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What's Happening: Mar 1 to Mar 8

Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin

Orchestra concert performed by talented high school students.. Shattuck Music Center; 8p.m.; 262-524-7182;

03/05/10- 03/06/10
Badger Golden Retriever Club Dog Show

Waukesha County Expo Center; ; 262-896-8490;

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White Rock teacher also "absent"

In addition to the removal of White Rock Elementary School  Principal Dorothy Smith, it appears another teacher was removed from the Waukesha bilingual school at the same time.

Olga Pallan, a Title I teacher who has been at the school for 15 years, also left the building in late January, according to parents at the school. Pallan said she had no comment on the situation that she said she's been told not to discuss.

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Controlling The Flow: Conserving Water One Family At A Time

Water. It’s the new W word. In Waukesha, water diversion news is bubbling everywhere. The enormous scale, complex civil engineering, and delicate politics necessary to implement this project is mind-boggling, especially to a math-phobic English major. So, for now I’ve decided to recycle my articles on Waukesha’s best water options and return to something I’m more comfortable with – conserving water by making good choices.

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My least favorite branch of the federal government is the Supreme Court. I don't profess to know all the ins or outs of the federal government, but I'm trying. Many have said that much of what the legislative branch does is unconstitutional. It seems to me that the Supreme Court isn't doing it's job of deciding what is Constitutional and what isn't. It shouldn't take a lawsuit and hot shot lawyers to decide. I think the document is pretty much clear and doesn't need much, if any, interpretation.

It is said that whatever is not allowed for in the the Constitution, is relegated to the individual States so long as it is not in conflict with the Constitution. At the recent Town Hall meeting of Senator Russell Feingold held in Whitewater, a citizen asked where in the Constitution does it allow for the creation of a health-care system, or words to that effect. The Senator replied that if that is unconstitutional, then there are many laws made by the legislature that are unconstitutional. I believe that to be true.

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when fish fly

There was a little three paragraph article in Friday's Journal Sentinel. Seems pharmaceuticals in Lake Michigan are an emerging health threat. While the current concentrations are too low to worry about now, not enough is known about the various chemical combinations and at what point they become unsafe. 

Caffeine, estrogen and cotinine, a tobacco byproduct, have been found in small concentrations, as have anticonvulsants and mood stabilizers. These chemicals have been known to cause cancer, small size and intersexuality in fish.

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art and music

1) sound of music, art

Thought I could afford $3.00 for a ticket to Waukesha North's Talent Show 2010. Bring something for Waukesha Food Pantry and knock a dollar off. I brought two cans and paid only a dollar to get in.

It was a talent show and I expected variety. Even though every entrant was musical, it wasn't a bad thing. Eleven acts, I heard ten, and only one needing a lot more work.  I was hoping to see some of the same decent groups I enjoyed during Janboree Jam and wasn't disappointed.

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What's Happening: Mar 8 to Mar 15

MAR 12- 14
"Bye Bye Birdie"

One of the most captivating musicals of all time, this Tony and Outer Critics Circle Award winner tells the story of Conrad Birdie, a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. Conrad's agent Albert, Albert's secretary, Rose, concoct one final publicity stunt before the induction; he will bid a typical American teenage girl with an all-American kiss. Kim MacAfee in Sweet Apple, Ohio wins the honor, and the arrival of Birdie in her quiet little town causes a major commotion. Waukesha Civic Theatre in Historic Downtown Waukesha, 262-547-0708 or

~Area Fish Frys~
Matteo's Italian Ristorante, 1608 E. Sunset Dr., Waukesha 544-6022 or

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PIX FIX - That was then, this is WOW!

For more information, please go to We'd love to have you join us!

I remember my first experience with The PIX on Main Street, Downtown Waukesha.

The year? 1974.  The reason?  My first date.  The movie?  The Sting.

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Famous Footwear opening in Waukesha

Famous Footwear

Famous Footwear will hold a grand opening event Saturday, March 20, for its new store in the Fox River shopping center at 1240 W. Sunset Dr., on the southwest side of Waukesha.

The 8,800-square-foot store is expected to be open for business by Monday, March 15, the company said.

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peace and percussion

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

Once again the entertainment was spectacular at the Irish Cultural Heritage Center's Milwaukee Irish Parade Afterparty. For one thin dollar I was treated to some of the best Irish entertainment this side of the Mississippi. Have yet to see the parade though, billed as the largest parade of any kind in the state and the first Irish parade to be held outside the original 13 colonies. The parade was started in 1843, before even Milwaukee was a city and Wisconsin a state.

I planned my trip around the headliner band, Different Drums of Ireland. Their goal is to do more than just make loud rhythmic sounds by beating on objects. Their focus seems as much about making the audience happy as it is bringing about peace through their playing.

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What's Happening: Mar 15 to Mar 22

Mikano Lodge Native American Dance Team

Enjoy the Milwaukee Order of the Arrow Lodge Native American Dance Team and the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary exhibit at this evening event for visitors of all ages. Admission $2 per person.. Waukesha County Museum, 101 West Main Street, Waukesha; 6:30 pm; 262- 521-2859;

Carroll Concert Choir concert

Concert performed by elite Carroll student choir.. Shattuck Music Center; 7:30 p.m.; 262-524-7182;

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LED There Be Light

Various Topics

For some time I've noticed different colored street lights on West Moreland Boulevard between Irving and Summit. Reminds me of some compact flourescent lights that I've bought. Some are a warm tone and others are more of a white light.

I come to find out that the city is experimenting with L.E.D. street lights. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. A diode is an electronic device that when energized with a few volts of direct current, will emit photons. Sounds like something from Star Trek, no? "Fire the photon torpedos, Scotty!"

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La Fheile Padraig Sona

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, YouTube, St. Patrick

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Hello to a Good Bye

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Thursday evening, March 11, 2010.

It's palpable.  Nervous excitement permeates the theatre.  In the green room and back stage where the actors and crew reside I know voices are warming up, props are being set, someone is likely experiencing a last minute wardrobe malfunction.

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Marquette University: so much more than basketball

With a stellar reputation that draws students from all 50 states and 70 different countries, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, Marquette University is a jewel in our backyard.

The school that's named after the well-traveled 17th century Jesuit priest, Jacques Marquette, dramatically impacts Waukesha and people in our region. In the Fall of 2009, 200 Freshman and 400 Graduate students from Waukesha County were enrolled at MU. When you add another 165 students from the College of Professional Studies, the total comes to 765 students. (

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Waukesha Water Commission recommends bid for Great Lakes water

The 5-member Waukesha Water Commission Thursday unanimously recommended the Common Council approve an application for Great Lakes drinking water.

Commission President Dan Warren described a bid for Lake Michigan water as "our most cost effective, most sustainable and most reliable long-term solution for the citizens of Waukesha." It would cost an estimated $164 million to obtain lake water, about $10 million to $13 million less than two other options using wells only, according to estimates from city consultants.

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1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, art, Carroll, counting cranes, Culver's, Dad, dripping blood, festival, Freeman, full of hot air, helping, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, politics, Retzer, say uncle, Sprizzo, St. Patrick, St. Vincent, St. William, Tim, UWW, YouTube

It's not that I don't love each one of you, it's just that I wouldn't come right out and say it like this. By using quotation marks in the title I'm able to avoid any emotional connection.

It makes me wonder what kind of a person would drive a car with "I LUV U" plates, as seen heading west on I-94 between Brookfield and Waukesha Friday night. It also makes me smile.

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What's Happening: Mar 22 to Mar 29

Lecture on Virginia Huebner

Virginia Huebner’s accomplishments and contributions to the history of fair employment practices in Wisconsin. Tickets are $3/person or $50 for 20. . Carroll University; 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm; 262- 521-2859;

The Centennial Sleepover: Lad and Dad/Mom and Me Cub Scout

Visit the BSA 100th Anniversary exhibit, enjoy Boy Scout themed crafts and activities, watch the film, tell stories and sing songs at an indoor campfire, camp out in the historic courtroom with breakfast in the morning. Fee $20 per person.. Waukesha County Museum, 101 West Main Street, Waukesha; 6:30 pm ; 262- 521-2859;

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Weissgerbers to expand Gasthaus restaurant, eventually build hotel

Waukesha, Hotels

The Weissgerber family plans to expand its Gasthaus restaurant, in Waukesha, and hopes to eventually build a hotel at that location, under a proposal to be reviewed Wednesday by the ciy Plan Commission.

The proposal calls for adding 2,900 square feet to the restaurant, 2720 N. Grandview Blvd. Most of that new space would be used to expand the restaurant's banquet facility, said co-owner Jack Weissgerber.

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What's Happening: Mar 29 to Apr 5

03/29/10- 04/11/10
Carroll Art Student Union Spring Exhibition

Juried mixed media exhibit by students.. Humphrey Memorial Chapel and Art Center; 262-524-7195;

04/01/10- 05/11/10
Almont Gallery “Nature's Design”

The Photography Exhibit Featuring Artists Tom Kivlan-Voss, Marcia Schneider and Dana Larson. Opening Reception (Mother of All Art Crawls) May 1st 4-10pm. Almont Gallery- Historic Downtown Waukesha; ; 262-542-1522;

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