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mending fences

Had some great weekend weather. I spent many outdoor hours making the last cutting of the grass while gathering leaves with the Toro, and repairing a section of privacy fence the wind disconnected last week. A neighbor was out splitting wood, and fired up his outdoor wood furnace which filled my lungs with fresh, clean woodsmoke while I worked.

I picked up four treated four by four posts at Home Depot with the Toyota before yesterday's Sunday mass. All went well. No having to drive around back to the lumber yard and wait for or get signed out by anyone. Sunday mornings at Home Depot there's plenty of friendly assistance. The price of the wood was even lower than shelf price, and it all fit in the Toyota. I was in, out and on my way in just a few short minutes. I was happy.

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see you tomorrow?

It won't quite equal 2004, but voter turnout is expected to be quite high for this statewide. I heard Kathy Nickolaus, Waukesha County's Clerk, predict 65 percent. I'll be greeting voters at Hawthorne Elementary all day Tuesday. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and I expect to be there from 6:00 a.m. till 11:00 or so at night. I'm looking forward to the steady stream of voters keeping us busy.

As always, even if we know you, state your last name, first name, and address. Polls are open until 8:00 p.m., so if you want to avoid a long line I'd suggest not coming at 7:00 a.m. when there's guaranteed to be a line. Lines are quite unpredictable and fluctuate within the wards throughout the day, but close to 8:00 p.m. most people have already voted.

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What's Happening: Nov 1 to Nov 8

Michael Kriesel, poetry reading

Poetry reading by Wisconsin writer Michael Kriesel.. Dorothy Goff Frisch Recital Hall, Shattuck Music Center; 7 p.m.

11/05/10- 11/24/10
Carroll Art Student Union Exhibition

Student art exhibit featuring juried photography and digital art.. Humphrey Memorial Chapel and Art Center; ; 262-524-7195;

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My civic duty. It may not involve voting.


Just 12 hours after blogging about poll working all day at Hawthorne I got a call from Gina, Deputy Clerk of Waukesha. She needed a chief inspector at the polls at the Elk's Club. The usual inspector went into the hospital unexpectedly.

I'm not nervous. Terrified, not nervous. Never been chief inspector before. Never worked polls other than Hawthorne. Never even been in the Elk's Club or know which district it serves.

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If you saw us on 12

helping, politics

A camera crew from 12 News showed up at Waukesha's District One poll station at the Elk's Lodge on Springdale at some point in the morning. If you happened to watch, (First District is in the slideshow on their site starting with first photo - I'm pictured in slide 12) it was nothing compared to just a few hours later.

I was the busiest guy at one of the busiest places in the city yesterday. 1700 voters; one tenth, or 170 of which were new registrants or name / address changes. We had to call for more registration forms twice and ballots once.

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The deer did not survive.

Two cars hit the same deer Wednesday with predictable results. In yesterday's Freeman Police Blotter, nearly half the entries were of car vs deer collisions. It's that time of year again.

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Nov 4, 2010; Section:Records; Page Number:11A    


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Craft Sale This Weekend

St. William, dripping blood

The huge 23rd Christian Women's Annual Craft and Bake Sale is tomorrow and Sunday at St. William on North Moreland. It's a huge affair with over 50 exhibitors and lots of delicious hot turkey sandwiches and bakery. Times are Saturday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday 8:30 to 2:00 Central Standard Time. (don't forget to set clocks back an hour Sunday morning.)

While at the Craft Fair consider signing up for Wednesday, Nov. 10th's Blood Center blood drive held at the parish from 3:30 to 7:30 pm. Walk-ins are also welcome. 

  • 6 - 7 Waukesha - St. William Christian Women Craft Fair. Holiday craft fair, featuring regional crafters with bake sale, raffle and food concession. Something for everyone! Sat 9AM - 4:30PM, Sun 8:30AM - 2PM. Admission free. St. William's Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd.. For more information call (262) 549-1363.

Spancrete Shutdown - Both sides...

Community, Community Happenings, County News, Observations

Spancrete announced they are "temporarily" closing their Waukesha plant and shifting production to their Valders location...and this should be completed by the end of the year.

Barring any additional Spancrete statements, it sounds and feels ominous. With the economy at a near standstill, there are few indicators that this plant will be needed soon...

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signing over my rights


My copyrights.

I began adding videos to YouTube a year and a half ago after WaukeshaNOW made it possible to add them to the site. I don't own a video camera, but can record video without audio on my digital camera.

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HOPE you can make it

helping, Hope Center

The twelvth annual HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction is a week and a half away; the week before Thanksgiving on Thursday the 18th. The dinner will again be held at Country Springs Hotel and is sure to be a fun time.

The dinner is on the pricier side, though half the $60.00 price is tax deductible, but as a major fundraiser for all of Hope Center's many beneficial programs it's the best deal in town. I'm on the dinner committee because it's a cause I believe in. Hope Center, formerly Cooperating Congregations, offers many no cost options for the less fortunate in Waukesha County.

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What's Happening: Nov 8 to Nov 15

Comedy Tonight Family Night

Local comedy and improv artists. Waukesha Civic Theatre; 7:00 pm; 262-547-0708;

Meet Eleanor Roosevelt

Celebrate the opening of Memories of World War II with Jessica Michna’s portrayal of the famous and influential First Lady during the Great Depression and WWII. . Waukesha County Museum; 6;30 pm -7:30 pm; 262 521-2859;

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Can You Hear What I Hear?

For more information on Loop Systems please go to And for more information regarding our theatre, log on to We'd love to have you join us!

Imagine you've a black piece of paper with large, bold white letters on it.  You read the words and all is understood. 

Now, imagine that same piece of paper with the same words on it, only this time a toddler has been let loose with a handful of crayons and has scribbled through the writing and you've just spilt your coffee on it leaving a bunch of splotches to mingle with the crayon.  Can you read and understand the message now?  Other than a few letters, likely not; visually, that's what it's like for those in large spaces or rooms who are hearing impaired.

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Live blog Saturday from football games

Follow the remaining Waukesha football teams Saturday at the Preps Alcove, where Lake Country Publications sports director JR Radcliffe will present a live blog.

Coverage begins shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday, when Catholic Memorial meets Delavan-Darien in a Level 3 state semifinal at Kettle Moraine. At 3 p.m., Waukesha West meets Kenosha Bradford at Arrowhead in a Divison 1 semifinal. Winners from those games will play at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison during the Nov. 19 title games.

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tying one on


G'day mates. I wore a tie to work yesterday. It had a single small kangaroo design on it and was made in Australia. I got a lot of positive feedback. A Lot. I was commended for going the extra mile. They asked how I got it. Told me I looked good.

It's just a slim dark brown tie with a small yellow kangaroo on it. Friday's color of the day was brown. The last time Friday was brown I wore a light brown long-sleeved t-shirt, and I just didn't have anything else. Many people at work never try to wear Friday's colors or themes. I think it helps us be a team and it's fun to do. It gives me an excuse to wear things I normally would never wear, much less wear to work.

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Sustain The Mayor's Veto


Lately, I've been more concerned about my personal budget than the city's. I have looked over some of the items that are of particular interest to me, namely, the library and transit system.

While public transportation is less of one that it was, the library remains a sacred cow that nobody seems to bring to examination. Indeed when I wrote about the library budget in another publication, a number of replies questioning my sanity were received and published. I still maintain that the public library system is bloated and exceeds the needs of the general population given the vast amount of resources that practically every household has available to them, the Internet. The city should not be in the business of entertainment. Free entertainment at the expense of the taxpayers.

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What's Happening: Nov 15 to Nov 22

Shop Til You Drop
Admission is free with a non-perishable food item. Over 30 vendors will be exhibiting various items including jewelry, candles, handbags, home goods, and much, much more! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to start your holiday shopping. What could be more convenient that visiting all of these vendors at one location! Metropolitan Builders Association’s Office, N16W23321 Stone Ridge Dr. in Waukesha; 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.; 262-470-4925.

Holiday Tree Lighting

Offical downtown Waukesha Tree Lighting, join us for an old fashion hometown tree lighting at the Rotunda. Enjoy free hot chocolate, and carolers!. Historic Downtown Waukesha; 6pm; 262-542-1060;

11/19/10- 11/20/10
23rd Annual Yuletide Faire

Medieval-themed fest that's fun for the whole family. Pocket Lady, Pickle Man, Yuletide Theatre, children's craft workshops, more than 25 vendors of handcrafted wares, Secret Santa Shoppe, food and beverages.. Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Pewaukee; 2pm- 9pm;9:30am-5pm; 262-646-7497;

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Follow Waukesha at football games Friday

Follow the Waukesha football teams in Friday's state championship games online with former All-State quarterback Bian Brunner, who will provide live musings from Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

Check out a preview of the games here.

What's Happening: Nov 22 to Nov 29

11/24/10- 12/31/10
Country Christmas

Areas largest outdoor Christmas light show. Country Springs Hotel; ; 262-547-0201;

World's Greatest Cookie Sale

Marks the 20th year! Choose from home-made holiday cookies and baked goods in every variety imaginable from 30 participating non-profit organizations. All proceeds benefit the specific non-profit groups you purchase from. The event also features holiday music performances, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, magic shows, cupcake decorating and face painting. Enjoy a wonderful event for the whole family while you support your favorite causes! Country Springs Hotel; 262-547-0201;

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Have Yourself a Memory-Making Merry Little Christmas...

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'Back in the day,' the twenty-five days between Thanksgiving and Christmas were full of anticipation.  Nothing appeared in the stores or was strung across the streets until the day after the turkey was consumed.  Nothing!  It made the wait all the more exciting.  The days were filled with school and shopping and planning.  But what to do in the evenings and on long weekends till the 'big day' arrived? 

When the television specials began in the 60s, it filled that gap.  While we celebrated the true meaning of Christmas; it was fun to participate in the pretend and fantastical.  Those specials added warmth and gaiety to the cold and often dreary winter days and nights.  My sisters and I glued ourselves to the box.  My husband remembers doing likewise.

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What's Happening: Nov 29 to Dec 6

12/01/10- 06/06/11
Memories of World War II

Almost two hundred reporters and photographers fanned out around the globe to cover WWII for The Associated Press. The best of these images make up for important exhibition.. Waukesha County Museum; ; 262-521-2859;

The Season of Light

General Public Program for a beautiful holiday season program investifating the most fascinating winter solstice celebrations from all over the world. $4/adult, $3/children. Planetarium at Retzer Nature Center; 7pm;

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