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Graduation Wish List

Readers of this column (both of them) know that I am an audiophile, with eclectic taste in music.

For me - music is the greatest art form.  I consider it so for many reasons, not least of which is the power it holds.  Great music can do so many things to our hearts: enlarge, enoble, soften, and break.  It can help bridge political and generational divides.  And it can stamp with indellible permanence specific scenes and experiences upon the anvil of our consciousness.

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Election Prediction

Tuesday this week the big recall election will take place and the national press will cover the event from beginning to end and a lot more thereafter.

The predictions are that it will be a cliff hanger of a race for Governor.

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Emerald Ash Borer -Ash Tree Threat

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a very serious problem that threatens all ash trees in the Midwest. As of     8/5/2008 it has been found in Wisconsin and is extensive in northern Illinois. The million dollar question seems to be, “When should I start treatment if I want to protect an ash tree?”      

Unfortunately, there are differing opinions on this question and the actual facts are not fully conclusive.

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Adopt 4 Paws from Saturday's Kitten Shower!

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HAWS is “expecting” – and everyone is invited to celebrate!

Reny (mom cat) & Romy (kitten) are just 2 of the many bundles of joy available for adoption at HAWS!Hundreds of cute kittens will “rain” on HAWS this it is a great time for a Kitten Shower!  Join the fun THIS Saturday, June 9th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at our shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha.   Enjoy cake, prizes, kid’s activities and more while helping HAWS raise the much-needed funds and supplies to care for these feline bundles of joy.

Is it the right time to add a new little member to the family?  (Check out Reny the mom cat and her baby girl, Romy in the picture at right - too cute!)  Specials include 2-for-1 kitten adoptions and a unique adoption rate for mom cats!  Fees for moms are based on the number of kittens in her litter; if she had 2 babies, her adoption is only $2…and she goes home with a special gift!  Every kitten or cat adopted will also receive a gift basket valued at almost $60.  Pre-approval for adoptions is available for this event; contact the HAWS Adoptions staff at 262-542-8851 to learn more.

HAWS' Kitten Shower, 6/9/12!Other features of HAWS’ Kitten Shower:
· Learn how to be a Foster Family, giving a litter a strong start to life.  
· Bring home your new best friend – adopt a kitten or 2, or
· Find out the joys of adopting a Mother Cat!
· Help care for the too-young-to-adopt-yet babies with formula and food donations. 

By the way -  If you are unable to attend you can send a monetary donation via mail to HAWS’ Kitten Shower, PO Box 834, Waukesha, WI 53187-0834, or use Paypal on HAWS’ DONATE webpage.  Better yet: Log on to, search at the top right under "Wish List" for "humane animal" and shop for any items on HAWS' list!  Supply donations will be needed throughout the summer – check out HAWS’ Wish List throughout the season and collect items to drop off at your next visit to the shelter.

Top 10 Summer Job Scam Tip-Offs!

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The end of the school year is here and -- whether they're from high school or college -- there’s a lot of new graduates looking for jobs. Unfortunately, these job seekers can be vulnerable to bogus job offers.

Students are in a unique position where they may not have a lot of work experience, but they feel the pressure of upcoming bills to get a job quickly. Consequently, applying for a job that requires no work experience but offers a high salary often sounds very enticing. But the reality is these job offers are closer to pyramid schemes rather than legitimate work opportunities. Beware of ads that claim “sum­mer job, make $300 a day!” or “last year our employ­ees made $10,000 over the sum­mer.”

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...and the winner is Scott Walker!

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What a night. What a year and a half! I couldn't believe they called the election for Walker  so early in the evening, as I was expecting a late night. Like many of us in the not-so-silent majority, I am very grateful to be able to put this behind us. 

Gov. Scott Walker's acceptance speech was outstanding. I would like to quote his intro here, because if you didn't see it live last night, you might miss it in the news coverage today: 
 "Wow, what a crowd!
First of all, I want to thank God for His abundant grace.

Next, I particularly want to thank not only you here, but people all across the state. I want to thank you for your prayers, because for the last year and a half, [it is] the thing that has sustained Tonette and I, and Matt and Alex so much, and not just at campaign events but literally at factories and farms and small businesses. 

Just about every day over the past year and a half, I've met people at every one of those stops, and what has sustained us is people, many times people I've never met before, come off the line, off the farm and tell us, Governor, we're praying for you and your family. I can't tell you what that means to me."

In addition to Gov. Walker's thanks to the Almighty, I would like to thank all the Republican volunteers for making the thousands of phone calls to get out the vote. Thank you!

The one sad note of the night was Sen. Van Wanggaard's loss in Racine County. Hopefully in November, Republicans will gain the majority in the Senate.

Enjoy your day. (It is now safe to answer the phone again!)


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Are animals emotional beings?

Wisconsin Humane Society Speaker Series
Marc Bekoff - Expanding our Compassion Footprint 
Thursday, August 2, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Radisson Mayfair


The latest and greatest scientific research clearly shows that animals are smart, emotional, and moral beings. And there are many "surprises." Birds make and use more sophisticated tools than chimpanzees, mice and chickens display empathy, and ravens and other animals show they know what's right and wrong in various social situations. Animals care very much about what happens to them and to their friends and we must too. We need to be very careful when we intrude into their lives and redecorate nature. Rewilding our hearts and expanding our compassion footprint provide avenues for fostering more respect for nonhuman beings and for peaceful coexistence with our animal friends.
Marc Bekoff, noted author, will discuss these and other topics at a seminar on Thursday, August 2 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Radisson. 

EEF Awards 31 Scholarships on behalf of Community Partners

On behalf of the Elmbrook Education Foundation, congratulations to the 2012 EEF Lancer-Spartan scholarship recipients and a sincere THANK YOU to all of our wonderful community partners that provide the financial support to the Foundation's Community-wide Continuing Education Scholarship Program.  Best of luck to the entire Elmbrook Class of 2012!

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My very own Fox & Friend or natural rodent control

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May I introduce you to my very own rodent patrol squad: Mr. and Mrs.(?) Red Fox

Yesterday morning, I saw one sunbathing in my backyard and quickly went for the camera to snap a picture. While I was focusing, another fox joined the first! They greeted each other with a nose nuzzle, and then stretched out in the grass to enjoy the sunshine. They stayed there maybe a half an hour then disappeared back into our woods.

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Elms Need Protection Against Dutch Elm Disease

When people talk about trees, many have a story of a great yard elm or an elm lined street that was cut down. Ask those same people if they are aware we can now save elms and they get a look of sorrow, anger, bewilderment or even disbelief. Amazing the affect trees have on us.

You can save susceptible elms by protecting them from getting DED (Dutch elm disease). To do this the elm should not already have DED. It is helpful if the tree is in good health and the root zone must be isolated from other unprotected elms. Ask a Wachtel Certified Arborist to qualify elm for protection.

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HAWS Celebrates the "Snickers 500"

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Snickers is the 500th dog to be part of HAWS' Mod SquadTM program...and we're celebrating!

Snickers is a beagle/yorkie mix, age 7 years!HAWS’ Mod SquadTM is a unique group of volunteers that works with special needs animals housed at our shelter.  These volunteers are trained to “mod”-ify behavior using a variety of tools and techniques including EZ Walk harnesses, Tellington TTouch®, clickers and interactive toys. 

Dogs in this program, like
Snickers (pictured at right), are in several special needs categories.  Maybe they don't thrive in the shelter environment or have been at HAWS a long time.  Or, they are dogs who passed the behavior evaluation but aren't quite ready for adoption.  Some are dogs who didn't pass the behavior evaluation but are oh-so-close and might with a little help!

Other dogs in the Mod SquadTM are 
dogs already in our adoption ward who would benefit from a little extra work.  Activities provide a source of enrichment for them and quality activities outside their kennels.  

Join us THIS SATURDAY at HAWS as we celebrate the Mod SquadTM AND all the dogs that have been a part of this great program!

By the way - Just as the Mod Squad’s behavior on the old TV show made good things happen for them, HAWS’ Mod Squad’s behaviors are helping good things happen for the dogs in our shelter - namely saving the lives of countless dogs who just need that little something extra. 
HAWS' Mod Squad: Not just a rerun!

It's Over

yes, it's over / for now the game of love and hate in politics has reached a peak in Wisconsin and for a short time we can get back to normal. come to think of it, normal is better. the thought of having more elections to nominate and vote for the candidate who inspires you is on hold. those who run for public office are the real heroes of democracy. they take the chance of having their personal life changed forever. after all my personal hero, Lincoln, ran for office 11 times until he got elected. Bill Proxmire ran 8 times before he got elected to prove his dedication.

The political system is great in the USA because of the pendulum theory which i believe , that whenever it swings too far right or left it will go back to the middle.

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Happy Flag Day! Did you know the observance began in Wisconsin?

History, Holidays, Special events, WISCONSIN, United States

Today is Flag Day, a day that commemorates the Continental Congress' adoption 235 years ago,  on June 14, 1777, "that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field [canton], representing a new constellation."

Since that time, the configuration of stars in the canton of the American flag has changed many times, as each new state, represented by a star, was added.  Outside of a brief flirtation with the idea of adding an additional stripe for new states Vermont and Kentucky in 1795, that trend was discarded in 1818, when 5 more states were added: Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, and Mississippi.*  The stripe count returned to 13  thereafter, representing the original 13 colonies or states.

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Make today Special for Dad

Make today Special for Dad.

He will enjoy being wanted and loved. He will be ready to listen to you, for once. He will be in a good mood even if his health is not the best. He will remember that you remember.

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Feelin' Hot, Hot, HOT!

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We're havin' a heat wave!  So, HAWS would like to give this friendly reminder to pet owners of the dangers of heat for their best pet friends.

Never leave pets unattended in your parked car.  The temperature inside a car, even with windows open slightly, can quickly reach deadly levels. In sunlight temps can rise more than 30 degrees per minute.

In extreme conditions such as these, pets should remain indoors in a climate controlled environment.  When pets must be outside, make sure they have protection from heat and sun (a dog house does not provide relief from heat) and plenty of fresh, cool water.  Heat stroke can be fatal for pets just like it is for people.  Exercise your pets in the early morning or evening hours.  Be mindful of hot asphalt which can burn sensitive pet paws.

It is important to be able to identify the symptoms of heat stress in your pet:  heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, and vomiting are some of the more common signs.  Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area, apply cold towels to the head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over the affected pet.  Let the pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.  When in doubt, always contact your veterinarian.

By the way - Residents with concerns about a pet in their neighborhood should contact the Waukesha County Humane Officers at 262-896-8330. Owners who are concerned about their ability to keep their companion pets safe during this weather are encouraged to contact HAWS to discuss available alternatives.

Have I got a photo for you

Ta da!

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Adopt 4 Teeny-Tiny Paws from HAWS!

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Alice is an adult hamster.HAWS is as much about little pets as we are about cats and dogs.  Check out these 2 small animals available for adoption today!

Meet Alice.  To the left is Calamity.  They are both sweet and charming little gals.  

Because hamsters are nocturnal, they don't like to be disturbed during the day (we all need our beauty sleep, you know!).  When evening comes Alice and Calamity will gladly come out and hang out with you, and burn off some This is Miss Calamity!energy on a hamster wheel.  The girls will also need a large home with plenty of space to scamper about and lots of fun stuff to explore.

If you can give Alice, Calamity or any of the other great pets at HAWS a loving forever home, please come in (HAWS is open 7 days a week!) and ask to see us.  The hamsters will be sleeping, but they'll be glad to wake up for a bit to meet you...

By the way - here are some great links for hamster info!
To learn about hamsters visit, for some wonderful videos on caring for hamsters check out, and for a how-to on building a bin cage for your hamster try   Enjoy! 


Generation Facebook - Whither Solitude?

Marcus Cicero, Roman orator, Proconsul, and one of the architects of Western Civilization wrote of himself, "he was never less at leisure than when at leisure, nor less alone than when all alone".  

Kal-El - a.k.a. Superman - maintained a Fortress of Solitude.  It was there that the Man of Steel would seclude himself, to prepare for the battles that only Superman could fight.

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Elmbrook Educators Honored .... Who Was YOUR Most Influential Educator? NEW VIDEO!

The Elmbrook Parent Leadership Council (EPLC) and the Elmbrook Education Foundation (EEF) are pleased to announce the recipients of 2012 Most Influential Educator Award. 

The inspiration for this new program originated with Elmbrook parent, Jane Peavler (pictured on right with David Frank, President of the Elmbrook Education Foundation).  The Elmbrook Education Foundation and the Elmbrook Parent Leadership Council (comprised of leaders from building level PTOs across the District) are delighted to sponsor the program in an effort to honor educators who have made an impact on Elmbrook students.  

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