2005. However, during the next three years, the fund had its highest claims because of numerous weather-related episodes. Total claims were $18.4 million in fiscal year 2005-06, $23.3 million in fiscal year 2006-07, and $24.0 million in fiscal year 2007-08.

The LAB asserts that monitoring the status of the surplus is critical:

“The larger the surplus, the greater the assurance that sufficient funds will be available to pay claims. The surplus may also help to keep premium rates stable and to ensure
that reinsurance is available and affordable. However, too large a surplus balance may indicate the premium rates are too high, and the Property Fund must balance its need for an adequate surplus with local governments’ needs for reasonable premium rates, especially as their financial resources are shrinking.”

The LAB recommends that OCI continue monitoring the surplus balance so that it remains proper, especially considering the tough economic times local units of government currently face.

The LAB also discovered during its review that OCI was charging appropriations based on the purchase and implementation of a new computer system to manage the Property Fund during 2004. OCI was not charging costs based on a consistent methodology. The LAB recommends the OCI establish and keep records of a methodology for charging costs to its administration and operations appropriations and obtain the proper authorization from the Legislature if large, one-time purchases are made, to ensure appropriate allocation of costs.

Once again, I commend the LAB for an outstanding review. You can see the full audit report here. 

State Budget Watch: Saturday specials from the JFC

State budget

During the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) was jamming controversial social policies into the budget with little notice and while very few in Wisconsin were paying attention.

My former legislative aide, Christian Schneider, now with the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) writes about “coverage“ the JFC approved, and “coverage“ is the operative word.

The JFC endorsed a provision in Governor Doyle’s propsoed 2009-11 state budget that extends the Medicaid Family Planning Waiver program to men. Increased funding of $355,000 will help to pay for free condoms for the program’s new recipients. Schneider writes the governor’s and the Democrat-controlled JFC’s flawed logic goes like this: more condoms, fewer births that would be funded by the tate’s medical assistance (MA) program.

“Ah, you see - the program pays for itself.  If taxpayers just bought more condoms for people, we’d have fewer pregnancies, and therefore fewer taxpayer subsidized births. Because condoms are just so difficult to come by these days.  Certainly, once government starts handing them out, everyone will be using them, right?  Well, no. Eight other states allow men to take part in the Family Planning Waiver program, and zero have seen any cost reductions as a result of ’fewer births.’“

You can read Schneider’s entire piece with more details about what happened the Memorial Day weekend here. 

Pro-Life Wisconsin also sheds some light on two controversial measures adopted by the JFC along party lines the same Saturday.

One requires
all Wisconsin pharmacies to dispense prescribed contraceptive drugs or devices.

“This budget motion is a bold attack on the lawful conscience rights of pro-life pharmacy professionals,” said Peggy Hamill, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s state director.

The other measure requires commercial health insurance plans and self-insured governmental health plans to include contraceptive drugs and devices.

“Pregnancy is not a disease,” said Hamill. “Why should the government force health insurance companies – and the policy holders who will pay for this expansion through increased premiums – to cover drugs and devices that are purely elective?”

You can read more from Pro-Life Wisconsin here.

Given the nature of these policy items, it is clear why the JFC chose to conduct its business when no one was looking and with little, if any, advance notice to the general public and news media.

The government's benefit cup runneth over

Despite the recession, government spending is the highest it has ever been…on benefits.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports one out of every six dollars earned by Americans today is the result of government assistance. Other details:

Government aid accounted for 16.2 percent of personal income during the first quarter of this year, an all-time high.

Spending on benefits will surpass $2 trillion this year, about $17,000 per American household.

Half the benefit spending is attributed to the recession, the other half to increased spending on prescription drugs, health care for children and food stamps after the 2001 recession.

The struggling economy has more people retiring early, causing an increase in Social Security costs.

Unemployment insurance and food stamp costs have also increased.

Read more in the USA TODAY. 

In a related story, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) confirms what I have blogged about in the past, that the huge federal stimulus package will only make matters worse. The WSJ writes that states desperately hurting will only see their budget problems get worse:

The drop in tax revenue is set to be deeper and last longer as collections have become more sensitive to business cycles in recent years. At the same time, states face growing health-care costs and the need to replenish pension programs funded by decimated investments. And some of the stimulus funds expand programs that will require state money to sustain them after the federal largesse runs out.”

That last sentence is critical. What happens when the stimulus money runs out? States are left holding the bag with unfunded programs.

Do the math. The stimulus hasn’t come close to helping states and their vast budget dilemmas. The WSJ writes:

“Altogether, states face aggregate budget shortfalls of at least $230 billion from fiscal 2009 through fiscal 2011, said Mr. (Scott) Pattison (executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers). For most states, that covers the period from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2011.

That aggregate figure is nearly double the roughly $130 billion in federal stimulus funds that states can use flexibly over three years. When today's federal assistance peters out, a number of state budget officers don't expect new tax revenue to replace it.”

One expert tells the WSJ state tax collections may not recover until the end of 2012 or later.

You can read the WSJ article

Clue #2 - Summer Medallion Quest 2009

Medallion Quest, Parks

Here's the 2nd clue in this summer's Medallion Quest.  Good luck!

Rumor has it –


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State Budget Watch: Is the state budget in trouble?

State budget

With the state Assembly scheduled to take up the state budget next week, there are signs that approval in the lower house will be anything but a slam dunk because of disgruntled Democrats.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has issued a memo to Assembly Democrats comparing Governor Doyle’s budget to the budget just adopted by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC). The memo shows that the JFC budget increased the state's net balance by $1.375 billion. 

The Wisconsin Associated Press reports Democrats that control the Assembly have raised concerns about the budget.

A Green Bay radio talk show host, Jerry Bader has counted noses and found only 35 votes in the Assembly in support.

Assembly Democrats will need plenty of Republicans to join them in voting for the budget.  I don’t see that happening.

State Budget Watch: The JFC's assault on school choice

State budget

Last week, during the final stages of its budget deliberations, the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) that is controlled by Democrats took punitive action against Milwaukee’s popular and effective school choice program. The aim wasn’t to kill but to severely injure, and the JFC’s moves got noticed nationally.

The National Review noted the significance of the Milwaukee program:

is home to America’s most vibrant school-choice program: More than 20,000 students participate, almost all of them minorities. They have made academic gains and boast higher graduation rates than their peers in public schools. They even save money for taxpayers.”

And that’s why the JFC approved numerous provisions in a large omnibus motion to gut school choice. The Wall Street Journal writes:

Because the 20-year-old program polls above 60% with voters, and even higher among minorities, killing it outright would be unpopular. Instead, Democratic Governor Jim Doyle wants to reduce funding and pass ‘reforms’ designed to regulate the program to death. The goal is to discourage private schools from enrolling voucher students and thus force kids to return to unionized public schools.”

In the final hours of their budget discussions, the JFC embarked on a carefully orchestrated assault on school choice with the following provisions:

  • Choice schools could be required to administer the 4th, 8th, and 10th grade knowledge and concepts examination approved by the state Superintendent.
  • Credentials would be required for choice school staff.
  • Teacher’s aides at choice schools must have graduated from high school, been granted a declaration of equivalency of high school graduation, or been issued a general education development certificate of high school equivalency.
  • Choice schools that have already been accredited would have to meet additional accreditation requirements.
  • Choice schools with enrollments of more than 10% limited-English proficient pupils would be required to have a bilingual-bicultural education program.
  • A priority list would be created that would take precedence over the current law provision that choice schools accept pupils on a random basis.
  • Funding would be cut from choice schools under a reestimate of program participation.
  • The per pupil amount of funding would be cut for choice students by $165.
  • High poverty aid would be increased, allowing MPS to receive an additional $9.9 million annually.
  • The MPS aid reduction related the choice program would be cut from the current law 45 per cent to 41.6 per cent during 2009-2010 and 38.4 per cent during 2010-11 and thereafter.
  • When choice pupils transfer to MPS in mid-year after a school closing, MPS would receive the state’s share of any choice payments for that school year that have not been paid to the choice school on behalf of that pupil.
  • An additional count date for MPS on the first Friday in May will be used to calculate state aid.
  • There are also provisions pertaining to transfer of records and required meetings.


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Sunday is Friedman Day


You probably have heard of Tax Freedom Day. 

Did you know this Sunday, June 7, 2009 is Friedman Day? Named after the late Nobel-laureate economist Dr. Milton Friedman, it’s the day the American Institute for Economic Research calculates Americans start earning money for themselves rather than paying the government.

Friedman Day comes later than Tax Freedom Day because Friedman Day includes money borrowed by the government to fund spending that isn't covered by tax revenue.

During September 2003, Friedman gave an interview to conservative columnist John Hawkins. 
Friedman told Hawkins the following:

“I am in favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it’s possible. I believe the big problem is not taxes. The big problem is spending. The question is, ‘How do you hold down government spending?’ Government spending now amounts to close to 40 percent of national income, not counting indirect spending through regulation and the like. If you include that, you get up to roughly half. The real danger we face is that number will creep up and up and up. The only effective way I think to hold it down, is to hold down the amount of income the government has. The way to do that is to cut taxes.”

Friedman would not be pleased to see the gap between Tax Freedom Day and Friedman Day now stretching almost two months. Investor’s Business Daily explains why in this editorial. 

I-94 NORTH-SOUTH update: June 8-15

News you can use

Here is an update from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) for the I-94 NORTH-SOUTH freeway project:

Construction update June 8 -June 15:
I-94 North-South Freeway Project update for Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties


All closures are weather-dependent and subject to change.
New long-term closures are BOLD. 

Monday, JUNE 8
Double lane closures I-94 EAST (SB) and WEST (NB) from Rawson to Edgerton from 9:30 p.m. – 5:30 a.m.
Double lane closures 27th St NB at I-894/I-43 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Tuesday, JUNE 9
Double lane closures I-94 EAST (SB) and WEST (NB) from Rawson to Edgerton from 9:30 p.m. – 5:30 a.m.
Double lane closures 27th St NB at I-894/I-43 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Wednesday, JUNE 10
Double lane closures I-94 EAST (SB) and WEST (NB) from Rawson to Edgerton from 9:30 p.m. – 5:30 a.m.
Double lane closures 27th St NB at I-894/I-43 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Full closure Airport Spur WB freeway ramps to I-94 EAST (SB) and WEST (NB) 9:30 p.m. – 5:30 a.m.
Full closure Airport Spur WB entrance ramps at Howell Ave 9:30 p.m. – 5:30 a.m. 

Thursday, JUNE 11
Double lane closures I-94 EAST (SB) and WEST (NB) from Rawson to Edgerton from 9:30 p.m. – 5:30 a.m.
Double lane closures 27th St NB at I-894/I-43 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Friday, JUNE 12
Double lane closures 27th St NB at I-894/I-43 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Saturday, JUNE 13
Only long term closures in effect. 

Sunday, JUNE 14
Only long term closures in effect.

- I-894/43/I-43 WB exit ramp to 27th Street Until Late August
- 27th St entrance ramp to I-894/43/I-43 EB Until Late August     
- 27th St NB entrance loop ramp to I-894/43 WB Until Late August
- I-894/43/I-43 WB right lane closure between Mitchell Interchange and 27th St Until Late August
- Single lane closures on NB and SB 27th St between Layton Ave. and Bottsford Ave; both directions of traffic will travel on the 27th St SB bridge over I-894/43 (two lanes in each direction) Until Late July

- Howell Ave. NB & SB single lane closures between Layton Ave. to Howard Ave Until June
- College Ave from 15th St. to 20th St Until November

I-94 EAST (SB) and WEST (NB) entrance and exit ramps at College Ave. closed until November.
- Southwest park and ride lot at College Ave. closed until November.
- Northeast park and ride lot at College Ave. closed until late August. (Temporary lot available at MATC-Oak Creek campus)


Monday, JUNE 8 
Full closure I-94 EAST (SB) and WEST (NB) entrance and exit ramps at County E 10 a.m. until August
Full closure County E at I-94 and east and west of the frontage roads 10 a.m. 6/8 until August
One directional traffic with a flagger on County G between new frontage road locations (approx 1000' east and west of I-94)  7 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Tuesday, JUNE 9 
Single lane closure (long-term) I-94 WEST (NB) Russell Rd. to Des Plaines River 9 a.m. until Late November
One directional traffic with a flagger on County G between new frontage road locations (approx 1000' east and west of I-94)  7 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Wednesday, JUNE 10 

Open I-94 WEST (NB) entrance and exit ramps at WIS 158 at 3 p.m.
Open East Frontage Road north and south of WIS 158 at 3 p.m.
One directional traffic with a flagger on County G between new frontage road locations (approx 1000' east and west of I-94)  7 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Thursday, JUNE 11
Full closure I-94 EAST (SB) entrance and exit ramps at WIS 158 4 p.m. until Fall ‘09
Full closure West frontage road north and south of WIS 158  4 p.m. until Fall ‘09
Double lane closure I-94 EAST (SB) WIS 142 to WIS 158 9:30 p.m. – 5:30 a.m. 

Friday, JUNE 12
Only long term closures in effect. 

Saturday, JUNE 13 
Double lane closure I-94 WEST (NB) Russell Rd. to Des Plaines River 11 p.m. – 7 a.m.

Sunday, JUNE 14
Only long term closures in effect. 

Monday, JUNE 15
Full closure I-94 EAST (SB) entrance and exit ramps at WIS 165  9:00 a.m. until late July 

- I-94 WEST (NB) exit ramp to WIS 158 until late June 10
- WIS 158 entrance ramp to I-94 WEST (NB) until late June 10
- East Frontage Rd at WIS 158 until June 10
- East Frontage Rd from County C to WIS 165 until August
- I-94 EAST (SB) entrance and exit ramps at WIS 158 6/11 until Fall ‘09
- West Frontage Rd north and south of WIS 158 6/11 until Fall ‘09
- County C east of the freeway ramps until August
- East Frontage Rd between County C and WIS 50 until August
- I-94 EAST (SB) and WEST (NB) entrance and exit ramps at County E 6/8 until August
- County E at I-94 and east and west of the frontage roads 6/8 until August
- Single lane closure I-94 WEST (NB) Russell Rd to Des Plaines River 6/9 until Late November
- I-94 EAST (SB) entrance and exit ramps at WIS 165 6/15 until late July

Congratulations, Robert LaFever!

Eagle Scouts

Robert LaFever’s Eagle Scout ceremony was held on Sunday, May 24, 2009.

My office prepared a state citation that I presented to Robert LaFever at the special ceremony. It reads:

Whereas, Robert LaFever is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 530, and through dedication and commitment, attained the rank of Eagle Scout; and


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Congratulations, David Montgomery!

Eagle Scouts

David Montgomery’s Eagle Scout ceremony was held on Sunday, May 24, 2009.

My office prepared a state citation that I presented to David Montgomery at the special ceremony. It reads:

Whereas, David Christopher Montgomery is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 531, and through dedication and commitment, attained the rank of Eagle Scout; and


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Congratulations, Ryan Victory!

Eagle Scouts

Ryan Victory’s Eagle Scout ceremony was held on Sunday, May 24, 2009.

My office prepared a state citation that I presented to Ryan Victory at the special ceremony. It reads:

Whereas, Ryan Matthew Victory is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 505, and through dedication and commitment, attained the rank of Eagle Scout; and

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Medallion Has Been Found & Redeemed! The Quest Is Over.

Medallion Quest, P&R Office, Parks

Well, it didn't take long for this year's medallion to be found.  It only took two clues this year.  The winners turned in the medallion today to the Parks & Recreation Department office.  Congratulations to Robert and Camille Bakala and family for redeeming this year's medallion.  They found it in Creekwood Park in an evergreen tree on the north side of the playground area.

For redeeming the medallion, the Bakalas win resort accommodations for two nights at the Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park Resort Hotel Rome in Wisconsin Dells, four admissions to Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor, and a $20 dinner gift certificate, as well as the opportunity to participate in this year's Greenfield 4th of July parade.

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Focus on Fire Safety-FIREWORKS

Focus on Fire Safety:  Fireworks

For Americans, Fourth of July celebrations usually signify summer fun, vacations, and the gathering of family and friends, but Independence Day can also bring tragedy.  In a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported on July 4 than any other day and fireworks account for half of those fires.  Sparklers, firecrackers, and rockets are the leading contributers to these injuries.  Because most fireworks injuries are preventable, everyone can enjoy a safe and happy holiday by following a few fieworks safety tips.

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