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I-94 NORTH-SOUTH update: August 1 - August 9

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

Construction update August 1–August 9:
I-94 North-South Freeway Project update for Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties


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JFC to meet to spend stimulus money

Taxes, Legislation

The legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will hold a hearing at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2009 in Room 412 East at the State Capitol to consider the expenditure of millions of dollars of federal stimulus funding.

The JFC agenda for the meeting
 includes this item:

“The Department of Transportation requests approval of the use of $48,000,000 in proceeds from general obligation bonding authorized under s. 20.866(2)(up) for the purchase of two train sets for the Chicago-Milwaukee-Madison rail line under s. 85.061(3)(b).  If market conditions permit, some or all of these bonds will be issued as Build America Bonds pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.”

That would be Governor Doyle’s $48-million dollar rail boondoggle. 

Here is a JFC memo that includes stimulus spending requests from Governor Doyle.

Take a look at the requests and you will note they are government expenditures to perpetuate existing or new government programs. This remains a major flaw with the stimulus concept: the wrong people are spending the money in the wrong places, failing to create sustaining jobs.

DMV centers to close one day in August

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All Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service centers, phone centers, and central office services will be closed on Friday, August 7, 2009. The closings are part of the furlough process for state employees.

For your convenience, DMV business can be conducted online

Connections 2030

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A final draft of Wisconsin’s statewide long-range multi-modal transportation plan has been issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The public is invited to submit written and oral testimony about the draft entitled, “Connections 2030.”

Several public hearings are scheduled during August 2009, including a Milwaukee session:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Milwaukee County Downtown Transit Center
Harbor Lights Room - 2nd floor
909 E. Michigan Ave., Milwaukee, WI

For more information about Connections 2030, visit this website.

Wisconsin needs safe youth hunting

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August 2, 2008, 14-year old Tyler Kales was on Sauk Mountain north of Seattle, Washington when he thought he spotted a bear. The young teenager, hunting with his 16-year old brother fired at his prey. However, Kales didn’t see a bear. He shot and killed a 54-year old woman who was hiking on a trail.

Kales was convicted of second-degree manslaughter with a firearm and was sentenced on July 10, 2009 to 30 days in juvenile detention and 120 hours of community service including four hours of hunting safety education.

The incident prompted to review whether other states, like Washington, do not have a minimum age for hunting without adult supervision. The news agency found that seven states, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Vermont and Washington, do not have established minimum age for solo hunting. Kids in Texas are allowed to hunt alone when they are nine. Alaska, Louisiana and Tennessee allow unsupervised hunting for children as young as 10. In Missouri the minimum age is 11 and in nine other states the minimum age is 12.

What about Wisconsin?

According to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), under current Wisconsin law, all hunters must be licensed. No one under the age of 12 may purchase a license or possess a firearm. Children ages 12 and 13 may purchase a license and hunt if accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years of age. Anyone 14 years of age or older, born on or after January 1, 1973, may purchase a license and hunt if in possession of a hunting safety course completion certificate unless privileges are revoked in a court of law.

Current law could be changing soon. This legislative session, Senate Bill 167 was approved by the state Assembly and state Senate and is now being considered by Governor Doyle. Senate Bill 167 allows 10-year olds to hunt if they are accompanied by adult mentors at least 18 years of age. Joint possession of only one firearm would be allowed for the new hunter and mentor, and the new hunter would have to be within arm’s length of the mentor. Conservation groups and the DNR support the legislation.

"The bottom line is that the mentoring program called for in this bill is a highly controlled situation, and will provide the student with a highly safe, quality hunting experience," said Wisconsin Wildlife Federation President and former DNR Secretary George Meyer.

Senate Bill 167 is considered critical to preserving one of Wisconsin’s great rites of passage. 
According to Families Afield, a national hunting organization, “Current data show only 25 percent of youth from hunting households are active in the sport. Over the past quarter-century, the total number of hunters has dropped 23 percent.”

Nationally, for every 100 hunters lost, 69 hunters take their place. A “Hunter Replacement Ratio” is derived by dividing the percentage of youth hunters by the percentage of adult hunters. The lower the ratio, the greater the potential for a decline in hunting. Wisconsin has the tenth worst hunter replacement ratio in the country.

Young hunters in the field supervised by adults are very safe. The Hunter Incident Clearinghouse reports that of the 14.7 million hunters active during 2002, only .0000016 percent were supervised youth involved in an accident.

Hunters who start out early in life are more likely to hunt as adults, maintaining a wonderful family tradition. This storied lifestyle provides a significant economic boost. In Wisconsin, 1.2 million people spend more than $3.1 billion a year on hunting and fishing.  Hunters and anglers pump an incredible $8.6 million a day into Wisconsin’s economy.

An old saying advises, ““Hunt with your kids today, so you don’t have to hunt for them tomorrow.” Senate Bill 167, if signed into law, will create more opportunities for families to hunt together safely and carry on a rich Wisconsin heritage.

Serving up great State Fair roast corn for over 50 years!

Call it a lip-smacking labor of love.

Eating at the Wisconsin State Fair

Bertha Hynek of Allenton is eating an ice cream cone while her grandson, Wesley Priesgen, 10, works on an ear of roasted corn at the Wisconsin State Fair. Photo:

Lion's Club corn roast by sokref1.


August 6 through August 16, 2009 at the Wisconsin State Fair, dedicated workers at the New Berlin Lions Club stand (shown above) will take picture perfect ears of Wisconsin sweet corn and lovingly dunk them into real, honest to goodness melted Wisconsin butter.

They will perform this mouth-watering ritual over 100,000 times, and the money goes to numerous charities statewide. All the corn dunkers and other workers are volunteers.


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Over $6,000 Raised At This Year's Mini-Golf Invitational

On Saturday August 1st teams representing various city departments, community organizations and vendors participated in the 12th annual Greenfield Partners of Parks and Recreation Mini-Golf Invitational at River Falls Family Fun Center.  This year's event raised over $6,000 to benefit the Partners of Parks and Recreation.  The Partners of Parks and Recreations mission is to assist the department in the beautification of green space, purchase of park amenities, and the development of park site activity areas to benefit the Greenfield community.

We would like to thank all our golfers and contributors who participated in this year’s event.  The Event Sponsor was Sonic Americas Drive Inn, our Event Co-Sponsors were Ehlers and Associates, Lee Recreation, Horizon Development and Dan Jansen Family Fest, Inc. as well as our event partners GRaEF and the Brandon Storey Foundation.  We would also like to thank River Falls Family Fun Center for the use of the facilities.

I-94 NORTH-SOUTH update: August 8 - August 16

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

Construction update August 8 –August 16:
I-94 North-South Freeway Project update for Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties


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$47-million for trains

Taxes, Legislation

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) voted along party lines last Tuesday to spend over $47-million to purchase train sets for a high-speed rail system. The committee action is outrageous for a number of reasons.

The price tag is obscene given our recession and continuing state deficit.

There was no bidding process.

The plan was hastily put together by the Doyle administration and rushed through the committee.

The company chosen, Talgo, is from Spain. Governor Doyle met with Talgo officials in Spain during February 2009 at the Spanish government’s expense.

The decision is final. The full Legislature will not have any say on the matter.

Most importantly, the need for such a rail system is highly questionable

Read more in the
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal.

Congratulations, Anthony Nitz!

Eagle Scouts

Anthony Nitz’s Eagle Scout ceremony was held on Sunday, August 9, 2009.  

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

Whereas, Anthony Charles Nitz is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 83, and through dedication and commitment, attained the rank of Eagle Scout on June 29, 2009; and


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Congratulations, Bryce Meyer!

Eagle Scouts

Bryce Meyer’s Eagle Scout ceremony was held on Sunday, August 9, 2009.  

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


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Phony grandchildren

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It is a despicable scam that works.

Grandparents in Wisconsin are being swindled over the telephone by people pretending to be their grandchildren in desperate need of cash. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) reports one Wisconsin grandparent twice wired money to a fake grandchild and was taken for $19,000.

The department has issued a release about the scammers that contains tips to avoid becoming a victim.

UPDATE: Wisconsin needs safe youth hunting


Governor Doyle will sign Senate Bill 167, the youth hunting bill into law during a private ceremony in the Governor’s Office on Thursday, August 13, 2009.

Photo ID not in GAB's future plans

Photo ID

I am extremely disappointed to learn that a photo ID requirement is not part of the Government Accountability Board’s 2009-2014 Election Administration Plan.  It is a sad day for the overwhelming majority of the public that demands a display of a photo ID before being issued a ballot to vote for persons that will make major governing decisions.  It is a sad day for those that want an assurance of fairness and clean elections. 

Ironically, the Board (GAB) says the following in the Plan:

The new Plan must:

Improve Election Administration

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You lose a lot with government health care

Government health care

Americans would lose valuable freedoms under proposed federal government health care legislation. has the list

I-94 NORTH-SOUTH update: August 13

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

Traffic Alert I-94 North-South Freeway Project update for Milwaukee , Racine and Kenosha counties

Thursday, AUGUST 13
Milwaukee County

27th Street
bi-directional traffic moved to the new, NB bridge begins originally scheduled to begin on August 13th at 6:00 am has been rescheduled to begin Friday August 14th at 10 am.
Full Closure of I-894/I-43 WB entrance ramp from 27th Street originally scheduled to begin on August 13th at 6:00 am has been rescheduled to begin Friday August 14th at 10 am. The Opening of the 27th St. NB entrance loop ramp to I-894/I-43 WB originally scheduled to begin on August 13th at 6:00 am has been rescheduled to begin Friday August 14th at 10 am.

The Opening of  theI-894/I-43 WB exit ramp to 27th St. originally scheduled to begin on August 13th at 6:00 am has been rescheduled to begin Friday August 14th at 10 am.

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Final FREE Concert & Movie At Konkel For Summer

The Greenfield Parks & Recreation Department will be sponsoring the final FREE concert and movie in the park this week.

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NEW School Extension Activities Program Flyer Now Available

Introducting the new School Extension Activities (S.E.A.) program for all Greenfield School District students in Grades K5 through 8th!


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Post Event Report of the 2009 "Fill-the-Boot" Drive to Benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association

On behalf of the Greenfield Fire Department we would like to give you a post event report of our 12th annual "Fill-the-Boot" Campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Fall Recreator & Community Center Plans Now Online

Ready to get your smile on?  The Fall 2009 Recreator program activity guide from the Parks & Recreation Dept. is now online on our website.  In addition, view information on the plans in the making for converting the old Greenfield Public Library next to City Hall into the Greenfield Community Center.

And to keep getting the latest information on our programs and the Community Center, follow the Parks & Recreation Department on Twitter to have information delivered to you online or to your mobile phone.

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