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Library Happenings in January

The Friends of the South Milwaukee Public Library will be holding their Monday morning book sales on January 5, February 2, March 2, May 4, August 10, October 5 and December 7.  The sales run from 9:30 to 11 am.  The Saturday book sales will be held on April 11, September 19 and November 21 from 9:30 am to 3 pm.

Sign up for the winter story time begins on Monday, January 5.  People may register in person in the Youth Room or call 768-8195, ext. 3.  Story time begins on Tuesday, January 20 at 10:30 am.  Open to all residents.

Hey kids!  Join the Milwaukee Bucks Reading Challenge!  Kids in 4th through 10 grades are eligible.  You score a point for each page you read from a book.  Score 500 points and you will earn a voucher good for a Bucks home game either Friday, March 13th at 7:30 against the New Orleans Hornets or Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 against the Portland Trailblazers.  Read 750 pages and your name will be entered into a drawing for an official Milwaukee Bucks autographed basketball.  Sign up in the Youth Room.  Become an ALL STAR READER!  Program ends on Monday, February 23rd.

Mad Science will present the “Wacky Winter Science” program on Wednesday, January 14th at 4 pm at the South Milwaukee Public Library.  Call 768-8195, ext 3 to register or register in person.  Program is limited to 30 children.

The Library is collecting non perishable food items for Human Concerns.  We have a container in the lobby of the library for people to deposit the items.

Potisk Chiropractic and Wellness Center and the South Milwaukee Public Library is please to present two programs on wellness in January.

Monday, January 12 at 6:30 PM Dr. Scheuing will give a talk on treating and managing chronic pain.  On Monday, January 19 at 12 noon Dr. Neville will give a talk on weightloss: making your health a priority. 

The programs are free and last about 45 minutes.  Call 768-8195, ext 2 to register.

What's Happening: January 5 to January 12

NOW- 01/19/09
Who Is At The Museum

People who love history, people who love mystery-- everyone is playing... 'who is at the museum'?  Collect weekly clues, guess the historic figure and... WIN $1,000 cash! Presented by Annex Wealth Management-- Visit www.waukeshacountymuseum.com or call 262-521-2859 for more information.

01/10/09
Winter Wildlife on Snowshoes

Winter is a great time to get out an explore your environment, and snowshoes are a great way to do it!. Retzer Nature Center; 262-548-7801; www.waukeshacountyparks.gov

*Enjoy this snowy season by visiting any one of Waukesha County Parks. Nothing can quite compare to the rush of sledding, skiing or snowshoeing!

Sledding Hills:
Menomonee Park
Minooka Park
Mukwonago Park
Nashotah Park

Snowshoe Trails:

Fox River Park
Menomonee Park
Minooka Park
Mukwonago Park
Muskego Park
Nashotah Park
Retzer Nature Center (snowshoe rentals available)

Cross Country Skiing Trails:
Fox River Park
Menomonee Park
Minooka Park
Muskego Park
Nashotah Park
Retzer Nature Center

For more information:
www.waukeshacountyparks.com
262-548-7801

January key month for Brewers' Melvin

Milwaukee Brewers

With the high school winter season about to pick up again this week, I thought it might be a good time for a blog on the Brewers.

Many fans are starting to panic because the Brewers have not done much to improve last year's Wild Card team. Everyone knew that C.C. Sabathia and Ben Sheets wouldn't be coming back, but they figured Melvin would do something to add some arms - you are not going to replace them with similar talent, of course. Not much as been done - but except for the Yankees, Mets and Angels - no one has done too much.

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Firefighting in their blood

Muskego

I never have a case of the Mondays … mostly because, Monday is my Sunday. I work a Tuesday through Saturday schedule.
But this story, especially, was worth making an exception. If I can get paid to photograph guys who volunteer their time and save lives, working on my day off is the least I can do to tell their story.  
As I walked into the Muskego Volunteer Fire Company, Station 1, last Monday evening, I sensed a whole lot of sadness in the air. After nearly a half-century of service, in just a few short days, the MVFC would take its last fire call. Effective Jan. 1, due to budgeting restrictions, the Muskego station closed and the Tess Corners Volunteer Fire Department is covering all of Muskego. MVFC members met one last time to wash their trucks and meet with Fire Chief Andy Mack.
Although most of Muskego’s firefighters — some of who’ve given nearly 50 years of service — will reluctantly apply at Tess Corners, a few will stay behind.
“We are known throughout the area for aggressive firefighting,” said Capt. Jim Gaffney, a 12-year veteran of the fire company who will not be making the move to Tess Corners. “We set our standards high. We don’t want to lower them.”
As a community photojournalist, I love local news. No matter how big or small a city is, there are always people who need their story to be told. And more often than not, a small community allows journalists far better access. I wasn’t at President Elect Barack Obama’s election night victory, and I’ve never covered a Super Bowl. Unless a miracle of God occurs, I won’t be at the historic presidential inauguration this month. But I felt as though I made a difference and witnessed a little piece of Muskego’s history — however small it may be — by telling the story of a couple guys who have firefighting in their blood.
I had something in common with every firefighter in the station that night — passion for our professions.
Check out Thursday’s paper for John Schultz’s complete story.


Nikon D3, 17 mm, 4000 ISO, f2.8, 1/200, Manual
Tony Schwegel, a member of the Muskego Volunteer Fire Company, goes through some of his firefighting gear Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at the Muskego Fire Department, Station 1, located on Janesville Road. Members of the MVFC gathered one last time Monday to wash the trucks and meet with Fire Chief Andy Mack.

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Athletes and coaches displayed class and perspective in 2008

Professor Randy Pausch died recently of the effects of a fast-moving pancreatic cancer.Before he passed, however, he showed us, as honored National Public Radio commentator Scott Simon said of the late author and historian David Halberstram in 2007: “A grand way to live.”In his now well-known and oft-quoted bestseller about life and how he wished he had more of it: “The Last Lecture”, Pausch has a chapter entitled “I never made it to the NFL” where he touches on familiar themes like teamwork, perseverance, sportsmanship, hard work and of fighting through adversity.He also refers to his old hard-nosed, by-the-book grade school football coach whose thoughts on the concept of self-esteem were summarized this way: “You give them (kids) something they can’t do, they work hard until they find they can do it, and you just keep repeating the process.”In my 27 years of working high school sports, I have run into many variations of Pausch’s old coach. Some were successful, some were not. Most of them usually got at least one important idea through to their charges.Most of the time their points were aimed at the “try-hard” kid who didn’t have all the talent in the world but who benefitted greatly all the same from a no-nonsense approach and a little attention. If the coach and the team were really lucky, the talented kids took some of those lessons to heart too.

And I was greatly heartened in 2008 to find many examples of athletes and coaches who followed these precepts or adapted them well to their given circumstances.

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Crime Stoppers Host Magic Show

Crime Prevention, Crime Stoppers

The Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers Presents The Glen Gerard Magic Show Friday, January 30th, 2009 Longfellow Middle School 7600 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa Show Time, 7:00 p.m. All Seats $6.00 advance / $7.00 at the door Children five and under free.

Magician and Illusionist Glen Gerard is bringing his large, old time magic show to the Longfellow Middle School on January 30th, and proceeds will benefit Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers. Show time is 7:00 P.M.

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Happy New Year!

Diabetes, Healthy Lifestyles, Heart Health

The start of another new year usually brings a sense of hope, promise, and resolve to "Have a Happy New Year".  It is probably safe to say that health status could have a significant impact on one's level of happiness.  And it is important to recognize that health status is not determined by genetics alone.  The lifestyle choices of everyday life are just as important as genetics in determining health status.

Frankly, the numbers are getting frightening.  Twenty-four million Americans have diabetes.  One out of four people aged 60 or older has the disease.  Another 57 million people, 40% of those aged 40 to 70, have pre-diabetes.  And now teenagers and children are being diagnosed with diabetes.  When are Americans going to get the message that they can actually prevent diabetes and other chronic diseases?  At the very least, progression can be slowed and complications minimized which would improve quality of life.  And who doesn't want to have a nice, healthy life?  It is a worthy goal and although it takes some effort, it need not be too difficult.

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Next Teen Book Club - Sold

Join us for the next Teen Book Club meeting on Thursday January 15th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. We will be reading Sold by Patricia McCormick.

Interested in discussing this book? Just register for the Teen Book Club at the reference desk, and check out a copy of the book at the circulation desk. A number of copies of the book have been set aside just for the Teen Book Club. Then read the book by January 15th, and come ready to have a fun and lively discussion. Some refreshments will be provided.

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South Milwaukee Public Library News notes

The Monday, January 12, 2009 program by Potisk Chiropractic and Wellness Center has been cancelled.

You can now pay your overdue fines and fees online through the couontycat.mcfls.org using MasterCard of Visa credit card of a check card.  Simply log onto any computer with an Internet connection and access your library card account.  Click on the Countycat link and you are ready to go.  It is convenient as this is available from any computer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Library is selling the Christmas ornament featuring the old Carnegie Library building.  The South Milwaukee Association of Commerce selects a historical site each year to feature on the ornament.  This year they are featuring the library in honor of the library’s 110th anniversary.

Don’t forget that the library has laptop computers available for use in the library.  You need a valid library card or Wisconsin driver’s license.  You may use the laptops for up to two hours.  Since the library has WiFi, you may also bring in your own laptop. Check out the book display on self defense and on writing novels.  The Library has a wide selection of books and video’s on these topics.

Don’t forget that the Library now has uniform opening hours Monday through Saturday.  The Library opens at 9 am Monday through Saturday.

If you reserve an item and you no longer need it, please call 768-8195, ext 2 to cancel the reserve. Many of these items have reserves.  Failure to call us if you now longer need the item results in other people having to wait longer. Failure to pick up a reserve item will result in a $1.00 charge.

The South Milwaukee Historical Society will be holding their dinner meeting on February 14 at the Knights of Columbus hall 732 Badger Avenue, South Milwaukee.  Cost is $20 per person.  Cocktails at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30.  Call 764-2118 for reservations. 

The Library is collecting non perishable food items for Human concerns.  There is a container in the lobby of the Library.

What's Happening: January 12 to January 19

NOW- 01/19/09
Who Is At The Museum

People who love history, people who love mystery-- everyone is playing... 'who is at the museum'?  Collect weekly clues, guess the historic figure and... WIN $1,000 cash! Presented by Annex Wealth Management-- Visit www.waukeshacountymuseum.com or call 262-521-2859 for more information.

01/17/09-02/14/09
Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art Exhibition

Exhibition of work by current and retired art teachers with opening reception Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m.. Carroll University; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F, 2-4 p.m. S/S; 262-524-7244; www.carrollu.edu

01/16/09- 01/18/09
Rocco Memorial Gun Show

Waukesha County Expo Center; ; 262-896-8490; www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

01/17/09
Winter Wildlife on Snowshoes

Winter is a great time to get out an explore your environment, and snowshoes are a great way to do it!. Retzer Nature Center; ; 262-548-7801; www.waukeshacountyparks.gov


New Historic Downtown Waukesha- Main Street Eateries
(recently opened in December 2008):
Take an evening and enjoy these fine NEW restaurants in Historic Downtown Waukesha.

The Black Trumpet
314 W. Main St.
Waukesha, WI 53186
262-549-3800
www.theclarkehotelwi.com

Generations at the Five Points
296 W. Main St.
Waukesha, WI 53186
262-446-3300

Taylors People's Park
337 W. Main St.
Waukesha, WI 53186
262-522-3838

Sprizzo Gallery Caffe (old favorite, new location)
363 W. Main St.
Waukesha, WI 53186
262-513-5640
www.sprizzo.net

Don't worry about parking either!  The Clarke Hotel/Black Trumpet offers a valet service for only $3- open to the public.  Taylors People's Park also has it's own parking lot across the street from its location (Main St. and Clinton) provided for it's patrons.




Big GMC games and other thoughts

Brook Central, Brook East, Brookfield, Brookfield Central boys basketball, Prep Basketball, Prep wrestling, Tosa East, Tosa East Basketball Brook Central basketball, Tosa West, Wauwatosa East boys basketball, Wauwatosa wrestling

There will be two big Greater Metro Conference games coming up this Friday - one on the boys side and one on the girls.

5th-ranked Divine Savior Holy Angels (6-0, 9-1) and 7th-rated Brookfield Central (6-0, 11-1) meet in Brookfield at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. Last year Central won the title, beating the Dashers on the road (45-38) and then DSHA beat Central at home in the season finale after the Lady Lancers won the title (42-29).

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Today's Teen Book Club Postponed Due to Weather

Today's Teen Book Club meeting will be postponed due to the severe temperatures. The Teen Book Club will instead meet on Thursday January 29th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm to discuss the book Sold by Patricia McCormick

Interested in discussing this book? Just register for the Teen Book Club at the reference desk, and check out a copy of the book at the circulation desk. Then read the book by January 29th, and come ready to have a fun and lively discussion. Some refreshments will be provided.

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No Parking With Motor Running

Auto Theft, Crime Prevention, Wauwatosa Ordinance, Winter Driving

With the recent cold snap and the non-stop weather coverage I noticed many media outlets reporting that some communities have ordinances prohibiting the practice of leaving your vehicle running unattended. And yes, Wauwatosa is one of those communities.

Wauwatosa Ordinance 11.32.370 reads No motor vehicle shall be left standing on any street in the City of Wauwatosa with the motor running except when attended by some person comepent to operate the same.

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What's Happening: January 19 to January 26

01/21/09- 01/24/09
Safro Auto Sale

Waukesha County Expo Center; ; 262-896-8490; www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

01/23/09- 01/25/09
Janboree

Annual event featuring great family activities all over Waukesha!  Check out their website for details. All over Waukesha; ; 262-524-3737; www.janboree.org

01/24/09- 01/25/09
BODI's Giant Flea Market

Waukesha County Expo Center; ; 262-896-8490; www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

01/25/09
Rachmaniniov & Hollywood

Featuring Rachmaninov's glorious Symphony No. 3, the cinematic Violin Concerto of Korngold with the irrepressible Lara St. John as soloist.  Rounding our the program is Tara's Theme from Gone with the Wind as well as the Theme from Laura.. Shattuck Music Center, Carroll University; 3:00 pm; 262-547-1858; www.waukeshasymphony.org



New Historic Downtown Waukesha- Main Street Eateries (recently opened in December 2008):
Take an evening and enjoy these fine NEW restaurants in Historic Downtown Waukesha.


The Black Trumpet

314 W. Main St.
Waukesha, WI 53186
262-549-3800
www.theclarkehotelwi.com

Generations at the Five Points
296 W. Main St.
Waukesha, WI 53186
262-446-3300

Taylors People's Park
337 W. Main St.
Waukesha, WI 53186
262-522-3838

Sprizzo Gallery Caffe (old favorite, new location)
363 W. Main St.
Waukesha, WI 53186
262-513-5640
www.sprizzo.net

Don't worry about parking either!  The Clarke Hotel/Black Trumpet offers a valet service for only $3- open to the public.  Taylors People's Park also has it's own parking lot across the street from its location (Main St. and Clinton) provided for it's patrons.

Her own little snowglobe

Franklin

As with almost every profession, photojournalism can be monotonous. More often than not, the news repeats itself. And sometimes, I find that to be the most challenging part of it all. When we’re given the chance to cover natural disasters or presidential candidates coming to town, our adrenaline automatically kicks in — it’s almost as if we turn on our “Make Excellent Photos” switch. But it’s the days where I cover sledding for the fourth time in two weeks that I find myself most frustrated, and sometimes, downright depressed, with the work I’m producing. It’s hard to be creative during those times of total déjà vu.
This past Saturday, I was sent to the Whitnall Park Toboggan Slide, Franklin, to cover its opening day. I can’t begin to tell you how much time I spend in Whitnall Park. I see the photos before they even happen. It’s hard to not make a shot I’ve fallen back on a hundred times before. As I stood at the top of the hill, waiting for the track to open, I watched a couple of girls sled down the hill. I pictured the photo I’d make in my mind — the girls with their hands in the air, mouths open, snow flying everywhere … heck, maybe I’d even slow down the shutter speed to make a little motion blur. But after about 30 seconds of envisioning those shots, I got incredibly bored with myself. So bored, that I didn’t even lift my camera. I just watched.
But then, comes a moment.
Whitnall Park looked like a snow globe, and someone else noticed it before me: Eleven-year-old Nikki DeCleene got to the bottom of the hill, laid down on her sled and stared up at the sky. She laid on her back for at least 2 minutes, watching the snowflakes fall on her face. Suddenly, I thought to myself, “Snap out of it! This is a great moment!” I fired off a few frames and recorded a moment all-too-often missed.


Nikon D3, 200 mm, 640 ISO, f3.5, 1/6400, Manual
Nikki DeCleene, 11, takes a few minutes to watch the snow fall Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at Whitnall Park, Franklin. Nikki was sledding with her friend, Rachel Formella, 12.

Lady Lancers, Red Raiders depth, key to success

Prep Basketball, Tosa East, Tosa East Basketball, Tosa West boys basketball, Wauwatosa East boys basketball

Both the Brookfield Central girls and the Wauwatosa East boys sit on top of the Greater Metro Conference with unbeaten records in conference. Both teams have talent, plenty of talent and that is why they are the favorites to win their conferences if they play up to their abilities.

Last Saturday in one of the best defensive games I have seen, Central beat an outstanding Divine Savior Holy Angels team, 36-33. If fact, Central had the Dashers down by seven, only to see them rally to within one in the final seconds.

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Foodborne Illness

Environmental Health, Food Safety

There has been much in the news lately about the foodborne illness outbreak of salmonella infection related to contaminated peanut butter.  While hundreds of people have become sick in this particular incident and some have died, this is but the tip of the iceberg in terms of how many people are affected every year by foodborne illness.  The CDC estimates that 76 MILLION people in the US get sick by some type of foodborne illness every year.  Of these, 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 people die.  Most foodborne illness is not outbreak related and most is not diagnosed. 

The most likely source of foodborne illness is raw or undercooked foods of animal origin -- meat, poultry, shellfish, eggs, unpasteurized milk.  However, raw fruits and vegetables can also be a source.  Washing can decrease contamination but not totally eliminate it. 

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Registration for Winter Storytimes (ages 2&3) (ages 3, 4 & 5)

“ADVENTURE” STORYTIMES

STORIES, RHYMES, SONGS AND CRAFTS 

LAPSITTERS

(Ages 2s & 3s)

Thursdays 10:30 a.m. or Fridays 10:30 a.m.

January 29 – February 20

                                     January 29 or 30     – Winter Tales                                    February 5 or 6       – Fun with Sizes and Shapes                                    February 12 or 13   – Adventures at Home                                    February 19 or 20   – Animal Antics Storytimes will be held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. or Fridays at 10:30 a.m.  Children ages 2 – 3 may enroll for this series of four storytimes.  A caregiver must accompany the child.  Each storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes.  Enrollment is limited.  Registration begins on Monday, January 19th at 8:30 a.m. by phone or 10:00 a.m. in person for Greendale residents.  Registration for the general public begins on January 20th.  E-mail registrations to grnd.ref@mcfls.org that initiated after 8:30 a.m. January 19th will be accepted.   

STORYTIMES

(Ages 3 - 5)

Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. or Fridays at 10:30a.m.

February 24 – April 3

 

                                    February 24, 26 or 27  – Splashing at the Beach

                                    March 3, 5 or 6             – Fun with Family and Friends                                    March 10, 12 or 13       – School Adventures                                    March 17, 19 or 20       – Adventures in a Rain Forest                                    March 24, 26 or 27       – It’s Spring                                    March 31, April 2 or 3 – Exploring a Bog Storytimes will be held on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., or Fridays at 10:30 a.m.  Children ages 3 - 5 may enroll for this series of six storytimes.  Each storytime lasts approximately 45 minutes.  Caretakers may choose to attend/not attend, but are asked to remain in the building.    Enrollment is limited.  Registration begins on Monday, January 19th at 8:30 a.m. by phone or 10:00 a.m. in person for Greendale residents.  Registration for the general public begins on January 20th.  Registration for groups of four or more begins on January 21st.  E-mail registrations to grnd.ref@mcfls.org that are initiated after 8:30 a.m. on January 19th will be accepted. 

Greendale Public Library

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Winter "Adventure" Storytime Registration Begins (ages 2 & 3) (ages 3, 4 & 5)

“ADVENTURE” STORYTIMES

STORIES, RHYMES, SONGS AND CRAFTS 

LAPSITTERS

(Ages 2s & 3s)

Thursdays 10:30 a.m. or Fridays 10:30 a.m.

January 29 – February 20

                                     January 29 or 30     – Winter Tales                                    February 5 or 6       – Fun with Sizes and Shapes                                    February 12 or 13   – Adventures at Home                                    February 19 or 20   – Animal Antics Storytimes will be held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. or Fridays at 10:30 a.m.  Children ages 2 – 3 may enroll for this series of four storytimes.  A caregiver must accompany the child.  Each storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes.  Enrollment is limited.  Registration begins on Monday, January 19th at 8:30 a.m. by phone or 10:00 a.m. in person for Greendale residents.  Registration for the general public begins on January 20th.  E-mail registrations to grnd.ref@mcfls.org that initiated after 8:30 a.m. January 19th will be accepted.   

STORYTIMES

(Ages 3 - 5)

Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. or Fridays at 10:30a.m.

February 24 – April 3

 

                                    February 24, 26 or 27  – Splashing at the Beach

                                    March 3, 5 or 6             – Fun with Family and Friends                                    March 10, 12 or 13       – School Adventures                                    March 17, 19 or 20       – Adventures in a Rain Forest                                    March 24, 26 or 27       – It’s Spring                                    March 31, April 2 or 3 – Exploring a Bog Storytimes will be held on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., or Fridays at 10:30 a.m.  Children ages 3 - 5 may enroll for this series of six storytimes.  Each storytime lasts approximately 45 minutes.  Caretakers may choose to attend/not attend, but are asked to remain in the building.    Enrollment is limited.  Registration begins on Monday, January 19th at 8:30 a.m. by phone or 10:00 a.m. in person for Greendale residents.  Registration for the general public begins on January 20th.  Registration for groups of four or more begins on January 21st.  E-mail registrations to grnd.ref@mcfls.org that are initiated after 8:30 a.m. on January 19th will be accepted. 

Greendale Public Library

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Bay and Germantown boys use different methods to stay sharp in the trials of winter

Germantown and Whitefish Bay boys basketball

Combine one part cold, two parts boredom and three parts of life's complications and you had the awkward siutation that North Shore Conference boys basketball leaders Germantown (10-0) and Whitefish Bay (10-1) found themselves in the weekend of Jan. 15-18.

With brutally cold temperatures that reached 15 below without the bone-crackling wind chill much of the weekend, schools throughout the area and therefore all basketball games and all other assorted extracurricular activities were postponed. Furthermore, since buildings were (supposed to be anyway) locked up, practices were curtailed or called off all-together. Games slated for Friday, Jan. 16, it seems, have been re-scheduled from now until the first day of spring (it only seems that way).

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