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Governor's Veto Message

Here is a link to Governor Walker's 2011-2013 veto message:  

Here is a link to a video of Governor Walker's Budget Message:

New Berlin Pie Baking Contest

I once again am pleased to have the opportunity to judge the New Berlin Pie Baking Contest.  It is scheduled July 3, 2011, beginning at 6:00 PM Malone Park at New Berlin.  Judging this delectable competition is always one of my favorite events of the year. 

Members of the public are invited to enter a pie in the contest.  Entry forms are available to pick up at the New Berlin City Hall or at this link.  

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Child Safety Forum Scheduled for July 7

Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen are hosting forums around the state next week about online predators and child internet safety. 

The southeast Wisconsin forum is scheduled July 7, 2011, 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM at Meadowbrook Elementary School, Waukesha.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

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Remember Our Past, Think About Our Future on the Fourth of July

Members of the Second Continental Congress signed their name to a document July 4, 1776, that would change the course of history. The Declaration of Independence not only stated the formal case for the American colonies’ separation from the British Empire; it expressed a radical idea: that the people of a nation should determine their own government.

The start of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” is likely the most-quoted part of the document. The truly revolutionary part of the Declaration comes later. Writing of the people’s right to “alter or to abolish” government, members of the Second Continental Congress started a democratic experiment that continues to this day.

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Turn on and off...

A year or so ago, I wrote about what turned me off.  I have since had a bit more insight and would like the men, and women, of the world to clean up their acts.  I am giving you first hand info, the ancient Chinese Secrets of dating.  Sit back and enjoy.

I date, a lot.  (Note: date does not equal sex.)  I know plenty of individuals.  I have friends all over the United States.  I am 100% certain of what makes or breaks me regarding an intimate relationship.  Either it is or it’s not.  There is no gray, semi-gray or light gray area in my book. 

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Let's make a game of it

As I continue my foray into self-promotion of my blog on this site (Side note; Notice things haven't quite been the same since he left) by appearing on the Family Feud (and I am still waiting for my cousin Emeril to tell me that we got The Postcard) I have been thinking about the phemonenon of game shows.  Then as I was surfing aimlessly the other day, I came across this article, and one click led to another and before you know it the clock on the wall said 5:00 and it was time to leave work.

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Governor Signs Motor Carrier Indemnification Bill Into Law

Today Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 41 (SB 41), the Motor Carrier Indemnification Bill, into law at a signing ceremony at Schneider Trucking, Green Bay.  I am pleased to be the author of Senate Bill 41 and support the trucking industry and the 200,000 Wisconsin trucking industry employees. 

Under current law, freight carriers may be forced to indemnify, take on liability for the negligence of, the shipper.  Small business trucking companies and independent truckers are forced to either turn away business or take on an unknown liability.  Liability ownership is especially important, since often times the product shipped is flammable or otherwise dangerous.   

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Healthy Roses

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"Roses are a favorite in so many gardens. But let's face it, those gorgeous flowers are sometimes accompanied by various rose diseases and pests. Is there an alternative to regular pesticide applications to keep these beauties producing the blossoms we so covet? Definitley, but it takes starting with the right rose and just a little attention throughout the season."  via

I have a beautiful healthy rose bush (for once) in my yard, but I always get asked about caring for roses so that they look their best. My best advice - pick the right rose for the place you want to put it. You need 6 hours of full sun, good air circulation, a hardy disease resistant variety, and one inch of water per week. Pick up any fallen leaves or flower petals off the ground, try to water only the ground around it (not the leaves) and watch for any signs of disease. The quicker you treat the problem, the better.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Conceal and Carry

The Governor is scheduled to sign the Conceal and Carry Bill into law July 8, 2011, at Wausau.  Here is a link to a Wisconsin Legislative Council memo about the law, including some questions and answers:

Community Center Grand Openning

You're invited! The City of Greenfield Parks & Recreation Department invites everyone to attend the GRAND OPENING of the new Greenfield Community Center this Saturday, July 9, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Community Center is in the newly remodeled former library adjacent to City Hall at 7215 W Cold Spring Rd. A program of speakers and "official" ribbon-cutting will kick-off the activities at 11:00 a.m., followed by free lunch, tours of the facility and demonstrations of types of classes that will be offered at the Center. This is a chance for all of us to say a sincere "thank you" to the many elected officials, sponsors, and community "partners" who made this project possible. This event is free and open to the public.

Things To Do On A Tight Budget (Frugally) During The summer Months

 Get out an enjoy the weather - if your health allows.

1.  Take a walk - around the block/your neighborhood/a local park (we like to walk around Scout Park's lagoon in Greendale).

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Dating done different...

As a follow up to my previous blog, I thought long and hard.  Someone posed a question about becoming best friends with your future partner.  I decided to whip something up.  Hopefully it’s light and fluffy, bakes right and comes out of the oven deliciously.

Expectations with dating cause some to avoid the scene altogether.  What’s the 3 day rule?  A guy waits three days to call?  What’s the 3 date rule?  There must be some sort of sexual exchange?  We must find out if the car has a 4 cylinder or a V8?  After a few thoughts, I decided to go in a completely new direction.

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Greenfield apartment complex sells for $17.8 million


The 344-unit Briarwick Apartments, in Greenfield, has been sold for $17.8 million, according to documents filed with the Milwaukee County register of deeds.

Briarwick, located on S. 92nd St., one block south of W. Howard Ave., was sold by investors groups led by Jack Styza to a group led by Scott Blake, of Blake Capital Corp.

What Kind of Lettuce is That?

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I planted a mixed variety of lettuce in my garden this year and as I watched it grow I wondered exactly what kinds of lettuce it was. One of the plants in the row didn’t look like a type of lettuce, so I wasn’t sure if I should  pull them out because they were weeds or leave them because they were some type that I didn’t recognize.  I decided to find out – after all, I didn’t want to eat it and find out its poisonous or something!  The package said “Mesclun”, which I knew meant “mixed”.  I dug out the seed packet and in fine print it listed quite a few types.  I looked for pictures of them on the internet just to be sure.  This is what I found.

Clip_image001 Mesclun  means "mixed" in Provencal and is traditionally composed of several varieties of wild-harvested, young greens. Most mesclun sold today is cultivated--planted as beds of mixed lettuce seeds harvested when the leaves reach the desired size of 3 to 6 inches). Look for mixes that contain young, sweet leaves from a variety of tender lettuces, maybe a bit of curly endive for texture, some peppery watercress or arugula for bite, and maybe a few herbs. Some farms and markets sell special "spicy" mixtures that have more arugula, watercress, mezzula, and mustard leaves.

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Your children aren't cute...

Hey parents, listen up!  I am not instructing you on how to parent, or what to do in case of an emergency.  I am speaking on behalf of all hard working citizens who spend their hard earned money to escape their own.  You know the ones who rarely get a night out, by themselves.  Two adults, deserving of some quiet and, (possibly even) a piece at the end of the night. 

I have worked long and hard to reach this point; more freedom and individuality than not.  As a mother of adult daughters, let me tell ya!  With one working and attending college, the last but never least working, I am finally able to do whatever for the most part.  Walking into a quiet home, being able to watch television or listen to music without compromise, sitting and doing absolutely nothing, it’s about as close to heaven as one gets. 

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I Pay Taxes, I want New Roads

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I've lived in West Allis for about seven years now and I've got to say...our roads are bad and getting worse. It's not just West Allis, but, as this is my home I'm far more concerned about our roads than anyone else's.

I think I've gotten complacent about it over the years, but a couple of recent surgeries have reminded me just how bad the pot hole and crack situation truly is. My husband drove me six blocks to the Pick n' Save a couple of days after my surgery and I almost cried the entire way. Every few feet, another pot hole or crack in the road shook the car, causing me some pretty fiesty pain. I started thinking about what all the banging and clanging is doing to the car itself. 

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National Night Out

Celebrate the Safety of Your Neighborhood!

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It's ONLY A Baseball - Or Is It?

 I recently saw a story on National News about a boy in the stands caught a baseball at a game.  Another boy who also tried to catch the ball, was visibly upset because he did not get the ball.  Within a matter of minutes, the boy who caught the ball, gave the ball to the boy who was upset.  Wow.  When the boy who gave up the ball was asked why he did it,  he said "Because It Was The Right Thing To Do".  An act of kindness that both boys will remember for the rest of their lives.  And, perhaps this boy who ended up with the ball will do an act of kindness for someone else and so forth.  

American Nightmare...

One might think this article has to do with tragedies, suffering or something along those lines.  It does, but that comes along much later.

From what I can remember, my parents purchased their own home in the early 70’s.  Every single man and woman in my external family has owned their own home after renting a period of time.  After the "I do's" husbands and wives set about finding a nest of their own.  I have never really asked the why of it all, that’s just the way it was. 

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Work to begin in August on new Greenfield Walmart

Greenfield, Retail

Site preparation work is to begin in August for a new 140,000-square-foot Walmart supermarket and discount store in Greenfield, says Chuck Erickson, city community development manager.

The new store will be built on what's now the Green Fields Golf Center driving range and miniature golf course, just south of an existing Walmart at 4500 S. 108th St. The future store will be east of S. 108th St. and just north of W. Layton Ave.

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