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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Weed Out at Mary Knoll Park this Saturday, May 17, 2014

Brookfield, Gardening, Special events, Nature

This year, rain or shine, the Weed Out at Mary Knoll Park in Brookfield will be held on Saturday, May 17th, from 9am to noon.  We may be having a slow spring, but the Garlic Mustard marches on!  In most places, it is already up and easy to identify--some of it is already blooming.

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Two 'Weed Out' Days at Mary Knoll Park! Saturday, May 4 & 11, 2013

Brookfield, Gardening, Helping others, Nature, Special events

This year there are 2 Weed Out days at Mary Knoll Park in Brookfield on Saturday, May 4th and then Saturday, May 11th.  Both dates start at 9 am  and finish at noon. We may be having a slow spring, but the Garlic Mustard marches on!

The first weekend's focus on May 4th, will be on pulling the invasive Garlic Mustard. It is already up and easy to identify.  Don't worry if you are inexperienced. As always, Patty Gerner will give instruction on what to look for and how to pull the weeds. (Usually Gary Majeskie from Park & Rec. Forestry Department attends too).  It is a great opportunity to learn about these invaders so you can check your own yard for the pests.

On the second weekend, May 11th, the more hearty will help Boy Scout Troop 23 volunteers dig out the bigger invaders: Buckthon trees and (possibly) Honeysuckle bushes. Both produce numerous berries and are prolific spreaders. The Buckthorn trees shade and crowd out native plants and trees; Honeysuckle berries irritate bird's digestive systems and provide no nutritional value.

To help, give the Parks, Recreation & Forestry department an idea of how many volunteers to expect, call 262.796.6675 to register. (Not necessary. If you forget to call, come anyway.)

So consider joining the group this Saturday and/or next at Mary Knoll Park, 615 S. Sunnyslope Road, just south of the I-94 overpass bridge, in Brookfield. I've been to most of the Weed Outs and it's always been an enjoyable workday, not to mention a great opportunity to enjoy a morning in the park and see the wonderful native plants that are thriving now that they aren't being crowded out by the aliens.

Wear gardening clothing and bring gloves.

Past Garlic Mustard Posts with photos:
2012 Weed Out Time (with photos)
3rd Annual Weed Out (with photos)
It is worth saving (pictures from Weed Out and wildflowers)
Oh, the shame! (photos and tips for evicting Garlic Mustard)

Weed control links: Garlic Mustard and garlic mustard's pretty cousin, Dame's Rocket. (It can take over native areas too.) Garlic mustard should be thrown in the trash and labeled Garlic Mustard: Do not compost.

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Local Business Executive Jerry Frye Explores Evidence For Creator's Existence: April 16, 2013

Brookfield, Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Nature, Special events, Religion

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Nature without Naturalism: New Thoughts on a New Earth, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 7pm

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Free, Nature, Special events

What gardener doesn't long for a garden free of weeds, pests, and disease? And don't most of us want pure, toxin free water to drink, clean air to breathe, safe foods to eat , and a pristine environment to live in, where all can thrive in harmony on a renewed earth? In short, we are looking for a perfect world, an Eden.

Unfortunately, a perfect world like this is not possible on our earth at this time.

But there is a day coming when everything will be made anew, and this is the subject of this month's Creation Science Society of Milwaukee lecture: Nature Without Naturalism: New Thoughts on a New Earth. 

In this presentation, Rick Albrecht, a West Allis -West Milwaukee science teacher, will team up with Tim Albers, a psychologist at local schools, both private and public, to bring us this seldom discussed program. These two rather hard-nosed realists will look at the subject of origins from the other end of history, from the viewpoint of our planet's destiny.

Contrary to popular misconceptions, Albrecht and Albers point out, the Bible predicts a restored, renewed, physical and "earthly" New Earth -- painting a picture that would dazzle even the most optimistic of environmentalists. The pathway to this magnificent destiny: taking naturalism out of nature.

In order to provide their audience with a rarely considered and fascinating view of our planet's wondrous future, their wide-ranging talk will cover subjects from genetic coding, information theory, and astrobiology to motivation theory, cosmology and paleontology.

This presentation is sponsored by the Creation Science Society of Milwaukee and is free and open to the public. The talk will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, at Brookfield Lutheran Church, 18500 W. Burleigh Rd., Brookfield, Wisconsin. Directions

More about the speakers: 
Rich Albercht translated his love of mountains into a degree in geology. His career-long fascination with the topic of our universe's origins has led him to speaking engagements in many venues. 
Tim Albers, a graduate adjunct professor at Concordia University Wisconsin who focuses on subjects from worldview analysis to the roots of school violence. He has presented creation - evolution issues in settings from the Audubon Nature Center to an international conference on Intelligent Design.

Upcoming events:  Jay Seegert, Tuesday, February 26, 2013, Milwaukee Lutheran High School Cafeteria
Dr. Jerry Bergman, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, Grace Bible Church
Jerry Frye, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, Brookside Baptist Church

Blog Archives - Creation Science:
Understanding Fossil Evidence
Answers in Genesis Nov. 2012 Conference
Origins, Beauty, and Wrath: Why What We Believe Matters Today
Purpose Precedes Creation
The Importance of Worldview & literal 6 day creation

Dr. Bolander: The Miracle of Human Development 
The great debate at UWM: 'Intelligent Design vs. Darwinism: Can Science Point to God?' Tues. March 6, 2012
Former evolutionist Paul Frank discusses Creation / Evolution debate 
Dr. Scott Hardin, From Fish to Amphibian (Impossible)
From Feminist Atheism to Biblical Truth


Creation Science Society of Milwaukee website: GenesisMatters.org

 
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Bald Eagle swims to capture prize; Conservatives must not give up either

Conservatives, Constitution, Nature

I watched the following video clip with amazement. Since the American Bald Eagle is our national bird, I couldn't help but think of the symbolism of it all.  Watch.

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Invasion of the red and black beetles

Gardening, Nature

Has your home and yard been invaded by 1,000s of small, red and black beetles? 

Mine has, and they are leaving blood-red drip marks all over my freshly painted white garage doors!

Though nowhere near the epic proportions of the plague of flies and gnats Pharaoh and the Egyptians had to endure in the book of Exodus, I do not recall ever seeing such swarms in my lifetime.

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My very own Fox & Friend or natural rodent control

Brookfield, Gardening, Nature

May I introduce you to my very own rodent patrol squad: Mr. and Mrs.(?) Red Fox

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Video of rescued baby hummingbird has to make you smile!

Just for fun!, Nature

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Who ate my dill?

Just for fun!, Nature, Gardening

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What is BIG, Yellow & Black, and Scary? (to some)

Gardening, Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Nature

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Song of the Pond

Just for fun!, Nature, , Brookfield

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Pond full of fun

Just for fun!, Nature

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Of Skunk Cabbages, streambanks, and summer reading fun

Family, Just for fun!, City of Brookfield, Library, Nature

(More photos on Brookfield7)

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The parks are ours, but not for a dump!

City of Brookfield, Common sense, Nature, Unintended consequences

 

Sights and sounds of spring: did you see 'red'?

Just for fun!, Nature, Weather

Most people's spirits are lifted when the sun shines and the temperatures head upward. Seems we are in for a few nice days--at last!

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Fun fall project

Just for fun!, Nature

Here is a fun project that you might want to try: Give oak leaves the Midas touch!

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It's Puffball mushroom season again

Food, Gardening, Just for fun!, Nature

There was a buzz of excitement amongst the adults in my aunt and uncle's Brookfield home, as they laid their treasures on the kitchen counter. The grownups had just returned from a mushroom hunting expedition at Kinsey Park and the 2 neighboring homes and had struck pay dirt.

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Idaho's earliest snow, Still no sunspots

Nature, Weather

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081012/ap_on_bi_ge/meltdown_global_warming;_ylt=Agqlv09zKbJs1eUUt1SWMaGs0NUE

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It's Puffball mushroom season

Interesting idea, Just for fun!, Nature

There was a buzz of excitement amongst the adults in my aunt and uncle's Brookfield home, as they laid their treasures on the kitchen counter. They had just returned from a mushroom hunting expedition at Kinsey Park and the 2 neighboring homes and had struck pay dirt.

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Brookfield has Green Herons too

Birds, Just for fun!, Nature

One of the things I love about living in our City in the Countryside is the variety of wildlife here. Last year, it was not unusual to see a Red Fox or the entire Red Fox family out and about in our neighborhood. This year I saw a coyote in my back yard.

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