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Governor's Weekly Radio Address, Budgeting for the Next Generation

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you and your family! As you plan your New Years resolutions, here are a few resolutions I recommended for the state legislature.

Wisconsin on Pace to Break Exports Record

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced Wisconsin through the first three quarters of 2012 exported $17.4 billion worth of products, a path to the largest Wisconsin product exports.  Here is a link to the WEDC’s report about Wisconsin’s exports during the first three quarters of 2012:

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Wisconsin Emergency Government Top 10 Emergency Preparedness Presents

Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) provides a list of top 10 emergency preparedness gifts:  

Badgers Play In Rose Bowl Today

For the second straight season, the Wisconsin Badgers are playing for the granddaddy of all college bowl games.  The Rose Bowl kicks off at 3:30 PM today, with the No. 9 Badgers playing the No. 6 Oregon Ducks.  The game will be televised on ESPN.  The radio broadcast can be found locally on 620 WTMJ AM.

Go Badgers!

WCT's Reasons to Celebrate this Special Season!

For more information go to We'd love to see you at the theatre!

It's that time of year; shopping, visits to Santa, baking, cooking, church choirs and holiday cheer.  WCT has a full December schedule to help you get into the holiday mood and celebrate the season.

First:  The NEW and IMPROVED - yes! - the totally new and improved Candy Cane Tales and Holiday Carols is running weekends through December 16, 2012.  Jes Hancock and Jacob Sudbrink, (Directors) took on the challenging task and came up with a show that is refreshingly enjoyable.  They say, "Our goal with this show was to build upon the fantastic original concept by John Cramer, (WCT's Managing Artistic Director), focusing on relationships with the story that the audience can relate to."

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What's Happening: December 3 to December 10

12/03/12- 12/31/12
Country Christmas

Country Springs Hotel, 262-547-0201,

A Royal Christmas

Embrace the season's spirit with traditional English holiday classics, featuring guest choirs from Waukesha North and West High Schools.- Shattuck Music Center, Carroll University, 262-547-1858,

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An Ode to "Old"

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Bringing a fresh, new puppy or kitten into your family can be so much fun!  But, at HAWS we always like to remind people that adult pets can be just as wonderful...and your journey together so meaningful.  With age comes wisdom - for all species...

Sebastian the cat is an 11-years-young shorthaired cat up for adoption at HAWS.When you commit to your dog, cat or other pet for it's lifetime, guiding that pet through the senior years is inevitable.  Life with an older pet is so rewarding - whether you've been together from the beginning or just found each other later in life.

Several of my co-workers and I are on a similar "schedule" with our pets.  We all adopted our babies back in the late 90s or early 00s, so we've been watching them grow up and grow old together.  Sadly, we are also starting to see those beloved dogs and cats pass on - Mason at age 12, Belle at 16, Linx at 19.  Dozer was 12, Magnum was 11 and Bailey was 14.  While we grieve for each of them, we also know that they probably blessed our lives more than we did theirs!

Freeway is a HAWS alum,,,and contentedly living the good life as a senior dog.Each time we lose a pet it reminds us to live more in the moment - and in our cases, especially with those pets who are still sharing our lives.  I feel gratitude for every day I still have with my Fuzzy Mutt, Freeway, who turned 15 about 2 weeks ago..and doesn't let us forget that!  Stiff and sore in the morning?  So what - it's time for a walk!  Bedtime?  No way, not while there's still squeak in that squeaky toy.  Quiet time?  Well, since you're just sitting there you may as well give me an earrub or neck scratch.

Pets bring value to our lives at any age.  If you want a jogging partner, definitely bring home an energetic pup.  And when you're looking to add a little serenity to your life, that 8-years-young cat or dog is ready and waiting.

Just don't miss a minute!  And enjoy the journey - together.

Bear, the MinPin, is a happy 10-year-old!By the way - some super sweet "older" pets are waiting for homes at HAWS right now.  Like Aries the cat, age 12; Bear the MinPin, age 10 (pictured at left); Kenya the Pittie, age 6; Sebastian the cat, age 11 (pictured at top).  Stop by 7 days a week to view and adopt - we'd all love to see you!

HAWS' Viewing & Adoption Hours:
Monday - Friday, 1 - 6pm
Saturday, 11am - 4pm
Sunday, Noon - 4pm

Call and ask about any of our adoptables - our phone lines open at 9am Monday thru Saturday, and at Noon on Sunday!


Not-So-Happy Holidays: Don’t Let Criminals Ruin Your Festive Spirit


One of the many reasons I eagerly awaited the Christmas Season while growing up was the chance to sit down in front of the TV and watch the classic Dr. Seuss cartoon, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Seeing this green creature slither around through the houses in Whoville, snatching up all the toys – even the Roast Beast – would evoke big laughs, especially because you knew that, in the end, even the mean old Grinch would have a change of heart and get swept up in the spirit of the season.

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What's Happening: December 10 to December 17

Comedy Tonight I Got Yule, Babe

Join local favorite Joel Kopischke and his merry band as he serves up hilarious holiday hits like you’ve never heard before. - Waukesha Civic Theatre, 262-547-0708,

Lunch and Learn, "English Christmas Traditions"

Enjoy lunch, then a presentation by Lynda Thayer of the Elmbrook Historical Society on popular and lesser-known holiday traditions of the past and present in England.  Fee: $8 per person- Waukesha County Museum, (262) 521-2859,

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A Tale of Two Kitties, Chelsea, One Big Bunny…and HAWS!

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All the animals we help at HAWS have their own unique story, and together they make our mission come alive!  Please enjoy these three "happy tails" from HAWS!

Trooper and Old Timer relaxing at home.Trooper and the Old Timer

Two stray cats came to HAWS within a few weeks of each other needing lots of help. “Trooper” had such extensive injuries that one of his legs needed to be amputated, while “Old Timer” was blind and dealing with a bladder infection. After initial care at HAWS, one foster home took both cats for their recovery, and the two boys quickly became pals.  They played and snuggled together, and despite losing a limb Trooper even brought toys to Old Timer. Once the boys were completely healthy they found that their temporary foster home was now a permanent one, and they continue to bring joy to that family today.

Chelsea patiently waiting for just the right home!Chelsea
Six-month-old Chelsea came to HAWS knowing how to sit, but not much else! She was immediately placed in HAWS’ Mod Squad™ program, to be handled and fed according to a plan tailored specifically to her needs. She wanted to please and made strides quickly, becoming more confident as she learned. When the right family came in they couldn’t wait take her home! They enrolled her in HAWS’ dog training program to continue her great progress – and each visit she pulls on the leash to see her “old family” from HAWS.

Giant Jaxon

Jaxon the Checkered Giant rabbit was found wandering, unneutered and with an overzealous “bun-sonality” making him difficult to handle. Due to his size and some of his personality traits he proved difficult to re-home. Through HAWS partnership with the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society, a little social networking and lots of work by HAWS’ small animal crew, a great home was found for Jaxon. His new home has been given all the tools for success – including the suggestion of clicker training to give him something to do!

Share the Gift of Creating a Humane Society.
Building a humane community takes the involvement of all those around us.  That’s why your gift to HAWS is so important!  Your donation saves lives of countless animals and changes the lives of people, instilling humane sentiments in all that affect how we treat each other – humans as well as animals – far into the future.  Donate today and Join HAWS in Building a Society that’s Humane.

By the way - you can donate online securely through PayPal or via snail mail - just head over to our website and we'll make it easy!

Developer proposes 224 apartments for Waukesha's east side

Waukesha, Apartments

An apartment development with 224 units is being proposed for a vacant site on Waukesha's east side.

Morgensen Realty Co., of Delafield, has submitted conceptual plans for the development, known as Broadway Commons, for a 19-acre site at 1910 E. Broadway St., east of Les Paul Parkway.

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Once Again, Domestic Violence Commands a Grim Spotlight

domestic violence, Jovan Belcher shootings, NFL shootings, Waukesha defense attorneys, Huppertz & Powers

Like many people, when I heard the first reports about the murder-suicide in Kansas City involving Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his longtime girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, I was struck by the utter horror of this senseless tragedy. You just shake your head and ask why would someone take the life of someone he loved and then turn the gun on himself? What life circumstances could have spiraled so horribly out of control?

Once again,the crime of domestic violence forced its way into the national consciousness, just as the Brookfield salon shootings had done a month earlier. The fact that the Kansas City case involved an NFL player only heightened the profile of the case, perhaps creating an even deeper sense of public disbelief.

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What's Happening: December 17 to December 31

12/17/12- 12/31/12
Country Christmas

Country Springs Hotel, 262-547-0201,

12/20/12- 12/22/12

With "Nunsense" humor, some of your favorite carols, a "Secret Santa," and an uproarious take of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet, it’s the perfect way to nsure your holiday season is merry and bright.- Waukesha Civic Theatre, 262-547-0708,

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Tinsel and...TURTLES?!

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While you bask in the glow of holiday presents, lights and good cheer, a few adoptable pets at HAWS are also basking, but they’d prefer it in new forever homes!

Bailey the Turtle.Bailey is an African Side-Necked Turtle, also known as a Serrated Mud Turtle.  She (?) is active, hearty and curious (often shy at first, these turtles acclimate well and soon show their inquisitive sides!).  Most African Side-necked Turtles can be kept in relatively simple housing because of their modest needs – a place to swim and a basking log.  When basking, Bailey will "plop" into the water when approached…but once she knows you she will quickly surface to see if you have any food!  Adult females can grow larger than most people realize, reaching 9-12" inches within five or six years.

Moo and PhillipMoo & Phillip came in together, and are sharing table space alongside Mr. Turtle (who might actually be female, ironically).  All are Red Ear Sliders, a semi-aquatic turtle that is the most common reptile pet in the world.  Unfortunately, they can be very complicated to own and often owners aren’t ready for their needs!  There is a great website devoted to them – (no, really) – that goes into lots of detail as to their needs, natural habitats and the like.

Mr. Turtle shows off his Red Ears!Bailey, Moo & Phillip and Mr. Turtle have been guests at HAWS since September.  They are definitely fun to have around and the kids participating in our education programs really enjoy them, but they would really love to become someone’s personal companions!

Adopt 4 Webbed Feet from HAWS!

By the way – you still have time to "eat for HAWS" since Taco John’s Nachos Navidad promotion continues til the end of December.  Looking forward to the New Year already?  So are we, with HAWS hosting a Waukesha JanBoree event, Cool Your Paws at HAWS, on Saturday, January 19 and then our Friends of HAWS polka party, Oom-Pa Paws, coming up on Saturday, January 26!  All the details are at – or just call us at 262-542-8851.

Courtroom Insider: You’ve Just Been Charged. Now What?

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


Maybe it’s not something you’ve ever really considered. After all, you might be telling yourself, “I’m a law abiding citizen. Why would I need to know about what happens if I were to be charged with a crime?”

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6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, let us pray

Well, we avoided the end of the world... but winter still starts today. 

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Bella of the Ball

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Need a date for New Year’s Eve? Or maybe a reason to stay home and snuggle on the couch? At HAWS, we’ve got an idea…

Meet Bella, a sweet 2-year-old Lab!

Bella loves tennis balls...and a good belly rub!Bella came to HAWS just a short while ago, when her previous home couldn’t take her along when they moved. She is enjoying her time with our staff, as you can see, but her resolution is to be in a great new home for 2013.

This little girl (she’s not the big, bulky lab you might be used to) is a bit shy at first, but loves attention and treats. She doesn’t always like other dogs so a meet’n’greet with another canine sibling is a must, and Bella definitely is NOT a cat fan. Her new family will need to be older as she startles easily around younger kids.

Bella is ready to play!Bella and a bunch of her adoptable pals, like Jack Frost, Jingle, Tiny Tim and Packer are available for viewing at HAWS today! Stop by and see if one of these pups is in your future – or if one of our many cats, rabbits or other small animals will make your New Year bright.

HAWS Holiday Hours:
HAWS is open for normal viewing, adoption and receiving from Wednesday, December 26 through Sunday, December 30. On New Year’s Eve we are open for receiving-only, from 9am – 3pm, and HAWS is closed on New Year’s Day. But, if you need help when we’re closed, there is always someone on 24-hour call to assist you!

By the way – you still have a few days to take advantage of Nachos Navidad for HAWS at Taco John’s! Satisfy your nacho craving and help HAWS, too, with 25 cents from each order donated to our shelter. 
Feliz Navidad and Feliz Ano Nuevo!

Reflections on Tragedy: Looking Back at 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting about several tragic crimes that left an ugly mark on the entire year. Two of these high profile crimes involved domestic violence. First, there were the Azana Spa & Salon murders and suicide in Brookfield. Then, in Kansas City, we heard about the tragic murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher of the Chiefs and his longtime girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins.

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countdown to New Year's

Polar Plunge, snow job, water

This Jan. 1st will be my fifth Polar Plunge into Lake Michigan. The predicted single digit temps have me a little concerned, but only a little. Preparation is everything, so I've put together a little list of lessons learned to make a first-timer's plunge safer and more enjoyable.


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