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News & Notes: Aug. 29

Aug. 27, 2013

Library needs gently used

books, movies, music

Greenfield — The Greenfield Public Library is reminding people that it always needs used books, audio books, movies and music for its Never-Ending Book Sale, an ongoing sale of used materials.

Donations are accepted at the check-out desk. Several types of materials cannot be accepted because they don't sell. Those include books published before 2003, textbooks, VHS tapes, cassette tapes and magazines.

Sale proceeds benefit the library, 5310 W. Layton Ave.

For more information, call the library at (414) 321-9595, Ext. 101.

Parents encouraged

to check vaccinations

West Allis — The West Allis Health Department is reminding parents that with school soon to be back in session, it's time to make sure children's vaccinations are up to date.

"Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC's immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children's health — and that of classmates and the community," said Sally Nusslock, health commissioner, in a news release.

Now is the time to check with the doctor to find out what vaccines are needed, she said. Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students.

Children who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio. Children who are 11 or 12 need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), MCV (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines.

In addition, yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older.

Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html or by calling the West Allis Health Department, (414) 302 8600.

Cupcakes raise

cash for CAAD

West Allis — The Aug. 11 Fan Zone Challenge of Cupcakes for a Cause raised $200 for the Community Alliance Against Drugs.

The People's Choice Award went to the Baby Ruth Cupcakes and the Cause's Choice Prize was awarded for the On Wisconsin Vanilla Raspberry Cupcakes.

Cupcakes for a Cause is in desperate need of bakers for the Heart Healthy Challenge on Nov. 17.

FIRE closes financing

with software company

West Allis — First-Ring Industrial Redevelopment Enterprise, Inc., a regional Community Development Entity, formed by West Allis to support economic development through the use of new market tax credits has closed a $300,000 financing package with Dynamis Software Corp.

The company, located at 1126 S. 70th St., West Allis, specializes in providing health insurance brokerage software solutions and will use the loan to grow.

"FIRE is excited to offer a new lending product," said John Stibal, president of FIRE and West Allis development director, in a news release announcing the plan. Stibal said Dynamis President Andrew Nunemaker has a proven record of success in the software businesses and has demonstrated strength and vision to take a software product to the health insurance brokerage industry.

FIRE has ventured into providing financial assistance to businesses that will be important to growing the region, Stibal said. Dynamis expects to double the size of its staff in the next three years.

FIRE also helped Dynamis leverage additional funds from the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

"Providing new tools to assist businesses start and succeed is an important part of FIRE's mission," said West Allis Alderman Michael Czaplewski, chairman of FIRE's board of directors.

This year's fair

way better than fair

West Allis — Wisconsin State Fair Park officials announced that the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair was a big year year on many levels.

Mild temperatures, low humidity and very little rain served as a backdrop for a nearly 10 percent increase in attendance over the 2012 fair, they said. More than 1 million visited the fair this year compared with 920,962 last year. This was the largest reported attendance since 1969, though truly accurate attendance records, based on the scanning of tickets at the gates, have only been available since 2002.

All three major auctions during the fair were successful. The Governor's Red, White & Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction raised $239,750, nearly $18,000 more than 2012. The Grand Champion Steer exhibited by Dan Spoerlein sold for $30,000. The Governor's Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction raised more than $80,000 and set a new record for the Grand Champion Flavored Bacon, from Newton Meats, which sold for $6,200. The Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Auction raised more than $30,000.

Much of the money raised at these auctions contributes to youth scholarships.

Fairgoers took more than 120,000 slides down the famous Giant Slide on their burlap sacks, almost 1,400 people were catapulted 170 feet into the air in the Ejection Seat, going from 0-70 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds and more than 16,000 young adults enjoyed the power jump trampolines.

Shelter reduces

cat adoption fees

West Milwaukee — The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control is reducing kitten and cat adoption fees throughout August and September to encourage people to adopt their next feline companions from the shelter.

The adoption fee for cats 6 months and older is $14 and the fee for kittens is $50. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, age appropriate vaccinations, microchip identification, and FeLV/FIV testing.

More than 6,000 stray kittens and cats arrive at MADACC each year. In 2012, fewer than 300 of them were reclaimed by an owner.

Potential adopters can request an adoption application by emailing adoptmadacc@gmail.com.

Applications can also be filled out at MADACC from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

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