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State begins scrutiny of Waukesha's lake water request

Waukesha water; radium; Great Lakes compact

Waukesha's application to buy Lake Michigan drinking water is "sufficiently complete" to begin a detailed analysis of the city's claim that it has no other reliable or sustainable option in the future, state environmental regulators said Friday.

The state Department of Natural Resources will publish a notice of its decision next week and schedule three public hearings on the application; one each in Waukesha, Milwaukee and Racine counties, said Eric Ebersberger, the department's water use section chief.

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dig the "hairy" music

1) sound of music

Was impressed by the Waukesha Civic Band Thursday in Cutler Park. What amazes me is 10 to 12 high school juniors each year are selected to join the professional musicians for the series. They have to be adept at sight reading because they practice the night's selections only one hour before each performance. Thus, we're told, a student in the Civic Band will do more sight reading in one night with them than in the rest of the year combined in school. 

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I am not house

Clinton Street Gallery, art, 7) I simply remember, Friday Night Live

I blogged about leaving my mark during the most recent Art Crawl, May 7th, on a blank white wall at Clinton Street Gallery.  Almost didn't recognize the same wall last evening when out for Freeman Friday Night Live. It's been transformed into a thing of beauty.

How many markers have they gone through in the last two months? There is some real art there. What to do with the wall when it won't hold any more color? Make a photographic record then paint over it?

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Waukesha hits The Spot

full of hot air

Four balloons floated over the Vernon Marsh after inflation in a small field just south of the city on 164, landing in Mukwonago. Pilots and crew from two of the balloons hit The Spot on Sunset afterward. Twas a beautiful morning for an outdoor breakfast.

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4th on the 4th

8) my favorite things, full of hot air, YouTube, 7) I simply remember, 2) raindrops on roses, 1) sound of music, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, art, bailey, Carroll, Christmas Clearing Council, Clinton Street Gallery, contest, counting cranes, Culver's, Dad, diggin' dirt, dripping blood, festival, Frame Park, Freeman, Friday Night Live, helping, Hope Center, Janboree, John Schoenknecht, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, Moxie, National Night Out, politics, Race for the Cure, Retzer, Ride of Silence, Salvation Army, say uncle, Spring City Grass, Sprizzo, St. Patrick, St. Vincent, St. William, Tim, UWW, water, Waukesha County Museum, Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha North, Waukesha Tattoo, Workforce

Great weekend. Besides the Waterford parade I was in yesterday, I hot air crewed four times over this holiday weekend; twice yesterday alone. They were all excellent chases, but this last one last night was probably the best. An excellent launch field and calm winds. Fun couple. Got to meet their rottweilers and people friends, and see some of their toys.

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What's Happening: July 5 to July 11

07/06/11
Badgerland Water Ski Show

Weekly Event! Located at Frame Park on the Fox River, check out the Badgerland Water Ski Show as they practice to compete again at nationals in 2011- placed 6th overall in 2010! FREE Ski show begins at 7pm each week.- Frame Park, Downtown Waukesha, www.badgerland.org

07/06/11
Jazz in Cutler Park

Weekly event with varied Jazz Entertainers each Wednesday evening- Cutler Park, Waukesha, 262-574-0082, www.jazzincutlerpark.org

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Thompson pegged to lead Swallow

The Swallow School Board tapped Waukesha West High School principal Melissa Thompson to be the school’s next superintendent.

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Time To Consolidate Administration Job

Businesses, when times are tough, consolidate positions if necessary. I've seen it done when there are retirements or other reasons for vacancies. If it works well, the consolidation continues. We have twice seen a national search for a city administrator fail. Both times when the administrator resigns, the job falls back on Community Development Director Steve Crandell. I understand that when he fills in, he does the job well.

I suggest that we have gotten by without a city administrator for many years. If one is indeed needed, then it should be a local person. One with family and roots in the area. After all, the excuse for moving along as been related to family. But even before that, I think it should be examined if Mr. Crandell can handle both jobs and consolidate them together.

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Milwaukee Bears vs Cincinnati Tigers

It was Negro League retro night Saturday at Miller Park. My first game of the year followed a company tailgate party via ODW Logistics in Waukesha. Most everyone entered the parking lot together and, fortunately, secured a prime spot of pavement next to a lane, where we set up the grills and games, a dumpster and hot ash receptacle.

Didn't have any shade, but plenty of delicious food including brats, chicken and half-pound burgers. I was kept busy with one of the three grills, mainly focusing on the brats.  

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What's Happening: July 11 to July 18

07/13/11
Badgerland Water Ski Show

Weekly Event! Located at Frame Park on the Fox River, check out the Badgerland Water Ski Show as they practice to compete again at nationals in 2011- placed 6th overall in 2010! FREE Ski show begins at 7pm each week.- Frame Park, Downtown Waukesha, www.badgerland.org

07/13/11
Jazz in Cutler Park

Varied Jazz Entertainers each Wednesday evening- Cutler Park, Waukesha, 262-574-0082, ci.waukesha.wi.us

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An A.C.T. Summer - Learning for Life's Ifs

A.C.T. Information is available on our website: www.waukeshacivictheatre.org. Too, there are brochures available inside the WCT lobby, or one may be sent to you at your request. Our phone number is 262-547-4911. We hope to see you at the theatre!

 If.  It's a small word, but it holds much; potential, regret, decision.

Back in the 70s when we were transforming from high school to adulthood most of the kids I knew, myself included, didn't follow their hearts; we, more often than not, followed logic.  My one big 'if only' would be to have had someone in my life who recognized and encouraged my creative potential and steered me in that direction.  Fortunately for Waukesha Civic Theatre and the children and adults who take advantage of its Academy at Civic Theatre Educational Program, A.C.T. - there's Doug Jarecki.

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The next best thing.

Since the Spring City Skyfest hot air balloon rally ended three years ago at the Waukesha County Fair I've travelled the 30 miles to Hartord for the next best thing. Starting this weekend there will be a balloon fest that's half the distance. 

I've copied the schedule for this weekend's events in Waterford. Waterford is a close 16 miles south of Waukesha on Hwy. 164. Looking forward to this weekend. Heard there might be a "shape" balloon attending.

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La Fuente seeks location in Waukesha

La Fuente

La Fuente is seeking City of Waukesha approval for a new restaurant in the building formerly occupied by Steak 'n Shake, on Kossow Road just south of Blue Mound Road.

This would be the third location for La Fuente, which now operates Mexican restaurants in Milwaukee at  625 S. Fifth St. and 9155 W. Blue Mound Road Rd. La Fuente opened the west side location last year in the former location of Monreal's El Matador.

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Pit Bulls Again

Every time a dog attack makes the news and the Pit Bull breed is involved, the columns and blogs come out calling for a band on the breed. Calls for banning Pit Bulls are not necessarily out of line. Certainly there are some Pit Bulls that are "pussy cats" so to speak. These and other even tempered Pit Bulls do make good pets. However there is something to be said about the stereotype that Pit Bulls are dangerous.

Dogs have been bred for specific purposes. Unless you own a wolf, which I believe is illegal, your dog has been bred for a specific purpose. Pit Bulls were bred for their viscousness. While the meeker pups in a pack were selected for family pets and usually spayed or neutered so they can't reproduce, the aggressive pups all too often make their way to the dog fight arena and are not neutered, which allows the line to stay aggressive. Someone answering an ad for Pit Bull pups often is buying a ticking time bomb.

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Waterford Weekend

8) my favorite things, full of hot air, festival, Waterford Hot Air Balloon Festival

The weather wasn't perfect for the inaugural Waterford Hot Air Balloon Festival . . . but pretty darn close to it! Besides a little rain Saturday morning which kept most, but not all balloons grounded, the conditions were ideal.

I drove down from work Friday and helped set up and take down WindDancer for the evening "glow". Twenty or so balloons did take flight in a hare 'n hound competition. The lead, hare, balloon lands to place a target and all others, hounds, throw bean bag streamers to see how close they can come. The winner came within two feet of center and second place; six.

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What's Happening: July 18 to July 25

07/20/11
Badgerland Water Ski Show

Weekly Event! Located at Frame Park on the Fox River, check out the Badgerland Water Ski Show as they practice to compete again at nationals in 2011- placed 6th overall in 2010! FREE Ski show begins at 7pm each week.- Frame Park, Downtown Waukesha, www.badgerland.org

07/20/11
Jazz in Cutler Park

Varied Jazz Entertainers each Wednesday evening- Cutler Park, Waukesha, 262-574-0082, www.jazzincutlerpark.org

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Apartments proposed at 2 downtown Waukesha sites

Waukesha, Housing

Two apartment buildings, totaling 66 units, have been proposed for downtown Waukesha, and are seeking city Plan Commission approval.

Developer Ken Miller, of Kendal Group Ltd., wants to build the 36-unit Kendal Lofts at 456 W. Main St.

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Good Vibrations felt at the fair

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, Waukesha County Fair

The oldest county fair in the state at 169 years is right here in Waukesha and less than a mile from my home. So the Beach Boys were formed in 1961 which would make them 50 years old. Like them or not, I had to see them... for the history if nothing else. Walking distance, or biking as the case may be; well-known and danceable tunes; great weather; only $5.00 to get in; plenty of good seating... what's not to like?

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What's Happening: Jul 25 to Aug 1

07/27/11
Badgerland Water Ski Show

Weekly Event! Located at Frame Park on the Fox River, check out the Badgerland Water Ski Show as they practice to compete again at nationals in 2011- placed 6th overall in 2010. FREE Ski show begins at 7pm each week.- Frame Park, Downtown Waukesha, www.badgerland.org

07/27/11
Jazz in Cutler Park

Varied Jazz Entertainers each Wednesday evening- Cutler Park, Waukesha, 262-574-0082, www.ci.waukesha.wi.us

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best party ever

Friday Night Live, El Rey and the Nightbeats, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, art, festival, Freeman, Spring City Grass

It's likely not the best party ever, technically speaking, but come this Friday downtown Waukesha will be hopping with some of the best Freeman Friday Night Live sounds. The weather is guaranteed to be as good as the music is hot as El Rey and the Nightbeats  opens on Broadway, Spring City Grass mows them down at Gaspar and Main in front of Martha Merrell's, Buffalo Al pours it out at the fountain near the Waukesha Antique Mall and Alexa Grey is the star of the Five Points. (There's four additional stages, but these are my favorites.)

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