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A Thanksgiving That Will Last

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This week's blog is more a personal entry than on behalf of HAWS.  I am sure, tho, that my sentiments are shared by many others within the HAWS family - adopters, donors, members, friends, volunteers, board, staff...

I wanted to take the opportunity to give thanks for the wonderful year we have had at HAWS.  We knew 2009 would be a year unlike any other!  Knocking walls off the side of the building and tearing out a few more from within will make for a unique experience.  We will always remember HAWS "Year of the Build."

Along the way we have learned just how blessed we are to be in this community!  Almost all who have come thru our doors this year have been beyond accommodating with the chaos they've encountered.  Our volunteers have just kept plugging away, no matter what changes are made to their routines.  My co-workers have managed to continue with the day-to-day, even when their workstations have disappeared completely or our operations have been relocated to unfamiliar territory or offsite. 

Most importantly, adopters have still come in, despite the dust, to find their new best friends.

The animals we are here to help have also soldiered on, still wagging tails, purring and chirping.  Their ability to take every day in stride has reminded us to do the same.  And it makes us even more dedicated to getting them out to their forever homes.

In the next few weeks our facility expansion will be completed!  It has both gone quickly and taken too long, depending on the day of the week!  But 2010 will begin soon and with it our "new" HAWS will open.  Oh, the anticipation!

We feel like kids on Christmas night!  And we can't wait to open our "gift" - and share it with all of you.

No More Excuses

For those of you who are anticipating your upcoming retirement, and have plans for using all that free time you have been banking for yourself , I offer you a wake-up call.

Since July first I have been officially "retired" from my avocation as Senior Management of a manufacturing company.

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Pull Together for the Ronald McDonald House

Students in the Kids INC program are collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.   After the tabs are collected they will be given to the Ronald McDonald House which will then recycle the tabs for cash.  Collection of the tabs is taking place November 19, 2009 through January 31, 2010.  Collecting pop tabs is a great way to teach kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling, and raise funds to help children and their families at the same time.

If you know a student who participates in the Kids INC program ask him or her how you can help collect tabs!

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Governor Doyle Signs Puppy Mill Bill

Governor Doyle Signs Puppy Mill Bill

Thank you, Governor Doyle! Authored by Senator Pat Kreitlow and Representative Jeff Smith, Senate Bill 208 and Assembly Bill 250 was signed into law on December 1, 2009. The bill will establish a much-needed licensing and inspection program to end the suffering of thousands of dogs at the hands of unscrupulous dog breeders. This dog breeder bill will also level the playing field for reputable breeders who already practice humane care for their dogs. Pictured are Governor Jim Doyle with Wisconsin Humane Society representatives, Angela Speed, Tony Enea and Jodi Habush.

Family-friendly holiday event at WHS

Hope's Lights Celebration
Join us for this special celebration and lighting ceremony at the Wisconsin Humane Society at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. Come for behind-the-scenes tours, holiday treats, a special presentation by FOX 6's Nicole Koglin and live demonstrations. There will be many animals to meet, including WHS alumni and this year's Hope and Joy, two animals with remarkable stories.  Sign up today! 

All We Want for Christmas is...

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Welcome to HAWS!Have you ever moved into a new home and not had all the furnishings for it yet?  Maybe you went from a small apartment to a full-size house, or upgraded to a bigger place - but the living room stayed empty while you decided on the new couch and chairs and tables that would best fill it...

As our shelter expansion project nears completion, we are taking stock of what we need to fill some of our new rooms!  We have plenty of residents coming and going, now we need the little, final touches to make our shelter the best it can be.

Below is our "sponsorships" WISH LIST - we buy the item, but put YOUR name on it if you donate towards the purchase price.  For example, is there a cat lover in your house?  Donate in their name towards our cat townhouses and we'll put their name on a plaque by that item.

Most of the things on our list are directly for the animals, and some are to help us help the people that come to our shelter facility.  Our goal is to have a place that is warm and welcoming for everyone that visits!

Climbing areas for the cat exercise room  -  up to $1000 each
Comfy, pet-friendly seating for HAWS.
Comfortable (and comforting) love seats for Friends Meeting Room, Home-like Interview Room & Rainbow Room  -  $850 each

Rabbit cages/small animal habitats  -  $500 each

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Teen Center Holiday Party

Students in grades 6 - 8 are invited to join their friends at the Teen Center Holiday Party Friday, December 18 from 6:30 to 10:00 PM.  Regular Teen Center admission or TPass applies.

In addition to regular Teen Center activities, special events will include relay races, hula hoop contests, ice cream sandwich eating contest (who can eat 1 the quickest, not how many can you eat), basketball free throw competition and more!  Punch, cookies and brownies will be provided!

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Building Leaders with Yesterday’s Values and Tomorrow’s Technology

Smart Boards

With one foot in the past, the students and teachers of Saint Anthony Parish School in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, are boldly stepping into the future. The students are learning about traditional subjects—math, English, history, and so on—within the context of the timeless moral tradition of their Catholic faith. However, as a result of a major project over the past year, the Saint Anthony students are now doing so with the added help of cutting edge technology—including SMART Boards in the computer lab and in each of their regular classrooms.

Through a true community effort, the parish, the teachers, the administration, and the parents at Saint Anthony’s have demonstrated a long-term commitment to building up the school’s technology resources over the years, and they continue to do so. With a large computer lab, networked computers in every classroom, wireless notebook computers for library use, and a top notch group of IT professionals as volunteers, the ability to now place a SMART Board in every classroom represents another giant step forward for both the teachers and the students. Through this technology, teachers are better able to engage students with diverse learning styles and/or who are operating at varying skill levels; that means greater success for everyone involved.

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Former Falls Optimist/North Hills Country Club Member and AIS Insurance Group Exec Indicted by Grand Jury


The Vanguard was anonymously contacted recently about a very little known and well hidden matter involving a very prominent Menomonee Falls citizen having been indicted by a federal grand jury.

The Vanguard can confirm that indeed a very well known Menomonee Falls citizen was indicted on numerous charges by a federal grand jury on November 10, 2009.

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Hooray They're Here

 What are here are our new property tax statements.  And, I'm not really jumping for joy.  In fact, I am downright dismayed.

All in all, the dollars I will pay out  for my home next week are $222 more this year than last.  I am paying more and getting less in return.

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HAWS Becomes Greyhound Haven

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Toy is a 3 year old female greyhound.On Saturday, December 5th we at HAWS became a new safe haven for greyhounds being displaced due to the impending Kenosha racetrack closing.

Already in partnership with Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) – Wisconsin since February 2009, we're increasing the number of greyhounds housed at our shelter while GPA is inundated with dogs needing housing - with Dairyland ending live racing on December 31.

Our Executive Director, Lynn Olenik says its just the right thing to do.  “We want to do anything we can to help them out in this time of need.  GPA has many dogs to move in a short amount of time and we're happy to help out. The greyhounds add a wonderful spirit to our facility; our staff and volunteers love having them here.”

Female greyhounds Toy, Chic and Devi, along with male greyhound Bill, joined Lexi – a greyhound already in residence at HAWS due to the ongoing HAWS-GPA agreement – on the 5th. By Saturday, December 12th, Lexi and Chic had been adopted out to their new homes. Bill and Devi were placed on hold that day, and will be heading out to foster care this week prior to going to their adoptive families.

Five (5!) more greyhounds are scheduled to arrive at HAWS this coming Saturday, December 19th.

Greyhounds at the GPA-HAWS partnership party.We work with Ellen Paulus, GPA-Wisconsin President.  She notes, “It is great exposure for our greyhounds to be at HAWS, so people who see them realize that greyhounds can - and do - make great pets after their racing careers are over.” 

The greyhounds participating in the program live at HAWS and receive spay/neuter surgeries from our SNIP clinic. They are available for viewing 7 days a week along with the other adoptable animals at HAWS. Those interested in pursuing adoption are directed to contact local GPA representatives to continue the process. HAWS viewing hours begin daily at 1:00 p.m.

By the way - HAWS will have modified hours during the holidays.  We will be open from 9am -3pm on 12/24 and 12/31, but our kennel will not be open for viewing.  We will be closed on 12/25 and 1/1/2010.  Have a wonderful holiday season with all your Best Friends!

Deep Thoughts on Fairy Tales

Today I yield this space to the writer of an e-mail that I receiived this morning.  Paul

To all my fellow Cinderellas… (and Prince Charmings?):

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Beautiful Nativity World Revisited

I have not been keeping up on my blog but wanted to remind everyone of the beautify nativity collection at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Pilgrim Avenue.

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Warm Up by Participating in a CE & Rec Program

Registration for winter/spring programs is currently underway.  For a complete listing of programs visit, or pick up a CE & Rec Winter/Spring Activity Brochure from one of the following locations:

  • Menomonee Falls CE & Rec Office
  • Menomonee Falls Public Library
  • Menomonee Falls Village Hall
  • Menomonee Falls Community Chamber

What Does CE & Rec Have to Offer?

  • Swim lessons, lap swim and open swim
  • Preschool programs
  • Kids INC - Before and afterschool care for school-age children
  • Summer Kids INC - Care for school-age children during the summer
  • Youth sports
  • Youth cheer, pom & dance
  • Youth enrichment
  • Teen programming
  • Youth safety
  • Summer sports camps
  • Adult sports leagues
  • Adult fitness
  • Driver's education
  • Adult enrichment
  • Trips
  • Older adult activities
  • Online education courses

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Responsibility during the Holidays

Just wanted to put a reminder out there for everyone with the Holidays approaching to take a minute and review some items to remember when drinking or hosting parties.

1. Know you limits and be in control of your surroundings-Spacing drinks or alternating between non alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, recognizing that it is not impolite to turn down a drink if it means staying within your personal limits.

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Open House Jan. 31st

Save the Date!

The St. Mary open house will be held on January 31st.

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Have a Wonderful Holiday and a "HAWS"-y New Year!

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When you celebrate the holidays with your pets,
please remember…

Don’t let them eat the tinsel,

Don’t let them eat the turkey,
Don’t let them eat the chocolates
Because they won’t be very perky!

While the holiday lights are beautiful,
The electric cords are not:
Don’t let your pet chew on these --
Things could get a little hot!

From all the paws, claws, staffvolunteers and Board of Directors at HAWS:

Wishing you and yours the 
Happiest of Holidays and a Great 2010!

By the way - HAWS holiday hours are 9am-3pm Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (receiving only, no viewing), Closed Christmas Day and News Year's Day.

Winter Weather in Menomonee Falls

Yws, I am a grumpy old man.

We had a super cool, unpleasant summer.  I grumbled.
And, now winter has offered a much less than pleasant than season so far.

The multi-inch slush fall last week caused me to bring forth language that only  some sailors know.
I have watched my neighbors, as well as myself, fight with snow blowers that balked at the heavy demand.

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Three Cheers - MFFD

Kudos to the Menomonee Falls Fire Department - and all the recent assisting communities!

On my scanner yesterday, I had the opportunity to monitor fire department operations at the Goetz Court conflegration.  I happended to be awake early as we were expecting a full house for holiday celebrations.  For nearly six hours my ears were tuned in to the action as I prepared for the guests.

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Start the New Year by Taking a New Class Offered Through CE & Rec

In addition to the many programs you may already be familiar with, CE & Rec is proud to announce over 20 new programs being offered this winter & spring.

New youth programs being offered include:

  • Swim Skill Workshops
  • Three Style Dance
  • Cooking with Kids - Around the World
  • Cooking with Kids - Breakfast and Brunch
  • Cooking with Kids - Sweet Treats
  • Discovery World - Super Balls
  • Discovery World - Delicious Science
  • Discovery World - Air Amazing
  • Spy Academy
  • Basic First Aid for Kids

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