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How Often Should a Tree be Pruned?

By: Jean Ferdinandsen WI-0149A

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Canine Play, Play, PLAY with Dr. Patricia McConnell!

HAWS, adopt, Dr. Patricia McConnell, play, Essential Oils, Pet Fair, Ride for Rover

On Thursday, August 16, at 6:30pm, don't miss the opportunity to join Patricia McConnell at HAWS for an evening talk on Canine Play! Play! Play!

Play is fun, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just goofy or frivolous!  Play is powerful stuff, and it has a profound influence on your relationship with your dog.  Learn how play can enhance your relationship with your dog, improve your dog’s responsiveness and provide your dog with the mental and physical exercise they need.  We’ll talk about up-to-date research on how to tell your dog you want to play (most of us aren’t very good at it!), some charming tricks and games to wow your friends, and most importantly, how NOT to play with your dog.  If you'd like a happier, more responsive dog and a closer relationship with each other, then this talk is for you.

The registration fee is $40.00.  Pre-registration is required and is available online or by contacting Khris Erickson, HAWS' Humane Educator, at 262-542-8851, x118.

Patricia McConnell, PhD, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, (CAAB) has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals.  She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training, and for her engaging and knowledgeable dog training books, DVDs and seminars.  For 14 years she dispensed advice about behavior problems, and information about animal behavior research, on Wisconsin Public Radio's Calling All Pets, which was heard in over 110 cities around the country.  Dr. McConnell has presented seminars all over the United States and in Canada, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Belgium, Scotland and New Zealand.

Books and DVDs will be available for purchase, and Dr. McConnell will sign books after her talk!  Please join us!

By the way - If you haven't already, check out HAWS' awesome August happenings!  An "Essential Oils" seminar is on the 17th, our Pet Fair and Ride for Rover "merge" on the 18th, Puppy Parties happen every Sunday evening...and our Mobile Adoption Center is all over, bringing happy tails to you!

Members of Congress Seek Limits on Speech

Constitution, first amendment, Free press, free speech

Entry 153

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DNR sued over wolf hunting rules; WHS a plaintiff in lawsuit

Wisconsin Humane Society Joins Lawsuit to Protect Wisconsin’s Dogs

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Of Cartels and Cobras

Frederick Forsyth is a master of the international crime and espionage genre.  The English novelist burst upon the scene in 1971 with his iconic and defining work, The Day of the Jackal, and followed it up with best-selling blockbusters like The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, Icon, the The Fist of God, and several others.  All of these works are fictionalized dramatizations of very real global issues or events.  As tremendous as his novels are, in my view, his finest work is found in his shorter stories and novelettes, with tales like The Emperor and Whispering Wind remaining on my perpetual "re-read" list.

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Governor Thompson for US Senate

My endorsement for the US Senate primary election goes to Governor Tommy Thompson over the other Republican primary candidates.

As Governor Mr. Thompson served both his political party and the state well enough to be re-elected each time he ran.

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Mark Neumann for U.S. Senate

Ok, a disclaimer. This is the first time I've tried to upload a photo with a post, and I have no idea where the darn thing is going to land! So to start, I want to make sure all of you know of the internet "Hey Girl" meme (rhymes with seem) that's out there for Paul Ryan. What a way to put a laugh into a day!

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Leaf Spots, Early Fall Colors, Leaf Drop, Oh My! and The Tall Stately Man

By: Anthony Arnoldi, Board-Certified Master Arborist WI-0102B

It has been increasing ever since the middle of summer – trees showing greater and greater amounts of stress as summer has worn on. The number of concerned calls we received inquiring as to the reasons for this have increased right along with these symptoms.

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Aug. 14, 2012 Primary picks--it's still Eric Hovde, Rob Hutton, plus others

2012, Conservatives, WISCONSIN, United States

Listed below are my picks for the major races on today's Partisan Primary Ballot for the southern half of Brookfield. You can find your sample ballot, voting place, and status by filling out your information here, then click on your name, and then click on the View sample ballot link toward the bottom of the next page.

Since this is a partisan primary, a party preference must be declared. Crossover voting will not be allowed.

First race on the ballot and on everyone's mind is the US Senate race, so I will start there.


A month ago, I was pretty sure I was voting for Eric Hovde for U.S. Senate. Now it is the big day, and Eric Hovde still has my vote. If you still are undecided, the following is for your consideration. Not only is he the most likable of the 4 men running, I believe he is the best equipped to do the job in the US Senate and deal with the difficulties our nation faces. His strong business bent will compliment the Romney / Ryan ticket well.

A few days ago, I heard the first airing of Wisconsin State Senators Leah Vukmir and Glenn Grothman's radio ad endorsing Eric Hovde for U.S. Senate. I knew Vukmir was backing Hovde for months; Glenn Grothman's support was news to me.  Since I consider Leah Vukmir and Glenn Grothman 2 of Wisconsin's leading conservative Senators in Madison, I value their opinions.  Here is their radio ad:


Grothman also stated: "'I have gotten to know Eric Hovde quite a bit during the past eight months... His knowledge of the issues is amazing. His interest in small community banks gives him a special understanding of some of the bailouts of reckless and well-connected institutions. It also gives him knowledge of our monetary system that is probably unmatched in Congress. Simply put, we need Eric Hovde,' "

Vukmir and Hovde also made this ad. Listen  as did State Senator Frank Lasee.

We need people who are well versed in banking and business practices in Washington. For example, Hovde has been criticized for not signing Grover Norquist's anti-tax "'Taxpayer Protection Pledge' which commits candidates to opposing any legislation that would result in any type of tax increase." The other 3 candidates have signed it. But when Hovde explained his reasons for not doing so, I realized just how complex this issue is and how right he was to reject it.

Here is Hovde's explanation to Green Bay conservative talk show host Jerry Bader: 
"...Norquist’s pledge simply protects the status quo, in which politically connected corporations carve out giant loopholes in the tax code. When anybody attempts to close those loopholes, Norquist brands them as 'tax hikers.' ”

“Behind the story with Grover Norquist is he’s funded by giant corporations that have created loopholes in our tax system,' said Hovde. 'We need to lower the rates, but we also have to get rid of the corporate welfare. How is a small business going to compete if they’re trying to compete against General Electric, that in some years, pays nothing because they can buy off Washington politicians?' "

The thing that really made me shake my head in disgust was when Hovde cited this example: "...last year... Senate Republicans pushed to eliminate $6 billion in ethanol tax credits. ...but Norquist insisted that eliminating any type of tax credit amounted to a tax increase and thus opposed the measure."

WISN's Jay Weber interviewed Eric Hovde on his radio show last week. The interview was about 15 minutes long. Listen  I think it will help voters gain a better sense of who Eric Hovde is, what he stands for, and how he is best suited for the job.

So by this time tomorrow, we should know who our candidate is for the November election against liberal Tammy Baldwin. The good news is that any one of the 4 Republicans running  will be vastly better than Baldwin and than our current Senator Herb Kohl. But I hope Wisconsin doesn't just settle for the better when they could have the best.

Website: Eric Hovde U.S. Senate  Issues page
Past Post: For me, it's Hovde, Fitzgerald, Neumann, Thompson, in that order

Jim Sensenbrenner is running unopposed, but he still gets my support!

This is an open seat due to redistricting. The district now includes southern Brookfield, Elm Grove, Wauwatosa, West Allis and Milwaukee. In Brookfield, it combined the southern half of the former 98th and former 14th Districts..

As I wrote before, I was not too pleased when I was redistricted out of the 14th Assembly District, because that meant I lost my Rep. Dale Kooyenga. But Conservative Rob Hutton seems to be a very worthy replacement. He is in fact endorsed by Representative Kooyenga, as well as former State Senator Ted Kanavas. And like Dale Kooyenga, Hutton is getting to know the residents in this newly drawn district by going door to door. Hutton has visited  over 7,000 homes, because he believes that "The times we live in are difficult and people are weary of negative television and radio ads [and repetitive Robo-calls].  Physically talking to people and really listening to what are their top-of-mind issues brings our whole system into perspective."

For constituents who live outside of Brookfield and don't know much about Hutton's more prominent opponent, Tom Schellinger, let me just say he is Brookfield's perennial candidate, often running for multiple races--sometimes 3 at a time! In 2005, his antics captured the attention of Journal Sentinel columnist Laurel Walker. She poked fun at his efforts in a piece titled, If at first you don't succeed, run again. She referred to Schellinger as "Waukesha County's own Harold Stassen."

Things haven't changed over the years. This year he ran unopposed for Waukesha County Supervisor and Brookfield Alderman. Though there was little chance he would regain his twice lost Alderman seat, I believed if he won, the dual role would be a conflict of interest. So I wrote: Conflict of interest? Schellinger for County Supervisor & Brookfield

I believe being my County Supervisor AND Wisconsin Assembly Representative would also create a conflict of interest. Plus, what kind of person would run unopposed for County Supervisor, knowing he would win that race, and run for Alderman in that same spring election, while planning all along to also run for the Wisconsin Assembly?

Then there is the issue of his campaign style: Schellinger sinks to new low with misleading campaign literature (Includes many links to past posts)

But conflict of interest and misleading campaign literature aside, just what kind of Assembly Representative would Schellinger make? Perhaps his failed 2010 bid for Mayor of Brookfield might give you some insights. (He again was running for multiple races that year.) The Candidate Forum consisted of the 4 men in the race and questions were put to each one. I remember it became almost laughable when Schellinger answered many times that his idea, his solution to whatever the question was to study the issue.

For example, when the question was whether a high speed rail stop in Brookfield would have a positive or negative impact on our city, he answered, "'I think this is going to be a very interesting debate for the community.' He says he'd like to appoint a task force with voices from across the community to look at the positives and negatives.'" He couldn't give his opinion. Knowing what our Republican legislators went through in Madison this past term, the death threats, the occupation, the tension, I cannot imagine Schellinger being a good fit for the task.

Rob Hutton Website: Conservative Republican for Wisconsin State Assembly 13th District
Facebook: Rob Hutton
Past Post: Rob Hutton for Wisconsin Assembly District 13, Vote Aug. 14, 2012
Dale Kooyenga was my former representative in Madison prior to the recent redistricting. He represents northern Brookfield and Wauwautosa
Past Post: Sept. 7, 2010 "I have decided on Dale Kooyenga. Rarely have I ever seen a candidate campaign as energetically and effectively as Kooyenga has, which hopefully will translate into how hard he will work for us in Madison! It isn't just his energy though, it is his platform and endorsements that resonate with me..."
Representative Dale Kooyenga Home Page

Don Pridmore is a solid conservative: pro-life, pro-family, fiscally responsible and stood with Gov. Walker during the Act 10 ordeal. He represents the Menomonee Falls/Lisbon/Richfield area. Pridemore is endorsed by the Menomonee Falls Taxpayer Association
Don Pridemore for Assembly

Gina Kozlik is endorsed by the Menomonee Falls Taxpayer Association
GINA KOZLIK The Right Choice

Michael Starich is endorsed by the Menomonee Falls Taxpayer Association

There are a number of other races on the ballot unopposed. With little exception, I usually leave them blank unless I know who they are and support their candidacy.

I am curious what voter turnout will be compared to our spring primary.  Polls close at 8pm., we will know soon after that.

Sorry for the delay in posting this, I had trouble logging in!

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Get Your Motor Running to the Pet Fair This Saturday!

HAWS, Pet Fair, Ride for Rover, motorcycle, adopt, pets, Daisy Chain, Rotary Park

HAWS is "merging" 2 fun events for 1 great time this Saturday!

A FREE event, HAWS’
Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 18th at Rotary Park (Fond du Lac Ave. west of Lilly Rd.).  This event features all things for the pet and pet lover, with more than 50 vendors and information booths, great food, prizes and activities.  Special guest Marilynn Mee of Classic Hits WKLH will host the adoptables parade, showcasing pets looking for their new fur-ever homes!  Nancy G. Photography will be on hand for pet portraits, and owners receive a free 5x7 print of their pet with a donated item from
HAWS’ Wish List.  Pets are welcome to attend with their owners, but must be kept on a 6’ lead or in a kennel/carrier.  (Owners are responsible for clean-up after their pets; attendees are invited to take the Paws Pledge for Cleaner Water.) 

Making August 18th even more exciting for HAWS, the third annual
Ride for Rover motorcycle rally will also be rumbling through the area that day!  The Ride starts at Hal’s Harley-Davidson at 9:00 a.m. and ends at the Pet Fair with a party featuring live music by Daisy Chain.  This ride is open not just to motorcycle enthusiasts but to anyone who would like to support HAWS and partners Friends of M.A.D.A.C.C./B.A.D.  Register at the event website,, or at; the fee of $20/driver and $10/additional rider include the official Ride for Rover t-shirt and a goody bag.  Visit all the Ride Stops (including Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa, Friends of Nature – Genesee and Central Bark – Sussex) and complete a “Ride Game Board” while on the road to win a flat screen TV, a party at Casa del Rio, bar tabs at other local favorite spots and more.

We hope you'll join us!

Fall Internship Opportunity with the Elmbrook Education Foundation

The Foundation is committed to helping Elmbrook students with their post-secondary education.  In addition to the EEF's community wide scholarship program, we offer an internship program to provide professional work experience to assist graduates in finding future employment.   Many technical schools and universities provide credit for internships but require that the student find the internship opportunity on their own. 

If you know of an Elmbrook alumnus attending school locally who would benefit from this opportunity, please let them know!  Additional information about the internship can be found on the volunteer page of the EEF website.  Those who are interested in exploring an internship opportunity with the EEF, should email a cover letter and resume to the EEF at  We will be placing 1-2 fall interns (September – January) and 1-2 winter/spring interns (February-May).  Those not attending school locally but interested in a summer internship in 2013 should contact the Foundation in May of 2013 to see if there is an opening.

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Elections, Comments, Baseball and Civility

Pet Calendar Contest - Now accepting entries!

wisconsin humane society

Models Wanted: Clothing Optional
The Wisconsin Humane Society’s Calendar Contest is Underway!


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Another roundabout slated for Brookfield Road and North Ave.

Stupid blog software. Once again I had a post written that poof! Disappeared.

1) Public Works, to my surprise, wants the Council to recommend a roundabout to the County for Brookfield Road and North Avenue. There was one vote against, but I can't tell you who because the minutes aren't available online.

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Great 1st week for Romney / Ryan ticket

Conservatives, 2012, Elections, Government / Bureaucracy, TAXES, THE ECONOMY, United States

What a great first week Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan had.*  In fact, I would say, adding Paul Ryan to the ticket has reset the Romney campaign: Picking Paul Ryan as VP has removed all doubts about Mitt Romney's resolve to scale back big government and cut our out of control debt.

It is clear Romney and Ryan don't want to get into the gutter of negative campaigning, rather, they just want to talk about the real issues threatening America's future: jobs, the economy, entitlements, etc.

It is exciting to see Americans responding to their message in such a positive way. I saw this excitement for myself at the Romney / Ryan rally at the Waukesha Expo last Sunday. True, this was in the heart of Republican Waukesha County, but not everyone of the 12,000+ was from Waukesha. I heard some in line talking about how they came from Wausau, Racine, and West Bend.

The place was packed. I was close enough to catch a glimpse of the candidates, and it was plain to see Mitt Romney truly admires Paul Ryan. I can only compare it to maybe a father proudly looking at his son.

The Ryan pick has boosted a cautiously hopeful Romney campaign to one that Republicans and Independents can be energized about. I saw a little bit of that energy even on election eve 4 years ago. Excerpts from It made me feel better: Palin 2012 Ryan, a past post will explain:

"On election eve, I quickly made this campaign button to illustrate my hopes for the 2012 ticket. I wore it to the Waukesha Republican Victory Party.

"Barely there 2 minutes, a few women from the Waukesha Republican Party and I started talking. ...Then they spotted my button, and their eyes lit up. Where did you get that? I said I made it. They definitely liked the idea. These ladies were not alone. In the course of the evening, my humble button received enthusiastic support.

"I know many blame Governor Sarah Palin for McCain's loss on Tuesday. But that sentiment shows how little those naysayers understand conservatives. It was very clear to me that fellow volunteers at the phone bank were there only because of Sarah, not McCain. Same with rally attendees.

"As Senator John McCain gave his concession speech that night, he took the full blame for his failure to win. Amongst the Waukesha Republican faithful watching on the big screen, there was no murmur in the audience to the contrary. When McCain thanked Governor Palin, the audience cheered. You would think BBC reporter Ali Reed was there in the room with us. ...he reported the same reaction:

'The sombre air at Senator John McCain's concession speech was momentarily pierced by cheer as Mr McCain spoke about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.'

"The Wall Street Journal would like to see Congressman Paul Ryan become the House Minority Leader. (Ryan is not interested.) But they see Paul Ryan as many of us do, a rising star on the Republican horizon. Ryan for the Republicans, The party needs an economic spokesman:

'... the Republican Party faces a choice. It can put the loss down to the country's fatigue with the Bush Administration and the bad luck of running amid a financial panic and shrug it off. Or it can choose a new direction, with new leadership, and retake the high ground it once occupied, especially on the economy.
...Mr. Ryan's economic knowledge and youthful energy make him the best choice [for Minority Leader] to pull his party in a more promising direction.'

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Adopt 4 Paws from HAWS - Charlie is waiting!

HAWS, adopt, pit bull, Romp the Runway, fundraiser, dog, pets

This special boy is just one of the many awesome pets available for adoption at HAWS!

Meet Charlie, a 7-years-young Pit Bull.  He hasn't been hanging out with us at HAWS for too long...but we didn't need much time at all to fall in love with him.  And pamper him (as evidenced by these pictures)!

Charlie is a well-mannered dog by ANY standards, and would work well in many households.  He's lovable and loving.

Charlie says:
"Just look at my face!!!  I am Charlie and if you are looking for the 'perfect pit'...I am it!  Somehow I managed to wind up here at HAWS.  Don't get me wrong, it's GREAT here, but I am a family dog and deserve the best family ever.  Please read up on my breed and remember lots of people don't get that Pits can be sweet and calm....and that's totally me!  I am good with cats and other dogs and kids are fine, but not ones that are too small.  (I am strong and can knock the little ones over.)  Stop in and see me - I am just the BEST!

HAWS is open 7 days a week for viewing and adoption - what are you waiting for?!?!

By the way - reserve your spot on the runway today!  HAWS fashionable fundraiser, Romp the Runway, is Friday, September 28, from 5:30-8:30pm at Silver Spring Country Club.  A fashion show featuring styles from local boutiques is accompanied by cocktails, appetizers, silent and live auctions and more.  Join us - admission is $75 per person, and VIP tables are available!

New Elm Grove Culver's is hiring: Saturday, Aug. 25th Noon - 4pm

Brookfield, Development, Special events, WISCONSIN

Elm Grove's new Culver's restaurant is conducting interviews at their new location on Bluemound Road this Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, from noon to 4pm. Or as Culver's would say, "Come join our True Blue Crew as a Team Member!"

If the major road construction on Bluemound Road, just east of Pilgrim Road and westward, has kept you from the area, you might not have realized a Culver's sprang up from the rubble of the razed UNO's restaurant this summer.

It has been fun to watch the building progress. I snapped the above picture on Aug. 9th; they are now working on finishing the exterior.

The new Culver's is on the northeast corner of Pilgrim and Bluemound, just east of Baker's Square. (Brookfield Square is on the opposite southwest corner.)


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HAWS Queue of Cuties - Adopt Your Little Best Friend!

HAWS, humane society, adopt, small pets, Labor Day, Romp the Runway, fundraiser

Check out this “Queue of Cuties” – HAWS’ little pets that are lining up for adoption!

If you've ever thought of adopting 4 little paws from HAWS, now is the time:  We have a plethora of piggies, a bunch of bunnies, a ridiculous number rodents!

Many of our little pets come with "owner's manuals" (really!) and often they also are sent home with the housing unit they are residing in here at HAWS.  All you need to provide is care and love - and they'll give you that and so much more in return.

(Pictured are Daryl, Eeyore and Ben, Felix, Gloria and Charlotte, Flash, Joe, Princeton, and Mutt and Jeff. Information on all of them can be found at our online Pet Showcase.)

Stop by HAWS today and pick out your new little best friend from our Queue of Cuties!

HAWS is located at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha.  Call for information at 262-542-8851, or log onto 24/7/365!

Viewing/Adopting Hours:  Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Receiving Hours:  Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, Noon - 4:00 p.m.

By the way - HAWS is closed on major holidays...including this next Monday, Labor Day, September 3rd.

By the way, part 2 - have you reserved your spot on the runway yet?  HAWS' fashionable fundraiser, Romp the Runway, is Friday, September 3rd...and it would be quite the FAUX PAWS to miss it!


Yes, getting to know you, getting to know all about you, are words from an old song.

These words are now in an important phase of the presidential nominations and elections.

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St. Mary's Visitation Back to School 2012

Welcome to the new school year!  We are so proud to welcome 301 students to our school this year.  We have 65 new students and we are so happy with our increasing enrollment.  This is a testament to the success of our school and the pride we take in our academics and faith.

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