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"Another one gone": Edington's loss mourned by HHS community, many others

Homestead girls track and cross country

           "We are joined by sweat, bound by nothing. We are running friends. I wouldn't want it any other way."  ---Runner's credo----

There were bouquets from the Germantown girls track team, meet officials from near and far, classmates from graduate-level schooling, and literally hundreds of fellow teachers, students and athletes, some still in uniform from practices yet to be run or meets yet to be contested. Some were unable to hold back the tears no matter how many tissues were offered.

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What's Happening: May 04 to May 11

 05/05/09
Opening of 2009 Tour Season
Ten Chimneys, the National Historic Landmark estate by Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, has earned a reputation as “one of the most inspirational historic sites in the country.” Open May through mid-November. Reservations recommended.. Ten Chimneys; ; 262-968-4110; www.tenchimneys.museum

05/07/09- 05/10/09
15th Annual Eagle Business Association Community Rummage
Maps & Address Sheets of all rummages available at various business locations in Village of Eagle. Village & Town of Eagle; 8:00am-5:00pm; 262-594-3914;

05/08/09
Morning Bird Hikes
They’re back!  Our frisky, feathered friends are back!  We’ll explore their habitats, welcome back spring migrants, and check on our year round residents.  Don’t forget your binoculars. $1 to participate.. Retzer Nature Center; 7:00am- 8:30am; 262-896-8007; www.waukeshacountyparks.com

05/08/09- 05/24/09
42nd Street
Auditions for 1933's newest show, Pretty Lady, are nearly over when Peggy Sawyer, fresh off the bus from Allentown, PA, arrives in New York, meets the show's directore, and is cast in the chorus line.  A bad break for the leading lady gives Peggy her chance. Waukesha Civic Theatre; 262-547-0708; www.waukeshacivictheatre.org

05/09/09
Waukesha Farmers' Market
Eat Fresh, buy local with the Waukesha Farmers' Market on the banks of the Fox River. Fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and crafts available for purchase.. Riverfront Plaza, Historic Downtown Waukesha; 7:00am- 12:00pm; 262-549-6154; www.downtownwaukesha.com

05/10/09
Mother's Day at the Museum
Bring Mom to the Museum on Mother's day. Let her enjoy our "Growing Seasons" Exhibit and wander our local history displays. Regular Admission: Mother's on Mother's Day: $1, Adults $5; Seniors $4; Students $3; Children 6 and under and members free.. Waukesha County Museum; 12:00 to 4:30 p.m; 262-521-2859; www.waukeshacountymuseum.org


Treat the mom in your life to brunch on Sunday!
Sunday, May 10th

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Yoga of the Microcosm: Spiritual Unity with Nature in the 21st Century

Dr. Siddhartha (Sid) Syam will be at the Brown Deer Library on Tuesday, June 16th from 7:00-8:30 pm to discuss his book "Yoga of the Microcosm: Spiritual Unity with Nature in the 21st Century". There will be a book signing event following his discussion.

The book is an interfaith and non-dogmatic book that promotes a peaceful, non-materialistic outlook centered on 'religare': spiritual connectivity with nature and the cosmos.

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H1N1 Flu Update

Communicable Disease, Flu

It has been only several weeks since the H1N1 flu outbreak surfaced but, at times, it probably seems to be much longer.  The topic of this flu is in the news every day and some people are beginning to think "enough already!". 

While it is true that at this time, the outbreak is not as severe or deadly as initial data suggested, the potential was there and still lingers. The people who make the hard decisions must take a cautious approach and we should appreciate that they do.  No one has any immunity to this particular virus as it is a completely new combination of pig, bird, and human viruses and it could continue to mutate.  From the outset, no one knew how things would play out and they still don't know how events will unfold over the next few months.  Some experts are predicting that this virus will be back stronger in the fall and history suggests they may be correct.  But we are fortunate that there have been so many advances in surveillance, communication, and technology that if history is repeated, an outbreak or pandemic can be controlled as much as possible.  Perhaps increased knowledge will help make a pandemic of the future less devastating than a pandemic of the past. 

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Spring stories

Eisenhower soccer, Eisenhower softball, Greenfield softball, Muskego tennis, West Allis Central softball, West Allis Hale softball

As the spring sports season finally gets into high gear with the improved weather, I just wanted to highlight a couple of notable events involving the teams I cover that occurred in the previous week.

I am still trying to figure out just what happened in the softball game between New Berlin Eisenhower and Greenfield on May 1. The Lions entered that game at 7-0 overall, not having allowed a single run nor committed an error all season, and they held a 3-0 lead going into the sixth inning.

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Make your own READ poster!

Want to make your own fun READ poster? Just go to this link!

http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/publishing/graphics/READ_Mini_Posters.cfm

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So I found myself in the back of a police car ...

Elm Grove

A few weeks back, I (along with reporter Lori Weiss) had the privilege of riding along with Elm Grove Police Officer Phillip Doney. While Lori spent an entire shift with Officer Doney, I decided about 4 hours would be enough camera-clicking for one officer to endure. I’m not sure what I enjoyed more: The view from the backseat of a police cruiser, or fending off degrading looks from passers-by, almost as if they were saying, “And what did YOU do?!”

Without going into too much detail about the ride along itself, I can tell you two things: Don’t speed on Pilgrim Parkway, and yes, the officer IS running radar.

I decided to post a few photos from the night with one theme in common: Darkness. Some photographers hate darkness, but I gladly accept the challenge. There’s always light, somewhere. You just have to find it, work it and love it.

I’m not exactly sure where my flash is these days, but even if I knew, it wouldn’t have come out of my bag for this shoot. Don’t get me wrong — the camera I used for these photos is a Nikon D3, and not all cameras can handle these types of lighting circumstances. You can see for yourself how far I pushed the limits by looking at the ISO settings I’ve posted underneath the photos.


Nikon D3, 17 mm, 5000 ISO, f2.8, 1/100, Manual
Phillip Doney, a police officer with the Elm Grove Police Department, returns to his car after stopping a motorist Thursday, April 23, 2009. Wisconsin has a "Move Over Law," Doney said, which requires drivers to shift lanes or slow down in order to provide a safety zone for a squad car, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing. Motorists who do not slow down can be issued a ticket, Doney said.

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What's Happening: May 11 to May 18

05/15/09
Morning Bird Hikes

They’re back!  Our frisky, feathered friends are back!  We’ll explore their habitats, welcome back spring migrants, and check on our year round residents.  Don’t forget your binoculars. $1 to participate.. Retzer Nature Center; 7:00am- 8:30am; 262-896-8007; www.waukeshacountyparks.com

05/15/09
42nd Street

Auditions for 1933's newest show, Pretty Lady, are nearly over when Peggy Sawyer, fresh off the bus from Allentown, PA, arrives in New York, meets the show's director, and is cast in the chorus line.  A bad break for the leading lady gives Peggy her chance. Waukesha Civic Theatre; 8:00pm; 262-547-0708; www.waukeshacivictheatre.org

05/16/09
4-H Day at the Museum

4-H families who register for 4-H Day by Wednesday, May 13 receive $1 off each admission to visit the "Growing Seasons," drop in on a docent-guided tour, play a historic game in the Courtroom, sew a quilt block or plant a vegetable.. Waukesha County Museum; 12:00 to 4:30 p.m; 262-521-2859; www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

05/16/09
Waukesha Farmers' Market

Eat Fresh, buy local with the Waukesha Farmers' Market on the banks of the Fox River. Fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and crafts available for purchase.. Riverfront Plaza, Historic Downtown Waukesha; 7:00am- 12:00pm; 262-549-6154; www.downtownwaukesha.com

05/16/09
Rituals of Spring

Spring is when sheep at Old World Wisconsin get their annual clipping with hand shears.  Watch and join in some old-fashioned chores and games that celebrate the beginning of the growing season.. Old World Wisconsin; 10am- 5pm; 262-594-6300; www.oldworldwisconsin.org

05/16/09
42nd Street

Auditions for 1933's newest show, Pretty Lady, are nearly over when Peggy Sawyer, fresh off the bus from Allentown, PA, arrives in New York, meets the show's director, and is cast in the chorus line.  A bad break for the leading lady gives Peggy her chanc. Waukesha Civic Theatre; 4:00pm & 8:00pm; 262-547-0708; www.waukeshacivictheatre.org

05/17/09
Social Ballroom Dance

Complimentary West Cost Swing lesson presented by Cathy Blinko 4pm-5pm with paid admission; CD strict tempo ballroom dance music by Ron Kobiske.. 2301 Springdale Rd.; 5pm- 9pm; 414-383-9125;

05/17/09
Motor Madness

This amazing day of classic cars, trucks, engines and construction equipment is sure to delight the kid in everyone.  On display will be dozens of the vehicles of all kinds from the past, present and future!. Pewaukee Villiage Park; 1:00pm- 4:00pm; 262-695-9735; www.positivelypewaukee.com

05/17/09
42nd Street

Auditions for 1933's newest show, Pretty Lady, are nearly over when Peggy Sawyer, fresh off the bus from Allentown, PA, arrives in New York, meets the show's director, and is cast in the chorus line.  A bad break for the leading lady gives Peggy her chance. Waukesha Civic Theatre; 2:00pm & 7:00pm; 262-547-0708; www.waukeshacivictheatre.org

HHS celebrates Edington's life at Lady Highlander Invite

Homestead girls track and cross country

In a time of a crisis, when money is tight, jobs are uncertain and people are looking for any kind of ray of light, it's hard to find room for compassion sometimes.

But not when it concerns the Homestead and North Shore area girls track community. Just a sad two weeks past the funeral for Highlander distance coach Andy Edington, the kindness and the funds continue to flow in for his family.

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Did you know?

Tosa West boys basketball, Wauwatosa West girls basketball

When someone says Wauwatosa West senior guard Andy Minkley was the total package, they were not kidding. Not only on the court, but off it as well. Minkley, one of the key players on this season's Trojan team, had one of the prettiest outside shots in the area. He also imporved tremendously on the defensive end.

Minkley was recently nominated to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-State Team, one of 15 players selected from a group of 65 all-conference players from across the state in recognition for excellence both on and off the court.

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Registration for the Summer Storytimes, Book Buddies and Lunch Bunch Begins June 8th

SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM

"Be Creative @ Your Library" will be the theme for the summer library program at the Greendale Public Library, 5647 Broad Street.  The program will run from June 15th through August 21st.  Programs include Storytimes for ages 3 - 6, Book Buddies (2nd and 3rd level students), Lunch Bunch (4th, 5th and 6th level students), Reading Club and Terrific Tuesdays. 

 Registration for the storytime series (ages 3 - 6), Book Buddies (students entering grades 2 or 3 in the fall), and Lunch Bunch (students entering grades 4, 5 or 6 in the fall) begins on Monday, June 8th at 8:30 a.m. by phone (414 423-2136) or at 10:00 a.m. in person for Greendale residents.  E-mail registrations to grnd.ref@mcfls.org that are initiated after 8:30 a.m. June 8th will be accepted.  Registration for the general public begins on June 9th.  Registration for groups of 4 or more will begin on Wednesday, June 10th.  Enrollment is limited.The “Imagine, Create and Participate” storytime series (June 17th – July 23rd) will feature stories, songs, rhymes and crafts about colors, music, dance, imagination and more.  Children ages 3 - 6 may register for the six weekly sessions that will be held on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m., Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.  Caregivers may choose to attend/not attend, but are asked to remain in the building.The Book Buddies (students entering 2nd or 3rd grade) will meet for three weekly sessions on Mondays or Thursdays, June 22nd – July 9th, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Each participant will receive a paperback copy of the chosen book, Mr. Hynde is Out of His Mind! (My Weird School Series #6) by Dan Gutman.  In addition to the discussion there will be craft and game activities.  Bring your own lunch.  Beverage will be provided.  Mary Helen Block, Circulation and Technical Services Librarian will be the discussion leader.

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What's Happening: May 18 to May 25

05/18/09- 06/30/09
Almont Gallery "Runs with Scissors" Exhibit
Assemblage and Collage featuring Jill Verbick and Dara Chappie. 342 W Main St. Historic Downtown Waukesha; M-Thur 10am to 6pm Fri 10am to 8pm, Sat 10am to 4pm, Sun 12 to 4pm; 262-542-1522; www.almontgallery.org

05/21/09
42nd Street
Auditions for 1933's newest show, Pretty Lady, are nearly over when Peggy Sawyer, fresh off the bus from Allentown, PA, arrives in New York, meets the show's director, and is cast in the chorus line.  A bad break for the leading lady gives Peggy her chanc. Waukesha Civic Theatre; 7:30pm; 262-547-0708; www.waukeshacivictheatre.org

05/22/09
Morning Bird Hikes
They’re back!  Our frisky, feathered friends are back!  We’ll explore their habitats, welcome back spring migrants, and check on our year round residents.  Don’t forget your binoculars. $1 to participate.. Retzer Nature Center; 7:00am- 8:30am; 262-896-8007; www.waukeshacountyparks.com

05/22/09
42nd Street
Auditions for 1933's newest show, Pretty Lady, are nearly over when Peggy Sawyer, fresh off the bus from Allentown, PA, arrives in New York, meets the show's director, and is cast in the chorus line.  A bad break for the leading lady gives Peggy her chanc. Waukesha Civic Theatre; 8:00pm; 262-547-0708; www.waukeshacivictheatre.org

05/22/09- 05/24/09
Run 'O the Mill Pony Show
Waukesha County Expo Center; ; 262-896-8490; www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

05/23/09
Waukesha Farmers' Market
Eat Fresh, buy local with the Waukesha Farmers' Market on the banks of the Fox River. Fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and crafts available for purchase.. Riverfront Plaza, Historic Downtown Waukesha; 7:00am- 12:00pm; 262-549-6154; www.downtownwaukesha.com

05/23/09
42nd Street
Auditions for 1933's newest show, Pretty Lady, are nearly over when Peggy Sawyer, fresh off the bus from Allentown, PA, arrives in New York, meets the show's director, and is cast in the chorus line.  A bad break for the leading lady gives Peggy her chanc. Waukesha Civic Theatre; 2:00pm & 8:00pm; 262-547-0708; www.waukeshacivictheatre.org

05/24/09
42nd Street
Auditions for 1933's newest show, Pretty Lady, are nearly over when Peggy Sawyer, fresh off the bus from Allentown, PA, arrives in New York, meets the show's director, and is cast in the chorus line.  A bad break for the leading lady gives Peggy her chanc. Waukesha Civic Theatre; 2:00pm; 262-547-0708; www.waukeshacivictheatre.org

05/25/09
Waukesha Memorial Day Parade
Parade and ceremony at Veterns Park. Historic Downtown Waukesha; 10am; 262-549- 6154; www.downtownwaukesha.com

Enjoy the Water but Be Safe

May 18 - 24, 2009 is Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week.  The warmer weather will certainly be followed by many trips to the pool or beach.  So this is a very good time to consider healthy swimming behaviors that include ways to prevent recreational water illnesses and injuries.  These illnesses are spread by swallowing, breathing in vapors of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, water parks, spas, hot tubs, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, or oceans.  In addition, injuries at aquatic facilities can occur in or out of the water.

Recreational water illnesses are caused by germs like cryptosporidium, giardia, E.coli, and shigella and are spread by swallowing water that has been contaminated by fecal material.  Pool water is shared with everyone in the pool.  If someone with diarrhea contaminates the water, swallowing the water can make you sick.  The best way to prevent water illness is to keep the germs out of the pool in the first place.  Everyone can help by adopting these healthy behaviors:

  • Please don't swim if you have diarrhea.  This is especially important for children in diapers.
  • Please don't swallow pool water and try to avoid getting water in your mouth. 
  • Please practice good hygiene because germs on your body end up in the water.  Shower before swimming and wash your hands after toileting or changing diapers.
  • Please take your kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers often. 
  • Please change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area and not at poolside.
  • Please wash your children thoroughly (especially their bottoms) with soap and water before they go swimming. 
  • Please teach your children it is not acceptable to "pee in the pool".

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Summer Reading Program Coming Soon!!!

The Brown Deer Library's summer reading program will soon be here! And this year, it's not just for kids! There will also be a young adult summer reading program AND an adult reading program! Now everyone can get in on the fun!

 Information on these programs will be available in the library in the next week. So be sure to stop in!

Vandalism To Little Red Store / Reward Offered

Crime Stoppers, Vandalism

The Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers are offering a CASH REWARD OF UP TO $1,000.00 for information leading to an arrest in the vandalism incidents at 7720 Harwood Avenue, the newly remodeled Little Red Store. All information is anonymous and callers remain anonymous.

On May 2, 2009 and again on May 17, 2009 unknown Actors threw rocks through two windows of the building . Anyone with knowledge about either incident is asked to call the Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers at 414-771-TOSA (414-771-8672) to make an anonymous tip. If the tip leads to an arrest the tipster may be eligible for a cash reward.

Summer Storytimes for Ages 3, 4, 5 and 6 Begin June 17th

Imagine, Create & Participate Storytimes

 

June 17 – July 23

 

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BROWN DEER LIBRARY’S 1ST ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAM BEGINS JUNE 1st!

                                                                  

Using the “Be Creative @ the Library” statewide theme, this summer the Brown Deer Public Library will be introducing its first Summer Reading Program for Adults.

 

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North Shore girls track meet one for the record books

Homestead, Whitefish Bay and Germantown girls track

The same thing that was in the water at the girls North Shore Conference Outdoor track meet in 1988 must have been there on May 19 in Cedarburg, as a total of seven league marks, some of them as old as 21-years, were taken down at the eventful meet.

It was the same number of records that were set back in that pivotal year of 1988.

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What's Happening: May 26 to June 01

05/27/09
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, Waukesha; ; 414-640-6361; www.badgerland.org

05/28/09
Chef Dean Schmitz demonstrates "First Harvest Cooking"

Now the creativity and fun really starts. Seasonal Cooking with Dean Schmitz sponsored by The Black Trumpet & The Clarke Hotel number three in a four part series. Reservations required. Fee $10 per session; $5 for members. . Waukesha County Museum; 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.; 262-521-2859; www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

05/28/09
Pewaukee Lake 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. Pewaukee Lake; ; 414-322-8713; www.pewaukee.waterski.org

05/29/09
Morning Bird Hikes

They’re back!  Our frisky, feathered friends are back!  We’ll explore their habitats, welcome back spring migrants, and check on our year round residents.  Don’t forget your binoculars. $1 to participate.. Retzer Nature Center; 7:00am- 8:30am; 262-896-8007; www.waukeshacountyparks.com

05/29/09
Raku Night at The Potter's Shop

Purchase a piece of pottery (prices range), glaze and watch this Japanese firing process. Watch for free!. The Potter's Shop, Historic Downtown Waukesha; 6:00pm; 262-547-1920; www.clayartguild.com

05/30/09
Waukesha Farmers' Market

Eat Fresh, buy local with the Waukesha Farmers' Market on the banks of the Fox River. Fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and crafts available for purchase.. Riverfront Plaza, Historic Downtown Waukesha; 7:00am- 12:00pm; 262-549-6154; www.downtownwaukesha.com

Area boys track sectional has been a dominant force these past five years

Germantownermantown, Homestead, Menomonee Fallsenomonee Falls, Nicolet and Homestead and Whitefish Bay boys track

Arrowhead boys track coach Chris Herriot is a busy man these days, honing the skills of his powerful Classic 8 Conference champs for a run at the WIAA state championship.

And he knows he will get sturdy preparation in his chase for the gold ball when his team takes part in the withering crucible that will be the WIAA sectional meet at Homestead on Friday, May 29, the final qualifying test before state in La Crosse on June 5 and 6. The top three in each event, plus all those whose efforts are among the top eight of all sectionals statewide, will advance to La Crosse.

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