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Towne buys future Actuant headquarters in Falls

Menomonee Falls, Office, Industrial

Towne Investments announced Monday it has purchased the Menomonee Falls building that will house Actuant Corp.'s future electrical business headquarters.

Towne, part of Milwaukee-based Zilber Ltd., will remodel and expand the 137,000-square-foot building. The building, at 12545 W. Westbrook Crossing, will have 175,000 square feet that will be leased to Actuant when the work is completed next summer.

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Falls Wins National Recognition for Neighborhood Watch

Community Event

Congratulations to our Menomonee Falls Neighborhood Watch for wining the National 2009 Award for Excellence by the National Sheriff’s Association.

It is great for a local organization, watching out for the safety, and property, of our citizens, to receive national recognition.

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Providing for Pets in Your Will

adoptable pets, animals, shelter, seminars, pet trusts, living wills

Bodie is looking for his forever home!  How about yours?Not many people like to think about what will happen after they're gone - but when it comes to those who depend on us, planning ahead is a great gift!

Our pets are at the top of the list of those most dependent on us.

This coming Monday, November 9th, HAWS will host a seminar titled Providing for Pets in Your Will, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Presented by Brenda Schlais, a local Estate Planning Attorney, those in attendance will learn how to set up a trust in your will or revocable living trust to ensure your pet receives proper care.  Discussion will include various planning options in accordance with Wisconsin laws.  

Brenda cited the importance of Pet Trusts in the February '09 cover story of our HAWS print newsletter, Tattle Tails.

Sadie would like to take long walks in the leaves with you!"An important issue faces every pet owner:  planning for your pets.  Planning involves thinking through various situations and possible circumstances, and creating a strategy to ensure that your pets will be safe and well cared for, even ifyou are not there to protect them."  Brenda includes gifts and/or trust funds, setting up a pet guardian and putting together an emergency kit all as valuable tools to allow a smooth transition for your survivor pet.

Space for this important seminar is limited and pre-registration is required:  call 262-542-8851 or visit

By the way - we've got our intern, Zoe, working on an adoption promotions plan, but she'll be back in a few weeks with more Intern insights!!

Health Care Reform - It is not over until it is over

I have noticed that during the past several weeks, news headlines have been swinging from one side to another regarding health care reform and which faction might eventually win.

One day they report there is no chance that a health bill will ever pass, but,
the next day stories quote other sources saying just the opposite.

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Pair of dogs will warm your heart!

Zena and Cassie are best buds. From napping and lounging to playing and eating, these two dogs do everything together. Zena and Cassie are both nine years old. Zena is a Silky Terrier, and Cassie is a Miniature Poodle/West Highland Terrier mix.

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An Unexpected Gift

Wow, What a weekend!
Mother nature has blessed us with two absolutely glorious days in a row while we have time off from work.

We enthusiastically opened windows for fresh air, darn near finished the gardening work,  and even found  time to put up a string or two of Christmas lights.

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Exciting news!

The 8th grade girls BLUE team won the Girls Division 1 Elizabeth Seton Volleyball Championship last night at Catholic Memorial High School.  This is an 8th grade invitational tournament open to the top teams in the 10 county Milwaukee Archdiocese.   

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Favre WAS Right!


Well my Packer friends, it is time to face the game clock. Sometimes time is the only thing that can prove whether you are right or wrong. Now that the clock has reached the half way mark, we need to look at Brett’s decision versus Ted Thompson/Mike McCarthy’s decision.

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Get Ahead of the Pack of Holiday Shoppers!

The Friends of HAWS volunteer group at HAWS announces their annual Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale!  Join us at the shelter this Saturday, November 14th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  All proceeds from the event support the animals, programs and services at our shelter.

Start your holiday shopping early, or pick up some sweet treats for you or your best pet friend!  Craft items with both holiday and pet themes will be available for purchase, along with delicious cookies and treats.  Handcrafted and homemade are the words of the day, with most items created and donated by members of the Friends group.  There are always some hidden gems such as the latest and greatest pet toys, stuffed animals and one-of-a-kind decorations - making this Bazaar well worth the trip!

Also available at the shelter that day will be the new Friends of HAWS cool-weather clothing line, featuring embroidered-logo fleece vests, pullover sweatshirts and hoodies.  Show your HAWS pride - get your paws on this great new HAWS gear!

Are we done yet?  We're SOOOOOOOOO close!Best Friends Cookbooks ($15), Entertainment ($35) and Gold C coupon books ($10) round out the fundraising efforts.

Interested in donating items for the sale?  Drop off your craft items or fresh baked goods at the shelter Thursday and Friday, November 12th and 13th.  Items should be labeled with suggested value and/or price.

By the way - our lobby looks VERY different now!  We've started to occupy our new areas, so nows a really good time to stop by and see the building progress!

Main Street Redevelopment Costs Near $1.6 Million...Village Manager Refuses to Respond to Inquiries

$1.6 million Main Street

Citizen Inquiry Leads to Investigation of $1.6 Million in Main Street Redevelopment Costs Since 2003 

The Vanguard receives numerous tips and inquiries about various local, state and federal issues that severely affect taxpayers because of decisions and policies that are made by elected officials without cause or concern for the taxpayers who pay the bill for the decisions of those elected officials.

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Teens of Menomonee Falls Thank Organizations for Support

The success of the Menomonee Falls Teen Center and general teen programs is only possible with the support of businesses and community organizations.  In an effort to keep teen programs affordable and help offset the cost of staff, equipment, supplies, incentives and prizes the CE & Rec Department had put out a request for donations to local businesses and organizations.  The response was great!

The Menomonee Falls CE & Rec Department, as well as the teens who participate in teen programs, would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their support during the 2009-2010 school year:

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Wake Up Falls We are Going to State!


Congratulations to the Indians for a great season and a chance to take state.

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Intern Insights - HAWS Mobile Adoptions Center

animals, adopt, fundraiser, pets, shelter

HAWS Mobile unit at a Halloween event.There are many awesome things that HAWS does.  However, something I’ve come to find particularly cool is our Mobile Adoption Center.

A few Saturdays ago I had the chance to be part of the Mobile team with event coordinator Lisa.  We went on two stops that day - the first one was to Star of Bethlehem Church in New Berlin, and the second was to Eclectica, a bead store in Brookfield.  To each different stop we took animals from the shelter that were up for adoption.

The two locations were pretty busy, and many people stopped to play with the animals and to learn about how to adopt them.  Since we went almost all of the animals we had brought with us have been adopted!

It was fun to go on the Mobile Adoption "run" because it was a really good way to tell people who may not know a lot about the shelter what goes on here day-to-day.  Also, by bringing the live animals it showed people how cute the pets are that we have available to be adopted... not just dogs and cats but often times puppies and kittens too!

The next time I will be doing a Mobile visit will be in the beginning of December at a car dealership in Waukesha (Wilde Subaru).  Hopefully people who are interested in getting a new car will also be interested in adopting a new pet!

A kitten looks out the window of our new Cat Gazebo.By the way - you can also "dine out" for the HAWS cause - visit Chili's in Brookfield or Oconomowoc during the month of November, Sunday thru Thursday, and a portion of your bill total is donated to HAWS.  Take the coupon along with you that is available at our Mobile page on our website (and at our shelter - just stop by the front counter).  And mark December 15th on your calendar - HAWS benefit nite at Claim Jumper Restaurant at Brookfield Square!

By the way 2 - HAWS has so much to be thankful for this year - our "new" shelter is probably the most obvious!  We give thanks to all of you for supporting us and the work we do!


There is certainly a lot of buzzing around town as the Menomonee Falls High School Football team readies for their trip to Madison and a shot at the most coveted of all State titles.  High school football has long been the center of community pride all over the country.  Tales of legendary match ups between hated arch rivals will continue to be passed from generation to generation as new story lines develop.  The final state championship game has been the focus of many novels, films and even songs.  While I highly recommend making the trip on Friday to Camp Randall Stadium in Madison to be part of that experience, not all of us can stay away from our work.  Luckily for those people FSN Wisconsin will be carrying all the finals in each division starting on Thursday.   For Time Warner customers in the Falls you can find them on Channel 31 or on the HD tier Channel 1309.  Don't think they are carrying game in HD, but you never know.  So set your DVR's or DVD recorders and get ready for what could become an "Instant Classic" when the Menomonee Falls Indians take on the Conference Rival Marquette Hilltoppers for the WIAA Division I Football Championship.

While we are on high school football, many have asked why Falls Cable Access Channel 14 didn't cover the playoff games that were hosted in the Falls and why no one covered the Semi--final game versus Appleton North in Oshkosh last Saturday. 

The reason is that the WIAA has worked a deal out with a video production compnay that gives exclusive rights to that company for WIAA playoff games in all sports.  Originally they were going to cover the games and offer tapes for sale to the public.  Well it didn't take long for them to realize that there was no way to cover all the games, in all the sports, in all the divisions.  So they decided to rely on the local access channels and college TV stations to televise the games but retain the rights to the media. 

As part of the original deal, a local access station was to pay a fee to be part of the association and then turn over not only the current game being taped but all previous programming involving WIAA sports.  All of these programs then would be offered for sale by the production company with part of the sale going to the high school, part to the WIAA and the rest to the production company.  Nothing was going to the entity that did the taping.  Sweet deal eh?

 Essentially, volunteers were standing in the cold taping their sons or neighbors football games, putting it  on the access channel for all to enjoy, including our shut-ins and people in nursing homes and hospitals, while someone else is sitting at a computer, collecting games and lining their pockets for this service.

 Technically, the Grandpa that takes his camcorder to his Grandsons game and then asks the cable access channel to put it on the air would be in violation of the WIAA rules.  Never mind that he is a taxpayer at a public event and that his first amendment rights are being violated by not allowing him to express his work on the local access channel. 

The WIAA in a law suit with the Appleton-Post Crescent says that they are protecting the student athletes. From Grandpa? From the Access Volunteers?  I was in the business of selling programming for many years and religious programming sells at about 35% of those interested in an event or speaker.  Grade school children and dance groups come in 2nd at 30%. High school sports and graduations come in a distant 3rd at 15%.  High schools are not making much on the resale of sports programming. 

he production company on the other hand is selling thousands and thousands of tapes or DVD's because they have contracts with 4 states and several associations.  I'm all for supply and demand, but not a monopoly.  This exclusive rights contract needs to be challenged and it needs to be challenged by the parents of our athletes.  It was a great game versus Appleton North and Falls Cable Access would have gladly hauled the mobile trailer up to document the game with graphics, commentary and replays.  Instead the only video available is from a small camcorder up in the coaches booth.  This won't end with the Final game on Friday.

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Great Season Falls Indians

Young men of the Falls Indian football team:

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I am very grateful to be alive and  to enjoy the wonderful life that  is and has been my good fortune.
Thanks be to {fill in the many blanks}, for all that has been bestowed on me - whether from my spiritual beliefs or living souls - Thank You!

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Thanksgiving thoughts for beer

As you are planning out your shopping for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, try to plan on some food/beer pairings for your friends and relatives.  As we await fall and winter take a look for some of the great Winter seasonals that are hitting store shelves and any fall beers that may remain.  Here are some beer choices that will pair well with whatever is on your menu.

Seasonal beers:

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Winter/Spring Program Registration Begins December 7

Resident registration for winter/spring programs offered through Menomonee Falls CE & Rec begins at 12:01 AM on Monday, December 7 (the night of December 6).  The best way to get into the class of your choice is to register online at  Non-resident registration begins Friday, December 11 at 12:01 AM (the night of December 10).

Brochures will be mailed to residents the week of November 30.  Copies of the brochure will be available at the CE & Rec Office, Menomonee Falls Public Library, Village Hall, Menomonee Falls Community Chamber, or Sussex Library.  Program information can be viewed at  beginning Monday, November 23.

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Don't call me...

...if you are a telemarketer.  I hate being interrupted with sales pitches.

Monday November 30th is the last day for a while to sign up with the Wisconsin no-call list.  It is a simple task, just log on to  or call 1-866-966-2255. 

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An Open Letter to the Village Manager and Village Board About 2010 Budget

2010 Budget

2010 Village Budget Taxpayer Public Hearing Receives Little Notice 

The Village Manager and Village Board are holding a Taxpayer Public Hearing on the 2010 Village Budget on Monday, November 30, 2009, 6:00 P.M. in the Village Hall Board Meeting Room.

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