Our daughter Lauren earned her way through Middle and High School with a variety of baby-sitting gigs. Aside from the admittedly important earnings, her greatest reward was the privilege of meeting some terrific families and kids, some of whom she maintains contact with from college. One of those Brookfield families is the Conlons, and it was a fortunate day in our lives when, many years ago, they called seeking Lauren's services.
Eric and Helen Conlon are the salt of the earth; the kind of people we all want for neightbors, friends and community members. The parents and students of Swanson Elementary School are blessed to have Helen on its staff. Their lovely daughters Catie and Maggie are two girls so sincerely and unaffectedly sweet, that every time I spend more than five minutes in their combined presence, I feel the need for a counter-acting dose of insulin.
The prep basketball scene is upon us and I thought I would share some observations with you.
Getting the point - I have four point guards who are leading their team in scoring so far this year...Reed Timmer of New Berlin Eisenhower (27.6), Nate Moore of Wauwatosa Eaat (22.0), Ryan McBride of Brookfield East (17.7) and Riley LaChance of Brookfield Central, who had a career-high 32 points in a 66-64 loss to top-ranked Germantown in the Lancers' opener on Saturday.
Bringing a fresh, new puppy or kitten into your family can be so much fun! But, at HAWS we always like to remind people that adult pets can be just as wonderful...and your journey together so meaningful. With age comes wisdom - for all species...
When you commit to your dog, cat or other pet for it's lifetime, guiding that pet through the senior years is inevitable. Life with an older pet is so rewarding - whether you've been together from the beginning or just found each other later in life.
Several of my co-workers and I are on a similar "schedule" with our pets. We all adopted our babies back in the late 90s or early 00s, so we've been watching them grow up and grow old together. Sadly, we are also starting to see those beloved dogs and cats pass on - Mason at age 12, Belle at 16, Linx at 19. Dozer was 12, Magnum was 11 and Bailey was 14. While we grieve for each of them, we also know that they probably blessed our lives more than we did theirs!
Each time we lose a pet it reminds us to live more in the moment - and in our cases, especially with those pets who are still sharing our lives. I feel gratitude for every day I still have with my Fuzzy Mutt, Freeway, who turned 15 about 2 weeks ago..and doesn't let us forget that! Stiff and sore in the morning? So what - it's time for a walk! Bedtime? No way, not while there's still squeak in that squeaky toy. Quiet time? Well, since you're just sitting there you may as well give me an earrub or neck scratch.
Pets bring value to our lives at any age. If you want a jogging partner, definitely bring home an energetic pup. And when you're looking to add a little serenity to your life, that 8-years-young cat or dog is ready and waiting.
Just don't miss a minute! And enjoy the journey - together.
By the way - some super sweet "older" pets are waiting for homes at HAWS right now. Like Aries the cat, age 12; Bear the MinPin, age 10 (pictured at left); Kenya the Pittie, age 6; Sebastian the cat, age 11 (pictured at top). Stop by 7 days a week to view and adopt - we'd all love to see you!
HAWS' Viewing & Adoption Hours:
Monday - Friday, 1 - 6pm
Saturday, 11am - 4pm
Sunday, Noon - 4pm
Call and ask about any of our adoptables - our phone lines open at 9am Monday thru Saturday, and at Noon on Sunday!
They call it the Fiscal Cliff. Falling off it is seen as disastrous to the U.S. economy and will cause us to fall back into recession. (Did we ever leave it?) If we do nothing to avert the cliff, we fall off on New Year's Eve.
But what is the Fiscal Cliff? Primarily, it is the end to the Bush Tax Cuts they band-aided back into law in December of 2010. It also includes expiration of the Payroll Tax Cut, which has little support from either side of the aisle. If you remember, it reduced the Social Security payroll deduction from 6.2% to 4.2% so workers would have a bit more take home pay. (Did you even notice?) However, it also reduced the amount of money flowing into the Social Security coffers--a bad idea for an entitlement already facing solvency issues. The $700 billion or so Doc Fix, military reductions, and some token spending cuts also part of the mix.
Our Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner wrote, Don't trade a cliff for an iceberg. In it he points out,
Currently, the US debt is on track to reach 187 percent of GDP by 2035. But unlike Greece, there is no "Germany" to bail us out. If our debt reaches this level, an international economic crisis would ensue.
The President and Congressional Democrats have called for a “balanced” approach to reducing the deficit.
But their approach has been anything but balanced. The President’s “offer” included $1.6 trillion dollars in taxes and $400 billion in spending cuts. That’s neither balanced nor helpful for our economy. When spending on entitlements is 62 percent of our budget, the President’s focus on tax increases is not going to cut it.
We can’t solve our debt problem without economic growth, and tax hikes could cost 710,000 jobs according to an independent Ernst &Young study.
Simply put, the President wants no cuts in spending, in fact wants even more increases including another Stimulus! Obama wants to increase taxes on the "rich" that will raise only around $85 billion, enough to run our country for 8 and a half days. So losing over 700,000 jobs in exchange for running the government for 8.5 days is a good deal?
St. John Vianney fifth grade students created and painted paper mache animal ornaments in art class that will be displayed on a tree at the Milwaukee Zoo between November 27th and January 1st.
The art project coincided with animal studies in other classes, including Wild Encounters, in which the students read animal-related stories in reading.
Get in the Christmas spirit this Sunday evening with the Brookside choir and orchestra performance of The Light of the World The musical.will be a celebration of the greatest Christmas gift of all: God sending His Son to be Savior of the world and reconcile sinful man to God.
One of the many things I enjoy at Brookside is the music. Their choir programs, accompanied by their orchestra, have always been excellent, and if last Sunday's preview is any indication, this weekend's presentation will not disappoint.
Performances are at 5pm and 7pm in the church auditorium; a reception will follow. Brookside Baptist Church is easy to find at 4470 N. Pilgrim Road, just south of Lisbon, in Brookfield. Directions
Brookside Baptist Church Website
Mrs. Daemmrich asked her 4th graders to share their beliefs. Their answers will astound you. Click the link below to hear their beliefs in their own voices.
President Obama, the champion of class warfare rhetoric*, has been chanting the mantra: tax the rich, as a solution to our deficit, poverty, and social class disparity for as long as I can remember. Obama also throws around the phrase fair share to justify tax rates that take more than half their income. And we really should call his attack what it is: tax the successful. Republicans and economists counter with how taxing the successful (rich ) will harm small businesses, who are the majority of job creators in America. Being a Conservative, I side with the Republicans, I view fairness as taxing all income at the same rate.
But one consequence of taxing the rich I have yet to hear anyone mention: who will be the consumers if they have less income once their taxes are paid? Who will be building a new home or hiring the local remodeler? Who will be purchasing that new car or new furniture? Who will be dining out every weekend? Or having their hair and nails done, stopping for a latte, or hiring the yard and cleaning help? Who will be able to afford vacationing in Wisconsin or at popular tourist attractions across America?
American tourism already seems down in the U.S., at least from what I have observed. Hearing a foreign language or accent at Yellowstone or Grand Canyon National Parks is the norm. Last fall, my sister and I observed that Disney World would really be hurting if it weren't for the Brazilians spending their dollars at the Kingdom of the Mouse. An American accent was in the minority at all locations.
But it isn't just the business owners' ledger that takes the hit when tourists cut back, its all the employees at these businesses that feel it too. If Disney, the largest employer in the U.S., the National Parks or even Wisconsin Dells, for that matter, experience a downturn, then area hotels don't need as many housekeepers. Restaurants cut hours or move employees to part time. Peripheral tourist attractions such as raft rides or water parks lose business.
If consumers cut back, because they don't have as much disposable income as they used to, the carpet, furniture, clothing, and tech. stores suffer a loss. That loss is passed on to the employees; the management cuts hours, sometimes pay, sometimes benefits, and often terminates employees.
Of course the truly wealthy will still do and buy these things or just move out of the country, but the $200,000 - $250,000 earners, who file their business taxes on their personal tax returns, will be hurting.
And if you think you aren't one of those upper 2% earners, so your paycheck will be untouched, think again: ObamaCare taxes are coming our way in 2013. More than likely the Payroll Tax Cut will expire, resulting in less take home pay.
So if all of us have less money in our pockets, who will be the purchasers? How will that effect your job?
Contact your Representatives and Senators
Find your U.S. Senators by last name
Wisconsin's U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (202) 224-5323
Wisconsin's U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (202) 224-5653
Find your U.S. House of Representatives member by state
House Representative James Sensenbrenner Washington D.C. (202) 225-5101, Brookfield (262) 784-1111
House Speaker Boehner phone line (513) 779-5400
*Class warfare and even the term middle class are Marxist terms
All the animals we help at HAWS have their own unique story, and together they make our mission come alive! Please enjoy these three "happy tails" from HAWS!
Trooper and the Old Timer
Two stray cats came to HAWS within a few weeks of each other needing lots of help. “Trooper” had such extensive injuries that one of his legs needed to be amputated, while “Old Timer” was blind and dealing with a bladder infection. After initial care at HAWS, one foster home took both cats for their recovery, and the two boys quickly became pals. They played and snuggled together, and despite losing a limb Trooper even brought toys to Old Timer. Once the boys were completely healthy they found that their temporary foster home was now a permanent one, and they continue to bring joy to that family today.
Six-month-old Chelsea came to HAWS knowing how to sit, but not much else! She was immediately placed in HAWS’ Mod Squad™ program, to be handled and fed according to a plan tailored specifically to her needs. She wanted to please and made strides quickly, becoming more confident as she learned. When the right family came in they couldn’t wait take her home! They enrolled her in HAWS’ dog training program to continue her great progress – and each visit she pulls on the leash to see her “old family” from HAWS.
Jaxon the Checkered Giant rabbit was found wandering, unneutered and with an overzealous “bun-sonality” making him difficult to handle. Due to his size and some of his personality traits he proved difficult to re-home. Through HAWS partnership with the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society, a little social networking and lots of work by HAWS’ small animal crew, a great home was found for Jaxon. His new home has been given all the tools for success – including the suggestion of clicker training to give him something to do!
Share the Gift of Creating a Humane Society.
Building a humane community takes the involvement of all those around us. That’s why your gift to HAWS is so important! Your donation saves lives of countless animals and changes the lives of people, instilling humane sentiments in all that affect how we treat each other – humans as well as animals – far into the future. Donate today and Join HAWS in Building a Society that’s Humane.
By the way - you can donate online securely through PayPal or via snail mail - just head over to our website and we'll make it easy!
St. Mary's Visitation Spelling Bee
As the weather begins to look more like winter, it's easier to believe the New Year is right around the corner and for many that means it's time to think about registering for school next fall. In an effort to help families learn more about the school, St. John Vianney Catholic School is hosting an Open House for four-year-old kindergarten through second grade on Friday, January 4th and Monday, January 7th. The school offers K4 through eighth grade but these two Open Houses will feature information specific to K4-2nd grade.
On Friday, January 4th, the Open House will be from 9:30am until 10:30am and on Monday, January 7th, the Open House will be from 6pm until 7pm. Both Open Houses will be held in the K4 classroom, which is located just inside the main Parish Center doors.
While you bask in the glow of holiday presents, lights and good cheer, a few adoptable pets at HAWS are also basking, but they’d prefer it in new forever homes!
Bailey is an African Side-Necked Turtle, also known as a Serrated Mud Turtle. She (?) is active, hearty and curious (often shy at first, these turtles acclimate well and soon show their inquisitive sides!). Most African Side-necked Turtles can be kept in relatively simple housing because of their modest needs – a place to swim and a basking log. When basking, Bailey will "plop" into the water when approached…but once she knows you she will quickly surface to see if you have any food! Adult females can grow larger than most people realize, reaching 9-12" inches within five or six years.
Moo & Phillip came in together, and are sharing table space alongside Mr. Turtle (who might actually be female, ironically). All are Red Ear Sliders, a semi-aquatic turtle that is the most common reptile pet in the world. Unfortunately, they can be very complicated to own and often owners aren’t ready for their needs! There is a great website devoted to them – www.redearslider.com (no, really) – that goes into lots of detail as to their needs, natural habitats and the like.
Bailey, Moo & Phillip and Mr. Turtle have been guests at HAWS since September. They are definitely fun to have around and the kids participating in our education programs really enjoy them, but they would really love to become someone’s personal companions!
Adopt 4 Webbed Feet from HAWS!
By the way – you still have time to "eat for HAWS" since Taco John’s Nachos Navidad promotion continues til the end of December. Looking forward to the New Year already? So are we, with HAWS hosting a Waukesha JanBoree event, Cool Your Paws at HAWS, on Saturday, January 19 and then our Friends of HAWS polka party, Oom-Pa Paws, coming up on Saturday, January 26! All the details are at hawspets.org – or just call us at 262-542-8851.
K5 Students wish you a Merry Christmas!
Following is a reprint of a column I post every other year.
Consistent readers of this column (both of them) know that I am an audiophile, and some of my most enjoyable entries address the subject of great music, and the people that make it. And one of my favorite things about the season of Christmas is its music.
With all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, I wish to alert you to this very important recall notice I received in my email inbox. It is essential that you act on this, because it affects everyone.
OFFICIAL RECALL NOTICE
The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.
This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed "Sub-sequential Internal Non-morality," or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.
Some of the symptoms include:
- Loss of direction
- Foul vocal emissions
- Amnesia of origin
- Lack of peace and joy
- Selfish or violent behavior
- Depression or confusion in the mental component
The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect. The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.
Need a date for New Year’s Eve? Or maybe a reason to stay home and snuggle on the couch? At HAWS, we’ve got an idea…
Meet Bella, a sweet 2-year-old Lab!
Bella came to HAWS just a short while ago, when her previous home couldn’t take her along when they moved. She is enjoying her time with our staff, as you can see, but her resolution is to be in a great new home for 2013.
This little girl (she’s not the big, bulky lab you might be used to) is a bit shy at first, but loves attention and treats. She doesn’t always like other dogs so a meet’n’greet with another canine sibling is a must, and Bella definitely is NOT a cat fan. Her new family will need to be older as she startles easily around younger kids.
Bella and a bunch of her adoptable pals, like Jack Frost, Jingle, Tiny Tim and Packer are available for viewing at HAWS today! Stop by and see if one of these pups is in your future – or if one of our many cats, rabbits or other small animals will make your New Year bright.
HAWS Holiday Hours:
HAWS is open for normal viewing, adoption and receiving from Wednesday, December 26 through Sunday, December 30. On New Year’s Eve we are open for receiving-only, from 9am – 3pm, and HAWS is closed on New Year’s Day. But, if you need help when we’re closed, there is always someone on 24-hour call to assist you!
By the way – you still have a few days to take advantage of Nachos Navidad for HAWS at Taco John’s! Satisfy your nacho craving and help HAWS, too, with 25 cents from each order donated to our shelter.
Feliz Navidad and Feliz Ano Nuevo!
SMV Student studies electricity, magnetism at Marquette University Engineering Class