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“It Is Never Just One Thing”

Rarely does any one factor determine the final out come from a single event in life or in nature. It is just too complicated; so many factors come into play over the course of time that determines the final outcome. This is certainly true with trees and tree health. Trees in developed landscapes and in the forest are continually subjected to various stress factors that depending upon circumstances can lead to decline and eventual death of a tree.

Tree stress may result from a natural causal agent or may be from human activity. A myriad of factors may be involved which may include, but is not limited to some of the following:

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Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus Opens Today

Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus Opens Today

The Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus will open for animal adoptions on Monday, January 7, just one week after acquiring the former Countryside Humane Society in Racine. 

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Winter Happiness

 I've lived in Wisconsin all of my life.  I've visited other states and have friends and family who have moved to other states only to return to Wisconsin (eventually).  I love our four seasons.  However, of the four seasons, I'm the least fond of winter.  I love the first snowfall and taking brisk walks when it isn't too cold or slippery.  I hate driving on slick roads (because of other people who don't know how to drive on them) and the bitter cold that takes one's breath away.  I do know that there are people who really enjoy what snow offers - skiing, snowboarding, skating, sledding, etc.  I enjoy sledding and skating, too, when time permits.  

I hope that we do get a bit more snow for those who enjoy the winter sports and outdoor options available to us, as well as the income that some businesses get from snowfalls.  

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Tree Pruning Fact Sheet

An educated and experienced arborist knows that all tree pruning is not equal. The arborist assesses each tree individually and then decides what type of pruning the tree is in need of. Crown cleaning, crown thinning, crown raising, deadwood pruning and training pruning are nationally accepted standards of tree pruning developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The ANSI A300 pruning standards are extensive and involved. They are there to protect the consumer. If these pruning standards are not addressed in the tree pruning proposals or estimates you receive you are not getting a professional job. At Wachtel our educated and experienced Certified Arborists will help you benefit from these standards and assist you in determining what type of pruning your trees will need.

The different classifications of tree pruning are:

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Get vaccines at low cost at WHS!

 Vaccine Clinic at WHS
In an effort to keep Southeastern Wisconsin's animals happy and healthy, WHS offers a vaccine clinic at the Milwaukee Campus. The next one is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Learn more here.

Stopping Tree Losses

This past spring many trees were not able to produce much foliage at all. Many produced nothing but seeds at first, and when these ripened all you could see was brown. Such trees seemed more dead than alive. Later on, some foliage started to be produced, but these leaves were undersized, off-color, and left the tree much thinner than normal. On other trees, some sections never did leaf out and the remaining parts look weak.

 Trees that have treatment history for various problems, and have been stable for some time, have begun to struggle again. Dead and weak trees are everywhere.

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Lately, we've been hearing about babies losing their lives over co-sleeping arrangements.  I have my own thoughts, ideas and suggestions about this particular topic.  Feel free to comment and join me in fighting this cause.

Upon the birth of my daughters, I decided to breastfeed.  The first couple of weeks are tough, to say the least.  After the initial excruciating pain, you get through it and enjoy the bonding.  My daughter's father and I had the agreement that when baby woke during the night, he would bring her to me, I would feed and then he would return her to her crib.  There were times when we did co-sleep.  I would lie on my left side facing the wall, he would support my back lying on his.  The baby would sleep on my side only, never between us.  There may have been times when we napped together, but we were both coherent enough to wake if baby stirred.

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Our Spring Show is Upon Us -- "IS MURDER TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?"

Well, almost. It's time to let actors know about our upcoming audition for our spring show. We are presenting "IS MURDER TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?" in April and our auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. February 4 and 5 at West Allis Central Auditorium, 8516 West Lincoln Avenue. Auditions will consist of readings from the script and all roles are open. We need seven men and five women ages 25+.

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Location, Location, Location…

By: Anthony Arnoldi, Board-Certified Master Arborist WI-0102B

In real estate considerations, location is the most important aspect of a property. The value and worth of a great location cannot be overstated. We strive to live in homes that maximize the location factor so that it is very pleasant to live in while we are there, and profitable when it comes time to sell.

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Homes for Our Troops - Bowling Benefit

Homes for Our Troops, fundraiser, donation, veterans, military

You Are Invited! Join us for a fantastic day of fun-filled activities and raising money for houses to accommodate our disabled veterans. Your appreciation and support can extend a long way in providing the men and women, who fought for your freedom, a place they can call home. A special fund account has been established for anyone to contribute to.

Please log on to to preview and print off entry forms and bowling tournament information. It is our call of duty to participate or contribute to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2004.  

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