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Seventh graders at SJV dabble in the stock market

Freeze, ex dividend, assests and dividend yield - don't recognize these terms? SJV 7th graders might be able to help. Under the guidance of math teacher Sharon Kaminski, the students recently completed a stock market project to learn how math relates to investing and business.

Each student chose a company to research, including graphing the company's stock market journey over the past year. Additionally, the students participated in a mock investment of $10,000 and tracked their chosen stock over a two-week period. They presented their findings - and their earnings or losses - in posters to conclude the project.

St. John Vianney students learn about their "choice muscle"

What separates Christians? The everyday choices they make, according to international Christian speaker, Mike Patin, who spoke with St. John Vianney middle school studnets last week as part of the parish's 'Joyful Faith' mission.

The students learned that Christians have a responsibility to make the right decisions. Patin expalined that kids have to use their "choice Muscle" so they develop a habit of making the right decisions in every circumstance, with all types of people, even those they aren't best friends with.

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Spring Fever

Even with snow on the ground and with the air being cold, Spring Fever has me warming up.

The signs of Spring Fever for me has always been baseball spring training.o

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St. Mary's Visitation Students Showcase their Public Speaking Skills in Forensics

It's Elementary Forensics Time at SMV!

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Obama on Sequester for Low Information Voters and other updates

Debt, Government / Bureaucracy, President Obama, Spending, The Economy, TAXES

Saturday Night Live aired a very clever parody last week, featuring President Obama (Jay Pharoah) holding a press conference to explain the consequences of sequester.  True to form, Obama brings in individuals negatively affected by the crisis-of-the-moment to illustrate his point.

If you could use a good laugh, watch. My favorite budget cut solution was offered by the air traffic controller.

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Help HAWS Save More LIVES!

HAWS, Humane Animal Welfare Society, adoptable dogs in Waukesha, Mod Squad

Amazing video animation of inner life of cell & DeYoung REPORT

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Medicine, Religion

WOW!  Watch this video animation of cell functions related to leukocyte extravasation or "the mechanisms that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond to an external stimulus". (Translation: How your body gets the germ fighting white blood cells to where they are needed.)

Most of us won't understand it all*, but you will get a sense of how intricate our cells and body are. My favorite section was at about the 3:50 minute mark where a motor protein literally walked up the microtubule (at 3:20 mark), hauling a huge membrane bound cargo vesicle to its destination! (David Bolinsky, one of the animators, called it the FedEx guy of the cell. It is called a canesan, but I am not sure of the spelling.) Truly amazing.

This video clip came from Dr. Mercola's website and was produced by The Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In other words, it has no connection to Christianity, Creation Science or the Intelligent Design movement. It was produced to help cellular biology students understand the workings of the cell. (I subscribe to Dr. Mercola's website because I am interested in Natural Medicine. His website is not Christian based however, therefore some info I accept, some I reject.)

Yet, when you watch all the intricate steps of just getting a white blood cell to the location it is needed, it is pretty obvious those steps were all designed and orchestrated--they couldn't happen by accident.

The last section of the video shows how the leading edge of the rolling white blood leukocyte flattens and spreads at the proper spot, allowing it to slip through the space between the endothelial cells, escaping the blood vessel wall to get to the site of infection.

If all of what we see and are is the product of random chance--evolution--how did those early organisms survive infection? How did those early cells exist without these complex, well orchestrated, mechanisms?

Since both Evolution and Creation require faith, I think it was a lot easier to believe in evolution when cells were thought to be simple structures seen under primitive lenses and microscopes in the 1800s. But once the electron microscope came on the scene, we then became aware of the complex anatomy and physiology (structure and function) of these supporting cellular structures, the human genome, and on the physical side of science, the sub atomic level of atoms.

I believe the more we are able to see into these tiny worlds, the more complex we will find them: the mechanisms featured in the video will have their own minute support structure. Dr. DeYoung also stated his belief in the intricacy of the unseen world yet to be discovered.

And that brings me to my REPORT on Dr. Don DeYoung's seminar on Design From Nature last night. He was a dynamo of information and presented it in a lively manner.

He informed us that scientists and inventors are looking to nature for ideas. They even have a name for this: bio-mimicry: the discovery and application of designs found in nature.

Dr. DeYoung started with the very small: Diatoms (Look at link to see structures). These are tiny, rather geometric structures that are part animal and part plant, and they live everywhere. Why are we interested? Because scientists have found if they plate them with metal, they can use them in nanotechnology as gear and sieve parts! We can't make things this small but Nature can.

Did you know the Pentagon is looking to the cuttlefish, with its ability to turn on and off dyes beneath their skin, to make camouflage clothing and paint that will do the same? Or how corn's natural fiberoptics inspired the fiberoptics we use today for communication, the beech leaf's folded structure inspired the solar collectors used on satellites, or the boxfish's design was the inspiration for Mercades/Diamler Chrysler's 84 mpg European concept car.

If these types of innovations interests you, check out his website that features a Design of the Month at Discovery of Design.

We are all free to believe what we wish to believe, but as our ability to observe the inner workings of cells, atoms, and systems, I believe it will take more faith to believe in evolution than in Creation or at least Intelligent Design. It is your choice. At least be open minded enough to look and consider how this could all just happen by random mutation and accident.

*I admit I am a bit of a science and medical geek, but I think it will be fascinating to many of you just the same. I was able to follow much of the video; studying homeschool biology in 2005 definitely helped!


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Dr. Jerry Bergman: Hitler and the Nazi Darwinian Worldview, Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, History, Special events, Religion, Pro Life / Pro Abortion, War

Did you know that Adolf Hitler and his henchmen were heavily influenced by Darwinian dogma? That, in fact, Darwinism was the driving force behind their attempt to wipe out the Jewish people as well as others they considered racially inferior?

These are among the truths revealed in Hitler and the Nazi Darwinian Worldview, the latest book by renowned creation scientist Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.

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Oh, the lessons they'll learn! Dr. Seuss ignites students' interest in literature

SJV kindergarten teachers used Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2nd, as an opportunity to teach the students about several aspects of literature, including the joy of reading, the patterns and rhythm of writing, and what authors and illustrators do, according to K4 teacher Susan Knop.

Students worked with graphs counting images from the books, imagining what they'd keep in their hat if they had a cat-in-the-hat hat, and played games all centered on Dr. Seuss' various children's books.

Watch as HAWS Adoptable Pets Become Stars!

HAWS, Humane Animal Welfare Society, jingle, contest, Walkathon, adoptable pets

HAWS announces our 3rd annual “Extreme Makeover:  HAWS Edition” pet grooming competition to benefit the shelter.

HAWS’ adoptable dogs as models, the event is this Sunday, March 17th from noon - 4:00 p.m. at HAWS’ shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha. Admission is free for spectators and includes raffle prizes, a bake sale for both humans and pets, and a bow sale.

This unique showcase features 12 talented groomers who will transform
HAWS’ adoptables into stars. Groomers begin with a blank canvas – the dogs have only been given a bath and nail trims – and must complete any grooming work within 2 hours.

Judging this year’s Makeover is Scott Wasserman, PDS (Petcare Dermatech specialist), MPS (Master Pet stylist) Meritus. A winner of the Best Pet Stylist in Show at the U.S. Pet Pro Classic twice and the coveted Intergroom International Groomer of the Year award, Scott is also a Certifier and Consultant for the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists, one of the toughest and most in-depth pet styling certification organizations in the world.

Event sponsors are all Wisconsin-based companies and include Andis, Charlee Bear, Soft Lines, Ultra Lift, Stella & Chewy's, Clever Dog Toys, JK Lee Black Belt Academy, Front Porch Pets, Groomers Co-op, Piranha Promotions, and WeatherTight.

By the way – have you heard about HAWS’ “Sing to Save Lives” Contest?

By the way, part 2 – Our
30th Anniversary Pet Walkathon is May 4th…time to get your Team together…start raising donations online today!

St. Mary's Visitation - Students Shine in the Geographic Bee, Spelling Bee and on the Court


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25 new homes proposed for Linfield Crossing resubdivision

Brookfield, Development, Elmbrook

Up to twenty-five new single family homes are proposed for southeast Brookfield on the former Linfield Elementary School site*. (Photo was taken from The Red Mill parking lot on Tulane, facing south.)

If the re-subdividing of the 6.539 acre site is approved, it will be called Linfield Crossing, and so far, it seems like a good fit for the existing neighborhood.

If this is of interest to you, there will be a Public Information Meeting, conducted by city staff, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 20th, at Brookfield City Hall. Kevin Anderson of Neumann Companies--the applicant--indicated, "Lot purchase packages on the lots may range from $350,000 to $325,000."

A Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 for 7:45 pm at Brookfield City Hall. The parcel is presently zoned R-3, single family with a Conditional Use overlay for the school. The zoning will need to be changed to solely R-3.

Take a look at the Concept Plans: Aerial View, Dwelling Locations, and Frequently Asked Questions Page

The Linfield School site is located just north of Greenfield Ave. between Elm Grove Road and Chester Street, with Tulane Street on its northern border.  It once was part of the Elmbrook School District but was closed in 1984. It sat empty until Heritage Christian Schools rented the school in 1989 and eventually purchased the property for just over $1 million in 1997. Heritage moved out a few years ago and the property has been up for sale since then. The expense of asbestos removal put a stop to re-purposing the building.

The Linfield Crossing proposal calls for the razing of the school building and subdividing the acreage into about 25 single family lots in the Kinsey-Garvendale subdivision  That subdivision was originally recorded in 1929, and predated the incorporation of the City of Brookfield in 1954. Before Lindfield was built, students in this area attended Shady Nook School on 124th and Greenfield.

Incidentally, the Kinsey - Garvendale land was once owned by the late Alderman James Garvens' family and the Kinseys. Kinsey Park, on Elm Grove Road and Kinsey Park Drive is named after the Kinsey family, who set that land aside as a bird sanctuary.

Kinsey-Garvendale, with its smaller lot size, was set up to be a more affordable alternative to neighboring Sunnyside (where I live), where lots are at least one acre or more. The Kinsey Garvendale subdivision lots were originally platted much smaller than they are today and had an alley for garage access, but with each home needing its own septic system and well, these small lots were not appropriate. So they reconfigured them, sometimes combining 2 to 3 lots to make one. This is why Linfield Crossing is called a re-subdivision.

Brookfield does not have much new, build-able land. If Linfield Crossing is approved, the new residents will find the area, as we do, a very convenient location: close to shopping, the interstate, downtown Milwaukee, etc.

*Thank you Aldermen Lisa Mellone and Renee' Lowerr for sending out the Lindfield Crossing information..

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Mayor Ponto visits St. John Vianney 1st Graders

St. John Vianney first graders had a special visitor on Wednesday, March 6th when City of Brookfield Mayor Steven Ponto took time out of his busy schedule to meet with them at school. Coincidentally, Mayor Ponto read the book 'Mayor LaRue' to the children. He also talked about the duties and responsibilities of his job as Mayor.

Students learn about the life cycle through hatching chicks

In order to help students learn about the life cycle, St. John Vianney K4 teacher, Kathy Andreucci houses chicken eggs in an incubator in the classroom and the students learn about the chicks' development within the egg, how they hatch, and how they continue to grow once they hatch.

Students compared an unfertilized egg to a fertilized one to find out what components of and egg lead to a live chick. As party of the project, the students learn the parts of a chick's anatomy as well as their complete life cycle. Mrs. Andreucci also uses this as an opportunity to teach the students about other farm animals.

It's spring! Time for Midwest Gaming Classic at Brookfield's Sheraton Hotel - March 23 & 24

Brookfield, Just for fun!, Special events

Billy Mitchel - 2004*  
Broke world record!
Although the weather isn't exactly springlike, the calender says it's time for that annual springtime treat for gamers, the Midwest Gaming Classic! What's a Midwest Gaming Classic? Why, its "the largest all-encompassing electronic gaming trade show in the Midwest:"

This year, it will again be held at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, at 375 South Moorland Rd., just south of Brookfield Square and north of I-94.

The 2013 event runs from Saturday, March 23, from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Check their Event Guide for the schedule. Tickets are $35 for the entire weekend or $30 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday. Children 10 and under get in free with a paying adult. There are pinball and video arcade games to play--all set on free play, pinball and video arcade machines, accessories and parts to purchase, and fun to be had!

Don't feel like playing non-stop? Attend a Panel or Presentation. Billy Mitchel will be returning to present Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and High Scores at noon on Sunday. And unlike Mitchel's last visit, in 2004 when Mitchel publicly broke the record on my son's Donkey Kong machine, my hubby will have his Sharpie ready for an autograph!

*Photos are from the Midwest Gaming Classic archives.

Past Posts:
Midwest Gaming Classic at Brookfield's Sheraton Hotel - March 27 & 28, 2010
Play pinball and arcade games at the Midwest Gaming Classic


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St. Mary's Visitation Success in Forensics, Chess Club


Forensics Update - 8 TO STATE!

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Freedom Physical Therapy Celebrates New Location

A ribbon cutting ceremony provided by the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce was held on Tuesday, March 9 in celebration of Freedom Physical Therapy Services’ new location.

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SJV students venture under the sea with the latest school play, the Little Mermaid Jr.

by K. Adamson

Thursday and Friday, March 21st and 22nd, SJV students are performing Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. and all are invited to attend.

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For my entire life I have been a Milwaukee Brewer (AAA), Milwaukee Braves and Milwaukee Brewer fan. I have seen the best and the rest. I have been happy and sad. I have been a critic and a defender.

When Ryan Braun first came up to play with the Brewers he had a reputation as a baseball player who could help the team. He has done more than that. He is the image of the Brewers and every opposing pitcher is anxious when he comes to bat. He is a fearless baserunner and makes an all out effort as an n outfielder. He is well spoken and intelligent.

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Easter 2013: 'Christ Is Risen' musical Good Friday and Saturday & Easter Sunday Services

Brookfield, Holidays, Religion, Special events


 "Over two thousand years ago Jesus Christ willingly endured the anguish of the cross--then three days later rose from the dead proving His deity and power. The amazing part of this true story is that He did it all for you so that you could personally experience His free gift of salvation."

If you do not have a church home, I would like to invite you to Brookside's church services this weekend. (My church). Find out how Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection can change your life.

On Good Friday and Saturday, The Brookside choir and orchestra will present their musical: Christ Is Risen at 7pm on Friday, March 29th and at 5pm on Saturday, March 30th.

On Easter Sunday morning, there are 3 worship service times to choose from on March 31st: 8am, 9:30am and 11am. A Continental Breakfast is served from 8:40am - 10:40am in the Fellowship Hall. There is no Sunday evening service this week.

Brookside is easy to find. It is just 1/2 mile north of Capitol Drive on Pilgrim Road, just south of Lisbon Road. For more information, check the church website:

 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week,
 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord 
came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, 
rolled back the stone and sat on it. 
His appearance was like lightning, 
and his clothes were white as snow. 
The guards were so afraid of him that they shook 
and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, 
for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. 
Come and see the place where he lay. 
Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 
‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. 
There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

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