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Carroll, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, YouTube

It changed me.

A small paragraph in last Thursday's Freeman caught my eye. Mollie Stone, an expert in South African music, would join choirs from Carroll, Waukesha's North, South and West High Schools and Muskego High for a free concert the next night at 7:00. All I knew about the performance was most of the choirs I already appreciate so much were performing together... and it was FREE!

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Silica Sand Mining Report Released

At my town hall meetings January 26, 2012, there were questions about Silica Sand Mining also known as Frac Sand Mining. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released a report this week about Frac Sand Mining including information about the mining process, environmental implications, and government regulations. Here is a link to the report:

Crossing Delancey - Touch My Roots

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"Half" of me, courtesy of my father, comes from Russian/German/Jewish stock.  When I think of my Grandma and Grandpa Wolfsohn, I think of Grandpa's keen sense of fun and Grandma's wonderful cooking.  Mmm, the lavish dinners which I later learned were religious celebrations; the matzo balls and soup; chopped liver, borscht, salami, fat garlic pickles; the sweet sesame-flavored treat halvah, and the best corned beef I've ever eaten.  (Waukesha's Rochester Deli, is a very close second!)

That heritage would've been so much richer had someone explained to my sisters and me the who, what, where, why and how that makes us "half" of who we are.  By the time I was old enough to care, there was no one left to ask.  My father had moved to California and left his roots firmly behind. My grandparents had died.  The other relatives were both relationally and geographically distant.  Most, I wouldn't know if I bumped into them.  Interestingly enough, about sixteen years ago a New York relative, one whom I'd never heard of or met prior to this, was tracing the family tree and found us. At some point during the immigration process, a number of relatives left New York, settled in Milwaukee and lost touch with one another.  Now, however, thanks to him I've a chart of who's who and my roots are less of a mystery.

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more guitar for les

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, art, GuitarTown, Les is more

A couple days after Les died two and a half years ago I posted a photo of what I felt his monument should look like. It wasn't a suggestion he be laid to rest in Meier Festival Park where the photo was taken though.

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What's Happening: Feb 6 to Feb 13

Isn't it Romantic, Glass Extravaganza

16 outstanding glass artists will explain their work, this is an RSVP event only; for an
invitation to the free reception, please contact the gallery.- River's End Gallery, Waukesha,

WKC B-O-B Dog Match

Forum, Waukesha County Expo, 262-896-8490,

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HAWS Receives New Year's Fiesta from Taco John's

HAWS, adopt, donate, fundraiser, Taco John's, spay, neuter

A great Waukesha eatery has really brightened up the New Year for HAWS!

For the second year in a row, HAWS has received a generous donation from Taco John’s of Waukesha.  The downtown restaurant recently presented the shelter with a check for $1,992.00, the result of their December “Nachos Navidad” promotion and sales of Christmas ornaments at the store at 317 N. Grand Ave.

Taco John’s Unit General Manager Dusty Stiefel noted, “The entire crew at Taco John’s worked very hard to make all the customers aware that we were raising money for HAWS. Our customers were a huge part of raising this money this year – we couldn’t have done it without them!”

“We are honored to receive this amazing donation from Taco John’s,” said Lynn Olenik, HAWS’ Executive Director. “Support like this from our community means so much to us – and we have enjoyed all of our associations with Dusty and her staff. They are great friends to HAWS!”

(Pictured receiving the check at the HAWS’ shelter are Dusty Stiefel of Taco John’s and Jessica Pinkos of HAWS, joined by several HAWS adoptable pets.)

Get YOUR business involved in the HAWS cause:  Learn more about community partnerships and events to support HAWS’ shelter at!

By the way - World Spay Day is 3 short weeks away.  Help save lives through HAWS' Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP).  Sponsor-A-Spay, purchase a t-shirt, enter the pet photo contest - all sorts of things can help!  Visit our SNIP webpage to be a part of it!

crane / grain refrain

counting cranes, J-S

I've wanted to blog about last year's ridiculously complicated ultralight-led crane migration begun last October. One delay after another in their journey and the young endangered whooping cranes haven't moved from Alabama more than just a few miles since before Christmas. It's the first time in the eleven years of Operation Migration that the whoopers didn't reach their Florida wintering destination.


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Rhubarb Red and the power of music to heal

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, 7) I simply remember, art, Freeman, , Friday Night Live, GuitarTown, Les is more, YouTube

There's been no shortage of controversy to stir up emotion lately... recalls, street closure, mayoral antics... Interesting Sound Off in Thursday's Freeman.  Makes me want to sound off myself.

We at least agree on this: the ten-foot guitars should be further spaced and not placed on Main Street alone, it will be amazing to see, and will help downtown for years to come.

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response to Scott's comment

Les is more, J-S

I was ready to concede to Scott's comment on my Feb. 4th post. "Historical records" can't be wrong when it comes to describing the location of Les' boyhood home, can they? Even though I said in my post "as I understand it," Scott almost proved me wrong. Maybe Les had more than one boyhood home?

I've no doubt Scott's historical record is correct. My own Google search shows Les' boyhood home at 320 W St. Paul, which makes my suggestion of a guitar location near the Springs Artisan Village even more appropriate.

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What's Happening: Feb 13 to Feb 20

Waukesha Creative Arts League

Informal meeting of all artists and visual arts enthusiasts to learn through art demonstrations and critiques by local artists, teachers and professionals. Our members can show their works at local libraries and other venues.- Waukesha Good Will, (262)-565-3465

02/16/12- 03/17/12
Brock Rumohr, ceramic sculptures

Exhibit by Carroll instructor of ceramics with reception Thursday, Feb. 23, 6-8 p.m. All visits free and open to the public.- Carroll University, 262-524-7195,

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Waukesha woman accused of whipping, choking child

Waukesha – A special education aide at a Waukesha elementary school was charged Wednesday with abusing a child, allegedly by whipping a boy with a cord, choking him and punching him, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Sharon Walker, 40, was charged with felony counts of physical abuse of a child and child abandonment.

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feline kinda blue lately

3) whiskers on kittens, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, let us pray

We lost a good friend and family member yesterday. He truly was the best companion. No other cat I've known, or even could imagine, comes close to the warmth and joy he shared with all who knew him.

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What's Happening: Feb 20 to Feb 27

02/24/12- 02/25/12
Milwaukee Rumble

Arena, Waukesha County Expo, 262-896-8490,

Concert Choir, Vocal Collective and Women's Ensemble concert

Vocal performance by Carroll choirs. $8 adults, $3 students and seniors.- Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll University, 262-524-7182,

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my last Pepe post


I almost never wrote about Pepé when he was alive and now I'm blogging about him for the last time, but I still had some things to say.

He was a good cat because all he ever brought was joy and love and never grief.

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Adopt 4 Lucky Paws from HAWS

HAWS, Adopt a Rescued Rabbit, house rabbits, adopt, Bunny Day

February is "Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month."  Of course, HAWS is celebrating in a big way!

Meet Poppy!This month, all rabbit adoption fees have been reduced by 50%.  Each 'bun' will go home to its new family with a heart-shaped willow chew toy, and all rabbit adopters will receive a free copy of The House Rabbit Handbook:  How to Live with an Urban Rabbit.

We have more than a dozen (!) beautiful house rabbits currently available for adoption at HAWS.  Here are just a few:
The beautiful Juliette!
There's Poppy, a gorgeous New Zealand White girl with lovely pink eyes who appeared in a commercial for Boston Store!  (Adopt 4 paws AND a star!)

And how about Juliette, the Lionhead, a rowdy and rambunctious girl who loves to hop, leap and binky about the room.  (What's a "binky" you ask?  THIS is a binky...!)
Buster & Posey - a winning pair!
Don't forget Buster and Posey, a sweet and gentle bonded pair of dutch bunnies!  They love to shower each other with kisses and snuggle together...and are compatible with well-behaved children and dogs.

Learn all about House Rabbits as pets from the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society - and be sure to mark your calendar for HAWS annual Bunny Day, coming up on Sunday, March 18th.

By the way - World Spay Day is next Tuesday, February 28th.  Are YOU doing your part to help HAWS save lives?

What's Happening: Feb 27 to Mar 5

02/28/12- 08/11/12
Behind the Vaults: Treasures from the County Museum Collections

See some of special things the museum houses in its collections like a cane used by the county’s first land owner, Morris Cutler, or a key from the premier spring’s era hotel, Fountain Spring House- Waukesha County Museum, 262-521-2859,

Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin concert

Instrumental concert by talented high school students. $5 adults, $3 students and seniors.Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll University, 262-524-7182,

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HAWS Observes World Spay Day 2012

HAWS, spay, neuter, Project Guardian, Sponsor-A-Spay

HAWS again joins HSUS, the Humane Society of the United States, to observe World Spay Day 2012 – Tuesday, February 28th.

The message is simple: Spay-Neuter works – and HAWS is aggressively fighting pet over-population in the community with several life-saving programs.

In conjunction with World Spay Day 2012, HAWS is running the annual Cat-Nip and Pit SNIP Campaign, offering free spay-neuter services to the pets of qualifying Waukesha County residents. “World Spay Day promotes the control of our pet population in a real positive light,” notes Lynn Olenik, HAWS’ Executive Director. “Our focus this year is cats, kittens, Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes, since those are the animals and breeds most in need of spay-neuter efforts in Waukesha County.”

HAWS also invites greater community awareness and support!  Donate to HAWS’ Sponsor-A-Spay drive or purchase a limited edition World Spay Day t-shirt at HAWS ($15, while supplies last). Pet owners can even help raise money for HAWS and promote spay-neuter programs all while showing off their best pet friend by entering the HSUS online Pet Photo Contest. Details and links are on HAWS’ Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) page at

Olenik continues: “This year in particular, Spay Day gives us a chance to promote our Project Guardian and its impact on pet overpopulation within our community.  This very important, grant-funded program sterilizes barn and outdoor cat populations in Waukesha County with no cost to property owners.” Olenik notes numbers of stray kittens coming into HAWS have dropped nearly 20% since the outdoor cat program began in 2005, proving the program a great success already!

“Everyone can get involved – by promoting awareness of spay and neuter for pets, or with their financial contributions,” said Olenik. “Every donation helps save countless lives of animals in our community!” 

Call the shelter at (262) 542-8851 or visit to learn how to help.

By the way:

Free seminar on caring for organic lawns

organic lawn

Waukesha County is sponsoring a workshop on caring for an organic lawn on March 10 from 10 11 a.m. at the Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison Street. You have to register by Friday, March 10. Call 262-548-7801 for more information.

Nothing great really happened

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, art, GuitarTown, Hope Center, helping, let us pray, snow job, St. Vincent, St. William, Waukesha County Fair, YouTube

Suffering from a touch of blogarrhea. This could get messy.

Snowicide. How else to describe this Hulu video: The Way I See It

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la ├▒apa

J-S, lagniappe

An extra day to be thankful for. An extra blog post for readers who managed to slog through the last four years. An extra opportunity to do something nice for someone today? An extra day to tell a friend how much their appreciated.

My day started off right. I called to inquire about my Journal Sentinel renewal. Were there any promotions I could take advantage of? Richard immediately offered me over $50.00 off my 6-month subscription! 

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