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Baseball thoughts on Brookfield and Tosa

Brookfield Central baseball, East baseball, Tosa East Baseball, Tosa West baseball

Here are some observations on the four local baseball teams to chew on.

There is no question that Wauwatosa West's talented catcher Zach Bertoni can hit the baseball. But with a young Trojan team looking for leadership on the field, Bertoni needs to take a bigger part.

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The Busiest Day of the Year for Shelters...

There are lots of places that have the busiest night of the year, like the mall on the day after Thanksgiving, or the local Irish Pub on Saint Patrick's Day. For animal shelters, it is July 4th. This is the day that your average, well-adjusted, family companion goes crazy with fear because of the celebrations starring fireworks courtesy of your neighbors. We get lots of calls for stray animals that night.

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More sprinkles, less candles ... please.

Franklin

A year ago today, I started at CNI. Twenty-six years ago today, I was born. Since birthdays are a million times more exciting if you're still in the single digits, this morning I told one of my 5-year-old subjects that it's my birthday. I figured it'd be a great distraction. He guessed I just turned 10 years old. God bless him.

Anyways, if I'm lucky, I may be doing a little of this tonight ...

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Hawks surviving on the road

A Willie Nelson classic, slightly modified, serves as the theme song for the 2008 Greenfield baseball team:

"On The Road Again....And Again....And Again....And Again...."

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What's Happening: July 7 to July 14

07/09/2008
Jazz in Cutler Park
Cutler Park, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 7:00pm- 9:00pm -- www.jazzincutlerpark.org --

07/09/2008

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

07/09/2008
Badgerland Water Ski Show
Wednesdays ALL SUMMER: 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-- 7:00pm -- www.badgerland.org -- 414-640-6361

07/10/2008
Water Ski Show *cancelled due to flooding*
Thursdays ALL SUMMER: 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-- 6:45 - 8:15 pm -- www.pewaukee.waterski.org -- 414-322-8713

07/11/2008
Fabulous Second Friday Sales
Historic Downtown Waukesha--  -- www.downtownwaukesha.com -- 262-547-1060

07/11/2008
Cinema in the Sand
A free family friendly movie (Shrek 3) will be shown on the beach area of Pewaukee Lake park. Lakefront Park, downtown Pewaukee-- 8:45 pm -- www.positivelypewaukee.com --

07/11/2008

Freeman Friday Night Live
Fridays ALL SUMMER: 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

07/12/2008

Mukwonago Croatian Picnic
Croatian Days Picnic is for people of any nationality.  It is a chance to experience the Croatian culture, with music (from 1pm on) and wonderful food.  We cook lambs, pigs, and chickens right on the spit, and also serve two kinds of Croatian sausage.  Our homemade bakery items are made from authentic recipes from the old country. Field Park, Mukwonago. www.mukwonagochamber.com

07/12/2008
Winery Days
Live Music- Paul Rebek at Mason Creek Winery-- 10:00am- 5:00pm -- www.masoncreekwinery.com --262-367-6494

07/12/2008
33rd Annual Lake Country Art Festival
With an entrance fee of only $5, visitors can enjoy the work of Dr. Chuck "Garbo" Hajinian, the featured artist, food, refreshments, crafts for kids and great music by 'Lil' Mel and the TKO Band.'  A Silent Auction of items donated by the artists will round out the day. Naga-Waukee Park-- 9:00am- 4:00pm -- www.lakecountrywomensclub.org -- 262-369-1720

07/12/2008- 07/13/2008

WWI Experience
Experience life in a WWI army camp including meal preparations, equipment inspections, medical examinations and weapons instruction. See the  real uniform of a WWI soldier! Old World Wisconsin-- 10:00am-5:00pm -- www.oldworldwisconsin.org -- 262-594-6300

07/12/2008- 07/13/2008
Pewaukee Triathlon
Midwest Sports Events provides technically sound, safe and exciting events. Register early for this 1/4 mile swim, 15 mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run. Pewaukee Lakefront-- www.midwestsportsevents.com -- 800-429-8044

Bits and pieces to chew on...

Brook East, Brookfield Central baseball, East baseball, Green Bay Packers, Mikwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers, Tosa East, Tosa East Baseball, Tosa West baseball

Like sunflower seeds in a dugout, here are some things to chew on.

Local Brookfield and Tosa high school teams

  • Brookfield Central, by far the best of the local teams, is not going to win the rugged Greater Metro Conference. If pitching is the name of the game, then it will be interesting to see what the Lancers do in the postseason.  Mike Bogard, Ricky Leachy, Mike Mierow and Cale Ross are four decent pitchers and Lee Severson is a good closer. But the key to the Lancers' success will come at the plate. Coach Jeff Bigler will need more offense than Bogard, Severson and Pete Ostergaard can provide by themselves. Someone else has to step up or the fourth-seeded Lancers, who play fifth-seeded Pewaukee July 22, can call it a day.
  • Losing has affected the three other teams I cover. Going into Tuesday, Brookfield East was 3-18, Wauwatosa East was 7-22 and Wauwatosa West was 3-19. They would need a postseason miracle to advance too far.
  • The stress has affected Tosa West coach Chad Mateske, who was upset over the Lancers' Lee Severson playing all nine positions against the Trojans last week. Right or wrong? Check out my column in the WauwatosaNOW online and paper on Thursday.
  • Defense, which I haven't see a lot of this summer, is important to Alex Dati and Zach Stewart of Brookfield East. Check out my story in the BrookfieldNOW online and Thursday's paper for the feature.

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Able the Dancing Chihuahua at Brown Deer Library!

Next Tuesday, July 15th at 7:00 PM come to the Brown Deer Public Library to enjoy Able the Dancing Chihuahua. Able has been performing for and enchanting audiences since 1999. His performance includes freestyle dancing with his partner and world renowned dog behavior expert Amy Ammen. Able favors up-tempo tunes and a flamboyant costume which complement his spinning, jumping, and weaving movements. Amy and Able will then share tips on how to be safe around dogs and how to avoid being frightened or bitten.  

Cross was a friend to track, will be missed greatly

Whitefish Bay and Menomonee Falls boys track

To find the memorial honoring the life of the late track official, coach and well-known state meet announcer William H. "Bill" Cross on July 9 at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, all one had to do was follow the laughter.

And that came as no surprise to anyone who knew Cross, who passed away on July 1 at the age of 84, because from listening to the people who were in attendance and looking at the photo montages honoring all that he was, he took joy in everything he did.

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What's Happening: July 14 to July 21

07/15/2008
Waukesha Farmers' Market
Tuesdays ALL SUMMER: 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

07/16/2008
Jazz in Cutler Park
Free Family Fun and entertainment at Cutler Park in Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 7:00pm- 9:00pm -- www.jazzincutlerpark.org -

07/16/2008

Waterfront Wednesday's Concert Series
Wednesdays ALL SUMMER: 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

07/16/2008
Badgerland Water Ski Show
Wednesdays ALL SUMMER: 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-- 7:00pm -- www.badgerland.org -- 414-640-6361

07/16/2008- 07/20/2008
Waukesha County Fair
County Fair offering national entertainment, youth projects, agricultural displays, petting zoo, great food, rides, numerous music stages, children's stage, truck & tractor pulls Waukesha County Expo Center-- 3 pm - 11 pm -- www.waukeshacountyfair.com

07/16/2008- 08/30/2008

"Made in the Shade" The Dark Side of the Sun.
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

07/18/2008
Freeman Friday Night Live
Fridays ALL SUMMER: 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

07/19/2008
Main Street
Block Party

Free live entertainment and a variety of tempting food and drink items available for purchase.  The Main Street Block Party is held in conjunction with the Carl Zach Cycling Classic. Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 9 am - 9 pm -- www.downtownwaukesha.com – 262-549-6154

07/19/2008
Waukesha Farmers' Market
Saturdays ALL SUMMER: 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

07/19/2008
Carl Zach Cycling Classic
The Carl Zach Cycling Classic is an International bike race which takes place on the streets of Historic Downtown Waukesha.  This race is part of the grueling 17-day International Cycling Classic, which is considered America’s version of the Tour de France. Races begin at 9:00 am with the premiere event starting at 5:45 pm.  Prepare to be awed as the cyclists race laps on Downtown Waukesha streets, reaching speeds of 40 mph. Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 9 am - 9 pm -- www.downtownwaukesha.com -- 262-549-6154

07/19/2008- 07/20/2008

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

July Library happenings

NEW:  The library will be closed on Saturday, July 26, 2008.  Materials may be retuned in the book drop located to the north of the main entrance. 

The library is open during road construction.  Park in the city lot next to the library or on the side street.

Hey Kids! There is still time to join the reading club.  For the readers, read 300 minutes and you get prizes and a book.  For the younger children, if you are read to for 250 minutes you can get prizes and a book.  The program ends on Saturday, July 26th.  However, you can still turn in your sheets and be eligible for prizes until Saturday, August 2.

September is library card sign up month.  Library cards are free and it only takes a few minutes to register for a card.  You need two pieces of identification, one of which has your current address.  Stop in and check us out!

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children.  Studies show that children who are read to in the home, or who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime continuing education.   For adults the library is a source for continuing life long learning.

We are looking for people from the community who would like to present programs at the library.  Call the Library Director at 768-8195 if you are interested in sharing your hobby with the library.

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Atwood Players at Brown Deer Library!

On Tuesday, July 29th at 7:00 PM  at the Brown Deer Public Library 'Catch the Reading Bug" will be continuing.  "Good Morning Grumpus Caterpillar" is the title of this summers'  play with Alan and Mary Atwood, They will be entertaining us with a theatrical production of their own making. In their play they will tell us the story of two caterpillars: one wants to be a TV star and the other wants to fulfill her distiny and become a butterfly. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Brown Deer Library and Target Inc. Come and See the Show!

Music CD Loan Period to Change

The Loan Period for Music Cd's at Brown Deer Public Library will be changing on August 1st from 3 weeks to 7 days. This change is being made to allow greater access to popular CD's for more people. You can now renew items twice, which would give you up to three weeks usage if desired under the new loan period. The circulation limit per person will remain at 20 music CD's.

Tosa's Night Out, Formerly National Night Out

Tosa's Night Out

Tosa’s Night Out –

Lighting The Way To A Better Community

 

The Wauwatosa Police Department and the Wauwatosa Neighborhood Watch Steering Committee are pleased to announce that Tosa’s Night Out (formally National Night Out) has been scheduled for Tuesday August 19th, 2008. WaterStone Bank has once again agreed to be our major sponsor. 

 

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Ticks and Lyme Disease

We are in the middle of the peak months for the risk of Lyme disease so it is a good time for a reminder alerting us to the presence of ticks and the possibility of infection.  June, July, and August are the months with the highest incidence of Lyme disease.  Last year in Wisconsin, there were 1,819 diagnosed cases which is a significant increase over reported cases in 2006 when there were 1,456 cases.  Although most of the cases were in the northwest and west central regions of the state, it has been reported in many other areas.  Many people vacation all over the state and everyone should be on the lookout for ticks that can cause Lyme disease. 

Anyone can get Lyme disease which is caused by bacteria that is carried by small (blacklegged) deer ticks and transmitted to humans by a tick bite.  The tick must be attached to a person's skin for at least 24 hours before it can transmit the bacteria.  This is why it is so important to check for ticks after you have been in a wooded area.  If an attached tick is removed promptly, there is a greatly reduced chance for disease.  There was a vaccine against Lyme disease but it is no longer marketed because there was little demand for it. 

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Spartans, Red Raiders help Lancers tie for title

Brook Central, Brook East, Brookfield, Brookfield Central baseball, East baseball, Tosa East, Tosa East Baseball

After Brookfield Central dropped games to Hamilton and Marquette in the first week in July, it looked like it would take a miracle for the Lancers to win or share the Greater Metro Conference title.

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What's Happening: July 21 to July 28

07/22/2008
Waukesha Farmers' Market
Tuesdays ALL SUMMER: 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

07/23/2008
Jazz in Cutler Park
Cutler Park, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 7:00pm- 9:00pm -- www.jazzincutlerpark.org --

07/23/2008

Waterfront Wednesday's Concert Series
Wednesdays ALL SUMMER: 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

07/23/2008
Badgerland Water Ski Show
Wednesdays ALL SUMMER: 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-- 7:00pm -- www.badgerland.org -- 414-640-6361

07/24/2008
Water Ski Show *cancelled due to high water*
Thursdays ALL SUMMER: 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-- 6:45 - 8:15 pm -- www.pewaukee.waterski.org -- 414-322-8713

07/25/2008
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 vesles.  The cost varies by the piece of work you choose.  Average cost is $20. Weather Permitting The Potters Shop, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 6:00pm to 8:00pm -- www.clayartguild.com – 262-547-1920

07/25/2008
Freeman Friday Night Live
Fridays ALL SUMMER: 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

07/25/2008- 07/26/2008

North Shore Bank Taste of Lake Country
Each night local restaurants showcase their best cuisine along with music, other family entertainment and fireworks. Lakefront Park, downtown Pewaukee-- 4:00-10:30 pm -- www.positivelypewaukee.com -- 262-695-9735

07/25/2008- 07/27/2008
Waukesha Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show
Waukesha County EXPO--  -- www.waukeshacountyexpo.com -- 262-896-8490

07/26/2008

Waukesha Farmers' Market
Saturdays ALL SUMMER: 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

07/26/2008- 07/27/2008
Laura Ingalls Wilder Days
It's a whole lot of Laura, at this hands-on celebration drawn from the pages of "On the Banks of Plum Creek."  Dress like her, try her games and chores, help do Ma's kitchen jobs or Pa's threshing.  New this year: all kinds of animal, people, and steam-powered vintage machines at work.  It's the charm of Laura Days plus the excitement of our former Power Exposition. Old World Wisconsin-- 10:00am-5:00pm -- www.oldworldwisconsin.org -- 262-594-6300

Amplified Sound / Music From Motorvehicle

Auto

Many of todays vehicles are coming from the factory with high performance stereos and many of those that do not are outfitted with after market systems with lots of power.

Wisconsin State Statute 346.94(16) addresses loud, amplified noises including music, coming from a motor vehicle. This Statute like all traffic Statutes is adopted by Wauwatosa Ordinance 11.04.010. 346.94(16)/11.04.010 states that any amplified sound coming from a motor vehicle that can be heard from a distance of 75 feet or greater is a violation. The first offense carries a forfeiture of $96.40; second offense in a twelve month period carries a forfeiture of $172.00.

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Rabies Reminder

Communicable Disease, Environmental Health

State health officials are reminding all Wisconsin residents to use caution around wild animals to protect against rabies, a viral disease transmitted by bites from infected animals.  Bats and skunks are the most likely to carry the rabies virus, but dogs, cats, raccoons, and foxes can also transmit the disease.

The best method of prevention is to use caution around unfamiliar animals -- domestic or wild.  If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately with plenty of soap and water.  Contact your physician and local health department to report the bite.  If you can do so safely, capture and confine the animal so it can be tested for rabies.  Oftentimes, the animal is turned loose or destroyed and cannot be tested.  In such a situation, the person who was bitten (or exposed if young children are involved) must undergo anti-rabies shots which is a series of five shots plus one immune globulin shot at the time of the bite.  If the animal is available for testing or observation, no anti-rabies treatment is needed in the majority of cases.  However, since rabies is usually a fatal disease (there is only one known human survivor), it is not worth the risk of assuming the animal does not have rabies and treatment is not needed.  Every animal bite by an unfamiliar animal should be followed up appropriately.

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Throw Dough

New Berlin

If you're willing to throw pizza dough in the air, I'll be there.

Last week, I had a little fun at StoneFire Pizza in New Berlin. Mike Tostado, a professional pizza chef, was teaching anyone who would listen how to throw pizza dough. Although Mike was using a fake pizza dough called Throw Dough (a rubber substance that is the official practice dough for the U.S. Pizza Team), nonetheless, it was still cool to watch.

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What's Happening: July 28 to Aug 04

07/29/2008
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.  www.downtownwaukesha.com-- Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 2:30pm- 6:30pm --

07/30/2008
Jazz in Cutler Park
Cutler Park, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 7:00pm- 9:00pm -- www.jazzincutlerpark.org -

07/30/2008

Badgerland Water Ski Show
Wednesdays ALL SUMMER: FREE water ski show.  Fun for the whole family.  Come watch beautiful chorus lines, fast paced barefoot waterskiing, arial jump acts and pyramids built on the water.  Bring your own seating.  Show lasts about a hour and a half. Frame Park, downtown Waukesha--  www.badgerland.org -- 414-640-6361

08/01/2008
Sounds of Oconomowoc
Includes activities throughout the downtown all day.  Live musicians will perform in participating businesses from 5-9pm. Downtown Oconomowoc-- 5:00pm -- www.oconomowocusa.org -- 262-567-6543

08/01/2008
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

08/01/2008- 08/03/2008
Silver Dollar Horse Show
Waukesha County EXPO--  -- www.waukeshacountyexpo.com -- 262-896-8490

08/02/2008
Red Hot BBQ Art Crawl
Over 18 Artists Galleries and Studios open their doors and invite all to enjoy fine art and fine crafts, live music and refreshments.  Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 4-10pm --www.redhotartspot.com -- 262-893-9227

08/02/2008
Waukesha Farmers' Market
Saturdays ALL SUMMER: 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

08/02/2008
Romantic Figures
The human figure is most beautiful when shown through art.  Three artists show you the romance and beauty in sophisticated and gentle ways. River's End Gallery-- 4:00pm-10:00pm -- www.riversendgallery.com -- 262-896-8875

08/02/2008- 08/03/2008
Best Dam Bike Tour
The ride begins at 7:30am (6:30am check-in) at the Waukesha County Technical College-Pewaukee Campus, stops at UW-Whitewater on Saturday, and ends at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on Sunday. A one-day option is available from Waukesha to Whitewater on Saturday. WCTC to Whitewater-- 6:30am check in -- www.wisms.org -- 800-242-3358

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