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Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers

This is a down time for high school sports in Brookfield and Wauwatosa, as we take a deep breath before getting ready to cover 45 fall teams. Each of the schools I cover in Brookfield, Tosa and Shorewood have nine sports for the five schools. It is the most difficult time of the year for our staff and we couldn't get through it without the cooperation of the coaches and their staffs, since one reporter couldn't possibly cover 45 teams without help.

So with the high school off, let's look at some area professional sports topics...

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What's Happening: Aug 4 to Aug 11

08/05/2008
Waukesha Farmers' Market
In Historic Downtown Waukesha, on Riverfront Plaza.  Fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruits and plants are available for sale.  Locally-made baked goods, cheeses and craft items are also offered.   Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 2:30pm- 6:30pm – www.downtownwaukesha.com or  262-549-6154

08/06/2008
Jazz in Cutler Park
Cutler Park, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 7:00pm- 9:00pm -- www.jazzincutlerpark.org --

08/06/2008

Waterfront Wednesday's Concert Series
Free concert series every Wednesday June- August on Pewaukee Lakefront Park Pavilion/Beach house. Lakefront Park, downtown Pewaukee-- 6:00-9:00 pm --www.positivelypewaukee.com -- 262-695-9735

08/06/2008
Badgerland Water Ski Show
FREE water ski show.  Fun for the whole family.  Come watch beautiful chorus lines, fast paced barefoot waterskiing, ariel jump acts and pyramids built on the water.  Bring your own seating.  Show lasts about an hour and a half.  Frame Park, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 7:00 pm -- www.badgerland.org -- 414-640-6361

08/08/2008
Fabulous Second Friday Sales
Historic Downtown Waukesha--  -- www.downtownwaukesha.com -- 262-547-1060

08/08/2008
Cinema in the Sand
A free family friendly movie will be shown on the beach area of Pewaukee Lake park.  Lakefront Park, downtown Pewaukee-- 8:45pm -- www.positivelypewaukee.com -- 262-695-9735

08/08/2008

Freeman Friday Night Live
The streets of Historic Downtown Waukesha come alive with 4 stages of live music.  Shops and eateries are open late! Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 6:30pm- 8:30pm -- www.downtownwaukesha.com -- 262-547-1060

08/08/2008- 8/17/2008
Festival Week
Daily and evening events for all ages including Downtown Extravaganza and Sounds of Oconomowoc, August Street Dance, Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social and Parade of lights, Fireworks, guided Historic Walking Tours, Old Mail Boat Tours, Kid's Fest and Kid's Day, band concerts, moonlit movie and Festival of the Arts. Oconomowoc-- Various -- www.oconomowoc.org -- 262-567-2666

08/09/2008
August Street Dance

Enjoy a variety of food, beverages and live music.  This event is an end of summer celebration. TBA-- 5:00-11:00pm -- www.oconomowoc.org -- 262-567-2666

08/09/2008
Waukesha Farmers' Market
In Historic Downtown Waukesha, on Riverfront Plaza.  Fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruits and plants are available for sale.  Locally-made baked goods, cheeses and craft items are also offered.   Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 7am- 12pm – 262-547-6154

08/09/2008
Downtown Extravaganza
Includes activities throughout the downtown all day.  Live musicians will perform in participating businesses from 5-9pm. Downtown Oconomowoc-- 10:00am-9:00pm -- www.oconomowocusa.org -- 262-567-6543

08/10/2008
Evening in the Park and Parade of Lights
Listen to the Oconomowoc Legion Band and enjoy ice cream at the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the Oconomowoc Historical Society.  Immediately following is the Parade of Lights (boat parade) with fireworks concluding the evening. TBA-- 6:00-10:00pm -- www.oconomowoc.org -- 262-567-2666

08/10/2008

Waukesha Old Car Club- Car Show & Picnic
Stop by the car show in beautiful Frame Park located along the Fox River in Historic Downtown Waukesha.  Live band as well as food and refreshments will be sold. Frame Park, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 8am- 3:30pm -- www.waukeshacarclub.com -- 262-542-0330

Library happenings in August

 Summer is almost over.  Children will be going back to school shortly.  Check out the library’s book display on the firs floor on preparing your child for school.

In honor of the Harley Davidson 105th anniversary, we have prepared a book display of books on Harley Davidson.  Very interesting reading!

Congratulations to the 515 children who participated in the 2008 summer reading program.  Miss Denise will post the top readers from each school in the Youth Room.

The fall story time will start on Tuesday, September 2.  Story time will be at 10:30 pm.  You may start to register children on Monday, August 18 either in person or call 768-8195, ext 3.

We will be having a special program featuring the Mad Science group on Wednesday afternoon, September 17 from 4-5 pm.  Kids will learn how to make polymers.  Registration is required since the class is limited to 30.  People who register and do not show up, unless they call and cancel, will be assed a $2.00 fee.

Color copies are only 50 cents.  Our copier makes great copies of photographs.
 We are looking for presenters for our fall adult programs.  Have a hobby that you would like to share with us, call the Library Director at 768-8195.

Want to know what’s happening at the library?  Check out our website at www.southmilwaukee.org/library.  The monthly calendar is always updated.

Just a reminder that the library will be close on Saturday, August 16 and 23 for carpet cleaning.

TV--Analog to digital?--What's going on?

Brown Deer Public library will be h osting an informational program about the digital TV transition on Wednesday evening, September 24th from 6:30-7:30 PM.  The speaker will be John Kuzma, Field Agent for the Federal Communications Commission. His presentation will cover topics such as:

  • Why are broadcast TV stations switching to all-digital?
  • How will the transition affect cable and satellite service?
  • Is my TV analog or digital?
  • Will my analog TV still work?
  • Will my VCR still work?
  • The converter box $40 coupon program

The 30 minute presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Please REGISTER for this program:

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They just like to walk.

Franklin

Last night, I spent a little time looking through archives of old pictures I've taken. I do this maybe once or twice a year — for me, it's a good way to keep myself in check and see firsthand ways I can improve. But every time I do this, memories come rushing back.

I'm not the type of photographer to hang my own photos on my walls or clutter my apartment with picture frames. My professional archives are in binders underneath my couch and my personal archives are in dusty photo albums packed away in my closet. But with every photo is a memory — whether the photo is of a complete stranger or someone I love, my archives document my life, whether I'd like to remember those moments or not. With each photo, I remember how I felt the moment the camera clicked.

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School Immunization Updates

Immunizations

As much as we would like to deny it, the end of summer is fast approaching and that means school will soon be starting.  We want to remind you to include a review of your child's immunization record in your preparation for school.  There have been some changes in the Wisconsin immunization requirements for the coming school year and your child may need some booster shots. 

The first change is that a second dose of varicella vaccine for chicken pox is now required for five year old kindergarten, sixth grade, and twelfth grade.  As children in the other grades move on, they, too, will be required to have the second dose.  This change resulted from "breakthrough" cases of chicken pox that have occurred after immunization.  A similar situation occurred with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunization in the past and now two MMR doses are required by the time a child enters kindergarten.  Of course, if your child has ever had chicken pox disease, no vaccination is needed because there is natural immunity.

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What's Happening: Aug 11 to Aug 18

08/11/2008- 8/15/2008
Old Mail Boat Tours / Guided Walking Tours
Take a guided historical boat ride tour around Lac La Belle following the old mail boat route of days past.  Guided historic walking tours are also available.  Oconomowoc-- Boat Tours- 1:00pm & 6:30pm / Walking Tours-TBA -- www.oconomowoc.org -- 262-567-2666

08/12/2008
Waukesha Farmers' Market
In Historic Downtown Waukesha, on Riverfront Plaza.  Fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruits and plants are available for sale.  Locally-made baked goods, cheeses and craft items are also offered.   Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 2:30pm- 6:30pm – www.downtownwaukesha.com or 262-549-6154

08/13/2008
Jazz in Cutler Park
Cutler Park, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 7:00pm- 9:00pm -- www.jazzincutlerpark.org --

08/13/2008
Waterfront Wednesday's Concert Series
Free concert series every Wednesday June- August on Pewaukee Lakefront Park Pavilion/Beach house. Lakefront Park, downtown Pewaukee-- 6:00-9:00 pm --www.positivelypewaukee.com -- 262-695-9735

08/13/2008
Badgerland Water Ski Show
FREE water ski show.  Fun for the whole family.  Come watch beautiful chorus lines, fast paced barefoot waterskiing, ariel jump acts and pyramids built on the water.  Bring your own seating.  Show lasts about an hour and a half.  Frame Park, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 6:30 pm -- www.badgerland.org -- 414-640-6361

08/15/2008
Freeman Friday Night Live
The streets of Historic Downtown Waukesha come alive with 4 stages of live music.  Shops and eateries are open late! Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 6:30pm- 8:30pm -- www.waukeshadowntown.com -- 262-547-1060

08/16/2008
Donna Lexa Memorial Art Fair
12th Annual juried art fair, with entertainment, food, and children's area. Village of Wales-- 10:00am-5:00pm -- www.donnalexamemorialartfair.org -- 262-521-2292

08/16/2008
Waukesha Farmers' Market
In Historic Downtown Waukesha, on Riverfront Plaza.  Fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruits and plants are available for sale.  Locally-made baked goods, cheeses and craft items are also offered.   Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 7am- 12pm – www.downtownwaukesha.com or 262-549-6154

08/16/2008
Old World County Fair
Join in the recreation of an 1860s county fair, with livestock judging, music, heirloom produce and flower displays, children's games and, of course, food! Old World Wisconsin-- 10:00am-5:00pm -- www.oldworldwisconsin.org -- 262-594-6300


08/16/2008- 08/17/2008
Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts
Attend the third best ranked juried fine art festival in the Nation.  The show features 135 artists from all over the United States plus live entertainment on three stages, children's activity tent, silent auction and food tent. Fowler Park, Oconomowoc-- 10:00am-5:00pm -- www.oconomowocarts.org -- 262-567-1243

08/16/2008- 08/17/2008
Maxwell Street
Days Flea Market

Over 650 vendors selling a variety of goods, 52nd successful year!  Food and refreshments available on grounds.  Admission is free.  Sellers can get registration forms by contacting the chamber or visiting the webpage.  Field Park, Mukwonago-- 8am- 5pm -- www.mukwonagochamber.org -- 262-363-7758

Whatever Happened To The Police Auction?

Wauwatosa PD

I have received some questions as to when the Wauwatosa Police Department is holding the next auction; the answer is right now. But wait, don't come running over to the department because we have gone high tech! Instead of holding an annual auction, recovered property can be bid on at www.propertyroom.com just like on Ebay. For the past couple years the department has been using propertyroom.com as a clearing house for unclaimed recovered property.

Here is how it works, after an exhaustive effort of trying to locate the lawful owner for a piece of recovered property it is shipped to propertyroom.com who in turn lists it on their website for bidding. The winning bidder pays shipping and handling and the price received for the item is split 50/50 between propertyroom.com and the City. The funds returned to the City are then placed in the general fund.

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What's Happening: August 18 to August 25

08/19/2008
Waukesha Farmers' Market
In Historic Downtown Waukesha, on Riverfront Plaza.  Fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruits and plants are available for sale.  Locally-made baked goods, cheeses and craft items are also offered.   Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 2:30pm- 6:30pm – www.downtownwaukesha.com -- 262-549-6154

08/20/2008
Jazz in Cutler Park
Cutler Park, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 7:00pm- 9:00pm -- www.jazzincutlerpark.org --

08/20/2008

Waterfront Wednesday's Concert Series
Free concert series every Wednesday June- August on Pewaukee Lakefront Park Pavilion/Beach house. Lakefront Park, downtown Pewaukee-- 6:00-9:00 pm -- www.positivelypewaukee.com -- 262-695-9735

08/20/2008
Badgerland Water Ski Show
FREE water ski show.  Fun for the whole family.  Come watch beautiful chorus lines, fast paced barefoot waterskiing, ariel jump acts and pyramids built on the water.  Bring your own seating.  Show lasts about an hour and a half.  Frame Park, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 6:30 pm -- www.badgerland.org -- 414-640-6361

08/22/2008
Freeman Friday Night Live
The streets of Historic Downtown Waukesha come alive with 4 stages of live music.  Shops and eateries are open late! Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 6:30pm- 8:30pm --www.waukeshadowntown.com -- 262-547-1060

08/23/2008
Annual Antique/Classic Boat Show and Waterfront Art Fair
Be a part of the excitement of this boat show and art fair- theres something for everyone! Lakefront Park, Pewaukee-- 9:00am- 4:00pm -- www.positivelypewaukee.com -- 262-695-9224

08/23/2008
Waukesha Farmers' Market
In Historic Downtown Waukesha, on Riverfront Plaza.  Fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruits and plants are available for sale.  Locally-made baked goods, cheeses and craft items are also offered.   Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 7am- 12pm -- www.downtownwaukesha.com -- 262-549-6154

08/23/2008- 08/24/2008
Sussex Antique Power Show
Sussex Villiage Park, Sussex--  -- www.sussexantiquepower.com --

08/24/2008
Give Mom A Break!
All area mothers are invited to attend, "give mom a break!", a special fundraising event that will raise awareness of Mothers & More- a local and national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through every state of their lives. Waukesha County EXPO-- 11:00am- 5:00pm -- www.mothersandmoremilw.org -- 262-896-8490

Tosa's Night Out; Still Time To Register

Tosa's Night Out

There is still time to register for Tosa's Night Out, Tuesday August 19, 2008. The fun begins at 5:00pm on Tuesday and goes until the completion of the Bartolotta's Fireworks display. You can register in person at the Little Read Book, 7603 West State Street, Wauwatosa up until 4:00pm on the day of the event or at Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut Street, Wauwatosa from 12:00 noon on the 19th until we run out of T-shirts.

This is a huge event with safety displays, public service displays, fun free rides for the children, free water, free ice cream and family friendly pricing on food items. Don't miss this opportunity to join others from the Wauwatosa community as we demonstrate our unity and commitment to crime prevention.  

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Tosa's Night Out A Success

Tosa's Night Out

The Wauwatosa Police Department and the Neighborhood Watch Steering Committee are reporting that Tosa's Night Out 2008 was a success. The thousands of people who attended enjoyed the safety displays, food, music, children's activities, flashlight walk and fireworks!

Many thanks not only to the folks who attended but to all the participants who helped make the Night Out the great night it was. Once again Wauwatosa shows what a great community it is.

What's Happening: August 25 to September 02

08/26/2008
Waukesha Farmers' Market
In Historic Downtown Waukesha, on Riverfront Plaza.  Fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruits and plants are available for sale.  Locally-made baked goods, cheeses and craft items are also offered.   Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 2:30pm- 6:30pm – www.downtownwaukesha.com or 262-549-6154

08/27/2008
Badgerland Water Ski Show
FREE water ski show.  Fun for the whole family.  Come watch beautiful chorus lines, fast paced barefoot waterskiing, ariel jump acts and pyramids built on the water.  Bring your own seating.  Show lasts about an hour and a half.  Frame Park, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 6:30 pm -- www.badgerland.org -- 414-640-6361

08/28/2008
Water Ski Show
Enjoy an entertaining water ski show complete with colorful costumes, music, and a live emcee announcing the acts. Free family fun at Lakefront Park, Downtown Pewaukee. Lakefront Park, downtown Pewaukee-- 6:30 - 8:30 pm -- www.pewaukee.waterski.org -- 414-332-8713

08/28/2008- 08/31/2008
Weekend in Waukesha
PREMIER BIKE FESTIVAL IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN WAUKESHA. Historic Downtown Waukesha-- www.105thweekendinwaukesha.com

08/29/2008
Raku Night
One night dedicated to the exiting process of Raku firing pottery.  You will be able to pick out a piece to glaze and fire from a selection of ready-made pottery vessels.  The cost varies by the piece of work you choose.  Average cost is $35. Weather Permitting The Potters Shop, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 6:00pm to 8:00pm -- www.clayartguild.com – 262-547-1920

08/29/2008

Freeman Friday Night Live
The streets of Historic Downtown Waukesha come alive with 4 stages of live music.  Shops and eateries are open late! Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 6:30pm- 8:30pm --www.waukeshadowntown.com -- 262-547-1060

08/30/2008
Waukesha Farmers' Market *NEW Temporary LOCATION for August 30th ONLY*
In Historic Downtown Waukesha, on NORTH SIDE OF THE RIVER ACROSS Riverfront Plaza. Between Riverfront Community Church (210 Bank St.) and Waukesha State Bank (100 Bank St). Fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruits and plants are available for sale.  Locally-made baked goods, cheeses and craft items are also offered.   Waukesha Farmers’ Market will also host Radio Disney’s “Quest for the Cup,” a leg of the “Disney Channel Games 2008.”  Children attending the Waukesha Farmers’ Market will have the chance to compete in relay races, obstacle courses and challenges.  One winner in Waukesha will receive an authentic 2008 Disney Channel Games t-shirt autographed by Disney Channel stars and one winner will qualify as an entry into the national grand prize, a trip for four to the 2009 National Disney Channel Games.  The Disney Channel event will take place from 10 to 11 a.m.Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 7am- 12pm – 262-549-6154 or www.downtownwaukesha.com

08/30/2008- 08/31/2008

Civil War Experience
Participate in campaign rallies and cast your vote for President!  Tour the Sanford House in mourning.    Old World Wisconsin-- 10:00am-5:00pm -- www.oldworldwisconsin.org – 262-594-6300

01/2008

Labor Day Water Ski Show
Enjoy an entertaining water ski show complete with colorful costumes, music, and a live emcee announcing the acts. Free family fun at Lakefront Park, Downtown Pewaukee. Lake front Park, downtown Pewaukee-- 5:30 - 7:00 pm -- www.pewaukee.waterski.org – 414-332-8713

09/01/2008

Badgerland Water Ski Show
FREE water ski show.  Fun for the whole family.  Come watch beautiful chorus lines, fast paced barefoot water skiing, ariel jump acts and pyramids built on the water.  Bring your own seating.  Show lasts about an hour and a half.  Frame Park, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 6:00 pm -- www.badgerland.org -- 414-640-6361

09/01/2008- 10/15/2008
"Head First" The Portrait Show
Almont Gallery features its exhibition pieces in our vast gallery windows. Over 15 artists create a wide variety of fine art and fine crafts, including one-of-a-kind gift ideas and wearable art.  Almont Gallery, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 10-6 M-Th 10-8 Fri, 10-4Sat, 12-4 Sun -- www.almontgallery.org -- 262-542-1522

09/02/2008
Waukesha Farmers' Market
In Historic Downtown Waukesha, on Riverfront Plaza.  Fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruits and plants are available for sale.  Locally-made baked goods, cheeses and craft items are also offered.   Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 2:30pm- 6:30pm – www.downtownwaukesha.com

I found my Opie.

Muskego

His name is Gregory Palo, but you might want to put an "M" before Palo, because his dad's name is Gregory too, he says.

"This is about good enough for a good snack ... so, that's my catch for today," Gregory said matter-of-factly Tuesday afternoon as he slung three fish over his shoulder and walked away from his lucky fishing spot at Idle Isle Park, Muskego. Gregory's parents told him to either walk home or call as soon as he caught enough fish for a snack.

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The Olympics: One world, many questions. What to be concerned about and what we can do better

Olympics

After the amazingly dramatic Beijing Olympics, the one of Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Shawn Johnson and the wonderful polyglot, record-setting number of nations and cultures that won medals (87), it's time to take stock and reflect on the cultural and political impact of these astonishing games.

Plus maybe discuss a little sports too.

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Head Lice

This is the time of year that we get a fair number of calls about head lice (formally known as pediculosis).  Head lice are parasitic insects that are found worldwide.  Anyone can become infested with head lice but in the U.S., infestations are most common among preschool children attending day care, elementary school children, and the household members of infested children.  Infestation of head lice is NOT related to standards of personal hygiene.  Head lice are more or less a nuisance and are not known to spread disease. 

Head lice live close to the human scalp and feed on blood several times a day.  They move by crawling (they do not hop or fly) and are easily spread from person to person by direct contact.  Although not very common, head lice can also be spread by indirect contact with lice carrying objects such as combs, brushes, hats, or scarves. 

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NBC's coverage of the Olympics was astonishing, but not perfect

Give NBC credit for its comprehensive coverage of the Beijing Olympics.

It used an array of satellite networks (Anyone for soccer on Telemundo? Cycling on MSNBC?), an army of technicians and almost everyone who's ever held a microphone in their hand and stood in front of a camera to cover the events as well as they could.

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Are you ready for some football!

Brook Central, Brook East, football, Tosa East, Tosa West

The high school football season officially kicks off Thursday night and in the Brookfield-Wauwatosa area that means Wauwatosa East does the honors, hosting Milwaukee Riverside.

As usual, the Red Raiders have to stay healthy to be effective as coach Tom Swittel has some outstanding skill players to rely on. Quarterback Ethan Harris and wide receiver Barret Powell, one of the best athletes in the area, should make an exciting combination this year. And Tyler Love and Mike Cupertino give Harris someone to hand off to.

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Registration for "Fall Fun" Storytimes Begins September 2nd

“FALL FUN” STORYTIMES

STORIES, RHYMES, SONGS AND CRAFTS 

 

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A letter to Usain Bolt

This last Olympic blog of mine was going to focus largely on the inadequacies of the US track team (What, is the 400 meter length the only thing anyone can do correctly over here?) in comparison to the brilliance of the swim and even the fencing and target shooting squads (Davy Crockett would be jealous of the latter!), but the veteran, jaundice-eyed reporter in me called out to do something more important, more urgent than that.

I wanted to send an open letter to the world's fastest human: Usain Bolt of Jamaica.

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Join us for stories and crafts!

Join us as our preschool storytime resumes on Monday, September 22nd!

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