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First Full Week of Fall Sports for NS Prep Teams is Full of Hope

The fall season for North Shore area prep teams began with October-like temperatures but a summer-like sense of optimism and hope as most sports went into full swing.

Here are some selected highlights that we weren't able to fit into this week's edition of the North Shore NOW. Look for similar updates every week on this site.

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Can you "DIG" this Party?

HAWS of Waukesha County, Inc. invites all to join in the fun at the Men at Work Party, our annual fall fundraiser, set for Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Road in Oconomowoc.  The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until midnight. 

The gala’s construction theme is in celebration of the ongoing facility expansion at HAWS.  Highlighted by entertainment from one of Milwaukee’s favorite party bands, The Boogie Men, the event also features great food buffets including a sushi bar, live and silent auctions, raffles, a large casino gaming area, an adoptable pet meet’n’greet area, and much more.  All proceeds support the animals and the many educational programs at HAWS which promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse and neglect in our community.


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Back to School

school bus, family

My daughter is back to school, and on the second day she already missed the bus. This is a problem that we contend with every year. And since she attends Milwaukee French Immersion School, which is not even in the direction I need to go to for work, I can't even drop her off on my way.

I grew up in Sussex, and not even close to Main St. No, I was way out in the country by Hickory Hill Farm, almost to Mary Hill Road, which would have put me in another school district even. My subdivision, Brighton Estates, was one great big loop, approximately one mile long. My house was a good 1/4 mile into the subdivision, and it was the first bus stop. This did not keep me from missing the bus. Regularly. 

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It is the second day of the school year.

Regularly scheduled school busses zip -zap through our neighborhood picking up their burdens and delivering them to apprioprate classrooms.

All over town most school buildings have already accepted this year's student influx and all seems to be well.

But, not in my neighborhood!

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Tietz's Highs, Lows and In-Betweens--Aug. 31-Sept. 7

Trying to keep track of all the successful North Shore area fall high school teams is like hitting the jackpot in a slot machine.

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HAWS Goes On the Road Again...

We're setting up shop off-site temporarily again, this time so we can get sidewalks, curbs...and a spiffy new parking lot! Work on our facility expansion continues right on schedule.

Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11, and again on Monday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 15 – there will be no public access to our shelter at 701 Northview Road.  Staff will be available at the shelter to answer phone and email inquiries.

Pet viewing and adoptions will again be handled our Mobile Adoption Unit, which will be set up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all four days at Petlicious Dog Bakery and Pet Spa on 2217 Silvernail Road – a short distance from the shelter.  A small number of adoptable animals will be available at all times for viewing, but adopters interested in specific pets should call the shelter ahead of time to allow enough time for transport of that animal to Petlicious.  As always, adoptable pets can also be viewed online at HAWS’ website, 

The shelter will be available for business as usual on the weekend – Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13.  Viewing and adoptions are from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on both days.  Pedestrian paths will be marked for visitors to follow.  This will be a great chance to see firsthand the progress on our new facilities!

Surrenders, strays and wildlife rescues will be handled case-by-case - staff will be on call to do pick-ups or drop-offs as necessary.

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Father Dennis J. Wieland Featured as a Special Priest at St. Anthony Parish

catholic, st. anthony parish school

In May, the Catholic Herald Parenting invited students and parents alike to submit essays and artwork featuring a special priest in their life to be published in the September issue.

Congratulations to St. Anthony 8th Grader Konya Ngaboh-Smart for being one of 13 winners chosen for this contest! She won a College for Kids certificate!  Her entry is found below:

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Let Them Ride Trains

Politics Economic Development

“Let them eat cake!” Marie Antoinette’s solution, to the news that the peasants in France were starving and without bread, 1736, sparking the French Revolution.

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First Grade Outreach

Last years’ First Graders Experienced “Inscribing Jesus on Your Hearts” Through Community Outreach

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"Build" Raffle - Digging it, but Face-to-Face only!

While getting the invitations ready to print for HAWS upcoming Men at Work party, we were given a harsh dose of reality.  Along with the renewal for our raffle license was enclosed the following notice, printed on burn-your-corneas-pink paper:

"Phone, Internet, mail, and any other form of non face-to-face sales of raffle tickets are strictly prohibited by both federal and state law."

Anyone who has received one of our fall fundraiser invitations in the past via mail (or many other charitable invites for that matter) has probably also received a few raffle tickets along with - indicating if you'd like, please send back the stubs with the requisite funds for them.  If you don't want them, you're free to toss them in the recycling bin.

Well, apparently THAT'S a big no-no - and has been before, but up until now was not enforced.  It makes one wonder why now, suddenly, it is of the utmost importance to clarify this issue.  We suspect it is due to internet fraud, but who knows...

What we DO know is this:  in past years, we were able to sell $7500+ in raffle tickets - in the weeks leading up to our big fundraising event and at the event itself, with our donors having the option of mailing in their raffle tickets, or purchasing them online via our event web page, etc.  So, we're scrambling to make that up!

PSSSST:  Wanna buy a raffle ticket?  They're $10 each or 3 for $25, and the prizes allow you to (1) "Build" your Nest Egg (cash and a really neat birdhouse - worth $300+), (2) "Build" your Music Library (an iPod Touch - worth $250), and (3) "Build" your Green Space (a tree from Piala's - worth $400). 

By the way - all the information and tickets for our Men at Work party are available on our website - including the information on our "Build" Raffle (you can't purchase tickets for that other than at the shelter or the event itself, but at least you know, after reading about the prizes, that it'll be worth the trip - or the price of admission!)  Heck, you wanted to see how the build was going at the shelter anyway, so this give you an excuse...right?!

CE & Rec Runs After School Programs at District's 4 Elementary Schools

The Menomonee Falls Community Education & Recreation Department is offering several after school programs for students in elementary school.  The great thing about the classes is that they are located conveniently at each of the 4 elementary schools located within the Menomonee Falls School District, and are held immediately after school.

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Taxes, Fees and Debt Service Exceeds $91 Million to City of Milwaukee/MMSD Since 1997

MMSD $91 Million

Thanks for reading The Vanguard

The Journal Sentinel has revealed there are a lot of readers.  Thank you.

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8th Grade Girls Serving Others

A few of our fantastic 8th grade girls have begun a project to sew mittens for the needy in the community. They are calling it the "Three Little Kittens" project. 

The mittens they are sewing will be given to inner city classrooms for children who cannot play outside safely in the winter because they do not have mittens.

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Soylent Green Jobs


Soylent Green is depicted as a life-sustaining wafer in the 1973 movie by the same name. The planet is overpopulated and food is scarce. Most of the population is fed by government supplied “Soylent Green” wafers as their only source of food.

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Quivering puddle of goo

ajwright, tj maxx, marshalls, shopping on a budget, discount retailer

A couple years ago I wrote this post:

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Breaking the bank at AJWright

ajwright, shopping on a budget

You’ll be happy to know that even though I tried very very VERY hard to break the bank on my shopping challenge at AJWright, I came out $.02 short of spending the entire $100.00.


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Memory and grace mark new class of Falls Hall of Fame Inductees

Menomonee Falls High School sports

Admittedly, school and Bob Kronenberg weren't always the most compatible mix.

But as a member of the most recent class of inductees into the Menomonee Falls Athletic Hall of Fame, he did remember many good things that happened during his time in high school: and they weren't all on the football field or on the track.

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The Bug Line

The other day I got reacquainted with an old friend I haven't seen for a long time - the Bug Line Trail.  Now that I'm retired there are a lot more hours available for doing things that I have put off. So, not wanting to be more of a couch potato I decided to take a long walk.

Actually, my wife made the decision.  And so we headed off for the intersection of Menomonee and Main.  There is parking there for three or four cars.

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Support HAWS Just by Having Fun!

animals, pizza, shelter, adopt, pets

Our Mobile Adoptions Center makes appearances all over the area - at businesses, fairs, festivals - wherever people want to see our adoptable pets, help us spread the word about the HAWS cause, and raise some money for the animals and people that need our help.

Coming up on Saturday, October 10th, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. is one of our more fun stops for the year:  we're having a party at StoneFire Pizza Company in New Berlin, just south of I43 on Moorland Rd.

Here's what you do:

  • Come to StoneFire and tell them you're there for HAWS and 10% of proceeds will go to us!
  • Fun Card sales from the front cashiers will benefit us, too - just remind them you're there for the HAWS party and you're good to go.
  • Buffet prices vary from under $6 for the 3-7 year set to $12.50 for adults.

StoneFire has lots of room for lots of HAWS folks, so grab your entire family, the whole neighborhood, whatever, and join us on the 10th!

By the way - have you purchased your Men at Work Party tickets or "Build" Raffle tickets yet?  Don't miss your chance to party for the pets - log onto our website today for more info.  And be sure to check out all the other fun we're having - and the learning we're doing, too!

Craft Beer

Last week in Denver was the Great American Beer Festival.  It is held every September and brings over 450 brewers from all over the US to this 3 day festival.  Wisconsin was very well represented with MillerCoors, Lakefront, Capital, New Glarus,Dells Brewing Co.,Great Dane, Rock Bottom,Titletown and Water Street Brewery.    78 Different beer categories were judged and Gold, Silver and Bronze were awarded.  Beer selection ranged from the simple Pilsner to the obscure.  Wisconsin did bring home some awards: Miller, Capital,New Glarus,Rock Bottom,Titletown brewery.

The tone of the festival was obviously positive(how can it not be?  beer is involved), most brewers are seeing light at the end of the tunnel with the economy so re-investment will continue and the holidays will bring a lot of great beer choices.

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