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Walmart might be coming to Menomonee Falls site

Menomonee Falls, Retail

A Walmart store appears to be in the works for Menomonee Falls, making yet another Milwaukee-area development tied to the world's largest retailer.

Dickson, Tenn.-based Gatlin Development wants the Plan Commission and Village Board to rezone 25 acres, at the northwest corner of Pilgrim and Lisbon roads, for a retail development. The commission will consider that request at its Tuesday meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Lose Weight and Keep it Off

Is your New Year's resolution to lose weight?  If so, this course will help make it easier for you to stick to your resolution!  You will discover how to establish a healthy approach to weight loss and weight maintenance and how to set and achieve weight-loss and weight-maintenance goals.

You will gain an understanding of:

  • How to weigh and measure food to track calories and portion size
  • Interactive tools used to measure body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, and personal daily calorie estimation
  • Differences between cardiorespiratory exercise, strength training, and lifestyle activities
  • The roles that water and sleep play in weight loss

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Rosie the Personal Trainer Stars in Video

Check out this adorable video! (Featuring adoptables, of course.)

Three skilled animals intervene as a man struggles with his New Year's resolution...

Not Just Packers vs. Eagles

adopt, rescue, HAWS

We have plenty of Green Bay Packers fans here at HAWS, and this weekend's matchup with Philly is a common topic of discussion - in and outside of work.

But, as many know, it isn't just about the teams when one of the teams has Michael Vick as their QB.

"So, since you're all about animals, how do YOU feel about Michael Vick?"

Most of my co-workers and I have gotten asked this question in the past, but the questions are more direct this week.  (I can honestly say that my opinion on the matter is no different now than it has been for the past several years:  What Vick did to the dogs in his "care" was beyond cruel and inhumane, and I was glad to see he was punished and imprisoned.)

But has he paid his debt to society?  Is he truly sorry?  Has he changed?  Does he deserve to be back in the NFL?  I wish I could definitively answer those questions, but I can't.  And I know I wouldn't really have the intestinal fortitude to meet the man and ask him in person. 

So the debate continues.  THAT, however, is the silver lining!  (Really, there is one - keep reading.)

As long as Vick is playing (well) and is in the spotlight, the debate and the issue of dog fighting remains in the public eye.  His "fame" allows for continued awareness of the problem of dog fighting, its cruelty and pervasiveness (don't kid yourself, dog fighting is going on in Wisconsin).  It gives the animal welfare world a great opportunity to teach how wrong dogfighting is, and we can take more steps towards ending it.

I'm not as big-hearted as a dog - the species is incredibly forgiving and loves us no matter what.  All the more reason to welcome the "Vick question," and I have an answer at the ready:

"I'm glad you asked that.  For me, it's not about Vick, but about the dogs.  Here's what you can do to help..."

By the way - Pitbulls, pit mixes...all the "bully" breeds make GREAT pets.  Don't discount them because of the stereotypes or negative images you see.  Do your research - talk to pit owners and their families - and THEN decide.

Even if you aren't the lucky guardian of a Pit, you can help dispel the myths about them.  No, they're not pre-disposed to being mean or to fight - like any dog they are the product of their environment.  (Bite cases involving Golden Retrievers are more common!)  Like any intelligent, strong and active breed, when given structure, training, exercise and love, a Pit Bull is a fantastic companion.  They're lovers, not fighters...

FOJSJ Surrenders to Federal Marshals to Begin 9 Year Federal Prison Sentence in Duluth

Stadelmann Lonzo Federal Prison Duluth Pekin

Jeffrey Stadelmann, 48, Menomonee Falls, surrendered to Federal Marshals on November 10, 2010 to begin his 9 year federal prison sentence at the minimum security Duluth Federal Prison Camp (DFPC) according to the spokesperson for the US Federal Marshal in the Milwaukee Office.

The Duluth Federal Prison Camp is the site of a former Air Force Base.

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"B" is for Best Buddies

adopt, shelter, HAWS

Today’s blog is brought to you by the letter B – as in Best Buddies. And HAWS has a bounty of adoptables whose names begin with B – namely Benson, Bonnibelle, Burt, Big Mike, Bruno, Binky, Birdie, Bogey…and all the bunnies!

Benson is a 6-years-young Toy Poodle. This little man would like a more businesslike home with (slightly) older kids, or all adults.

Seven-year-old Bonnibelle is a Persian cat. She loves attention and brushing – which helps because she will need regular grooming for her lovely coat.

Burt is a boffo domestic shorthair, age 5. He loves to play as much as he loves quiet cuddle time!

Big Mike the turtle is of the Red-Eared Slider breed. He’ll probably do best as an only child…or an eternal bachelor, all by himself…

Bruno is a green-yellow Parakeet, while Binky and Birdie are blue-white Parakeets. They are three of the bunches of birds currently residing in the HAWS aviary.

Bogey is a black Mouse. He has lots of mouse buddies also to choose from, if you’re looking for a bevy of them to bring home.

Bunnies are currently great in numbers at HAWS. And while none of them have B-names, they are still beautiful little companions - and have their own day at HAWS on May 1st!

By the way – our Friends of HAWS annual Bowling event – the HAWS for Paws Bowl – is now in its 6th year! Join us January 30th at Fracaro’s Lanes in Waukesha from 11:00am – 2:00pm for a fun-draising day to benefit HAWS. $15 gets you 3 games + shoe rental. Families and teams are welcome, with special rates for teams of 4-6. Call Maria at 262-490-2102 to reserve your lane. Be sure to be there!

A Black Plastic Bag

Tanzania, Hearts in Unity, shopping

As we get closer to the Tengeru market in Tanzania, our senses are increasingly bombarded. The sights, sounds and smells vividly announce to us that we have arrived. Vibrant color is everywhere – in the clothes worn by the people, and in the fresh produce for sale. In the food stalls, vendors announce their prices and encourage potential buyers to purchase from them instead of from the 20 people near them selling the same produce at the exact same price. There are street vendors frying fish and roasting corn to buy for a tasty snack. Even the sense of touch is not spared as we navigate shoulder against shoulder, pushing through the crowds.

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Falls-based assisted living company sued for wrongful death

The brother and estate of a man who died in a South Milwaukee group home for the elderly has sued the home, claiming negligence by staff led to resident’s wrongful death.

Eugene Carufel, was 65 when he moved into Crest House, 3829 S. Chicago Ave., in December 2008, according to the lawsuit. His service plan included an agreement that staff was to check Carufel’s blood sugar four times a day and administer his insulin.

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animals, pets, rescue, emergency, fire, Waukesha, shelter

HAWS was called onto the scene at the North Street apartment fire on Saturday - we are still actively helping residents with pets.

WAUKESHA ­­— January 17, 2011 —  HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, continues to have an active role in the assistance of the dozens of displaced victims and their pets from Saturday evening’s Waukesha apartment building fire.

HAWS’ Animal Rescue Team was initially called to the scene shortly after 5:00 p.m., as several cats that had escaped the blaze were in need of safe housing. Residents searching for pets were also able to give reports to staff on the scene, to enable any cats reported as found by neighbors to be more quickly matched with their waiting owners.

Safe and secure at HAWS - time to relax!Overnight and into Sunday HAWS handled the transfer and care of 7 cats:  one cat continues to be held in safe-keeping at HAWS, while another cat is in treatment at the Emergency Veterinary Service facility in Waukesha. The remainder of that group of cats has been reunited with their owners. However, HAWS holds missing reports for an additional 6 cats. Waukesha residents who have seen cats wandering or have found a lost cat in the area near North and Madison Streets should contact HAWS at 262-542-8851 to file a report.

By the way -
This tragedy reminds us all to prepare for everyday emergencies. Create a pet emergency kit before you need it, with a carrier in an easily-accessible location, and include food and water, leash, medical records and feeding schedules, cat litter or dog waste bags, identifying photos and toys. If possible, find a trusted neighbor who will assist if you are not home during an emergency to take care of your pet. 

HAWS is always available to house companion pets for the short term when a disaster or emergency occurs. Anyone wishing to donate to HAWS to assist with animal emergencies can log onto and click on the DONATE button, or call 262-542-8851, x112.

No football on Jan. 30th - come to our open house!

Please join us for our open house events on January 30, 2011.

We are blessed to have our open house on the weekend between the NFC Championship game and the Super Bowl, so come join us!

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As You Give...

Hearts in Unity, Mission, Africa, Tanzania, Food

We are about to begin a food distribution to the people in the village of Seela in Tanzania, Africa. We’ve purchased at the Tengeru market 100 kg of beans and 50 kg of rice to supplement the 1,000 kg of maize which has already arrived to help alleviate hunger here.

Despite best efforts and unwavering faith, year after year much of the maize/corn crop fails due to the ongoing drought in this Mt. Meru region. To further exasperate the situation, the economies of supply and demand push food prices beyond the means of those already “living on the edge” – those struggling to survive on an income of less than $1 a day.

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Menomonee Falls Historical Society

I recently received a renewal notice for my membership in the Menomonee Falls Historical Society.  The group is dedicated  "to preserve, advance and disseminate knowledge of the history of the Village of Menomonee Falls..."

Their renewal letter noted that they take a strong interest in preserving the history of Menomonee Falls... allowing future generations to experience life as it was.

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Falls schools superintendent headed to St. Louis

Menomonee Falls School District, superintendent

After 22 years in the Menomonee Falls School District, the last 10 in the district's top post, Superintendent Keith Marty is resigning to take a new job as superintendent of a school system in suburban St. Louis, Mo.

The Menomonee Falls School Board announced the move Tuesday morning.

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HAWS Promotes Spay Day 2011

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HAWS again joins HSUS, the Humane Society of the United States, to observe Spay Day 2011 on February 22.

Free spay-neuter services will be available at HAWS to qualifying Waukesha County residents during the last 2 weeks in February. HAWS also invites greater community awareness and support through “Sponsor-A-Spay” donations, the sale of limited edition Spay Day ’11 t-shirts at the shelter (arriving soon - we'll keep you posted!) and thru an Online Pet Photo Contest where HAWS can receive $1/vote!

“Spay Day promotes the control of our pet population in a real positive light,” notes Lynn Olenik, HAWS Executive Director. “We’re focusing this year on cats, kittens, Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes, since those are the species and breeds most in need of sterilization services in Waukesha County.”

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FOJSJ Receives Nearly 30% Salary Increase Reaching Almost $60,000 for Part-time Position

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Another FOJSJ (Friend of Joe Greco, Sue and Jim Jeskewitz) has been taken care of because of whom he knows and not what he knows or does with a nearly 30% increase in his part-time salary over the last three years that is now approaching $60,000 a year.

While so many public employees are being asked to take furlough days, pay freezes, cutbacks, make higher contributions for health care and pensions or are outright losing their jobs, the Village of Menomonee Falls gives this part-time employee a nearly 30% increase in salary that is closing in on $60,000 a year.

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The Corn Crop

Africa, Hearts in Unity, mission, Seela, Tanzania, Food

It’s early November in Tanzania, Africa – high on Mt. Meru. The annual corn crops have been planted everywhere there is available land – in large and small farm fields; in fields both on level ground and on steep hills. Corn is an important staple food in this region.

By early November, there are fields with corn plants that have grown to a height of just a few feet, and fields with plants stretching up to 5 feet into the air. The corn is planted in hand tilled and hand planted rows separated by shallow troughs to aid in irrigation when it does rain.

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Information open house tonight on proposed Menomonee Falls Walmart

Menomonee Falls, Retail

People living near the site of a Walmart proposed for Menomonee Falls are invited to attend an open house Wednesday night, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 4600 Pilgrim Road, in Brookfield.

The open house is sponsored by Gatlin Development Co., which wants to build the store near the northwest corner of Pilgrim and Lisbon roads. You can drop in any time during the open house period to view the plans, and ask questions.

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An Open Forum

Dear Readers,

Recently I received word from the Now publishers that some blogging rules have changed. The individual writers will now have an opportunity to remove selected comments from their own blogs. 

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Students and Older Adults Walk Hand in Hand to Benefit Food Pantry

Students from Riverside School, and the Quest alternative high school program, teamed up with over 100 adults who included older adult volunteers, teachers, parents and grandparents in an intergenerational program to raise money and awareness for the Menomonee Falls Food Pantry. On January 25 & 27, students gathered in the Community Center gym to walk side by side with an adult to a variety of Big Band era tunes. The “entry fee” for the walk was a non-perishable item or monetary donation to the Menomonee Falls Food Pantry. Five hundred pounds of food and over $200 was collected. Intergenerational chats, laughter, exercise and warm feelings were the highlights of the day. 

The event was hosted by Menomonee Falls Community Education & Recreation in addition to Riverside Elementary School.

St. Mary School Receives Spirit of Excellence Award!

We are proud to announce that St. Mary School has won the Spirit of Excellence Award which is sponsored by the Wisconsin Athletic Association, the Association of Wisconsin Administrators, and the Wisconsin Association of School Councils. Through the efforts of some of our Student Council members, a portfolio was created which includes:  academics, sports, fine arts, service to school and community, and leadership.

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