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The Founding Fathers and The Price They Paid

The following is from a mass circulated email received over 10 years ago. It is fascinating and much of it true, some of it not. The urban legend web site Snopes has some clarification on part of this document. For further fact checking click here.

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Snow Etc.


Snow in June!   Below is a photo of snow on the ground my husband Ron and I observed during a recent hike in the Rocky Mountains:  

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Toy Story 3: Loyalty Above All Else

Toy Story 3, movie, Oscars Movie Waukesha Marquette, Review, Waukesha, wisconsin, Film, Critic, Blog

Toy Story 3 is the third in a trilogy of movies about animated toys who take on distinct personalities when their owners leave the room. Beginning in 1995 with Toy Story and 1999 with Toy Story 2, viewers have watched a boy named Andy grow up with his toys, unaware of the chicanery and drama that takes place behind his back. In this installment Andy is a high school graduate who is confronted with the perplexing choice of what to do with his childhood toys when he leaves for college. Through a series of miscues his toys end up in a daycare where they are unfortunately placed in the toddler room. The toys are not age appropriate  for toddlers and find themselves beaten senselessly on a daily basis. They request a tranfer from the mob boss of the toy world, Lotso the teddy bear, who informs them that they will be imprisoned there permanently so that toys with more "seniority" can avoid being abused by the toddlers. The rest of the movie chronicles their creative attempt to escape the security measures Lotso has put in place and return to Andy.

This movie is one of a series by Pixar and Disney which centers on the theme of loyalty. This theme is central to other productions of theirs such as Up, Finding Nemo, Lilo and Stitch, Ratatouille, and Toy Story 2, just to name a few. While loyalty is certainly an important virtue that parents want to instill in their children, one has to wonder why Disney and Pixar continue to hammer away at it in film after film. One has to wonder if they've simply run out of interesting things to say to children. My guess is that loyalty is a safe theme that most everyone can appreciate. Safe themes make for safe investments by movie studios. But I don't go to movie to see something safe, and neither do most children. The best films are those that challenge the viewer to see the world in a different way. This film doesn't. It's an attempt by the studios to breathe life into an old idea without having much new to say. The fact that they are offering it in 3-D adds something more to its appeal. Your children will love the movie, don't get me wrong. But adults who go with them will most likely experience deja vu all over again. I give it three stars out of five.

South Shore Frolics -- July 9, 10, 11, 2010 -- South Shore Park -- 2900 S. Shore Drive.

On the weekend of July 9, 10, and 11, 2010, the South Shore Frolics will be in action. This event takes place at South Shore Park, located at 2900 S. Shore Drive, in Bay View. The link to this event is:

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Friday Morning Music

Popular Culture

The summer of 1976 my kid brother and I took that VW bus of mine on a road trip around Lake Superior deep into Ontario.  Not much planning - truthfully only about five hours notice.

Lots of good memories about that adventure. 

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crew times two

helping, full of hot air, St. William, St. Vincent, Waukesha Food Pantry

Being unemployed has kept me pretty busy. I helped with two hot air flights yesterday, Friday. The morning flight was the couple's 22nd wedding anniversary. Great timing for a great time. So happy to have shared the occasion with them.

In between balloon flights I helped three hours at the Waukesha County Food Pantry, fourth time this week. The volunteers at the Pantry are the friendliest. I have to recommend the Pantry if you have time to help with it. They're doing a wonderful service for the community, something I may appreciate more myself later if I don't find work soon.

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Blue Stars - A spectacular group of kids

Early this morning a group of young people between 14 and 21 assembled at the school across from my house.  They brought with them drums and all of the percussion trappings needed for a drum and bugle corps.

They used the school as a rehearsal site for the holiday parade.  At about 9 a.m. they began to practice their routines.  They practiced and practiced all day until midafternoon.

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Celebrate Independence Day at Humboldt Park on Monday, July 5th

   This is the centennial year for Humboldt Park 4th of July Association. We will be presenting our best efforts to commemorate this occasion. We will have over 100 units in our morning parade. The web site that gives all of the information on the day's activities is: http://humboldtpark4thof  or go to web site:  We have a full day of activities planned, starting at 9:00 AM with the morning parade and ending at 9:15 PM after the fireworks display. Try web site:  We will have the Talent Show this year, after being canceled last year due to budget cuts from the City of Milwaukee. Our great sponsors have helped us make this year special for all of us to enjoy. Take time out and come to Humboldt Park, where the Independence Day activities began in the City of Milwaukee. We began in 1910, and this year is 2010. Thanks to some great sponsors and volunteers, we have been able to continue for 100 years. We can always use more volunteers. We would like to carry this tradition into the future for more families to be able to enjoy. Please consider becoming a volunteer with our organization. Have a happy and safe holiday with your family.

Happy Fourth of July

Events, community

Plenty of celebration activities scheduled in New Berlin for the July 4th holiday weekend.

The theme of this year's Independence Day parade was "The Spirit of America in New Berlin".

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The Smoking Ban – How Illinois Did it Better

Tosa Business

Breathe deep. Ahhhh….yep, it starts today folks, the Indoor Smoking Ban in Wisconsin. Those of us who don’t smoke are pretty darn excited. I’m especially looking forward to visiting a couple of Tosa places that sometimes are WAY too smoky for me: Club Tap and Col. Hart’s.

If you’ve seen a rash of patio renovations lately, you know that businesses owners were preparing for this day. I applaud them and hope that all of us who have avoided certain restaurants and businesses will now patronize those places.

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Life, Liberty and the pursuit of big explosions

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, Clinton Street Gallery, counting cranes, Culver's, Dad, festival, Freeman, full of hot air, helping, John Schoenknecht, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, Moxie, politics, Retzer, say uncle, Sprizzo, St. Patrick, St. Vincent, St. William, Tim, Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha Tattoo, Workforce


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Let's Settle The Lake Michigan Water Issue

Politics-Local, Water Issue

I have a simple question and suggestion about the escalating divide that seems to be tearing our city apart. Ok, granted that having Lake Michigan water is the surest solution to our supply and quality woes. But what good does all this planning do if the governing bodies of the great lakes does not approve our application? Further, is OUR DNR working with us or against us?

For you who like conspiracy theories, is this a Rahm Emanual moment of taking advantage of a crisis? Is the Doyle administration seeing this as an opportunity to force Waukesha to be beholden to Milwaukee? A step closer to tapping into the wealth of the county? I see that Milwaukee's now charging 6.1% sales tax.  As odd as it sounds, we may not make any favorable progress until Governor Walker shakes up the state government, for the better.

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the reason Sunday's Journal Sentinel was so large


Normally a holiday paper would be smaller; most ads having appeared in weeks leading up to it. Not my Sunday paper. Thirteen CVS ads!

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Ahhhh, Fresh Air At Last

Events, Health

Looks like we can  breathe easier now thanks to Wisconsin's smoking ban, which takes effect today. 


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Thank you Cliff and all of your staff at Humboldt Park

  I wish to give a special thank you to Cliff and his staff at Humboldt Park. Your work in the parks has been outstanding. Your dedication to the parks and the people is beyond the normal. It is time that somebody spoke up for you. Your work with all of the public events is great. The Chill on the Hill, the Independence Day celebration, the South Shore Frolics, the Easter Egg Hunt, the  Polish Women's Alliance Children's Christmas Party, Tree Day, weddings, parties, are just a few of the things that you do. You have several parks to maintain with very little staff to help you out. Your dedication is beyond the call of duty.  If I only had enough quality words to describe your excellent work.  Thank you very much for all that you do.



“Water Conservation: Effecting Change in

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Bay View Historical Society "Wine & Beer Tasting" -- July 24, 2010

   Tickets are available now for the annual Wine & Beer Tasting to benefit the the Bay View Historical Society. This wonderful event will be held at the historic Beulah Brinton House, 2590 S. Superior Street, in Bay View, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. It is sponsored by the G. Groppi Food Market and the Nehring family.

   The price is $ 45.00 in advance and $ 55.00 at the door.  So buy your tickets soon.  The board members of the Bay View Historical Society will be happy to sell these tickets to you. Just let us know how many you wish to purchase.

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Some WIAA baseball sectionals look lopsided, but don't be surprised if there are upsets

Menomonee Falls, Germantown, Whitefish Bay, Nicolet and Brown Deer baseball

On the surface, the WIAA Germantown baseball sectional scheduled for Friday looks like it could be mailed in, with top-seeded Menomonee Falls (32-10) riding a 12-game winning streak and with by far and away the best record on the docket.

But the Indians will have to be wary of sectional semifinal opponent and Greater Metro rival Brookfield Central (22-22) as the Lancers were the last team to beat the Indians back in late June. Besides, these teams have an intense history with one another that dates back more than a decade with many high-level games deciding state berths and conference titles.

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2010 Summer Band Concerts


The concert scheduled for Thursday, July 22, has been cancelled due to rain and rescheduled for Thursday, August 5.

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The Pitter Patter of Little Feet

Family, Girlfriend

I happen to think that there happens to be nothing more up-lifting than a puppy picture to brighten your day.

This is Girlfriend making her first retrieve. 

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