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July 4th

July 4th, known as Independence Day, has been the celebration of our revolution. Our revolution was the forcible separation of ties with British Crown rule. One of the most famous events before blood was shed was the Boston Tea Party which was a demonstration against taxation without representation. One thing lead to another and on July 4th 1776 a group of Colony leaders penned The Declaration of Independence from England. 

War resulted. Many died. Locally the most notable is Nathan Hatch who is buried in a cemetery in Brookfield on Brookfield Road. A trip there would be a good way to remember other participants of that bloodshed that created The United States of America. 

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What's Happening: July 2 to July 9

07/04/12
Badgerland Water Ski Show

FREE weekly water ski show. Fun for the whole family. Come watch beautiful chorus lines, fast paced barefoot waterskiing, ariel jump acts and pyramids built on the water. Bring your own seating. Show lasts about an hour and a half.- Frame Park, 262-372-1754, www.badgerland.org

07/04/12
City of Waukesha Fireworks

- Grounds, Waukesha County Expo, 262-896-8490, www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

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Hot Times at HAWS!

HAWS, adopt, puppy parties, Mobile Adoption Center, mini-golf, Pet Fair, Ride for Rover

The action at HAWS heats up along with the summer temperatures!

Stay cool everyone!Due to the Independence Day holiday, HAWS will be closed to viewing and adoptions on July 4th. 
Regular hours will resume on July 5th.  Those needing assistance with lost or found animals over the holiday should contact HAWS’ main number (262-542-8851) to be connected to our holiday Rescue team.


HAWS’ Behavior Department wants you to have a great life with your best friend. Starting July 1st and running each Sunday evening are HAWS’ Puppy Parties: Establish good socialization habits that will last a lifetime…and burn off some of that puppy energy! Also, get training advice every 3rd Thursday at the “Behavior Chats with Dr. Claudeen,” hosted by End of the Leash in Mukwonago. A special K9 Nose Work Mock Trial will be held at HAWS on July 14th for scent work student dogs and their handlers. Details and registration for all these programs are available at www.hawspets.org or 262-542-8851, x114.

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center “brings happy tails to you!” Join the adoptable pets at Pewaukee’s 4th of July Parade, come for the Brat Fry on July 7th at Pick’n’Save of Sussex, participate in the special Adoption Event at Petco – Germantown on July 21st and celebrate the Dog Days of Summer at Advance Auto Parts of Waukesha on July 28th. Details on these and all the regular monthly Mobile stops are at hawspets.org.

Show your skills on the links at the Friends of HAWS 6th annual Mini Golf Outing, Sunday, July 22nd at National Golf Center, Big Bend.  Donate a HAWS’ Wish List item and admission is only $10 for 18 holes!

Filling out HAWS’ busy calendar are Small Pet Pedicures (7/11 at Pet Supplies Plus, 7/21 at HAWS) and Cat Pedicures (7/14), the twice-monthly First Aid for Pets seminars (7/14, 7/28) and the GPA-WI Greyhound meet’n’greet at HAWS (7/28).  Read more on the Upcoming Events calendar page of hawspets.org.

By the way - Save the dates: HAWS’ 5th annual Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls “merges” with the 3rd annual Ride for Rover on Saturday, August 18th..."make tracks" to Rotary Park and join the party from the beginning!  And don’t miss HAWS very “fashionable” fundraiser, Romp the Runway, coming up on Friday, September 28th.

drinking plenty of water

2) raindrops on roses, full of hot air, Friday Night Live, ODW Logistics, YouTube

With the day off I finally have a little blog time. With being so busy with work, averaging 10 hour days last week and 8 on Saturday...  and with the heat I've been too worn out to write. 

Waukesha did finally get a few brief drops of rain yesterday! Obviously not enough to make a difference in the long-running drought, but at least it's something.

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fireworks

I don't know what we heard last night, but it sounded like fireworks at the Expo Center.

Waukesha's fireworks on the fourth were stopped a few minutes after they began when wind direction changed and grass fires broke out. If it was reschuduled to Saturday no one told me and I'd bet I'm not the only one.

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the Gig has landed

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, Friday Night Live, YouTube

Summerfest's 45th year is in the history books. Was waiting until today to go when everyone could get in free between noon and three. The weather was great today, finally cooled off and was quite bearable. Never did make it though. Didn't see anyone playing I had to see. There's always another year.

Didn't make it to Friday Night Live either. Weather continued hot, and I had enough hot after 10 hours at work. I did however make it to one of the most entertaining gigs after work... and it was air conditioned!

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What's Happening: July 9 to July 16

07/11/12
Badgerland Water Ski Show

Weekly Event! FREE water ski show. Fun for the whole family. Come watch beautiful chorus lines, fast paced barefoot waterskiing, ariel jump acts and pyramids built on the water. Bring your own seating. Show lasts about an hour and a half.- Frame Park, 262-372-1754, www.badgerland.org

07/11/12
Jazz in the Park

Cool jazz on hot summer nights .... enjoy the live music!- Cutler Park, Waukesha, 262-522-9356, www.ci.waukesha.wi.us

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flew 'n crew

full of hot air

Had an uneventful weekend... until Sunday that is.

Was supposed to self-install U-verse internet and phone Friday after work, but it wasn't cooperating. Was instructed to begin installation after 8:00 p.m., but when that didn't work was told we had to wait up to 12 hours more!

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What's Happening: July 16 to July 23

07/18/12
Badgerland Water Ski Show

FREE water ski show. Fun for the whole family. Come watch beautiful chorus lines, fast paced barefoot waterskiing, ariel jump acts and pyramids built on the water. Bring your own seating. Show lasts about an hour and a half. - Frame Park, 262-372-1754, www.badgerland.org

07/18/12
Jazz in the Park

Cool jazz on hot summer nights- enjoy the live music!- Cutler Park, Waukesha, 262-522-9356, www.ci.waukesha.wi.us

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I want to know what multi-tasking is

1) sound of music, Waukesha County Fair

I will survive Friday through the process of elimination. Since it's impossible to be everywhere I'd like, as much as I'd like to try, have to try for the rare event / events that may never happen again.

Waukesha North's Chamber Choir will be singing I Want to Know What Love Is with Foreigner at the County Fair Friday. I would be a fool to miss that, as I'd never get a better chance.

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Meow Meow, Ow Ow

GuitarTown

Back in June when I saw how the GuitarTown sculptures were mounted I commented here how flimsy the mounting looked. I didn't say it then, but anyone with an electric saw or bolt cutter could probably get through the pipe or padlock before anyone noticed. The pipe is small and apparently not hardened steel and the padlock is on the small side considering the value of what it's protecting.

Gene Evans' Meow Meow, Moon, Meow at Waukesha County Museum is the first, and hopefully last, ten-foot sculpture to be cut from it's mount. Fortunately, it wasn't also stolen. This is an opportunity to improve the mount for this and all other outdoor-displayed sculptures. If nothing is done and it happens again?

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no complaining it's raining

Waukesha County Fair

I doubt there was much complaining about rain cutting short opening day of the County Fair. Kind of ironic: a severe storm during a severe drought on the fair's first day. I see it as a good sign, but we could've used it a while ago.

While agriculture has changed considerably in the last 170 years, it's still a main focus of the fair. Thanks to the opening day rain, conversation will no longer be dominated by talk of dry, hard fields and stunted crops. Did it come in time? Was there enough to make a difference?

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Enjoy the Festivals But Avoid the Drinking & Driving Trap

Drinking and Driving, Huppertz & Powers, criminal defense attorney

It’s the summer festival season in Wisconsin and what’s not to like?  There’s an abundance of great food and wonderful music. Good times with family and friends will create memories for a lifetime. And, of course, all that partying includes plenty of drinking. After all, drinking has long been fully engrained in Wisconsin’s culture.

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Waukesha North Choir Backs Up Foreigner

Waukesha North, Waukesha County Fair, 1) sound of music

Was able to squeeze a lot into two days, and not just from getting up at 4:10 a.m..

With the County Fair and Waterford's 2nd Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival there was more than one highlight to the weekend.

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What's Happening: Jul 23 to July 30

07/23/12 - 07/27/12
Museum Explorers Summer Camp, "Once Upon a Time

Childrens Day Campers will spend time in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and North America as we explore plants, animals, people, traditions, music, and stories from all over the globe.- Waukesha County Museum, (262) 521-2859, www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

07/25/12
Badgerland Water Ski Show

FREE water ski show. Fun for the whole family. Come watch beautiful chorus lines, fast paced barefoot waterskiing, ariel jump acts and pyramids built on the water. Bring your own seating. Show lasts about an hour and a half. - Frame Park, 262-372-1754, www.badgerland.org

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Island Fever

For more information go to www.waukeshacivictheatre.org. We'd love to see you at the theatre!

My island experiences are Celtic flavored; first Prince Edwards Island (of Anne of Green Gables fame) and the second time, Ireland.  These two islands though not tropical in the typical sense are still beautiful, intriguing and mystical; although surprisingly, Ireland does have a tropical touch with some of its plants and trees.  Our time spent in both places was memorable.  If I had the opportunity I wouldn't hesitate to return nor would I mind living in either place.  We saw and experienced a lot during our stays; enough to whet my creative appetite and infect me just a bit with Island Fever.

Rachel Lyman Field's poem, If Once You Have Slept on an Island, sums it up:

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fair weather fan

full of hot air, Waterford Hot Air Balloon Festival

I'm a fan of fair weather, and weather for the fair was very fair indeed, but Waukesha County Fair wasn't the only event benefiting from light breezes, sunny skies and mild temps. Out of a possible four launch opportunities for balloons during the Waterford Hot Air Balloon Festival they flew four times, and balloons don't usually launch unless the weather is really nice.

I crewed the three times I traveled to Waterford, driving the chase vehicle.

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Why Parents Need to Understand the Dangers of Social Media

Waukesha criminal defense lawyers, social media crimes, defense attorney, Huppertz & Powers

I came across a news story recently that really caught my eye though, if you think about it, it shouldn’t really be all that surprising. According to a new study by McAfee, the world’s largest dedicated security technology company, 70 percent of teenagers hide their online behavior from their parents.

Kids have been hiding things from their parents since the dawn of mankind. But never before have they had access to such instant and powerful technology to literally communicate with the rest of the world. The study explored the online habits, behaviors, interests and lifestyles of the first generation to truly grow up online. What the researchers found should be enough to make all parents sit up and take notice.

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. . . of the day

quote of the day: "We learn the rope of life by untying it's knots"  Jean Toomer

motto of the day: "Citius, Altius, Fortius"  {Faster, Higher, Stronger}

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What's Happening: July 30 to August 6

07/30/12 - 08/03/12
Museum Explorers Summer Camp, "Diggin' Through History"

Childrens Day Campers will spend time in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and North America as we explore plants, animals, people, traditions, music, and stories from all over the globe.- Waukesha County Museum, (262) 521-2859, www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

08/01/12
Badgerland Water Ski Show

FREE water ski show. Fun for the whole family. Come watch beautiful chorus lines, fast paced barefoot waterskiing, ariel jump acts and pyramids built on the water. Bring your own seating. Show lasts about an hour and a half. - Frame Park, 262-372-1754, www.badgerland.org

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