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Fashion, Football & (Little) Friends – Its FALL at HAWS!

HAWS, adopt, small animal adoption, football, fashion, Mobile Adoption, events

At HAWS we have a super-busy and fun October planned – highlighted by special fall-themed events and activities.

We “kicked off” the month at Goff House Gallery, 723 Clinton St., Waukesha at the October 1st Art Crawl.  Local artist Thomas Paul Moran did portrait photography of dogs and their owners, with proceeds donated to the shelter.  We're hoping to team up with Thomas again this fall/winter - keep your eyes and ears cocked for more info!

October could be coined the "Month of LIttle Best Friends," with not one but two FREE HAWS’ events this month featuring adoptable small animals.  The “Gerbil Jamboree & Hamster Hoe Down” on Sunday, October 2nd highlighted the many small animals available for adoption at HAWS (still going on is an adoption special - take home a little best friend and get a gift!).  Sunday, October 16th marks our annual Guinea Pig Primer – a day of all things for owners and those wanting to know more about cavies as pets.  Join us from noon – 4:00 p.m. 

HAWS’ 2011 fall fundraiser, Fashion for Paws for HAWS, is Friday, October 14, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Silver Spring Country Club.  This cocktails and appetizers event features a runway show with fashions from local shoppes including Boutique B’Lou, Faye’s, Georgie…consignment for her, and Next Door.  Check the event webpage on for details:  Reserve your spot next to the catwalk today for only $75/guest!

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center continues the busy season with 2 special football games! The team will be at Arrowhead High School the evening of October 7th for the big game against Waukesha West High School, and then will enjoy the honor of being the Carroll University Homecoming Parade Grand Marshalls on Saturday, October 8th at 1:00 p.m. The following weekend, October 15th - 16th, HAWS and Petco – Waukesha “Team Up” for a community pet adoption event. Many local breed groups and pet vendors will join in the fun at the Shoppes of Fox River on Sunset Drive in Waukesha. Saturday, October 22nd, come to Petco – Greenfield for Wisconsin Pet Care’s “Stuff the Subaru” – help fill a car from HAWS’ business partner, Subaru City, with pet food and supplies for the animals at the shelter. All Mobile visits are detailed at – just click on Upcoming Events!

You can always read all about the latest “HAWS happenings” at  Support the HAWS cause this October!

By the way:  Currently we are running a young-cat adoption special - adopt two of our cats or kittens with a STAR on their info card and the entire adoption fee is only $60!!  Twice as nice for a very sweet price!


The budget is here! The budget is here!

To my surprise, the budget is online already at the city's website. Here are the numbers.

I'm sort of, kind of, speechless. (Don't let it overwhelm you.) This is a good budget. This is a good budget thanks to Governor Scott Walker. Nearly overlooked in this article a few days ago:

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Fix It! Wisconsin - Low Cost Spay/Neuter Voucher Program

Elmbrook Humane Society (EBHS) and the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) are teaming up to provide residents outside of Milwaukee county with discounted spay/neuter vouchers for their animals and access to low cost vaccinations, testing, microchipping and more!

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Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald says he's running for U.S. Senate

2012, Elections, WISCONSIN

I heard this morning that Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald is going to run for United States Senate. H/T Jay Weber

If you are following this race, Fitzgerald's announcement makes it 3 for the Republican side of the ticket. (Former Gov. Tommy Thompson and former Congressman Mark Neumann are the other 2.) The winner of the Republican primary would face Democrat Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin in November of 2012.

At this point, I think Fitzgerald would be my choice. I have also heard there are 2 other very wealthy individuals teetering on the edge of announcing, so I guess we have to stay tuned!

Fitzgerald for US Senate


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Party with the Paws at HAWS

Camp, Kids, Mobile Adoption Center, HAWS, Guinea Pig, Fashion, paws, fundraisers

This weekend we have several great events to support the HAWS cause!

On Friday it's time for HAWS Fashion for Paws - the runway show/fundraiser at Silver Spring Country Club.  Reservations are still available at $75/person, so get your spot near the catwalk today to enjoy cocktails, appetizers, silent and voice auctions...and great fall fashion from local boutiques.

On Saturday and Sunday, Petco-Waukesha and HAWS Mobile Adoption Center are co-hosting the "Team Up" event at the Shoppes of Fox River, on Sunset Drive in Waukesha.  Lots of adoptable animals will be on hand, and the people who know them best, to help us "score" points (adoptions), add members to the "go-home" team and help lots of pets "touchdown" at new, forever homes!  Join in the fun from 9am - 2pm on Saturday and 10am - 2pm on Sunday.  Enjoy music, food and drink and find a new best friend!

Last but certainly not least, on Sunday HAWS hosts our annual Guinea Pig Primer!  This afternoon of "all things cavie" features Q&As with small pet experts, shopping, socializing...and new this year:  Games and contests for your piggie friend!  The event is free - children must be accompanied by an adult and piggie friends should be secure in carriers.

We'll see you this weekend!

By the way - we're now accepting registrations for the Winter Sessions of Kids 'N Critters Day Camp!  Act now before all the spaces are filled!

"STATUS" of a Personalized iPod



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A busy first quarter at St. John Vianney Parish School

Students at St. John Vianney have been busy inside and outside of the classroom.  As they approach the end of the first quarter, many classes have been on field trips to supplement their classroom studies and many have had special projects within the school.

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Yes, the 2011 Brewers have now surpassed the pre-season predictions. Most baseball writers did not even pick them to be in the playoffs and if they die not to go this far. (tied with St. Louis 2 to 2). What changed ? 1. a new innovative manager who uses his talented players the right way. 2. an owner who after being burned by signing pitching failures agreed to spend again for two solid starting pitchers. 3. a general manager who sought out and got cast off players including two relief pitchers give us an excellent pitching staff. 4. an MVP season by Ryan Braun who always plays to win never has thoughts of leaving and does not complain. 5. a spirit never there since 1982 . 6. real baseball fans who are true believers. 7. old baseball tricks warmed over like the double steal, the bunt and finding a way to score a run from 3rd base.

Two consecutive wins, believe it or not, will give us a World Series.

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"STATUS" of Solar Patio Lights



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Technology, NASA Explorer Schools and Spooks & Spoofs!

Technology Highlights -

This school year we have once again had many advances in our technology that aids students in their academics.  According to Sue Benson, media specialist...

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"Stuff That Subaru" - This Coming Saturday!

HAWS, adopt, donate, pet supplies, Petco, Wish List, Cats Internationals

This weekend HAWS is the beneficiary of a fun and creative supply drive.

This Saturday, October 22nd, come to Petco-Greenfield, 4950 S. 76th Street, and help fill up a vehicle with needed pet supplies for HAWS.  Our business partner, Subaru City of Milwaukee, is providing one of their cars for STUFF THAT SUBARU.

Everything for our paws and claws can be found on our website Wish List, or simply go to Petco on Saturday and they'll provide a list.  They'll even show you exactly what items they have and where they are in the store!  What could be easier?!

So, while you're out running errands and picking up supplies for your own pet(s), stop at the Petco on 76th in Greenfield and shop for HAWS.  Volunteers will be at the store on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, collecting goods and answering questions about our shelter.

Thanks in advance for your support of the HAWS cause!

By the way - coming up on Monday, October 24th, is a great FREE seminar at HAWS, "How to Tame the Tiger in Your House."  Lead by Victoria Papa from Cats International, this class is designed to help us humans better understand cats and why they do what they do.  Special guest Vivian Frawley will also do a feline agility demonstration- how cool is that?!  Pre-registration for this event is required.

Crime, Immigration. Security

Crime, Immigration, Security.

These are highly important issues that the politicians of today avoid and have nothing to offer.

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In Memory of Bunnie Koenings .....

Bernadette (Bunnie) Koenings passed away on April 7, 2011 at the age of 91.  She was raised in Slinger, WI and graduated with a Masters Degree from UW-Madison.  She spent her entire career in public education.  She worked within Elmbrook from 1955-1982 as a guidance counselor at both Brookfield East and Brookfield Central High School.  She is remembered as a very dedicated educator who maintained high standards as a professional educator and in her personal life.  Her contributions to the students of Elmbrook (some of whom are currently educators in Elmbrook) were significant. She was active in sports and outdoor activities and particularly enjoyed swimming and gardening along with many dogs over her long life. 

Bunnie was part of the Elmbrook Education Foundation's Legacy Circle which is comprised of those who have named the EEF (and/or the Lancer-Spartan Scholarship Fund) in their will.  Her estate was recently settled which resulted in a leadership gift to the Foundation's Scholarship Program in her honor.  This gift will fund the 2012 Bunnie Koenings Memorial Scholarship and will be awarded to a graduate from either BEHS or BCHS. 

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"STATUS" of Tattoos



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Jay Seegert discusses Evolution: Probable or Problematic, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, 7:15pm

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Special events, Religion

This Tuesday evening, Jay Seegert will examine the question many people have: Is evolution probable or problematic? - a brief look under the hood. In other words, does the theory of evolution stand up to closer scientific scrutiny?

From the Creation Science Society website:
"Jay developed this lecture after he attended a high-powered, invitation-only 3-day BioInformatics symposium at Cornell University this summer.

"Jay will demonstrate that various aspects of evolution actually seem fairly plausible to many people, including Christians. For example, a fish slowly turning into an amphibian… with the fins being slightly modified into short legs/feet and being able to crawl up on land and breath air. So from a certain distance or vantage point, things can appear to be quite plausible or look very good. However, when you “look under the hood” you see a completely different picture.

"In this talk, Jay will “take a look under the hood” regarding what actually has to happen genetically in order for a single cell organism to change into a human being. He will show how DNA works and point out a serious problem with the concept of evolution. By the end of the lecture, the audience sees how utterly impossible molecules-to-man evolution really is, even though portions of their story occasionally seem plausible."

Jay Seegert has degrees in Physics and Engineering and is also the Co-Founder and Principal Lecturer for the Creation Education Center of Wisconsin. He recently became the Ambassador for Logos Research Associates and joined The Third Rail, a project of the Biblical Worldview Broadcast Team. Jay served as the President of the Creation Science Society of Milwaukee for 3 years. Though I have not met Jay Seegert before, I have heard he is an excellent speaker.

This month's meeting* begins at 7:15pm at Zion Lutheran Church N48 W18700 Lisbon Road, in Menomonee Falls (at Lisbon Rd. and Brookfield Rd.).

Last February, Dr. Scott Hardin addressed this very issue. And while we can morph pictures of fish into amphibians fairly easily, adding the DNA genetic code necessary to change from gills to lungs, 2 chambered heart into a 3 chamber heart, or adding the vascular, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems necessary to accommodate these changes is impossible.

*Due to a scheduling problem, the Institute of Creation Research speaker was unable to come to Wisconsin for this October meeting.

Next month, note the location correction: Tuesday, November 29th, at 6:45pm, Paul Frank will discuss General Topics of interest in the Creation / Evolution Debate at Grace Bible Church, 2643 S. 117th Street, West Allis. (Between Cleveland and Lincoln on 117th St.)

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Get thee to the library

I hopped in today to pick up my next read, Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and stumbled upon a goldmine. The library has recently been culling the collection and that means lots and lots of great reads cheap. Hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents.

Picking up this kind of bargain is really great for traveling. If there's only a dollar involved, it doesn't hurt so badly when you realize you left a book in the back pocket of the airplane seat in front of you about the time you are at the rental car desk.

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Elmbrook's mistake

There's no doubt in my mind that two schools should have been voted closed last night. Why put the community through the decision again in two years? Jumble the boundaries once, not twice, and put this behind us. I am sad that so many on the board who consider member Glen Allgaier to be great with numbers do not take his recommendation to close both grade schools to heart. Does the board really think the decision will be any easier down the road?

A couple of other observations:

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How big is the universe? Find out at 'How Big is God?', Nov. 4 & 5, 2011

Brookfield, Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Special events

This Friday and Saturday, Wisconsin CHEA, Christian Home Educators Association, is sponsoring a multimedia event called How Big is God? at Brookside Baptist Church, 4470 N. Pilgrim Rd. in Brookfield. You do not have to be a CHEA memeber or homeschooler to attend. The event is geared to the whole family and is open to the public.

Tickets are $10 each or $40 per family (sold at door). Nursery care is available for children under 5. Separate activities are provided for K-3rd graders. Both Friday and Saturday events are included in the ticket price. (Saturday night repeats the How Big is God presentation.)

How Big is God? was created by the 4th Day Alliance and will use audio, visual effects, computer animation and laser star display to take the viewer on a journey that will explore the size of the Earth, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, and beyond. Specifics on the How Big is God Event


FRIDAY, November 4th

  • 9:30 - 10:30 am ~ Creation Astronomy (geared for grades 4 - adult)
  • 10:40 - 11:40 am ~ Astronomy and the Bible (geared for grades 4 - adult)
  • 11-45 am - 12-45 pm ~ LUNCH: Purchase at church or visit area restaurants
  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm ~ How Big is God Multimedia flagship presentation for ALL ages

SATURDAY, November 5th

  • 7:00 pm ~ How Big is God Multimedia flagship presentation for ALL ages
  • 8:00 pm ~ Star-gazing party on church grounds, outdoors. Bring your own high-powered binoculars and/or telescopes if you have them.

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Read on Seniors

Read on Seniors. sometimes i wonder if it is the aging process or something else.

The website of Patch (not a favorite) advertises a New Member Luncheon at Mitchell Fish Market, know also for there advertised happy hour.

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