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A fun run/walk for the whole family

   The Lake-2-Lake 10K Rail Run/Hike an biking/hiking Fun Walk Around Mauthe Lake will be held Sunday, June 5th at 10:00 a.m.   It traverses the Lake-2-Lake biking/hiking trail that winds over babbling rivers and gently-rolling hills, and through cool forests, amazing wetlands and tall grass prairies in the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit. 

   The crushed limestone trail connects the Mauthe Lake and Long Lake Recreation Areas.  The Fun Walk follows the two-mile Tamarack Trail around Mauthe Lake.

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"May"be the Best Month of the Year at HAWS...

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HAWS has an a-May-zing month of activities planned for pets and their people...

Support the HAWS cause on foot...or online!   The Friends of HAWS present the 28th Annual HAWS Pet Walkathon on May 7th from 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. at Sussex Village Park.  This fundraiser features HAWS’ adoptable pets, several special award presentations, demonstrations on pet cuisine and first aid, contests and prizes, celebrity guests, great food, shopping, and more.  Details, registration forms and online fundraising links are available at the special Walkathon page of

From May 9th – 27th HAWS hosts the pilot session of a new undergraduate course for Carroll University biology students.  The course, Theory and Practice of Animal Training, gives students the opportunity for hands-on practice of techniques they have been studying in animal behavior classes at Carroll, in a supervised yet real-world environment.  Course instructor is HAWS’ Behavior Department manager and adjunct Carroll faculty member Dr. Claudeen McAuliffe.  Class projects will allow students to discover the individual learning styles of the animals they work with, construct a “functional analysis” (why dogs do what they do) of canine behaviors, and develop and teach a group dog training class.  While the students learn, HAWS’ adoptable pets will gain quality of life enhancement from the exercises.  Now THAT'S a win-win!

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center celebrates May with appearances including Pug Fest (May 15) and New Berlin Safety Day (May 21).  HAWS has also been chosen as the beneficiary for Casa del Rio Waukesha’s annual Margaritafest (May 20 – 21).  All Mobile visits are detailed on the Mobile page of  Please join us as we're out and about in the community!

By the way... Be sure to prepare for seasonal weather and outdoor emergencies.  Plan for your pet by having an emergency kit stocked with basic pet needs – including any medications, food and water – ready to go.  Also research emergency housing options for your pet; have a back-up person ready if you are unable to take care of your pet.  Do a quick survey of landscaping, fences, patios, decks and garage areas for hazards such as toxic plants or bedding; too-easy-to-find fertilizers; sharp tools and edges; splintering wood and the like.  Make sure outside play time is safe time!  Have a great month!

A Sea Dog's Soul

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There are few things more peaceful than reclining above decks while the laundry dries on the rigging. Socks and sundries abound, undulating with the passing breeze. It is quiet and I am alone at last. The crew has been sent to fish from the lifeboat as it is being towed astern. They’ll be occupied, if not entertained while I entertain some solipsistic reverie. That's right - solipsistic reverie. Just look it up.

A captain’s life is fraught with complexity. The care and feeding of a sea dog’s soul is essential to the overall function of a ship. For this, there is nothing like a comfortable deck chair while guiding the ship with your bare feet at the wheel. Try it sometime. Tell them I sent you.

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Menomonee Falls hiring superintendent from West Bend

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Patricia Herdrich, superintendent of the West Bend School District for the past six years, will take over as the top official of the Menomonee Falls School District on July 1.

Menomonee Falls School Board President Kathy Shurilla confirmed Wednesday that Herdrich was the board's top choice to replace outgoing Superintendent Keith Marty in the 2011-'12 school year.

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Bin Laden's Death Sparks Wave of Online Scams

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Not long after we learned about the killing of Osama Bin Laden on Sunday, May 1, scammers were hard at work trying to profit from the news.

Within hours, websites were built claiming to show "leaked", uncensored pictures and videos of the firefight that killed the world's most notorious terrorist. Within days, links had spread to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Today, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) received an email from an "insider" wanting our help in smuggling Bin Laden's fortunes out of the country. However, they're all scams. We knew it was only a matter of time.

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Village no longer seeking to buy North Hills property for Kohl's headquarters

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The possible sale of North Hills Country Club to accommodate a new headquarters for Kohl's Corp., and other future office developments, has fallen through.

However, efforts are continuing to relocate Kohl's offices to a business park adjacent to North Hills.

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The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $40,000 grant from The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust. The grant will fund Shelter Smart II: A Foster Home Network for Behaviorally Challenged Dogs. 

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Carrol U. Goes to the Dogs at HAWS

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What a smart dog!HAWS is hosting the pilot session of a new undergraduate-level course for Carroll University biology students from this week through May 27 at our shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha.

The course, titled Theory and Practice of Animal Training, gives students the opportunity to practice hands-on application of the techniques they have been studying in their animal behavior classes at Carroll University.   Taught by Dr. Claudeen Mc Auliffe, adjunct faculty member at C.U. and manager of HAWS’ Behavior Department, the course allows students to develop their animal training skills in a supervised yet real-world environment.

Several in-depth projects will allow students to discover the individual learning styles of the animals they work with, construct a “functional analysis” (why dogs do what they do) of canine behaviors, and develop and teach a group dog training class.  While students learn, the adoptable dogs at HAWS will benefit from experiences that will enhance their quality of life at HAWS.

Notes Dr. McAuliffe:  "HAWS’ partnership with Carroll University is an example of ways in which HAWS’ mission reaches into the community. It exemplifies the shelter’s dedication to education by offering programs that improve the lives of both the pets and people in the community. The partnership also demonstrates HAWS’ passion for encouraging responsibility in youth towards animals."

By the way - there's lots of ways to learn at HAWS.  Right now we're enrolling for our annual Kids 'N Critters Summer Day Camp sessions - held all summer long!  And maybe you and your best canine friend would like to work together better?  Take one of our Dog Training Classes, which are on-going throughout the year.  From Life Skills for Puppies to Basic Obedience to Leash Walking, HAWS can help you teach your dog some new tricks!

By the way, part 2 - a great big THANK YOU and "high paw" to everyone who was a part of our 28th Annual Pet Walkathon on Saturday, May 7th.  We'll let you know the donations tally when we're done counting all the kibble...

Obama Stash...Menomonee Falls Taxpayer Radisson Style

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Remember when the news broke in October of 2009 that people in Detroit were lined up for blocks to get their "Obama Stash"? (

It turned out to be a complete hoax, but so many people in Detroit were lined up for a handout and were so easily duped in to thinking that there really was free money. 

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The Third Person

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Things are quite busy aboard ship lately. We’re getting ready to shoot a new The Show and we need to get things organized: ship parts, dogs, moustaches, you name it! Ah, the smell of paint and the occasional squawk of a crewmember underfoot. This is fun stuff! Why, the nose hairs fairly bristle with excitement! So much so, we nearly missed Mother’s Day.

Reflecting on this past Mother’s Day, the captain is filled with ambivalence. You see, he was abandoned as an infant, left swaddled in sealskin and docked in a dinghy at Mrs. O’Grady’s Maritime Academy. He has few memories of his babyhood. He was pretty young then. The captain was imbued with a certain sense of detachment, which may at times cause him to communicate in the third person. Which is typical among orphaned captains.

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Second Guess Obama Killing Osama?

Let’s get something straight. Our guys dropped into Pakistan uninvited and unannounced, got into Osama’s compound, killed him, got lots of data, and ALL of our guys got home alive. What could be better?

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Children & Pets: FREE Columbia Center Seminars at the new Saukville shelter!

The Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus is proud to host Columbia Center for two special educational events:

Sunday, May 22, Introducing Your Baby to the Family Pet
Kim Rinzel, training manager from the Wisconsin Humane Society, will share tips and techniques on preparing your animals for your baby's arrival and their first introduction. RSVP for this event no later than May 18.

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Puppies, Parades and Prizes - Bring your dog!

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Dogs and their humans are invited to the Grand Opening Party Saturday at the new Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus in Saukville. Saturday festivities will include hot dog bobbing (dogs only, please), kids crafts, a visit from a K9 Unit from Cedarburg, a costume parade at 1:00 p.m., and much more!  There will also be dozens of puppies available for adoption, all of whom came from a shelter in Kentucky that was too overcrowded to provide care for them.

WHAT:       Grand Opening Party
WHEN:      Saturday, May 14, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  Parade starts at 1:00 
WHERE:   Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus, 630 W. Dekora  St., Saukville.

  • Costume parade at 1:00 p.m. 
  • Hot dog bobbing
  • Pupcasso paintings
  • Tricks for treats
  • Hay dig
  • Kids face painting
  • K9 Unit Officer Brian Emmrich and Jake from Cedarburg)
  • Gifts for all adopters
  • DOZENS of puppies, kittens, cats and dogs available for adoption 

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Concerts, Ballgames & Parades...It's Summer!

The calender said May 14th and I was walking out of Miller Park.   That being said, you could safely bet that I was in shorts and the Brewers had won based on off season predictions.  Yes the Brewers won but as I shot out the door I was greeted with stinging, icy rain that was blowing almost horizontally.  I laughed as I moved quickly to the car thinking, hey this is just like a normal opening day.  Two days later it's still pretty chilly and I'm running out of patience.   Channel 14 is about to go on a 2 week stretch of soccer, softball, baseball, concert and parade coverage with the mobile trailer that is supposed to mean Summer is here!  Let's hope so (for the camera operators sake).

 Now that we have a schedule of events that Channel 14 is planning on covering in the next 3 months, it has become apparent that we need more volunteers who are interested in TV production.   Our entire crew has shown not only an interest in video, but also in the team effort that goes into each production.  It's fast paced and live, and when everyone is clicking it's fun to see the final result.  With over 20 events planned this Summer, it would be a good time to train a few more volunteers and lighten the load for all.

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Aye Caramba, this is going to be FUN!

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Everyone at HAWS is SO looking forward to this one!!  Thanks in advance, Casa del Rio!!

By the way - the monthly First Aid for Pets seminar is this Saturday, May 21st at HAWS (call 262-879-0165 for fee info and to register), and on Monday, May 23rd, Victoria Papa of Cats International presents the FREE seminar "How to Tame the Tiger in Your House" at HAWS at 6:30pm.  Join us!

Twice as Nice, "Two" Cool, "Two-tally" Awesome Pairs!

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It is raining cats at HAWS!  But we still think it's "Pair"-adise...

Currently living in our Cat Adoption Area are almost a dozen pairs of bonded cats.  All the pairs are adults, ranging in ages from 14 months to 12 years.  They are a myriad of colors and sizes, males and females.  Do a little pre-shelter-visit window shopping here...

Meet Spooky & CanCanWe need to adopt them out with their buddies.  So, we're having a 2-fer adoption special!

RIght now YOU can adopt a pair of bonded adult cats for $22.22.  And, along with the cats, you'll receive a "two-tally" awesome gift pack of 2 litter pans, 2 cans of food, 2 bags of treats, 2 rope toys and 2 ball toys.  Now that's "TWO" COOL!

Stop by HAWS 7 days a week to adopt - weekdays from 1-6pm, Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sunday from Noon-4pm.  Come to cat pair-adise today and find not just one but TWO new best friends.

By the way - HAWS will be closed for viewing/adoption on Monday, May 30, to observe Memorial Day.  Those needing assistance with lost/found animals can still call the HAWS main number at 262-542-8851.


American Idol

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We’re in port for a while to work on the new THE SHOW and it’s really thrilling to see the docks all a-bustle with activity! The crew dogs have happily disembarked to roll in the grass and pursue the odd squirrel. We’ve rented an office and a small studio from Phil Collins(S-S-Studio) to begin shooting. This’ll be a humdinger!

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MFSD Votes on Teacher Contract


News of the recent passing of the MFSD and Teacher’s contract has been filling up my email and voicemail.

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Dog treats needed at WHS!

We need dog treats!  We are running very low on soft dog treats, which are used by staff and volunteers for dog walking, dog training, dog evaluations, photo sessions, positive encouragement for shy dogs, and sometimes, just for fun.

The shelter is currently seeking soft dog treats such as Pupperoni or Bil Jacs. See the entire Wish List.  Donations can be dropped off at the Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue, during regular shelter hours.

Belling urged to apologize, retract "offensive" statement

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A Menomonee Falls school official is demanding an apology and retraction by conservative talk show host Mark Belling for calling the official a "whore for the teachers union" earlier this week.

Walt Kelly, the attorney for Menomonee School Board member Gina Palazzari, sent his letter on Thursday to Belling and Jeff Tyler, general manager of WISN-AM (1130), which airs Belling's afternoon show.

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