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Family Storytime Wednesday, March 5th

Lions and Lambs Family Storytime

Wednesday, March 5th

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Football fanatic admits there are times when it's pretty darn fine to like basketball

Germantown boys basketball, Germantown football, New Berlin Eisenhower boys basketball, Wauwatosa East boys basketball

Having been in journalism more than 25 years, I admit to having bad days, days I don't want to think about, and days where I would just prefer to chuck the whole thing and become a mailman.

But then football season comes along and I get spoiled rotten, usually by the highly successful Homestead and Germantown squads, run respectively by the very fine and erudite gentlemen Dave Keel and Phil Datka. I try to be fair to all the other sports and usually succeed, but I know where my heart lies: I worship at the altar of football and am proud of it. I am a happy man August through November.

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March Is National Nutrition Month

Nutrition

According to Webster's Dictionary, nutrition is anything that nourishes; in other words, food.  It is also defined as the study of a proper, balanced diet to promote health, especially in human beings.  Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it?  Nutrition is good food that nourishes us and keeps us healthy. 

It is probably safe to say that everyone wants to be healthy and live life free of disease and disability to do the things they want to do.  Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are two very important factors in achieving that goal.  Sounds not too difficult.  So why are the numbers of overweight people continuing to increase?  Why are chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease escalating?  One reason is that nutrition is not as good as it should be.  This is unfortunate because food choices made today (as well as other lifestyle choices) affect health and how you feel today and how you will feel in the future. 

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How tough is the GMC? Tosa East, Brookfield Central at state

Brook Central, Brookfield Central boys basketball, Prep Basketball, Tosa East, Tosa East Basketball, Tosa East Basketball Brook Central basketball, Wauwatosa East boys basketball

Some people felt the Greater Metro Conference was down this season, but don't tell that to Wauwatosa East (23-1) and Brookfield Central (18-4). Both the Red Raiders and the Lancers will be playing at the Kohl Center starting on Thursday after winning their sectional championships.

Central had to get by top-seeded Racine Park (19-3) and one of the state's best players in Jamil Wilson in the title game. Cory Degner, the GMC Player of the Year, scored 23 points, but defensive stopper Donne Robbins had the game of his life with 25 points, including six of the team's 12 3-pointers. Wilson was amazing, as he had 37 points, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the score, 72-68, closer than it was.

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Time To Say Good Bye

Time To Say Good Bye is an operatic duet performed by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.  It is music of such soul-piercing beauty that I don't want to meet the person who can listen to it and remain unmoved.  I remember it playing in Madison Square Garden as Wayne Gretzky took his final laps around the rink, the greatest performer in the history of team sports humbly acknowledging the tidal wave of tribute pouring down upon him.  I remember The Great One gazing up at his lovely wife, Janet Jones-Gretzky, as she sobbed uncontrollably in the stands.

And now it is time for Packer fans to say good bye.

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Raiders saved the best for last

Prep Basketball, Tosa East, Tosa East Basketball

Following Wauwatosa East's semi-final victory over Brookfield Central at the state tournament in Madison Friday night, one of the Madison area writers asked coach Tim Arndorfer in a polite way if the Red Raiders were saving their best for last.

Afterall, East beat a tall Eau Claire North team, 50-38, pulling away in the final minutes and then had a grind-it-out 52-48 victory over Central, which played most of the first half without the Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year Cory Degner, who left the game with two fouls with about three minutes left in the first quarter.

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Diabetes Alert Day

Diabetes

March 25, 2008 is Diabetes Alert Day and is used by the American Diabetes Association as a "wake-up" call to alert Americans about the seriousness of diabetes.  Nearly 21 million Americans have diabetes.  Of those, more than 6 million Americans don't even know it.  And another 54 million Americans have pre-diabetes placing them at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Diabetes has become one of the greatest public health crises of the next quarter century. 

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body uses glucose (sugar) as a source of fuel or energy.  Type 2 diabetes makes the body unable to absorb sugar into the cells which results in a higher than normal amount of sugar in the blood.  Prediabetes is a condition that usually precedes type 2 diabetes and occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes.   

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Hiatus

I have been blogging for a year and a half and have addressed matters of history, culture, policy, and sports, with columns ranging from the deadly serious (a three-part series on the Virginia Tech. Massacre), to the political (two-part series on Separation of Church and State), to the adventurous (back-packing through Glacier National Park). 

Right now I need to pull back a bit.  I don't plan to stop, and if Brookfield Now will still have me, I will continue as matters of interest present themselves.  At some point I may return to a weekly schedule, but in the interim there will be fewer columns.  Given that, I would like to devote some of them to matters of interest to you.  So let me know what those topics might be.  

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Fly on the Floor

New Berlin

I'm back! 

This past weekend was unexpectedly quite busy. If you haven't heard by now, you must be in a coma. A huge congratulations goes out to the New Berlin Eisenhower boys basketball team on winning their first-ever state championship title. The Lions entered the WIAA playoffs with a fourth seed — they were even left off a list of teams to watch in the sectional. But with hard work, determination and an incredibly strong New Berlin fan base, the boys took home the gold Saturday, with a win over Adams-Friendship, 54-41.

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Lady Lancers deserved more credit

Brook Central, Brook Central girls basketball, Prep Basketball

Despite  making it to the semifinals of the WIAA State Girls Basketball Championships March 14, the Brookfield Central girls basketball team never got the respect this team deserved this year.

Listen to what senior guard Anna Butzlaff had to say.

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Crime Alert: Armed Robberies

Three armed robberies were reported on March 14th and 15th, 2008

  1. Noodles & Company, 7700 block W. State St., 14th at 10:28pm
  2. Street Robbery 7600 block W. State St., 15th at 12:40am
  3. Days Inn, 11800 block W. State St., 15th at 9:42pm

Each robbery was conducted by two black males sometimes wearing hooded sweatshirts, ski masks and/or a do-rag to cover their faces. In each case it seems one suspect would act as a lookout while the other approached the register or victims.

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Public Library Survey!

Come in to the Library and fill out a survey, or fill one out online. "The Economic Impact of the Wisconsin Public Library System" is the title of a survey questionnaire being compiled by Northstar Economics Inc It shouldn't take more than 5-10 minutes to complete and the data will assist the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to study the economic impact of public libraries. If you prefer, you may complete the survey online at www.northstareconomics.com by March 21st. Thanks! 

Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge!

Muskego

Muskego residents are serious about their dodgeball.

The second annual Future Business Leaders of America Dodgeball Tournament was held this weekend at Muskego High School. Approximately 35 teams entered the tourney and pelted balls at one another in front of a packed house. The teams ranged from lunch ladies adorned in hair nets to sports teams decked out in their school uniforms.

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Arndorfer, Degner, Powell, Barnett earn CNI All-Suburban honors

Brook Central, Brookfield Central boys basketball, Prep Basketball, Tosa East, Tosa East Basketball, Tosa East Basketball Brook Central basketball, Wauwatosa East boys basketball

The CNI All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team will be featured in this week's BrookfieldNOW and WauwatosaNOW papers and web sites on Thursday and both Brookfield Central Wauwatosa East are well represented.

First of all, Tim Arndorfer was named CNI's Boys Basketball Coach of the Year, beating out some excellent candidates from the area Community Newspapers, Inc. covers.

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World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day was observed on March 24th of this week.  Many Americans might think this has nothing to do with them but they would be mistaken.  Tuberculosis (TB) is a global disease and its effects are felt worldwide.

TB is one of the world's deadliest diseases and one third of the world's population is infected with it.  Each year, nine million people around the world become sick with TB and almost two million people die from TB-related effects.  Fortunately, in the US, the numbers are much lower.  In 2006, 13,779 Americans had TB.  In 2005, 646 Americans died from TB.  In Wisconsin, there were 70 new cases of TB in 2007 and 1000 people were being treated for infection from exposure to an active case.  Some of these are in our own communities.  In truth, everyone is at risk of exposure and illness especially in this era of globalization and easy international travel.

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What's Happening: March 30 to April 5

Saturday, March 29

  • Crazy Quilters Annual Quilt Show: 9am- 4pm at Parkview Middle School, Mukwonago. 262-392-9804

Sunday, March 30

  • Crazy Quilters Annual Quilt Show: 11am- 4pm at Parkview Middle School, Mukwonago. 262-392-9804

  • Carroll College Concert Choir: Student vocal concert at Shattuck Music Center at Carroll College. www.cc.edu or 262-524-7182. 4 p.m.
 Monday, March 31
  • Play Reading: The Guardsman: In partnership with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's Intern Company, Ten Chimneys Foundation presents Play Reading at the Ten Chimneys. In the tradition of the bygone "golden age of radio," this engaging series allows audiences to see and hear the next generation of professional actors recreate the plays related to the "golden couple of Broadway." Throughout the Lunts' long and illustrious theatrical careers, their names were linked to many memorable plays, but none more so than with The Guardsman. 7pm to 10pm at Ten Chimneys. www.tenchimneys.org or 262-968-4110.
 Friday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: This mysterious and romantic 'tale as old as time' is a story of Belle, a wild beast and the extraordinary love that transforms them both. One of the most popular and awarded musicals in Broadway history, this incredible show will enchant you with its magic and remind you of love's power 8pm at Waukesha Civic Theatre in Historic Downtown Waukesha. www.waukeshacivictheatre.org or 262-547-4911.

Silly Fun! Family Storytime, Wednesday April 2nd

Family Storytime

Wednesday, April 2nd

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News at the South Milwaukee Library

  

April shows bring May flowers!  Everyone is ready for spring.  Check out the library’s extensive flower and vegetable gardening as well as lawn care.  Some suggested titles are: Instant gardens:  High-Impact Makeovers that look great right now, Ortho’s al about the easiest flowers to grow, Basic gardening illustrated, Complete guide to vegetables, fruits & herbs, Vegetable gardener’s bible, Container gardening for dummies, Organic law care manual, and All about lawns.  These are just a few of the titles you will find at the South Milwaukee Library.

The spring story time begins on April 1 at 10:30 am.  Still time to register! Call 768-8195 or stop in and register in the Youth Room

 Don’t forget to vote on April 1st.  The polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM

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Before the snow melts, a few final kudos to the kids of winter

Brown Deer boys basketball, Germantown boys basketball, Germantown wrestling, Homestead gymnastics, Menomonee Falls girls basketball, Menomonee Falls gymnastics, Nicolet swimming, Nicolet wrestling, Whitefish Bay girls basketball

The joys of winter did not include my aching back as a I shoveled the last of the 98 inches (or was it 980 inches?) the other weekend. Serves me right for crabbing in previous winters about how ugly things were with no snow and only dormant trees and dead grass to look at.

But it did include winners of all stripes and definitions, who transcended the snow and the cold, and who graced the too-long season with their warmth and light.

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Central's Wandrey named CNI Girls Basketball Coach of the Year

Brook Central, Brook Central girls basketball, Prep Basketball

When Brookfield Central’s girls basketball coach Dan Wandrey looked behind the Lady Lancers’ bench during the girls state basketball tournament in March, he felt like it was old-home week.

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