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Polar Plunge

I wasn't going to let what happened last year at Bradford Beach happen again. During the Jan. 1, 2012 plunge I couldn't locate my clothes after coming out of freezing Lake Michigan. I started panicking and felt a little hypothermic as I wasted precious minutes while soaking wet in zero windchill.

You could say I overprepared this time. I brought enough stuff to last a week, but largely due to me not following my own rules of advice, Top 10 Tips to Safely Enjoy Your First Polar Plunge... in my previous post, I didn't come back with the same amount.

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What's Happening: January 2 to January 7

01/01/13- 01/31/13
Jean Crane and Friends: Watercolor Expressions VIII

Join Jean Crane and friends for their debut at Lake Country Gallery, Pewaukee.q- Lake Country Gallery, 262-691-3800

01/02/13- 06/07/13
America Celebrates! Quilts of Joy & Remembrance

Nationally touring exhibition of art quilts from American fiber artists, and is a joyful, diverse, and sometimes touching look at how we see ourselves as a nation.- Waukesha County Museum, 262-521-2859,

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A Resource for Parents with Young Children

Autism, children, development, delays, families, ages and stages, babies, Easter Seals, Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin; Make the First Five Count

Most every week at Easter Seals, we meet a new family that has a child with a significant cognitive delay or has signs of autism.   Too often a parent will say, " We suspected something was wrong, but..."     Being a parent is not easy, especially with your first child.   You question yourself constantly and second-guess your decisions because you want what's best for your child.   When should my child be crawling? walking?talking?   Easter Seals, with our friends from CVS, have provided an online resource to help you check your child's development that only takes 15 minutes.  

The Ages and Stage Questionnaire is the "gold standard" in indentifying delays in development of your child.   The results will be reviewed by trained professionals and results will be in your hands in days.  If help is needed, a referral will be shared.  With the right family support and professional services, an early delay can be overcome.

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now that Christmas is over...

helping, ODW Logistics

Little hard to tell when Christmas ended. There were probably many who thought is was over the night of the 25th. Not only is there a song about the 12 days of Christmas, but there are 12 days of Christmas!

Sunday, Fr. Curt told everyone that yesterday was the 12th day of Christmas, ending in Three Kings Day, the day more suited to gift-giving. That got me thinking. Since Sunday was the 13th day after Christmas when does one start counting? I looked it up and Christmas day is the first day of Christmas making Saturday the twelfth day, not Sunday.

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What's Happening: January 7 to January 14

01/08/13- 06/07/13
America Celebrates! Quilts of Joy & Remembrance

Nationally touring exhibition of art quilts from American fiber artists, and is a joyful, diverse, and sometimes touching look at how we see ourselves as a nation.- Waukesha County Museum, 262-521-2859,

01/11/13- 01/13/13
Bob & Rocco Gun Show

Firearm Expo- Forum, Waukesha Expo Center, 262-896-8490,

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Sobering Thoughts: What If We Allowed OWI Convictions to Expire?

OWI, DWI, drunk driving, Waukesha defense attorney, Huppertz & Powers

It’s an interesting question. Should we “forgive and forget” when it comes to the manner in which the legal system handles drunk driving convictions? After a set amount of time, should a past conviction be allowed to expire instead of remaining on a person’s record?

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no worries?

I didn't put up a stink or ask for a free one when I had to drive all the way back to Jimmy's Grotto to get a replacement Ponza for the one they got wrong. The first one took half an hour and, even though they were packed by the time I returned, they had the replacement in half that time.

Jimmy's isn't the kind of place you'd expect to run into interesting people, though I'm sure many frequent the place.

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Delivering Controlled Substances Doesn’t Always Seem Like a Crime

controlled substances, criminal defense attorney, Huppertz & Powers

It was like a scene from a movie.

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What's Happening: January 14 to January 21

01/14/13- 06/07/13
America Celebrates! Quilts of Joy & Remembrance

Nationally touring exhibition of art quilts from American fiber artists, and is a joyful, diverse, and sometimes touching look at how we see ourselves as a nation.Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-4:30pm, Waukesha County Museum, 262-521-2859,

01/17/13- 01/19/13
Seussical Jr.

This fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and all the Whos of Whoville. Fri-Sun: 7pm, Waukesha Civic Theatre, 262-547-0708,

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Greetings from the 83rd!

Welcome to my new NOW blog, The Capitol Connection. While Madison can sometimes feel like worlds away for residents of the 83rd District, it is my hope that this will serve as another tool to keep you updated and in touch with your state government. Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or comments on how I can make this blog better serve you. To reach me, please visit my official Assembly website for my phone and email information, as well as district boundaries for the 83rd Assembly District (

Now to the Capitol Connection. Last Monday, the 101st Wisconsin Legislature was sworn in and we have already seen a lot of activity in the Capitol. This past Tuesday, Governor Walker gave his State of the State Address where he once again committed to helping grow our economy, creating jobs and reducing the tax burden on the middle class. (My response to both the Inaugural and the Governor’s State of the State Address can be found on my website.) We also saw the introduction of Mining Legislation – which I have co-sponsored – that would allow iron ore mining in Wisconsin by streamlining the current approval process while still maintaining the safeguards necessary to ensure that we protect the environment for our children and our grandchildren.

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Making Fake 9-1-1 Calls: A Lose-Lose Situation

Fake 9-1-1 calls, 9-1-1 abuse, Waukesha criminal defense attorneys, Huppertz & Powers

At first, the 33 year-old Waukesha woman thought she was being very clever. Now, she finds herself facing up to 180 days in jail and a $600 fine for placing a series of false emergency phone calls to police dispatchers.

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Janboree, MLK Jr. and Inauguration Day

Janboree, Waukesha North, Waukesha County Museum


I saw the intricate, creative quilts at the Waukesha County Museum Saturday during the Janboree free admission day. Most, if not all, the quilts commemorated various days or holidays. The two examples above recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Inauguration Day, but I don't remember seeing one for the National Day of Service which is also today. 

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What's Happening: January 21 to January 28

01/23/13- 01/26/13
Safro Auto Sale

Indoor used car sale and event. Financing available. Free Hotdogs; popcorn & soda Stop by for your best deal!- Arena, Waukesha Expo Center, 262-896-8490,

1st Annual Pewaukee Kiwanis Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plungers come in all shapes, sizes, swimsuits, super hero costumes, Mardi Gras beads and the like! Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. Its $20.00 and you receive a souvenir T-Shirt. Raffles start at $1.- The Sandbar on Hwy SS in Pewaukee, 262-691-1547,

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Waukesha woman charged with 20 felonies, selling heroin

 Waukesha – A 34-year-old woman was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 23 with multiple felonies after allegedly selling various illegal drugs, including heroin, to a confidential informant working with the Waukesha Police Department.

Stephanie J. Pavlons was charged with nine felony counts of manufacturing or delivering various drugs, including heroin and several different prescription drugs. She was also charged with five counts of felony drug trafficking and six counts of felony bail jumping.

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Human Trafficking, Stalking Made Easier by Internet, New Technology

human trafficking, Internet stalking, Waukesha criminal defense attorney, Huppertz & Powers

The recent headlines about the bust of an alleged human trafficking ring operating in Georgia, Florida and both North and South Carolina certainly claimed plenty of national attention. Twelve men were indicted on charges related to a human trafficking and prostitution ring following an investigation, dubbed “Operation Dark Night,” that began last spring.

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DNR Issues Advisory for Some Local Private Well Owners


Yesterday, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released information regarding the potential for elevated levels of a particular naturally occurring metal, Molybdenum, being found in the private wells of some local communities (DNR Press Release). According to the DNR, elevated levels of Molybdenum were identified in some private wells located in:

• the towns of Caledonia, Raymond and Norway in Racine County;
• the city of Muskego in Waukesha County; and
• residents using private wells in Franklin and Oak Creek in Milwaukee County.

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Portion of Town of Waukesha placed in city's future water service area

Town of Waukesha -- A northern slice of the town will be included in the City of Waukesha's future water service area and become part of the city's request for Lake Michigan water, under a resolution approved unanimously by the Town Board.

The town board drew a line on a map and all properties in the town west of Springdale Road and north of Racine Ave. and state Highway 59 could be served by city water if needed, Town Chairman Angie Van Scyoc said Friday.

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I deserve a spankin'

Hey, heard you checked out a Chrysler Concorde. Pretend you never did, pry one of the worst car designs in the decade, very poor car. Very very difficult to fix common problems. We send them to engine shops constantly


What's Happening: January 28 to February 4

01/29/13- 06/07/13
America Celebrates! Quilts of Joy & Remembrance

Nationally touring exhibition of art quilts from American fiber artists, and is a joyful, diverse, and sometimes touching look at how we see ourselves as a nation. Tue-Sat: 10:30am-4:30pm. Waukesha County Museum, 262-521-2859,

02/01/13- 02/02/13
39th Winter Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association Show & Sale

55 carefully-chosen dealers from across the Midwest, bringing their finest antiques to the Milwaukee area for this respected event. Fri: 11am-9pm, Sat: 10am-5pm. Waukesha Expo, 1000 Northview Rd., Waukesha 53188, 414/510-4441,

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Who Me? Maybe. . .

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There's a playground game I participated in as a young girl regarding a cookie jar and the question, who stole the cookies.  It was a rhythmic chant that tossed questions, answers and denials between the girls like a volley ball being tossed back and forth over a net.  "Who me?"  "Yes, you."  "It couldn't be."  "Then who?"

Thinking about WCT's current production, An Inspector Calls, by J.B. Priestley got me thinking about that childhood game.  When most of us are confronted with an accusation, our first response is, "Who me?"  At times the answer is a resounding yes; but what if the answer isn't quite that obvious?

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