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Sock drive, victory, birthday wishes: It's all in a night's work for the HHS soccer team

Homestead Boys Soccer

Shortly after the Homestead boys socer team's hard-fought 1-0 victory over Port Washington on Sept. 29, forward Gabe Genovesi sat on the bench with a towel over his head rubbing his aching foot.

It got stepped on as he tried to finish up a breakaway in the final two minutes of the game (he was frustrated when the shot caromed off the crossbar) and as it started to feel better, he could start putting the last few weeks as well as the evening itself in full perspective.

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The Man Who Doesn't Say No

St. Anthony the Hermit Parish was truly blessed when Father Dennis J. Wieland became part of our parish family in June of 2008. He is the biggest proponent of our school and his presence really has an affect on our children.

When I heard that Father Dennis gave all the 8th graders a lollipop at Mass with instructions to Pay It Forward and give the lollipop to a fellow student, I was in awe at the lesson he was teaching our children. When the school came together to do a coin drive during Catholic Schools week and collected over $700, Father Dennis added another $500 for their hard work. The money was donated to our sister parish, Sagrada Familia, in the Dominican Republic. Father Dennis doesn’t just talk about being full of grace – instead he is a living example.

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Halloween Howl!!!

Halloween is almost here, and to celebrate, the Wisconsin Humane Society will be hosting Halloween Howl 2009! You are invited to bring your dog-friendly dogs for a party at the Wisconsin Humane Society. This howling night will include a canine costume contest, tricks for treats, bobbing for hot dogs, a bone dig and more. There will be prizes and treats for dogs and people, too! Dogs are encouraged to come in costume! Halloween Howl is on Tuesday, October 27 at the Wisconsin Humane Society. The Early Party will take place from 5:45 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and the late party from 7:30 p.m.- 8:45 p.m. To purchase a ticket for the Halloween Howl, please visit All proceeds from the event go right back to help animals at the shelter.

We're Diggin' It in 10 Days!

animals, shelter, fundraiser, party, Boogie Men

The deadline looms!

HAWS annual fall fundraiser - this year titled the Men at Work party - is coming up on the 17th.  Hard to believe it is already October.

Please join us:  Tickets are on sale ONLY through this Saturday, October 10th - both at the shelter, via phone (262-542-8851) or through our website and the Men at Work event page.  All proceeds for this event benefit the animals in our care, and the programs and services that assist our community.  Truly a good cause!

There are 2 tickets levels this year.  For $55 you get the full-party experience:  arrive at 6:30pm for fabulous buffets (including the ever-popular sushi bar), to bid on silent and live auction items (LOTS of neat packages, gifts, memorabilia, jewelry, artwork - great things for both people and pets), meet'n'greet some of our adoptable pets, shoot some craps or try the roulette wheel...and then get down with The Boogie Men!

For the special price of $20, c'mon in at 9pm - dance with The Boogie Men and win big prizes in our casino.  Get to know a little bit of HAWS for a smaller donation!

Can't come?  You're still eligible for our "Build" Raffle - tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.  Purchase those tickets at our shelter up until the event.

By the way - this fundraiser is one of the ways we are able to keep HAWS going strong.  Help support the HAWS cause, a cause even more important these days when more pets and their people look to us for help!  Thanks for your support!

Dine at Pizzeria Piccola and Help WHS Animals!

Stop by Bartolotta’s Pizzeria Piccola on Tuesday, October 13 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. for a great dinner for a good cause. Pizzeria Piccola will be serving up their fabulous menu selections of authentic Italian cuisine. Volunteers from the Wisconsin Humane Society will be dishing out slices of delicious pizza, with proceeds going directly to the shelter animals.

You can also order frozen pizza for pick-up the night of the event. If you are not able to attend this event, pre-order a frozen Italian, vegetable, spicy salami or cheese pizza by filling out an order form (click here)and emailing it to WHS. You pay the restaurant upon pick-up. Forms must be sent to by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9.

Back Into Civilization

Banff, Alberta, C A

Meg and I are traveling through western Canada on a multi-week trip through the Rocky Mountains. We were having a great time, the weather was beautiful and I was doing one of my favorite things - riding on a train.

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FREE WindowAlert Clings!

Do birds ever crash into your windows?
Prevent bird collisions and save lives with WindowAlert window clings. Send us shipping & handling for $2.50 (checks only) and get 8 free WindowAlert clings, while supplies last! Or, click here and pay $2.50 online and we’ll send you the 8 free WindowAlert clings. Thanks to the Jeff Rusinow Family Foundation, we are able to provide WindowAlerts to the community to help save birds.

Senior Enrichment Fair

The Community Center is hosting the first Menomonee Falls Senior Enrichment Fair on Thursday, October 29 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM.  Nourish your mind, body & soul by attending several of the educational sessions.  Over 45 vendors will be on hand to entertain, educate and demonstrate.  Lunch, refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

Special events include seminars, Tai Chi demonstrations, memory enhancement exercises, travelogues and so much more!

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Red Vines (kitten) Available for a Halloween Home

It’s MEOW-lo-ween at the Wisconsin Humane Society! Interested in adopting a feline companion like Red Vines, above?

  • All cat adopters get a chance to spin the prize wheel for free candy or prizes! Some cats will even go home wearing festive bandanas or Soft Claws, a stylish and humane alternative to declawing. 
  • Children are invited to enter a cat picture coloring contest and can print MEOW-lo-ween greeting cards off the website. The cards will be featuring WHS cats!
  • Fees for adult cats are waived; see website for kitten fees.
  • All of the cats available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society have been spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and tested for feline Leukemia. They also go home with a certificate for a free veterinary exam and 30 days of pet health insurance.

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300 channels and nothing to watch?

       Although Bruce Springsteen lamented about "57 channels and nothing is on", I find it hard to believe there isn't something for him now that there are over 300 channels on most video providers.  At any time of the day you can escape through a classic old film or a recent blockbuster.  You can learn about home improvements, healthy living, what not to wear, and how to do just about anything.  You can explore the ends of the Earth and watch your local parade on community access.  Yes, television also has many evils for the masses such as home shopping networks, bride related reality shows and of course "Regis & Kelly". (kidding).  Cable television has evolved to something similar to satellite radio.  Sometimes you feel like disco and sometimes you don't! To each his own.

     With that in mind Time Warner made a major change in their digital channel lineup this week.  The new "theme based" schedule will allow people to surf through the specific type of programming they are interested in.  Here is a link that will allow you to easily select your particular subscription package and see how the new line-up is grouped. 

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Los Lobos in Milwaukee Halloween Night


Los Lobos is one of the best bands around. Now that I have front row tickets, I want everyone to be aware Los Lobos will perform at the Northern Lights Theater on October 31st.

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Wisconsin Beer Tax

Last week in Madison the state assembly began hearings regarding Assembly Bill 287.  This bill would raise the tax on all beer produced in Wisconsin.  Wisconsin is a wonderfull location for new breweries and brewpubs to open.  The reason is the taxes on beer is lower than some other states.  This is one of the rare examples where Wisconsin is a lower tax state.  Wisconsin is also one of the top brewing states with the number of breweries and brewpubs.

Please contact your local representative and let them know this is a bad idea and to pursue other ideas for tax increases.  The sponsers of this bill are trying to leverage that increased taxes would go toward drunk driving initiatives.  The cause may be right but the use of taxes is not.  They also have left out the fact the Wisconsin ranks in the top 5 in the country with total tax impact of +40% of the cost of beer going to one tax or another.

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Stop Signs and Signals

My wife and I were out for an evening stroll the other night when we took notice of something that happens over and over again in our neighborhood.

In front of the now closed Thomas Jefferson School there is a stop sign that signals motorists to come to a stop before proceding.  In a perfect world that is what would happen.  In this imperfect world it is rarely even attempted.

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Save up to $34 on Milwaukee Bucks Tickets

In cooperation with the Wisconsin Parks & Recreation Association (WPRA), Menomonee Falls Community Education & Recreation (CE & Rec) is happy to offer the discount tickets listed below.  Tickets may be purchased by cash, check, Visa and Mastercard.  They will be on sale through May 1, 2010.  Tickets may be purchased between the hours of 8:15 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday.  A portion of the proceeds benefits the WPRA.

Founded in 1965, the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association is a statewide voluntary organization dedicated to enriching the professional and educational opportunities available to leisure service personnel in parks, recreation, therapeutic recreation and related fields, so that they may better service the needs of their communities and or participants, and to advocate and promote the benefits of parks and leisure services to the general public.

WPRA represents over 1,600 individuals delivering a broad spectrum of services in Wisconsin. Members include Park, Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation professionals in local, county, state, school district, private and agency settings. WPRA also represents public Park and Recreation Boards and Commissions, students, commercial firms and Emeritus (retired) members.

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A New Voice for the Animals

adopt, animals, pets, shelter

Angelina is a female domestic shorthair looking for her forever home!Hi everyone! I’m Zoe, a senior from Concordia University that is interning at HAWS this fall semester. I’m majoring in Business Communications and Public Relations with a minor in Marketing and I’ve been working here at the shelter since the end of August.

I decided to do an internship at HAWS because I have always loved animals. Growing up I had numerous hamsters, bunnies, cats and dogs. Currently I have three Shih Tzu’s- Buster, Baci and Binky- who are my absolute favorite things ever!

However, I also decided to do an internship at HAWS because I think it’s really important to have a voice for something that doesn’t have the ability to have a voice on their own. Cats, dogs, and other animals don’t get to choose their destinies... and they need our help in order to stay healthy and happy! HAWS is that voice. The people here are all so kind and caring, and they love animals very much.

So far I’ve done a lot of different things around the shelter. My first few days here I observed all of the different departments- everything from the front adoptions desk to the humane educator and I even spent one day in the SNIP clinic. The different departments were all very interesting and a lot more happens around the shelter than you would ever guess!

I also got to spend one day at TMJ4 with Jen and Cassie while they appeared on “The Morning Blend”. It was really cool to see behind the scenes what goes on during a live TV show.

By the way - we'll have more insights from Zoe in future weeks - stay tuned!  And don't forget to participate in all of our great programs and events - the Boo 'N Doogle Pet Costume Contest, Pet Photos with Santa, and more!  Visit the Upcoming Events calendar on our website for all the details.

Bring your dog to a halloween party!


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Christian Music in Our Community


[Attention: Before I start the blog, I want to extend a permanent invitation to any church, or organization, in Menomonee Falls, Germantown or surrounding area to notify me of any faith based music event and I will do my best to promote it on this blog and in my personal email list. This includes events like St. Anthony’s beautiful Christmas show that featured many of their members.]

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Intern Zoe and Men at Work

animals, fundraiser, holidays, adoptable pets

Last weekend HAWS had its biggest event of the year- the annual fall fundraiser!  This year, we celebrated the expanion work being done on our shelter by having the theme of the party be called “Men at Work.”

The past few weeks I’ve spent my time at HAWS helping to prepare for this event.  I had no idea how much time and organization an event such as this one really takes.  Other people around the shelter had started preparing for this party months and months in advance!

I spent my time preparing for the event by contacting local businesses, picking up auction items, organizing donations, making signs and posters, and other activities that needed to be done for the party. The day of the event was a marathon day - some of our workers and volunteers were at the hotel - Olympia Resort - from 9am until after midnight!  (Luckily, they let me arrive at noon.)

The party ended up being really fun and was a great success.  There was a silent auction, a live auction, a balloon contest, adoptable pet meet'n'greet, and HAWS had hired the band The Boogie Men to play live on stage.  Some of the items that were available in the auctions were really cool - sporting equipment and memorabilia, fine jewelry, home decor, Brewers tickets and even front row courtside Bucks tickets!

There were also a lot of delicious foods available including one of my favorite things - a mashed potato bar.

The event was held at Olympia Resort out in Oconomowoc and a lot of people came in order to support our cause.

By the way - this weekend is Pet Photos with Santa weekend here at HAWS - call today to set your appointment (262-542-8851).  Your fee of $30 includes your 15-minute photo session, one 8x10 and 2 5x7s, and for $5 more you'll get a CD of all the photos taken during your session.  Don't miss out!

By the way, part 2 - our annual Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale is on Saturday, November 14th here at HAWS.  Get an early start on your holiday shopping with craft items and baked goodies for people AND pets.  Mark your calendar!

Why is it?

Back in the days when Bush Jr.  was in power I would get weekly (often more) request to express my opinions about his performance from one poll or another.

Since Mr. Obama has taken office I have yet not received even one query about his performance or abilities.

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Every Three Seconds Someone Needs Blood - Donate Today!

Menomonee Falls Community Education & Recreation in partnership with the Blood Center of Wisconsin is hosting a Community Blood Drive Thursday, November 12 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM in rooms 102A & 102B of the Community Center.  The Blood Center of Wisconsin needs donors to help with this worthy cause. 

The Blood Center of Wisconsin is the sole supplier of blood, blood products, research and diagnostic laboratory testing for 54 hospitals in our SE Wisconsin 28 counties.  Our 4 Waukesha County hospitals alone use over 20,000 components annually to meet the needs of our friends and loved ones.   You have the opportunity to help us meet local patient need by making your commitment to donate blood by.  Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.  Schedule an appointment online at or call (262) 255-8460. 

When considering whether to donate blood or not, ask yourself the following question...In the event my loved one/friend needs a life-saving transfusion, would I not expect a safe & adequate blood supply to be there for him or her?  One in every five people each of us knows will need a blood transfusion in our lifetime!  Help us help them on November 12.  Schedule an appointment today!   

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

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