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Husky will melt away winter blues...

Charmed by Stormy’s radiant amber eyes? Captivated by Stormy’s black and white coat? It's hard to pass by his suite without noticing this striking, handsome dog. His personality, however, is what will warm your heart. Stormy’s warm demeanor will melt away any winter blues. This handsome gentleman would be just right for curling up on the couch after a day of playing in the snow.

Stormy is an intelligent six-year-old Siberian Husky. This well-behaved male is partial to belly rubs and plenty of chin scratches, especially after some time outdoors. He would do great with someone who regularly exercises and truly enjoys bonding over a game of fetch. Huskies are great jogging companions and Stormy is no exception, especially considering how wonderfully he walks on a leash. 

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2008 "Keep the Wreath Green" Campaign

 As the Holiday season approaches, the Greenfield Fire Department is reminding citizens to do their part in preventing deadly fires and help us "Keep the Wreath Green".

This wreath will begin the holiday season 50 green lights.  For each structure fire in Greenfield through New Year's Day, a green bulb will be replaced with a red one.  Our goal is to "Keep the Wreath Green" all season long.

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Bring Hope to Animals

The Wisconsin Humane Society will be shining brightly this holiday season with more than 5,000 holiday lights in honor of homeless animals on Sunday, December 7.  The Hope’s Lights Celebration will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee. 

In addition to the building and grounds being brilliantly illuminated with lights, the celebration will include activities such as programs featuring tours of WHS and appearances by several furry and featured guests. Sign up online.

Poco the Puppy

Looking for a puppy, like Poco? He'll melt away your winter blues, keep you fit all year round and brighten up every morning with exuberant kisses.  It's a joy to raise a puppy into a happy adult and there is no better time to adopt than right now!  Poco, an 8-week-old Labrador Retriever mix, is among many other puppies hoping to find homes for the holidays.

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Move over, Lassie. Here comes Marley!

Move over, Lassie! Here comes Marley!

On Saturday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14, all shelter guests will have a chance to spin the wheel and win either a free Marley & Me poster or movie pass for a special screening at Mayfair Mall on Thursday, December 18. Stop by this weekend to see adoptable animals, visit Wally’s Workbench, or pick up holiday gifts from Animal Antics. The Wisconsin Humane Society finds homes for 9,000 animals every year and we’re hoping to find homes for many great companions this holiday season.

Ballot Measures Run the Gamut

There was a host of referendum and initiative questions on ballots all across the country on Election Day last month.

State Legislatures Magazine has a rundown of the results.

Do Not Become a Victim of ID Theft This Christmas Season

The United States Postal Service reports identity theft is America's fastest-growing crime. More than 9.9 million Americans were victims last year, costing them about $5 billion.

Here are some tips from the Office of Privacy Protection at the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft, especially during the Christmas shopping season. 

Tis The Season To Be Shopping: Be Careful

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection offers helpful reminders and gift-buying tips about such areas as ordering, gift cards, return policies, and what to do if you have a problem.

Read the tips here.

Illustrated Inspiration

I have to return the library’s copy of An Illustrated Life by (741 GRE).  I’ve had it checked out for three weeks and it’s not enough, but there are other holds so I must return it.  I’ve been totally enthralled by this book, which features sketchbook pages from dozens of artists.  Each artist has written a narrative to describe how he or she uses the sketchbooks, as well as processes, techniques, tools, and advice to budding artists.  These contributors represent a range of approaches, styles, and backgrounds.  Many use sketchbooks as a form of personal journal, and almost all refer to keeping a sketchbook as a means of developing awareness. 
Some artists use fine paper and bind their own books, while others use cheap notebooks and ballpoint pens.  Some bring their sketchbooks everywhere they go.  Some sketch every day at a certain time.  It’s fascinating, and I’ve been inspired enough to go out and buy a moleskine landscape watercolor book, though I’m a bit intimidated by the blank pages (which is also addressed in this book).  If you are an artist, or one who journals, or doodles, or makes collages out of movie tickets and gum wrappers, or are just interested in a range of personal stories, you’ll find this book interesting.
BarbaraReference Librarian

Positive Turnout for Brunch With Santa & City's Holiday Tree Lighting

Community Events

There was a full capacity for the Parks & Recreation Department's Brunch With Santa event on December 6th and approximately 80 people stayed afterwards for the City's annual tree lighting ceremony.  Children were able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and everyone was able to enjoy refreshments while listening to festive music from the Greenfield High School choir.  Below are some photos from the event.

A young boy tells Santa his holiday wish list as Mrs. Claus looks on.

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Give Us a Call

As you may already know, yesterday we honored a Milwaukee Police Officer who was a witness to an armed robbery while off duty.  His actions and descriptions of the suspects led the Greenfield Police to a speedy arrest of all the suspects.  A few days later, a resident called the Greenfield Police Department stating that he observed a person enter his neighbor's vehicle.  He was able to give a suspect description and the suspects direction of travel which led the responding officers to an immediate arrest of a suspect that had been entering cars and stealing from them.  Being a supervisor and a trainer for the Greenfield Police Department I would like to say that it was the training and top quality officers that led to these arrests but the key to both successes was the response of both witnesses.

There are a few simple guidelines to follow when being a good witness.

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WHS offers expanded adoption hours

Hundreds of animals are up for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society, so we’ve expanded hours to include a Monday in December, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.  This time of year, the shelter is eager to place animals in homes for the holiday season and even offers a “Gift of Companionship” program.

Contrary to popular belief, research shows that people who receive a companion animal as a gift make great guardians. Animals are no more or less likely to be returned than animals adopted by the guardians themselves.  Gift adoptions include the companion animal and a $25 certificate redeemable within two weeks after the gift giving date at Animal Antics, the retail store located within WHS. Those interested in gift adoptions must provide specific information about the recipient so counselors can match all personalities involved.  WHS also follows up with adopters and continues to provide support and assistance to ensure a happy match.

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Message to the feds: Don't help

Conservative columnist Thomas Sowell provides us an important history lesson.

Some would argue the Great Depression was caused by a failure of the free market system. They claim that only when the federal government imposed its solutions did America crawl out of its fiscal abyss.

Not so, says Sowell. A series of government interventions after the stock market crash of 1929 led to a huge increase in unemployment. It’s a lesson we should heed.

Sowell’s column is a must-read.

Dear Santa, help Chi Chi get better!

Chi Chi is hoping that 2009 is a better year. When she was brought to WHS, she looked so sad. She had great trouble walking due to a problem with her kneecaps and her family left her at WHS in hopes that we could return her to good health and better spirits.

Chi Chi, a 6-year-old Dachshund, was given a full medical exam upon her arrival and we discovered that she had heartworm disease. For many weeks, she needs to remain inactive as her system expells the worms.  Exertion can cause the dead worms to dislodge, pass to the lungs and cause respiratory failure or even death.  Without the discovery of Chi Chi's heartworm disease, she would have surely died at a very young age.

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Winter/Spring 2009 Recreator Now Available


In case you have not visited our website within the past week, the Winter/Spring 2009 Recreator program brochure was uploaded last week Friday.  But hot off the presses, the print version of the Recreator arrived in our offices in Greenfield City Hall around midday today.  All City of Greenfield residents will be receiving a copy in the mail shortly.  Program information, as well as the City Newsletter, are included in this issue.

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ADOPTED! Larry the lovebug

Larry always turns heads when people first meet him!  It's impossible to miss his distinctive patch of caramel-colored fur surrounding his cute little mouth. Did you notice his blue front paws, too? He's donning Softclaws, little plastic claw covers that protect furniture from cat scratches. We chose Larry to model Softclaws simply because he is a very affectionate, patient cat. Larry loves all the attention he can get.  

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