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What's Happening: Oct 3 to Oct 10

Market on the Hill

Weekly farmers market held rain or shine. - Queen of Apostles- 449 W. Wisconsin Ave., 262-695-9735,

The Story of a Beer Keg

The Frank J. Hess & Sons Cooperage Factory was Wisconsin's largest independent cooperage in the early 1900s supplying kegs for over 20 breweries. See cooperage photos, tools and historic barrels. Join Water Street Brewery for FREE samples w/admission. - Waukesha County Museum, 262 521-2859,

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Sunday Drive

River Falls

Before I even left Waukesha for River Falls Sunday I encountered several cyclists at Kwik Trip just finishing their first Iron Butt Ride around Lake Michigan. It's 4:30 in the morning and they just rode over a thousand miles in 24 hours! They'd do it again, but not this time of year. It got down to the 20s in Northern MI.

As I began my own Iron Butt Ride to and from River Falls in the same day, a total of 600 miles, I soon realized how important having properly adjusted headlights is. The patchy, thick fog was near impossible to drive through with the headlights on my borrowed pickup truck all askew. I don't know how the cyclists did it without windshield wipers and defrosters. The drive to River Falls is a beautiful, near straight shot diagonally across WI via I-94 but, at the moment, not able to see where I was going I was concerned if I didn't drive fast enough I'd risk being rear ended and going too fast I may crash into something myself.

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Greendale Water Boil Advisory Lifted

Greenfield has lifted the boil advisory asking citizens to use boiled or bottled water.

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Fashion, Football & (Little) Friends – Its FALL at HAWS!

HAWS, adopt, small animal adoption, football, fashion, Mobile Adoption, events

At HAWS we have a super-busy and fun October planned – highlighted by special fall-themed events and activities.

We “kicked off” the month at Goff House Gallery, 723 Clinton St., Waukesha at the October 1st Art Crawl.  Local artist Thomas Paul Moran did portrait photography of dogs and their owners, with proceeds donated to the shelter.  We're hoping to team up with Thomas again this fall/winter - keep your eyes and ears cocked for more info!

October could be coined the "Month of LIttle Best Friends," with not one but two FREE HAWS’ events this month featuring adoptable small animals.  The “Gerbil Jamboree & Hamster Hoe Down” on Sunday, October 2nd highlighted the many small animals available for adoption at HAWS (still going on is an adoption special - take home a little best friend and get a gift!).  Sunday, October 16th marks our annual Guinea Pig Primer – a day of all things for owners and those wanting to know more about cavies as pets.  Join us from noon – 4:00 p.m. 

HAWS’ 2011 fall fundraiser, Fashion for Paws for HAWS, is Friday, October 14, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Silver Spring Country Club.  This cocktails and appetizers event features a runway show with fashions from local shoppes including Boutique B’Lou, Faye’s, Georgie…consignment for her, and Next Door.  Check the event webpage on for details:  Reserve your spot next to the catwalk today for only $75/guest!

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center continues the busy season with 2 special football games! The team will be at Arrowhead High School the evening of October 7th for the big game against Waukesha West High School, and then will enjoy the honor of being the Carroll University Homecoming Parade Grand Marshalls on Saturday, October 8th at 1:00 p.m. The following weekend, October 15th - 16th, HAWS and Petco – Waukesha “Team Up” for a community pet adoption event. Many local breed groups and pet vendors will join in the fun at the Shoppes of Fox River on Sunset Drive in Waukesha. Saturday, October 22nd, come to Petco – Greenfield for Wisconsin Pet Care’s “Stuff the Subaru” – help fill a car from HAWS’ business partner, Subaru City, with pet food and supplies for the animals at the shelter. All Mobile visits are detailed at – just click on Upcoming Events!

You can always read all about the latest “HAWS happenings” at  Support the HAWS cause this October!

By the way:  Currently we are running a young-cat adoption special - adopt two of our cats or kittens with a STAR on their info card and the entire adoption fee is only $60!!  Twice as nice for a very sweet price!


Unemployment Insurance Computer System Offline Later This Week


The Department of Workforce Development is upgrading its Unemployment Insurance computer system this weekend. The system will be offline Thursday, October 6, 2011 through Saturday, October 8, 2011.

The upgrade is scheduled to avoid an outage Sunday, typically the busiest day for filing unemployment insurance claims.

The Rumor Mill Keeps Turning...

There have been a few things happening in old downtown Waukesha that are worth mentioning…

For starters, there is a rumor floating around that wedding bells have recently rung and a certain downtown art teacher may have gotten himself married to a certain other downtown business owner. I’m not really sure how these stories get started or why anyone would want to devote their time to this type of gossip, but I guess it’s just part of living in a little downtown where everybody has to know everybody else’s business. What ever happened to people just asking?

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Fees are hokus pokus

I don't share the back slapping that city officials are having over a zero increase in city taxes. In order to accomplish that, the political magic of creating a new fee and not calling it a tax increase is being done by politicians that I expect better from.

I raised an eyebrow when a fee was initiated for residents to use the city dump, but accepted it because not all citizens have the need to use it. Everyone generates garbage and recyclables though and every household needs pickup of such. This is a basic service that a city provides in exchange for real estate taxes.

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What's Happening: Oct 10 to Oct 17

WI Philharomic's Love and the Sea

From the epic force of Wagner's Flying Dutchman to the Victorian grandeur of Elgar's Sea Pictures with Canadian Opera mezzo Heather Jewson, prepare to be swept away with beautiful maritime music at the WI Philharmonic's Season Opener- Oconomowoc ArtsCenter, 262-547-1858,

Market on the Hill

Weekly farmers market held rain or shine. - Queen of Apostles- 449 W. Wisconsin Ave., 262-695-9735,

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Party with the Paws at HAWS

Camp, Kids, Mobile Adoption Center, HAWS, Guinea Pig, Fashion, paws, fundraisers

This weekend we have several great events to support the HAWS cause!

On Friday it's time for HAWS Fashion for Paws - the runway show/fundraiser at Silver Spring Country Club.  Reservations are still available at $75/person, so get your spot near the catwalk today to enjoy cocktails, appetizers, silent and voice auctions...and great fall fashion from local boutiques.

On Saturday and Sunday, Petco-Waukesha and HAWS Mobile Adoption Center are co-hosting the "Team Up" event at the Shoppes of Fox River, on Sunset Drive in Waukesha.  Lots of adoptable animals will be on hand, and the people who know them best, to help us "score" points (adoptions), add members to the "go-home" team and help lots of pets "touchdown" at new, forever homes!  Join in the fun from 9am - 2pm on Saturday and 10am - 2pm on Sunday.  Enjoy music, food and drink and find a new best friend!

Last but certainly not least, on Sunday HAWS hosts our annual Guinea Pig Primer!  This afternoon of "all things cavie" features Q&As with small pet experts, shopping, socializing...and new this year:  Games and contests for your piggie friend!  The event is free - children must be accompanied by an adult and piggie friends should be secure in carriers.

We'll see you this weekend!

By the way - we're now accepting registrations for the Winter Sessions of Kids 'N Critters Day Camp!  Act now before all the spaces are filled!

What's Happening: Oct 17 to Oct 24

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 1400 Nike Drive, Waukesha, (262)-565-3465,

Market on the Hill

Weekly farmers market held rain or shine. - Queen of Apostles- 449 W. Wisconsin Ave., 262-695-9735,

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stiff, like the wind

Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha Tattoo, YouTube, HAWS, Waukesha Zombie Walk

Wind wasn't the only thing stiff downtown Saturday as close to 200 zombies ambled and moaned along a 1.62 mile route to benefit HAWS and Waukesha County Food Pantry. It was the second annual Waukesha Zombie Walk and the first time I'd seen it. It was fun for everyone, thanks in large part to dry and not too cold weather. I may have to join them next year.

"Stuff That Subaru" - This Coming Saturday!

HAWS, adopt, donate, pet supplies, Petco, Wish List, Cats Internationals

This weekend HAWS is the beneficiary of a fun and creative supply drive.

This Saturday, October 22nd, come to Petco-Greenfield, 4950 S. 76th Street, and help fill up a vehicle with needed pet supplies for HAWS.  Our business partner, Subaru City of Milwaukee, is providing one of their cars for STUFF THAT SUBARU.

Everything for our paws and claws can be found on our website Wish List, or simply go to Petco on Saturday and they'll provide a list.  They'll even show you exactly what items they have and where they are in the store!  What could be easier?!

So, while you're out running errands and picking up supplies for your own pet(s), stop at the Petco on 76th in Greenfield and shop for HAWS.  Volunteers will be at the store on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, collecting goods and answering questions about our shelter.

Thanks in advance for your support of the HAWS cause!

By the way - coming up on Monday, October 24th, is a great FREE seminar at HAWS, "How to Tame the Tiger in Your House."  Lead by Victoria Papa from Cats International, this class is designed to help us humans better understand cats and why they do what they do.  Special guest Vivian Frawley will also do a feline agility demonstration- how cool is that?!  Pre-registration for this event is required.

Wars in Waukesha...

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There's a rumbling going on in Waukesha; a battle that's about to commence.  A war is brewing.  We hope you'll join the "fight," this coming Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll University.  First a 7:00 Meet & Greet Cocktail Hour and then at 7:45 p.m. - The War Begins...

Waukesha Civic's Talent Wars that is.

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More Garbage

I've disliked litter as far back as I can remember. By no means am I a Felix Unger (The Odd Couple, Google it) There is a difference between clutter and litter. Perhaps its from having worked near the Grandville landfill for several years or contending with household trash on the farm. No matter. It has always upset me to see garbage blowing around anywhere.

Too often I'll see old furniture, tires or construction material dumped in a country ditch. While there is no excuse for it, the harder it is to dispose of trash, the more people will try to find an easy way to get rid of it.

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What's Happening: Oct 24 to Oct 31

Market on the Hill

Weekly farmers market held rain or shine. - Queen of Apostles- 449 W. Wisconsin Ave., 262-695-9735,

10/27/11- 10/31/11
Wisconsin Feargrounds

Waukesha County Expo Center, 262-896-8490,

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Fostering a Sense of Community

Foster care, adopt, pets, HAWS, pet safety

So where do the HAWS pets go that aren't yet ready for adoption?

This week we're sharing office space with puppy Lola.  She's an adorable mixed breed that is just getting over a cold before she heads out to her new forever home.  Lola's status is "In Foster Care" - a pretty special status if you ask me!

HAWS uses foster homes to help care for pets that come to our shelter but are too young to adopt or possibly under the weather.  Our foster homes get litters of weeks-old kittens, young puppies, a cat with a health issue or a dog in need of a little training.  These volunteers keep the animals in their own homes for a temporary time period - HAWS gives them the food and supplies and they give the nurturing and love!

Our network of foster homes needs to expand!  "Kitten" season is still going strong, so many of our foster families are still helping with that.  We also have a few adult pets that are out getting some home-bound TLC, so when a new, needy animal (like Lola) comes in it is often up to our staff members to take them in.  (We're pretty much maxed out on who's available there, too.)

Becoming a foster caregiver is easy - we have you fill out some basic paperwork, and go through a short orientation.  Once you're ready, we give you a call when we have a need - and you can decide how deeply you want to immerse yourself!  Want to just have a dog for a week or so?  Maybe you'd like that litter of 6 kittens that is still bottle feeding?!  However much you can help, we'll take it!  I can speak from experience - it is sometimes exhausting, but always rewarding.  And it's also just downright fun!

Contact HAWS' main number at 262-542-8851 and ask how you can become involved as a foster care giver, or email and we'll get you connected.

By the way - with all the Halloween candy that will be around for the next few weeks, keep an eye on who's sharing it with you.  Fluffy and Fido do better with liver treats than with peanut butter cups, so save yourself a trip to the emergency vet and keep your candy stored safely away from pets.

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. . .

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Who doesn't deliciously shiver when they hear or read those words?  It's kind of creepy, yet fun isn't it?

One of my best creepy-fun moments happened when I was about thirteen.  My oldest sister and I were alone in the house.  It was a dark and stormy night.  The lights were off.  We were huddled together on the couch, wrapped in a blanket and watching The Mummy on Nightmare Theater.  (To ensure our safety, my sister held a ready butcher knife.)

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will work for peanuts

ODW Logistics

Been stocking up on peanut butter lately. Due to heat and drought in the South, we'll be seeing huge increases by November.

Pick 'N Save ran a one week sale on the larger size of Skippy: two for $6.00. Bought a couple 26.5 ounce jars of Extra Crunchy Skippy Natural Super Chunk. Since a cash register coupon for a dollar off our next shopping trip printed out with the purchase, effectively making it two for $5.00, I bought a couple more before the sale ended Wednesday.

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What's Happening: Oct 31 to Nov 7

10/31/11- 12/31/11
Owen Gromme: The 115th Birthday Exhibition *Now Extended*

Celebrating the “Dean of American Wildlife Artists,” this exclusive exhibit features over 30 original oil paintings held by the Gromme family, several that have never been publicly displayed.- Waukesha County Museum, 262 521-2859,

Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin concert

Performance by talented high school musicians. $5 adults, $3 students and seniors; call 262.524.7633.- Shattuck Music Center, Carroll University, 262-524-7182,

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On Geocaching and Sugar Gliders

I've been Geocaching since it's creation and many people are aware of what it is. Simply put, things are hidden, GPS coordinates are posted for where they are and the challenge is to find the item.

A rare variation of Geocaching is the night time cache. Here there are small reflectors placed on trees and you have to follow the trail of relectors through the woods using a flashlight. Often the reflectors are not within sight of each other so there is more of a challenge that it may sound to be.

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