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Dismembering The County Grounds

 

By Jim Price

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Bring your dog for a howlin' good time!

Do you have a handsome lobster outfit like the one modeled by Nimbus?  Dig out the doggie costumes and head to Halloween Howl!!!  It's the premier Halloween event for dogs and their humans, featuring a canine costume contest, tricks for treats, bobbing for hot dogs, a bone dig and more!  The little sheriffs and ballerinas are well worth the $20 registration fee, which goes right back to the animals at the shelter. There are two sessions this year on October 17, too! Sign up for 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. or the later session from 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dog must be well-socialized for this indoor event.  Register here!

How I Use My Public Library

A few years ago, some friends (librarians!) tried to teach me how to knit, with little success.  Then I got kittens, who definitely had other things in mind when I pulled out the yarn, so I set the tangled mess aside.  But on a vacation, I decided to try again.  I bought some yarn and needles and had the store owner cast-on for me.  When I got stuck, I drove to the Boulder Junction Library and found the easiest knitting how-to directions (in a kids’ book), and tried again.  Since then, I’ve been hooked.  I knit everywhere, and am constantly scouring the new-and old- knitting books for interesting patterns.  One recent project came from the book No Sheep for You, edited by Amy Singer, a book intended for those allergic or otherwise averse to using animal fibers (746.432 SIN).  The River Rock scarf, designed by Sivia Harding, involved some 1067 beads, strung ahead of time, and pulled in between the stitches in pattern.  A totally ridiculous project, that took much of my summer, and was immensely satisfying in the end.  The glass bead clusters look like little stained glass windows, and give the scarf a warm gravity when I try it on.  I’m happy with it, and happy to have library resources to support my habits. 

Barbara
Reference Librarian 

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October is Crime Prevention Month

October is the National Crime Prevention month.  A celebration of safety.  Please review the safety tips that I have given over the past several years.  All the advise is still applicable.  I would also encourage you to peruse the National Crime Prevention Council web site at www.ncpc.org.  There is a lot of crime prevention information there.  Please direct any crime prevention questions for the Greenfield Police Department to me through this blog or directly to Peter.Regenfelder@GFPD.Org.  This month also includes Holloween.  In keeping Halloween safe for our youngsters parents should follow the safety guidelines at www.trickortreatsafety.com.  If your neighborhood is having a special Halloween activity and you would like the Greenfield Police Department involved, I again encourage you to contact me so I can supply handouts, trinkets, bicycle patrol officers, or even McGruff the Crime Dog.

Let's celebrate crime prevention this month but try to prevent crime year round!

ADOPTED Welcome Autumn with Pumpkin

Are you looking for someone to cuddle up with this autumn? This winter? For many years to come?

 

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Antlerless hunting season has begun


The four-day antlerless deer hunt is underway in Wisconsin. The Department of Natural Resources has a positive outlook, calling the herd “healthy and abundant.” 

Be safe, hunters!

Wisconsin school trends


Nearly two-thirds of Wisconsin school districts have experienced enrollment declines in the past ten years. Despite the drop in enrollment, school spending continues to increase. Wisconsin schools spent almost $10 billion last year with 58% going for actual instruction.

These are some of the findings in a report on school trends by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

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Caravan of Costumed Canines

Come watch four-legged ghouls and goblins stroll down Wisconsin Avenue at the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Halloween parade! On Friday, October 24 at 12:00 p.m., see little lobsters, princesses, rock stars and other dogs-in-disguise strut their stuff.   All the dogs in the parade will be walked by cats, so you don’t want to stray from this photo opportunity!  Plus, they are all available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society.  The public is invited to this free parade and treats for our little trick-or-treaters would be much appreciated! They love Lean Pupperoni or other soft, healthy dog treats.    WHAT:            Halloween Dog Parade  WHERE:         Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI    WHEN:            Friday, October 24, 2008 12:00 noon  

The WHS Halloween Parade is one of several fun events offered at the Wisconsin Humane this month.  October is Adopt-a-Dog Month and the Wisconsin and Ozaukee Humane Societies are hoping to place 500 dogs in new homes in just 31 days! Many of the dogs available for adoption are some of the last remaining that were rescued from Puppy Haven Kennels, the largest breeding facility in Wisconsin, when WHS closed the operation to find good homes for them.

Wonderful Tonight

Beatlemaniacs know the answer to this question, so let someone else try to answer. In the film A Hard Day's Night, one of the uniformed schoolgirls serenaded with I Should Have Known Better by the fab four on the train ends up marrying one of them in real life. Who, and to whom? Of course, London fashion model Pattie Boyd eventually marries George Harrison.

Raised in unloving homes, Pattie's story is a unique perspective on the rock music scene of the 60's and beyond, because she was a still-rising successful woman not about to be someone's groupie. Not being an actress, she didn't want to be in the Beatle movie, but did it because the director, Richard Lester, with whom she had done a television commercial, persuaded her. Good choice, Pattie. Thanks for being the muse for two classic songs, Something by George Harrison and Layla by Eric Clapton, who subsequently wooed her away from George.

This is a must read for Beatle fans and anyone wanting a woman's take on this era of rock music history. Not to mention her personal history, growth, and just how she coped with the infidelity, drug use and musical genius of these high-powered men. I love the anecdote of how Joni Mitchell and Pattie (Boyd) Harrison sat and watched Frank Sinatra record My Way in an LA studio in one take. This autobiography is full of tidbits like that. And how's she doing now? Guess you'll just have to read Wonderful Tonight  George Harrison  Eric Clapton  and Me  by Pattie Boyd with Penny Juror published by Harmony in 2007. You'll find it in the Greenfield library at the beginning of nonfiction books in biographies under Boyd.

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Kittens, kittens, everywhere!

Molly and her five baby kittens were among fourteen cats surrendered by a single family this week to the Wisconsin Humane Society. The 5-week-old black and white kittens are named Pumpkin, Elvira, Boo, Candy Corn and Casper. The kittens and their mother will go into foster care until they are old enough for adoption; the other adult cats will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before becoming available.

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Fire Safety for Citizens-Part 4

 This time of year we take out holiday lights and electrical appliances that sometimes need an extension cord.  Although the use of an extension cord is handy it can prove, and does to be very dangerous.  A better alternative is a power strip equipped with a surge protector.  Electrical outlets can be easily overloaded, especially with old or incorrectly installed wiring.  The topic for this month is Electrical Fire Safety.

Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 485 Americans each year and injure 2,305 more.  Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures and appliance defects, but many more are caused by the misuse and poor maintenance of electrical appliances, incorrectly installed wiring, and overloaded circuits and extension cords. 

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