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Get the new CountyCat app for iPhone/iPod Touch

Search and place requests on your iPhone or iPod Touch

Access CountyCat on your iPhone or iPod Touch with the new app from the Milwaukee County Federated Library System.

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Imagine that! Two cooking shows get to the Final Four in the same week

Cooking, Fox 6, Television

Last year, I made a big deal about how horrible Hell's Kitchen (not this one, this one) was.  I said that The Next Food Network Star was far superior with the same basic concept (take a satchelful of unqualified dolts, and winnow it down to the handful who might almost "make it")

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Screw You Chicago!!!!

How many people agree with me regarding the title of this blog?  If you do, raise your hands!  I know exactly how you feel and I believe we could create a united front.  Let’s do this already!!

Chicago, the band created in the late sixties, was formed by Robert Lamm and Peter Cetera.  Those two madmen made it truly impossible to NOT fall in love, giving everyone in the world a reason to live.

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Vote NOW for Greenfield Community Center – Pepsi Refresh Project $250,000 Grant Nominee

Community Events, Community Center, Recreator

The Parks & Recreation Department is proud to be a nominee during the month of August for a $250,000 grant opportunity through the Pepsi Refresh Project

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Courtesy of the sports department

James family, Miller Park, State Fair

From Helfaer Field at Miller Park - Lincoln Elementry CLC baseball team defeated Hopkins CLC 15-0 for the central city CLC baseball championship yesterday.

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Day 1 Part 1 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

West Allis, State Fair

Another year, another set of blogs!

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Day 1 Part 2 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

Fox 6, James family, My-Sugar-Na, State Fair, Television, West Allis, Vier Pogo Squad 51

(Side note; I had planned to post this last night, but I fell asleep in the recliner and, well, you know.)

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Community Center Grant NEEDS Your HELP

Community Center, Community Events, P&R Office

With plenty of work ahead of us to reach out to every household in town, the Greenfield Parks & Recreation Dept. is looking for volunteers to help.  We are looking for “neighborhood ambassadors” to help spread the message about our big opportunity to win a quarter of a million dollars.  We are looking for those who can help spread the message door-to-door and we can’t forget about the apartment and condo complexes.  This is a great volunteer opportunity for those who like taking walks around their neighborhood, neighborhood association groups, and Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups looking for community service hours.  If you can help spread the word, please stop in the Greenfield Parks & Recreation Department in Greenfield City Hall to pick up some flyers to pass out door-to-door.  Our goal is to reach every household in the City of Greenfield.  Remember, we are all in this together as the community center will be for everyone!

When Distributing Flyers for the Greenfield Communit Center Pepsi Refresh Grants at Please follow the these Common Courtesy Procedures:

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Day 2 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

James family, State Fair, West Allis, Weather

So Mortified West Allis Resident... Did you squeeze every last car on your yard (like Santa's Elf said)?  Do you recall getting quite the largess at Christmastime?  I know I was regularly shafted.  Methinks that Santa's Elf has us confused.  Did you enjoy playing with my Super Toe Football, my GI Joe action figure and my Rock 'em Sock'em Robots?  Sigh.  It explains a lot.  (Side note; read the very last comment here.)

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Day 3 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

Fox 6, James family, My-Sugar-Na, State Fair, West Allis, Weather

I knew I was in trouble when Knobbleknees said that she was pregnant again this past April. 

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Day 4 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

Blogger's Clip Show, James family, Las Vegas, My-Sugar-Na, State Fair, Vacation, West Allis

I am at the place this year that I am the same time every year... I am almost out of things to say, because I haven't gotten to attend the State Fair, yet, and how much can I really talk about parking cars?  Also, nothing spectacular has happened at the Fair to date (unless you consider a blown motor on the Sky Glider to be "spectacular".)

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Day 5 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

Milwaukee Brewers, My-Sugar-Na, State Fair, West Allis

Not too much to report today.  I went to work at 7:15 AM, returned around midnight, as I went to dinner and the Brewers game (Side note; John Axford has blown two saves this season... both were games in which I attended.)

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Fire Safety During the Summer Months

Bike Safety Quiz

The following post is for both kids and adults.  Take the quiz to see what your Bike Safety IQ is-you may be surprised.

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What Happened To Quality?

 When we purchased our condo, we wanted to update our furniture and appliances (specifically our washer and dryer).  Our washer was 15 years old/dryer was 18 years old/sofa and loveseat were 15 years old.  All were in darn good condition yet and worked great.  We left the washer and dryer at the house when we sold the house and sold the sofa and loveseat.  

We purchased two new leather recliners and a sofa from a local, well-known store.  We paid good money for all.  Not top of the line but not rock bottom either - bought name brands and paid ALOT.  We bought a top of the line washer and dryer - BIG BUCKS.  We are starting to notice after 2 1/2 years that the quality in furniture and appliances is no longer available.  I have a good idea why but I've irritated that we can no longer expect quality workmanship and pride in workmanship anymore.

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Time for a 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 becasue 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 $172.00 and 3 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.

Personal Mission Statement

“I am on a mission,” is a phrase I am sure you have said or heard at one time or another. When you made the statement, did you only have one direction in mind, or were there various parts to what the “mission” may have entailed. I believe in this day and age, with the conundrum going on in our complicated lives, everyone should build a personal mission statement. 

Why do I believe in the concept?

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Wal-Mart plans new, larger store in Greenfield


The City of Greenfield expects to have a plan submitted soon for a new Wal-Mart with a full grocery department, near the site of the existing store on S. 108th St. and W. Layton Ave.

The city expects to have the plan in time for the Sept. 14 Plan Commission meeting, according to Mayor Michael Neitzke.

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Court disbars lawyer who gambled client's millions

Thomas H. Koch, who gambled away millions of dollars he had recovered for a Texas client, had his law license revoked Wednesday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Koch, 46, of Greenfield, was charged with theft of $2.4 million in February, He consented to the law license revocation rather than defend against related professional misconduct claims being investigated by the Office of Lawyer Regulation.

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 Although we are very busy with work, schooling, church activities, etc. we always find time for volunteering.  Try it, you may like it.  Volunteering gives my husband and I much satisfaction and joy because we know that we are very fortunate and we are aware that others may be having a difficult time in their lives for whatever reason.  We also like to help our community out when we can - working with various police departments, the Share Program and events that my company sponsor.  For the most part, you get to meet some very dedicated and decent people....people with common sense that realize that the only way we are going to make the world a better place for now is by compassion, consideration of others, and watching over one another.  If there are people who just don't want to accept your help, then you tried your best and can walk away knowing that.  

Viagra covered in school health plan?

Hello everyone!  Sorry it has been so long since I posted a new blog! 
Much going on during the summer and things seem pretty calm with West
Allis Schools.

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