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4th of July parades

I hope to see you at one of the many community parades on the 4th of July. I will be walking in the following parades:

12 pm: Franklin 4th of July Parade

1 pm: New Berlin 4th of July Parade

4pm: Hales Corners Parade

On Sunday, I will walk in the East Troy Parade at 1 pm.

Help 400 animals find homes!

Join the Wisconsin and Ozaukee Humane Societies in celebrating summer by saving a life. Our goal is to find homes for four hundred cats during the month of July, in addition to loving families for lots of dogs and small animals, too.  As part of the celebration inspired by Independence Day, every adopter has the opportunity to receive terrific prizes and free stuff!

·         Adopt any cat whose coloring is red, white or blue and receive a free gift and a certificate to attend a free Cat Behavior Seminar! Even if your new cat is wearing an item in one of those three colors, you will receive a gift. Be on the lookout! ·         Adopt any of our mice, named after some of our nation's heroes and receive a complete cage and setup for only $10, while supplies last! ·         Adopt a rabbit and you will receive a discount on our popular Wabbitat! ·         Adopt any one of our Petite Pals including rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, birds, gerbils, hamsters or mice during the month of July and the fee is waived on a small animal friend! ·         Anyone who adopts a dog during the month of July will be given the opportunity to draw for a prize ranging from dog treats to a complete dog kit with everything you need to bring home your new friend!  

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Special WPRA Week at Six Flags

Discount Tickets, P&R Office

If you plan on visiting Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor between now and Sunday, you can still get in on the special admission rate as part of Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association week.  The Parks & Recreation Department is selling adult admission tickets for this special week for $29.  That's a savings of just over $27 off the gate price!  In addition, a complimentary parking pass is also available.  Take advantage of the savings this week by stopping in the Parks & Recreation Department office through Friday 6pm.  Otherwise, the Department sells discounted Six Flags tickets for $36 per ticket through the end of the season (Labor Day weekend).  We do not sell child tickets only.


That was the word one of the speakers at today’s Sendik’s opening in Franklin, I believe it was Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor, used to describe the architecture of Sendik’s and the adjacent Target, set to open July 23. You can see a picture of Sendik’s in Senator Mary Lazich’s blog.

The buildings do look great at the Shoppes at Wyndham Village, off to a very good start with lots of movement and activity.

The Stanley's To Perform At Konkel Park

Community Events, Konkel Park

The second concert in the Department's Concerts at Konkel series this summer will be on Tuesday evening, July 15th.  The date in the summer Recreator activity guide incorrectly lists the date as July 19th.  The Stanley's is a four piece band playing an edgey version of 70's, 80's, and 90's rock.  The group plays artists like "Killers", "REM", "Blink 182" and even Johnny Cash!  The concert is from 7-9pm at the Konkel Park gazebo (51st & Layton Ave.)  Admission is FREE, but concessions will be available for sale.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair, a picnic basket filled with muchies and enjoy a great night of musical entertainment.  We hope to see you at the park on Tuesday night.

Enter a Photo in our Calendar Contest!

Does your dog strike a pose when you bring out the camera? Does your cat smile when you say "cheese"?  The Wisconsin & Ozaukee Humane Societies’ calendar contest is back and entries are now being accepted!

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Favre or Not - Join Us At Lambeau Field!

Community Events

Has the latest talk about Brett Favre coming back to play have you thinking about the upcoming Packers season?  Will the legendary quarterback be on the field again for the upcoming season or will he hang it up for sure?  Regardless if we see Brett Favre wearing number four again this season, you can join the Greenfield Parks & Recreation Department on Sunday, August 3rd at Lambeau Field for the annual Green Bay Packers Family Night & Scrimmage.  The Parks & Recreation Dept. will be returning to this event for a fourth consecutive year and the trip will once again be led by Mike Seavert, Whitnall Middle School teacher and 2004 Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame finalist.

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Court ruling creates big budget hole

A ruling  by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in favor of Menasha Corporation of Neenah will result in a huge hole in the state budget. The high court ruled that the state was wrong to collect sales taxes on customized computer software sales from Menasha and other firms in Wisconsin. The sales tax money collected will now have to be returned and the Legislature must address the $265 million gap.

Here are details from the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel.

As I did with the 2007-09 state budget and the state budget repair bill, I will oppose any solution to this latest budget problem that includes a tax increase.

State adding more names of sex offenders to special website

News you can use

The Appleton Post-Crescent is reporting the state wants to add information about some of Wisconsin’s most dangerous sex offenders to a website by the end of summer. These are offenders who have failed to comply with state registration requirements and are still at large. When found, they face fines, jail, or prison time.

Here’s the Post-Crescent article and the website for  Wisconsin’s Most Wanted Noncompliant Registered Sex Offenders.

Dogs arriving from Puppy Haven need your help

The Wisconsin Humane Society reached an agreement to obtain and close the largest dog breeding facility in Wisconsin, ‘Puppy Haven.’  Nearly 1,200 dogs will be brought to WHS to start on the right path to a happy future. Although many of the dogs were healthy enough to go into adoption right after spay/neuter surgery, and more than 100 have been adopted in the past few days, others need extra help. 

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Surf's Up at Konkel Park

Community Events, Konkel Park

Don't forget about the second movie in the park this Saturday night at Konkel Park.  The Parks & Recreation Department will be showing the movie Surf's Up at sundown.  The event is free and is being sponsored by PyraMax Bank, who will once again be serving free popcorn and have Moola Moose on hand to greet participants.  Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on and don't forget the bug spray.  Movie will be shown at the Konkel Park gazebo by the parking lot (51st & Layton).

Sales tax a Good Option for Parks

The Milwaukee County Park Department was once regarded as the best urban park system in America and was the envy of other large metropolitan areas. It served as the national model for public investment in open space, recreational facilities and programs. This is no longer true. While the rest of the nation has discovered the wisdom of upgrading park facilities and investing in new parks our park system has experienced a significant decline in funding due its reliance on the property tax as a means of support.

From 1983 to 2007, the county’s overall tax levy grew by 112%, out-pacing inflation, yet during that same time, the park system’s share of the levy shrunk by 18%.  Factored for inflation over this twenty-four year period, the reduction in park funding is a sobering 65%.  This reduction has led to an unconscionable build-up of deferred maintenance and a loss of nearly two-thirds of the full time workforce.  As staff levels have dropped there has been a related increase in the perception that our parks are not as safe as they once were.

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Over $5,500 Raised At This Year's Mini-Golf Tournament

Community Events


From Scott Jaquish, Director of Parks & Recreation:

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Handicap Parking

It seems that it is time for a reminder regarding handicap parking spaces.  Throughout the day hours the Greenfield Police Department receives many calls about people without handicap placards parking in handicap parking spots.  Some of these complaints involve non-handicap individuals and some involve handicap persons not displaying their placards.  Either way, this is a very frustrating situation for handicap drivers trying to park in a designated handicap parking spot.

Handicap individuals who have parking priviledges granted to them have been assigned either a handicap license plate or a handicap placard.  Both of these need to be properly dislayed in order to use the designated handicap parking spots.  If a license plate is assigned it should be properly affixed to the vehicle.  If a placard was assigned, it needs to be hanging from the interior rear view mirror.  Furthermore, the handicap parking spot can only be utilized when the vehicle in the parking spot is being used to transport the handicap individual assigned to the placard or license plate.  Family or friends using a handicap indivduals vehicle are not allowed to park in a handicap parking space unless the handicap individual is with them.  The number on the placard allows the police to find out who the placard is assigned to.

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Whitnall High School Pool is CLOSED

Aquatics, Whitnall SD facilities

From Renee Vanselow, Recreation Supervisor

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Whitnall High School Pool experienced a circulation pump failure this afternoon.  We are trying to reach all swim lesson and adult water fitness participants to let you know that we will have to cancel the swim session and water fitness classes currently being held.  There will be NO classes held this evening, Thursday or Friday. Please realize this is beyond the control of the Parks & Recreation Dept.  With the already scheduled filter replacement next week, the school district will now be repairing or replacing this circulation pump as well.  We are unable to schedule make up classes because following the repairs the Girl’s High School swim season will be starting.

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Jack the Ripper

Being somewhat a fan of the true crime genre, with a familiarity of her catalog and credential, but never having read one of her novels, I dove into Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell. Forensic scientist Cornwell presents, sometimes in tedious detail, much circumstantial evidence and modern, technological investigative research in her quest to identify the man guilty of the Whitechapel murders in 1880's London, popularly referred to as Jack the Ripper due to the crime methodologies. SPOILER ALERT! The key word in the book title is portrait. The suspected murderer was an artist whose paintings often depicted women in a violent or grotesque circumstance. This is reminiscent of taking photos or videos of victims today. But that's just one interesting factor. I began the book with an open mind, letting the author try to convince me. She did. Many scoff at a claim to have solved this case. It is so legendary that I suggest many of those many do not want it to be solved. No matter. If you can handle the subject matter, it is a compelling and educating read even if you don't agree with the conclusion.   

The Greenfield Public Library carries this title in four formats:
2) Non-Fiction Large Print 364.1523
3) Audio Compact Disc CD 364 COR (abridged)
4) Audio Cassette CAS COR (abridged) 
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Fire Safety for Citizens

Practice Fire Safety-More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and approximately 20,000 are injured.  An overwhelming number of fires occur in the home.  There are time-tested ways to prevent and survive fire.  It's not a question of luck.  It's a matter of practicing and planning ahead.  During the upcoming months I will spotlight areas of concern and ways to practice fire safety in an effort to minimize these statistics and keep you and your family safe.

Bedroom Fire Safety

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