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Marian Devotion and Living Rosary at St. John Vianney on May 9

On Wednesday, May 9, St. John Vianney students will gather in the church at 1:30pm for the annual May Crowning celebration. There will be an opening hymn, first reading, responsorial psalm, Gospel reading, short homily and then the crowning rite.  An eighth grade girl and eighth grade boy have been selected by faculty to crown Mary and Baby Jesus.  They were selected using the virtues of Mary as they appear in the Bible as criteria for the selection.

The advanced strings will play Ave Maria, while the second grade and eighth grade students take their place for the living rosary.  The second grade students encircle the church, moving toward the altar and around the church as each prayer of the rosary is recited.

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This "MAY" be the Best Month at HAWS

HAWS, fundraise, Walk, Walkathon, adopt, MargaritaFest, events

HAWS declares this “may” be the best month of the year for the shelter!

The Friends of HAWS present the 29th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Sussex Village Park. Collect pledges or set up a personalized webpage – 100% of donations raised at the Walk are used for animal care and programs at HAWS. Details at the Walkathon webpage of

Kids ‘N Critters Summer Camps start soon – send your child to this fully interactive experience! Sessions for ages 7-14 run from 2 to 5 days and include animal interaction, training, games, field trips and more. Detailed information and registration available at or by calling 262-542-8851, x118.

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center “brings happy tails to you!”  Join the crew at New Berlin Safety Saturday on May 19th and at Pugfest on May 20th. And, again this year, HAWS is the special beneficiary of Casa del Rio’s annual MargaritaFest the weekend of May 18 - 19! Check out all the Mobile stops at

Highlights from HAWS’ May Calendar:
- “Tame the Tiger in Your House” on May 14 – at this FREE seminar featuring Victoria Papa from Cats International. Call Khris at 262-542-8851, x118 to register.
- The Friends of HAWS monthly meeting is May 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the shelter.
Pedicures for both Cats and Small Animal are available, both at HAWS’ shelter and offsite.  Check HAWS’ Events calendar for dates/locations.
- The First Aid for Pets session will be offered on May 19.  Register at 262-879-0165.
- GPA’s monthly Greyhound Meet’n’Greet at HAWS is May 26. Learn about adoption of this “greyt” breed!

All the details, times and registration for all HAWS events are available at

By the way - Be prepared for seasonal weather and outdoor emergencies. Have an emergency kit stocked with basic pet needs including medications, food and water. Also research emergency housing options for your pet; have a back-up person ready if you are unable to take care of your pet. Do a quick survey of landscaping, fences, patios, decks and garage areas for hazards like toxic plants/bedding; easy-to-find fertilizers; sharp tools, edges and splintering wood. Make sure outside play time is safe time!

Wisconsin Technology Initiative Visits Elmbrook Schools

The School District of Elmbrook was proud to host a visit by the Wisconsin Technology Initiative (WTI) this week. WTI representatives toured Dixon and Swanson Elementary Schools, where teachers showcased technology tools including ipads, SMART Boards, SMART Document Cameras and SMART Response Systems.

SMART Cameras

WTI provided a $50,000 technology grant to the district this year, which completed the Elmbrook Education Foundation's campaign to equip every elementary school classroom with a SMART Document Camera. SMART Document Cameras are able to project text from a book, three-dimensional objects, a student’s written work or a teacher’s original work onto a SMART Board at a magnified level for all students to see. Content and images displayed on the SMART Board can then be captured digitally to allow for group editing, saving for later use, or sharing across classrooms. Ultimately, the document camera supports a greater level of student engagement and increased understanding through its responsiveness to just-in-time classroom learning needs.  It also supports the ability to deliver lessons to a large group that previously were only possible in a small group format.

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The Shire is on the Plan Commission schedule for Monday, May 7

The Shire

Right there next to the Mosque on the agenda, which sadly I can't link yet because it's not on the city's website.

I would love to tell you what's in the staff report, but the writing is so convoluted I haven't figured it out yet. What I think is there (I will retract if I am wrong) is that

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It's Weed Out time at Mary Knoll Park, Sat., May 12, 2012

Brookfield, Gardening, Helping others

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This Saturday, Patty Gerner* and area volunteers are meeting at Mary Knoll Park for their annual Garlic Mustard Pull: a.k.a. the Weed-Out. Consider joining in and don't worry if you don't know anything about garlic mustard because Patty (and usually Gary Majeskie from Park & Rec. Forestry Department) will give instructions on how to recognize the weeds and pull them out. 

The Weed Out is held rain or shine (aren't we all hoping for shine?) from 9am to noon. Big collection bags are provided by the Park & Rec. Department and disposal is taken care of too. Do wear gardening clothes, and gardening gloves are a good idea too.

In recent years, Boy Scout Troop 23 and other hardy men have dialed-up the weed out a notch to include bushwhacking: digging/pulling out invasive Buckthorn trees and Honeyscukle bushes. Both of these invasive plants produce numerous berries that the birds eat. Unfortunately, though the birds gobble them up, the berries cause digestive distress (I am trying to be polite here) and they get no nutritional value from them. These trees and bushes easily take over and crowd out native plants that would nourish the wildlife. So Patty's husband, Scott Gerner, the scouts, and crew have started in an area near the tennis courts removing these offenders.

Because of the early spring weather, the garlic mustard is ahead of schedule this year. It is already in bloom, which makes it easy to spot. The rainy weather we have had should make it easy to pull out.

 So consider joining us this Saturday at Mary Knoll Park, 615 S. Sunnyslope Road, just south of the I-94 overpass bridge, in Brookfield. I've been to most of the Weed Outs and it's always been an enjoyable workday, not to mention a great opportunity to learn about these invaders so you can keep them out of your yard.

*Patty Gerner, affectionately known as the Garlic Mustard Lady, lives near Mary Knoll Park and was saddened to see the native wild flowers that grow there crowded out by the garlic mustard. She began her one woman campaign against this pest in 1997. Patty enlisted the help of her family, some friends, and then the Park & Rec. Department, giving her disposal support. From that effort, the Weed-Out was born. Thanks to her tenacity, the wildflowers have made a real comeback and now we are able to work on new areas in the park.

Past Garlic Mustard Posts with photos:
3rd Annual Weed Out (with photos)
It is worth saving (pictures from Weed Out and wildflowers)
Oh, the shame! (photos and tips for evicting Garlic Mustard)

Weed control links: Garlic Mustard and garlic mustard's pretty cousin, Dame's Rocket. (It can take over native areas too.) Garlic mustard should be thrown in the trash and labeled Garlic Mustard: Do not compost.

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Adopt 4 Little Paws from HAWS...this Saturday at our R

Honorariums Fuel Legacy for Elmbrook: Retirements, Bil Zahn, Hillside, etc.

The Elmbrook Education Foundation promotes educational excellence throughout all 11 Elmbrook Schools through its Educational Grant and Continuing Education Scholarship Programs. The Foundation’s primary areas of interest include Innovative Instruction, Teaching Excellence and Continuing Education. The Foundation administers funds on behalf of the community to support these areas of interest to help sustain the quality of the Elmbrook School District.  These funds are often developed through honorariums for those that have had an impact on Elmbrook or to support the Foundation's efforts to sustain the quality of the community's public schools.

Continuing Education Scholarships

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Where is the spring prep sports going?

tennis, golf, track, baseball, soccer, softball

In most successful business, you have to look ahead. Recently while working on some scheduling and assignments, I did a double-take. Conference Championships for boys tennis, boys golf and boys and girls track and field begin next week!

It seems like we're just getting into the spring season, but conference championships mean the regular season is over folks.

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Adopt 4 Little Paws from HAWS!

HAWS, adopt, hamsters, gerbils, rats, rodents, rally, margarita, margaritafest, Casa del Rio

The Roborovski Dwarf Hamster sisters.HAWS has so many adorable little pets available for adoption that we're having a "RODENT RALLY" this Saturday, 5/12,  from 11am - 4pm.

Come meet the Roborovski Hamster Sisters, pictured at top, or mingle with Sprite the Mouse, or get rowdy with the Yanet Rat Family (also pictured)!  Check them out, along with all the other great adoptable HAWS' pets at our Pet Showcase.

As a Rally special, aThe Yanet rat familyll little pets will go home with a bonus gift.  HAWS' Small Animal Ward Volunteers will be on hand to answer all your questions and make sure you're set for life with your new little best friend.

And don't forget:  you can visit all the adoptables at
HAWS - 7 days a week at our shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, or 24/7/365 at our website,

By the way – don’t miss Casa del Rio’s annual MargaritaFest weekend – next Friday and Saturday, May 18-19.  Again this year, HAWS is the beneficiary for this fabulous community event…talk about FUN-draising!!!  We’ll see you there.

Fest for the Pets!

HAWS, adopt, fundraise, Pet First Aid, MargaritaFest 2012, Casa del Rio

HAWS is excited to announce that we have again been chosen as the beneficiary of Casa del Rio’s annual Margaritafest, the weekend fundraising party at the popular Waukesha restaurant!

The event runs this Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 408 E. Main Street, Waukesha.  Friday’s festivities run from 4 - 11pm and feature FREE admission with a donated item from HAWS' Wish List.  The cookout will include a trivia contest at 6:30pm, raffle prizes, giveaways and music by Los Guys from 7 - 11pm.  The Bacardi Girls will keep things hopping at the outside bar area.

On Saturday, the action happens between 2 - 11pm, with a Zumba Dance Workout kicking things off from 2-4pm.  The evening will again include a cookout, outside bar, more trivia (6:30pm) and raffle prizes, music by Sound Therapy from 7-11pm and a visit from the Jose Cuervo Girls.

Proceeds from the weekend and sales from raffle tickets will be donated to HAWS. HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center will have pictures of adoptable pets at HAWS on display, and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the shelter and it’s programs for the community.

Cover charge for Margaritafest 2012 is $3.  Join us and "Fest for the pets!!!"

By the way - Also this weekend, at the HAWS' shelter at 701 Northview Road, we'll be hosting our usual Pet First Aid class (1-4pm) and our Small Pet Pedicures (9:30-10:30am).  All the details for these and other HAWS' programs are available on our Upcoming Events calendar on our website!

St. Mary's Visitation - First Holy Communion, 6th grade girls high school academic challenge

Here's the latest from St. Mary's Visitation School in Elm Grove -

First Holy Communion Celebrated on Sunday, May 6th at St. Mary's Visitation Church.  Congratulations to our second graders!

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Great auction items for a good price - Go fishing with Uecker

The Central 4Ward, a group of supporters of Brookfield Central High School, have developed a 5-year plan to enhance and grow the athletic facilities at the high school. With the first Hall of Fame banquet coming up Saturday, the will be a silent auction to help raise money.

I thought it would be fun to list some of the items - there are some cool things to bid on for a good cause.

  • A once in a lifetime opportunity! Group of four (4) will have the ability to join Milwaukee Brewers Radio Broadcaster, Bob Uecker, on his personal boat and fish on Lake Michigan. Food and beverages will be provided. Date to be mutually agreed upon, but experience cannot take place on a weekend and the Brewers have to be on a homestand. Value: Minimum Bid: $6,000.

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Silence of the Issues

There has been a Silence of the Issues that affect every American in one way or another. Candidates for federal offices who seek to take a peek at D.C. avoid these issues that will not go away. Either they have no position and prefer the status quo or they are afraid to lose supporters and voters. By listing some of those issues i encourage you to add more silent issues that are being avoided or pushed to the side. This list is only the tip of the iceberg.

1. CRIME. congress wears the blinders and fudges the statistics.

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Classy girls soccer coach makes right decision

Brookfield Central girls soccer coach Jason Burdge had a tough decision to make Tuesday night. His team was leading, 1-0, against Wauwatosa East at Whitman field and the game was called with 32 minutes left to play because of lightning and heavy rain.

The game was official, but Burdge, knowing the importance of the match on the Greater Metro Conference race - Central (4-0-1) and East (5-0) - agreed to finish out the match the next day.

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Job Fair for Brookfield's new Target store: May 24 - 26, 2012

Brookfield, Development, Special events

The new Target Store at Underwood Crossing is progressing nicely: the parking lot is underway, the lights and signs are going up, landscaping is going in. Things look good for a July opening, and as the banner sign states, it's now time to hire the staff. 

The Job Fair will take place at the Country Inn & Suites Hotel on Moorland, just north of Greenfield Ave. in Brookfield this Thursday and Friday from 11:30am to 6:30pm and on Saturday from 9:30am to 4:30pm. The sign states application can be made in advance on their website.

Speaking of progress, Trader Joe's has obtained their permit and work appears to be starting on that site on the northeast corner. Trader Joes should be open by October.


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St. Mary's Visitation wraps up another great year of learning and adventures!

St. Mary's Visitation School

What a great year!  We had one of the best school year's ever at St. Mary's Visitation.  We love our principal, Mrs. Mary Tretow and we had a school year filled with academic achievements and loads of fun.  Thank you Mrs. Tretow!!!

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Random thoughts before wedding 3

spring sports

I'm stepping on a plane in a few hours with my family to fly to California where my oldest son Marty is getting married on Memorial Day. That's 3 weddings in 3 years. My IRA has turned into my wedding fund. My wife didn't tell me about this stuff when she said she wanted 4 kids.

I thought I woud share some thoughts with you before I left.

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Some Thoughts on Memorial Day

Some of my thoughts on this Memorial Day are with the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the USA in a non-partisan way. There are no political campaigns in the military which is made up of people, both men and women, of more social and ethnic diversity then we have in the civilian sector. Just imagine a military that engaged in the social and political issues that the civilian population does each day. Through hell and high water the military has survived the hatred that some people in the civilian population have for each other. We should be proud to have two major political parties that anyone can join or not join without government interference.

Being a Republican or a Democrat does not mean that you and your party agenda is always right.

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Memorial Day - And Remembering

St. Augustine was not just a theologian; the 5th Century Bishop was one of the great philosophers of Western antiquity.  In his epic work The City of God, he wrote of how the human capacity of memory, the power to first recall and then reflect upon things past, was one of the singular capabilities things that set man apart form the beasts.   

The origin of Memorial Day lies in the war torn Confederacy when in May of 1862, a group of Confederate widows spent a day decorating the graves of their fallen husbands.  The tradition took hold and became known throughout the South as Decoration Day.  By the 1880’s this practice evolved into Memorial Day, and ever since, May 30 has been the day established to recognize and remember our Nation’s fallen Veterans.

I take the name of this article from the ancient lines of the Greek Poet Simonides:

“Go tell the Spartans, those that passeth by,
That here, obedient to their laws, we lie”.

These lines refer to King Leonidas and his heroic group of three hundred Spartans who blocked the Pass of Thermopylae, protecting their homeland from the advance of Xerxes’ Persian Army. They knew they would die and yet chose to stay.   They did so because they were raised to believe some things were worth more than their lives.

On Memorial Day of 2008 I think of many people. I think first of my father, father-in-law, and two uncles, World War Two Veterans all.  And I think of Brookfield Central Lancer and US Army Sergeant Scott Brown, and remember his young family.

I think of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, who penned their names to a document ending with the words “and to this Declaration we pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor”.  For their audacity in signing, many would dangle at the end of a British rope.  Today, as we watch the pathetic saga of John Edward's trial unfold, we remember an age in which the political leaders of our yet unformed Nation actually believed that.  

I think of the private in the United States Army of the Potomac, writing a letter to his young wife and four sons just a few days before his death at Gettysburg; a missive of such pure and evocative beauty that it transcends our physical experience.  I remember standing in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, gazing in slack-jawed, stupefied awe at Michelangelo’s Pieta, all but waiting for the life-like marble to rise and speak.  I remember wondering how a man could create such beauty with naught but stone, hammer, and chisel.  But even The Pieta did not have the impact upon me that Gettysburg did.  Standing there on that Pennsylvania ground, soil soaked and consecrated with the blood of 50,000; I remember thinking I would not want to meet the person who could stand there and remain unmoved.  And I remember murmuring to myself the words of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as I scanned the rolling countryside.   
I think of Sigfried Sassoon, the World War One British Infantry Officer who risked his life, leaving the safety of his trench to find his wounded friend.   Amidst the horrific carnage Sassoon found his bleeding comrade, who with his dying breath looked up at him and murmured, “I knew you would come”.

I think of Winston Churchill, alone and magnificent, defying Hitler as he proclaimed to the imperiled Free World, “We shall never surrender”.


I think of Douglas MacArthur, America’s greatest soldier and a distant relative of Churchill's.  I envision him in his eighties on the plain of West Point where Brookfield East graduate Jon Lehman now marches, jaw still firm and shoulders square as he gave his last public address to the graduating Cadets, proclaiming as the theme of his address: “Duty, Honor, Country”.

I think of the opening scenes of Spielberg’s masterpiece Saving Private Ryan, filmed at the American Cemetery at Normandy.  I hear the rustle of the enormous, overarching American flags lofting in the Channel-fed breezes as they kept their watchful, silent vigil over the fallen.

I think of another cemetery - Arlington National - a place of such reverential beauty that it beggars description. The Cemetery rests upon land that once belonged to the family of Robert E. Lee; it was confiscated by the Federal Government after the Civil War.  I suspect that Lee would approve of how his land is being used.
For all our Veterans, living and dead, and for all who serve now, our gratitude is so inadequate.  Yet it is all we can offer. 
And so - let us remember.

Marquette poll: Walker up 7%, but what about voter fraud?

2012, Elections, THE ECONOMY, TAXES, WISCONSIN, Conservatives

One would have to be living under a rock to not know the eyes of the nation are upon Wisconsin's Walker recall election on June 5th. It's not often the Weekly Standard covers our elections in such detail: Tom Barrett Fires Blanks at Scott Walker... and Barrett Can't Name Any Schools Hurt by Walker....

Emotions are running high with campaign ads bombarding the airwaves, the mailbox stuffed with politician post cards, and political phone calls (live and robo) taunting us from morning to night. Everyone in Wisconsin who votes needs to vote for 2 separate races: Governor AND Lt. Governor. For me that would be Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch. In areas where there is also a State Senate recall, they will need to vote for State Senator too. Without our Republican Senators holding their seats, Wisconsin can forget any major legislation passing. (Margins are already razor thin--remember the jobs creating mining bill defeat?)

One thing is for certain--I think we will all breathe a sigh of relief when this is over. I hope I will be smiling when the results are in. 

But turnout is key to a Walker win. Though the latest Marquette University Law School poll shows Walker at 52% to Barrett's 45%, with a margin of error of +/- 4.1% points, I am very concerned about the percentage of fraudulent votes cast for Barrett. So we have to outvote the fraud. If you want to help get out the vote in support of the Governor, the GOP Victory Centers are still looking for people to man the phones from 9am - 9pm to make calls from now through Tuesday.

Now if we had our Voter ID law in place, I would be breathing a little easier right now. But with reports of the huge numbers of early voting going on by the busload in Madison and Milwaukee, including Memorial Day, I am uneasy. They usually say Republicans need to outvote Democrats by about 2% to counter voter fraud. In this recall election, I think that percentage will be much higher. Let's face it, without a photo ID, casting a vote at a City Hall--as someone other than yourself--is much easier than at the poll on election day, where poll workers are often familiar with the voters in their wards.

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