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A Howl-t, Jowl-y Holiday to You and Yours from HAWS!

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Amid the changing seasons, a constant remains: HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, is the best resource for the Waukesha County community’s pets and their people. 

Thousands look to HAWS each year for help, and community support allows HAWS to provide care and training to adoptables before and after their stay at the shelter; spay-neuter services for shelter residents, rescue groups and low-income households; an abundance of educational opportunities including Kids ‘N Critters camp, Critter Club, K’HAWS, individual behavior consults, free seminars and more…for all members of the family! Adopt, Learn, Give – Support the HAWS Cause today!

Send the kids to HAWS’ Winter Kids ‘N Critters Day Camp. Held December 26-30, sessions include both 2- and 3-day camps and are available for children ages 7 – 13 years. Spots fill quickly – call 262-542-8851, x118 today!

Highlights from a busy, festive December at HAWS:

· HAWS presents the Winter Symposium on December 3, focusing on alternative approaches to pet care and training. The participant fee is $135; proceeds to benefit HAWS. Call 262-542-8851, x204 for registration.
·  Help HAWS and get a FREE 5x7 Portrait! Photographer/artist Thomas Paul Moran of Studio 723, 723 Clinton St., Waukesha, will take photos of people and their pets during the downtown Waukesha Art Crawl on December 3, from 4:00-10:00pm.  100% of donations go to HAWS, call 262-391-3903 for an appointment.
·  Bring the entire family to HAWS for a FREE screening of “The Christmas Bunny” on Sunday, December 18.  Showtime is 1:00pm for this new movie starring Florence Henderson as “the Bunny Lady” and Rupert the French Mini Lop rabbit as “Rumple.” Win prizes and learn about HAWS’ adoptable small animals. Concessions/snacks will be available for purchase; donations gladly accepted – see the HAWS Wish List!
·  HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center helps with holiday prep! Meet HAWS at the Brookfield PetSmart Pet Adoption Weekend, December 3 - 4 from 11:00am-4:00pm., and get a photo-op with Santa! On December 10 come to Paws & Purrs Pet Grooming, 15136 W. National Ave in New Berlin, for an open house/ toy drive for HAWS!  Meet'n'greet with HAWS adoptables from 12:00-3:00pm, and decorate a "pupcake."
·  Give the gift of life at the Blood Center of Wisconsin’s (human) Blood Drive at HAWS on December 22. Online registration is available at or by calling HAWS at 262-542-8851.
·  Learn at a FREE seminar: “Keep your Puppy and Your Sanity” on December 4 or “Solve Common K9 Behavior Problems” on December 5. Details and registration at or 262-542-8851.
·  Spiff up Fluffy with a Cat Pedicure on December 10, from 9:30-10:30am. $7 suggested donation per cat.
·  The monthly First Aid for Pets class is December 17. Get details and/or register by calling 262-879-0165.

By the way - All HAWS events are detailed at – just click on Upcoming Events to learn more We'd love to see you!

Tis the Season


TIS THE SEASON, to get signatures for your nomination papers for public office. nothing in these times of political unrest is so important. it is important because the people you elect will make the decisions you will have to live with and pay for.    

Government is politics and politics is government. take it or leave it. some noble citizens are gearing up to take it to the ballot box and become a part of the real American dream. DEMOCRACY.

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Yes it will be Alderman until further notice from the city.

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One of the reasons I might not run

Who wants to get caught like this again?

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Well that settles that

I'm not going to run.

I called City Hall today to see who all had declared intent in my district, and the answer was no one. That was an interesting response given that the 2nd district incumbent Rick Owen was out collecting signatures this weekend.

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in an unexpected and surprising comment to my last blog ALDERMAN ELECTIONS 2012, an incumbent Alderman requests a legal opinion from myself.

You can read the blog for yourself so i will only paraphrase it.

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Give, Receive...and Support HAWS this Holiday!

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So why do people donate to charities like HAWS, especially during the holiday season? Is it to do a good deed or support a cause they believe in? To feel better about themselves? For the tax benefits? 

How about this for a motive to give:  Studies suggest that generosity can directly benefit the well-being of the donor, making them happier and even helping them to live longer!

Sounds good to us at HAWS – because your support of our organization and our mission not only can save your life, but it can save the lives of thousands in our area. Tack on the fact that you’re helping animals – the embodiment of unconditional love and “warm fuzzies” – and it’s a true win-win.

Maybe you’re not into just writing a check or making an online credit card donation to HAWS(Although if you follow the links you can do just that...) Maybe you’d like your donation to be more specific or tangible? 

We’ve got some great ideas for you!

Buy a Brick: (Or tile, or engraved plaque) These lasting tributes are placed on display at HAWS, easily viewed at any time by the honoree or their family and friends.

Sponsor a Pet: Help our Behavior Department's Mod Squad continue their important work with the animals in our shelter – making them the best possible adoptable pet! Or, log onto our Pet Showcase and choose a HAWS adoptable pet for your online donation.

Get or Give a Membership: This is an all-year-long way to show your love. With a Sustaining Membership your monthly donations for a year give continued support to HAWS. Or, choose an Annual Membership (a once-a-year donation) and keep your loved one connected to all things HAWS.

Sponsor A Spay: HAWS’ SNIP saves lives with spays/neuters of shelter and rescue pets, through the Outdoor Owned Cat Program (lowering incoming stray cats by over 15% over 5 years!), and through participation in World Spay Day free surgeries.

Designate a Department:  (Okay, so this one is somewhat about writing a check/using your credit card, but it is still specific.) HAWS has several needs that are very tangible – scholarships for deserving kids to attend our camps and education programs, food/treats for all of our kennel residents and supply donations to keep our operating costs down, Annie’s Fund medical assistance for shelter pets…along with the above mentioned Behavior Department/SNIP needs.

So, get the whole family or neighborhood involved and do a fundraiser – toy drive, lemonade stand, garage sale, holiday goodies bake sale – turn it into a block party and "gather for good!" 

Remember, in the long run, you’re doing this for yourself, too!

By the way – HAWS presents a FREE screening of “The Christmas Bunny” on Sunday, December 18. This family holiday movie stars Mrs. Brady herself, Florence Henderson. Showtime is at 1:00pm – come early to view HAWS adoptable pets at noon. Concessions will be available.

By the way part 2 – Give the gift of life during this giving season! Come to the Blood Center of WI (human) Blood Drive at HAWS on December 22. Sign up for your appointment at
or call HAWS at 262-542-8851.




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Montana blogger not media, judge rules in lawsuit

This case came to me over the internet and i will not print it out. you can try Associated or

The decision may or may not be legal precedent in Wisconsin and i am not going to research it any further. my concern as a blogger is enough. but it is a federal court decision.

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Trader Joe's FINALLY slated for Brookfield

Happy Dance! I love Aldi's. I love, love, love Trader Joe's. And it's official. On-the-recent-addendum-to-the-Plan-Commission-meeting-next-Monday-night official. WooHoo!

From that accompanying staff report: In June 2011, the Plan Commission recommended approval of a PDD for “Underwood Crossing”, a proposed retail center including a big box anchor located at 12821 W. Bluemound Road. ... The primary applicant, Ryan Companies, has secured a specialty grocer – Trader Joe’s – as a tenant for Lot 2 of the site, or the outbuilding lot located at the northeast corner of the property.

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Getting into the Christmas Spirit at St. Mary's Visitation

2011 Christmas Concert

All SMV students will present a Christmas Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 15th in the gym beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The concert is expected to last about an hour.

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The City of Brookfield a perfect opportunity in the upcoming elections to elect Aldermen who are willing to reduce the size of government. We can become a leader of conservative government which is smaller and more fiscally sound. A step in the right direction.

There are 7 Aldermanic districts and 14 Aldermen elected which means having 2 Aldermen for each district.

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Vote. One Alderman or Two in Your District

This is a follow up. i asked , for the first time , to delete something. an ad selling political signs. not done so im back again.

This post is very simple.

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Sports Update as 2011 nears the end

Soon, the year 2011 will end.

Sports Update

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Of Brave Companions - and Boredom

Amongst many other things my mother told me when I was a boy was the following counsel, "if you learn to love to read, and if you read works of quality and interest, you will have the power to banish boredom from your life".  Wise words, and ones that have been proven true.  

I thought of that advice this weekend when I finished one of the most delightful reads I have encountered in a long time, Brave Companions, by historian and author David McCullough.  The book is an anthology of articles McCullough has penned over the years about famous, and not so famous people; his selection of subjects dictated by the criteria of those who lived remarkable lives within the context of remarkable times.  

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City of Brookfield Person of the Year

Tv does it, magazines do it and news sources honor it.  so why not have our own person of the year. As always there are many deserving people in the City of Brookfield. This choice is on a larger scale because of the downturn of the economy, the housing crisis and the need to hold the fiscal line.

This person, a resident of the City of Brookfield, did all that it takes to keep our fair city in a strong fiscal position without giving up the quality of services to the citizens.

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To be consistent with my view of open government you are advised that today, December 23, 2011, i was present at city hall and filed with the city clerk a declaration of candidacy for Alderman of the 1st District.

Some local press and blogs may be behind in purely local news so in all fairness my announcement is to clarify any rumors or misinformation.

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Another Bankruptcy for Capitol Heights

The Business Journal is reporting the developer of the office/retail building at Capitol Heights is now filing bankruptcy and Anchor Bank is owed money. Capitol Heights was a disaster from the beginning. Surely the Common Council will learn that extra density does not create a better community.

There's another vote they will soon face with a similar decision. They've all been there long enough to know better. Will they admit it? Probably not. It's always someone else's fault. Just watch.

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