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State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony December 2, 2011

Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker, The Adjutant General of Wisconsin, Major General Donald Dunbar, and Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos will be hosting the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday, December 2, 2011, 8:15 AM on the first floor of the State Capitol rotunda at Madison.  This year's Capitol Christmas tree will salute Wisconsin's 163 years of veterans, service members, and their families.

Holiday Cookie and Bake Sale

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New Berlin Christmas Parade Saturday, December 3, 2011, 3:00 PM

The New Berlin Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3, 2011, at 3:00 PM. The parade route begins at Moorland Road and National Avenue, proceeding west on National Avenue to Casper Drive.

NOTE:  There is a rumor that after the parade, Santa Claus will give Christmas stockings filled with candy to all the good little boys and girls near the fire station on Casper Drive!

Governor's Weekly Radio Address

Governor Walker’s weekly radio address is about finding ways to encourage educator effectiveness. The full text of the address is below. To listen to the address, click here.


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Toll-Free Public Assistance Fraud and Abuse Hotline Announced

The state Office of the Inspector General (OIG), an office within the Department of Health Services (DHS), released a new public assistance fraud hotline. Suspected public assistance fraud may be reported to the Office of the Inspector General Fraud Hotline toll free at 1-877-865-3432.

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Facebook Fears from the City of Muskego Police Department

It is important to be careful about giving away personal information on the internet. Muskego Police Lieutenant David Constantineau explains safety concerns in his Muskego Police Department Neighborhood Watch newsletter.

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National Poinsettia Day is Dec 12th

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·                  December 12 is National Poinsettia Day.

·                  Poinsettias are native to Mexico. The Aztecs called the poinsettia Cuetlaxochitl. They made a reddish purple dye from the bracts.

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Job Center of Wisconsin Goes Social

The Department of Workforce Development has implemented enhancements to the employment website The website has Twitter and Facebook feeds on its homepage.  Job-seekers may also access the service at and

The Job Center of Wisconsin has more than 30,000 job listings.  Job-seekers may browse these jobs and upload resumes to the site for consideration by interested employers.

Property Identification

With the holiday season among us, many will receive or purchase valuable gifts. What better time than now to safeguard your property using DataDot technology, also referred to as DataDotDNA. DataDotDNA is a security identification system that uses DataDots to protect your valuables and property from theft. DataDots are tiny microscopic dots, which are applied to any valuable asset using an adhesive. These DataDots contain unique identifying information which is linked to the registered owner.

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address

Governor Scott Walker’s weekly radio address is about World War II veterans and the Honor Flight program. The full text of the address is below. To listen to the address, click here.


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Bipartisanship Is Not Dead

According to Senator Scott Fitzgerald’s office, 54 of 60 bills signed into law this year, a total of 90 percent, earned bipartisan support.

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A day in the life of a couch potato

Bowling, Fantasy Football, Football, Fox 6, Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas, My-Sugar-Na, NFL, PBA Tour, Poetry, Poker, YouTube

(This blog will be continually updated on Sunday 12-11-11, as long as I have something interesting to say.)

It dawned on me, this is Week 14 of the NFL season, and I have yet to spend an entire Sunday honoring Lord Football.

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Nip it in the bud-get

With Christmas fast approaching, most likely we are scrambling to find the perfect gift.  Along with the perfect gift comes one of two things: cash or credit.

With the economy in the gutter, so many of us wonder, how do we save?  How do we avoid going overboard, not just now but all year long?  Are there practical ideas regarding keeping the money in our pockets in lieu of the opposite? 

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Hearing Set For Mining Jobs Bill At State Fair Park

The Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy, and Small Business scheduled a hearing about proposed mining legislation.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 10:00 AM at State Fair Park's Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center.

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Home Sales Up For Fifth Straight Month

A sign the economy is improving, metro Milwaukee home sales increased for the fifth consecutive month. November home sales increased 24.3 percent from November 2010.

Hiring Survey Best Since 2008

Things are looking better for job seekers in Wisconsin.  The most recent Manpower, Inc. survey of employers reveals a net employment outlook of eight percent for Wisconsin employers.  The net employment outlook is the difference between employers looking to hire new staff and those expecting staff reductions. 

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Is nothing sacred?

Barack Obama, James family, One Idiot is Offended, Religion

(Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Daughter, Gooey, won an award from the Milwaukee Urban League as part of their "Do the Right Thing" program, and her and about 100 other students were honored at the Recognition Ceremony Tuesday evening (December 13).  Gooey's award was for "Academic Achievement".

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Late December Gardening Tasks

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This list is from the calendar that Steins Gardens & Gifts posts online to help remind you of gardening tasks that should be done... Not much to do in December, but these are good suggestions to keep your gardening thinking cap on!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!


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Resolutions and such

Each year around this time, I begin to think of the who, what, where, when and why of the resolution. For some, it’s a time to purge.   For others, it’s a time to work out, rehab or may be a promise of change. Whatever category you fall into, we continue to make the same commitments as last year and the year prior.

It’s almost impossible to give up something which has been a part of your existence. Drugs, alcohol, food, shopping, materialism, excess, etc, all have a tight hold and have no plans on letting go. They’re available, around and will always be within arm’s reach. Those we relate to are an intrinsic part of these situations as well. Birds of a feather, well, you know. 

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Christmas Is Like A Wedding

 I was thinking the day after Christmas that the holidays are like a wedding.  All the preparation and expenses and then it's over in a flash.  

From what I could tell, the store and mall parking lots before and even now are packed with cars - this can be a good thing for our economy.  It can be a good thing even for us frugal people who like "big" bargains.  I'm buying for next year's gifts already.  I pack them in a box and mark the box so that I know what's in it and I'm ready for next year's gift giving.  I've also got some ideas for homemade treats that I've found in some of the magazines I've come across (Thank you, Martha).  

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