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The West Allis Players will be presenting our final Children's Series at 2 p.m. this Sunday, February 5. The show will be at Nathan Hale High School, 116th and Lincoln Avenue. The theater doors are actually on 117th street and there is lots of parking.
The show is "The Princess Went Thataway" and will be performed by Concordia University.
A nasty king wants to take over a nearby planet. The king and queen of that brave planet need the help of their daughter, Princess Stacy, to defeat this evil ruler and keep their planet. The show features brave soldiers, a clever prince and princess and lots of excitement.
We are having auditions for our spring show, "In Lieu of Flowers" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8 at West Allis Central Auditorium, 8500 West Lincoln Avenue. I wrote this play and am so excited to see it on the stage!
Most of the parts were cast at the play's workshop in August. The open parts are: One male, late 20s-late 30s and one female the same age range. I also need three men as truck drivers (minimal lines) and non-speaking extras. The show runs April 27 - May 6. Please contact Katherine at 414-412-0643 or visit for a complete synopsis of the show.

Teens come to the rescue of abandoned cat

Teens come to the rescue of abandoned cat
Cross country team at Marquette University High School praised as Good Samaritans

Last Friday, a group of Marquette University High School Cross Country Team members were out on their usual run when they came upon a helpless kitty.

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Super time for a new blog posting

Football, Gambling, Green Bay Packers, NFL, Restaurants, YouTube

For the past three seasons, I have offered my Super Bowl picks, and over those years my record is 5-2 (nailing the over/under in all three of them).  Why wreck a good thing?  So I'm going to give it a go for the fourth year in a row.

  • New England Patriots - Not a lot ot be said of the Patriots that hasn't been said ad nauseum (but I'll say something anyway, cuz that's how I roll...) In the last 11 seasons, the Patriots are 134-42.  They don't do anything special except win.  The Nattily-clad Bill Belichick is a bit of a standoff-ish but possibly brilliant cheater.  This season, they won 13 games with no discernible defense, and a Tight End that was more wide receiver than their resident loudmouth.  But they are so good.
  • New York Giants - These guys strike me as a group of guys that play when motivated.  This isn't necessarily a good thing... except when they are motivated.  They overlooked the Seahawks in an October home game (which was the same week that I had heard a stat that west coast teams flying east across three time zones for a 1:00 Eastern time start were - no foolin' - 4-21 over the previous three seasons).  Then after a now-typical Tony Romo air ball in the clutch late in the season in Dallas, they needed one more win to clinch and they lost - at home again - to the miserable Redskins.  On the last day of the season, they needed to beat the hapless Cowboys again and make the playoffs. The Giants didn't win the playoff game in Green Bay as much as the Packers lost it, and they may still be playing in San Francisco if Dropsy Williams hadn't been in the game replacing the injured Ted Ginn).  Which team is going to show up?

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What I think about....

I am taking a break from the norm.  Call it a brain freeze, a stupifying of the mind. 

Every single day I post different phrases and encouragements for friends and family.  Thoughts or ideas, that come to mind as I read or listen to the struggles of everyone around me. 

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Be Careful When Salting in the Winter – What it Does to Your Yard

garden, landscape, lawn, perennial, planning, prevention, protect, rose, tree, winter, yard, salt, grass

Winter in Wisconsin – of course we need to use salt to melt dangerous ice - but salting can be very damaging to many landscape plants and grasses, so please be careful with how much you salt your walks and driveways. Additionally, we can’t control how much salt is applied in the street that sprays up onto your yards. Here’s some good techniques (from the Steins Gardening Calendar) to help avoid plant damage: 

“Apply deicing compounds down the middle of walks and drives, avoiding the grass.  Use a deicing compound such as ‘Ice No Mor’ ice melt which contains AMC, the catalyst that ignites ice melting power, and calcium chloride for fast melting action.  It is safe for both concrete and surrounding vegetation when used as directed and is even dyed blue for easy application and increased visibility.  It works so fast it doesn’t leave a chalky residue to track indoors, which can potentially cause damage to carpets and flooring.  Always read and follow label directions.   

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Today I could feel her presence all around me - very strong, just like her. Today was the time to share my last days with her. She was my "breakfast club."

I went to see Grandmother this morning, not knowing what to expect when I saw her. I had not been to see her for a couple weeks. Seeing her every day started to wear on my emotions, and I started getting depressed / out of sorts. In addition, I developed an unknown rash on my face, which needed attention, to make sure it was not contagious. It was difficult getting the motivation to go into the unknown, yet I knew I had to, because she had always been there for me, not matter what the circumstances.

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The Milwaukee Wave are heading towards the playoffs

Milwaukee Wave, MISL, Soccer

It could easily be said that this year's Milwaukee Wave is having the best year in its 28th season of indoor soccer.  Their current record is 16-2 for an .887 winning percentage, which is significantly higher than their current record high percentage of .773 (done with a 34-10 record in a much longer 2001-02 season).

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 There will be times in the future where we should vote.  We must vote based upon the facts we know to be true and that have helped us to decide on what or who to vote for.  I am not going to get into my political views because that's my business.  I know where I stand and why.  I have taken into account what the past was like and where our future is headed and I will make my decisions based upon that and other factors.  I have had enough of political advertisements already.  I have learned to walk away from someone who has different, strong political views than I do and who want to try to start an argument - not worth getting into an argument.  We all have our points of view and reasons for them.  I don't judge others on how they vote as I don't want them to do the same with me.  Time will tell as to what the votes will lead to.  

Again, IT IS very important to vote.  Vote based upon knowledge, not emotions.

BBB Tips to Avoid Valentine's Day Heartache

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Valentine's Day should be a day for love and romance. But unfortunately, every year the Wisconsin BBB hears about scam artists trying to take advantage of Valentine's Day with some very unromantic intentions. Here are some of the scams you should be on the lookout for:

If you’ve ordered flowers….
One phishing scheme involves an e-mail that indicates the flowers you ordered for your sweetie won't be delivered unless you log in and re-enter your credit-card information. The scam e-mail is sent to a mass number of recipients; chances are a few of them had ordered flowers. If you click on the link and enter your credit-card number, you'll wind up with a hefty credit card statement. If you see a message like this, go directly to the florist's Web site or call the business.

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Photo contest deadline is FRIDAY


Wildlife photo contest to benefit Wisconsin’s injured wild animals

To celebrate Wisconsin's wildlife, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society is pleased to announce its first-ever photo contest.

There is a $10 non-refundable entry fee per photo, which benefits the wild animals at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Celebrity judges will determine the top three photos, plus 3-5 honorable mentions.

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On the road again!

Bowling, Cooking, Gambling, My-Sugar-Na, Restaurants, Vacation, New Orleans, USBC

For the first time since 2008, the USBC Open Championships ("Nationals", for short) will not be held in Nevada.  This year, the bowling tournament will be held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the first time since 2005.

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Headquarters for health care provider proposed in West Allis

West Allis, Office, Housing

Developer Tarantino Co. is proposing a $38 million corporate headquarters and health care complex for the former Pressed Steel Tank factory site in West Allis, the firm and city officials have announced.

I first wrote about this possible project in December, when it was discussed during a closed session of the city Community Development Authority board. I then reported there would be four buildings, totaling 200,000 square feet, on 7.5 acres of vacant land between W. Greenfield and W. National avenues, west of S. 65th St.

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Mardi Gras is complete

Catholic church, My-Sugar-Na, Vacation, New Orleans

This is not your complete trip report.  That will be in a few days after I actually complete my trip to Louisiana. However, a buddy of mine made a comment to a post I made on my Facebook page along the way that has me a little complentative.  He made a snide comment (which us guys do) to which I responded that he was jealous.  He said he wasn't, but that he was saving money. 

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Wisconsin BBB offers scholarships to high school seniors

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The deadline is quickly approaching to apply for the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin Foundation’s Student of Integrity scholarships.

This is the third year that the BBB of Wisconsin Foundation has offered financial scholarships to Wisconsin high school students who have demonstrated character, leadership and ethical values; providing the opportunity to continue their education beyond high school at an accredited college or training program.

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Memorial Day parade

Memorial Day, parade, Memorial Day parade

The Allied Veterans Committee, in conjunction with the City of West Allis, will sponsor a Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28, 2012.  The parade will step off promptly at 10:00 a.m. and a memorial service will follow the parade at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Korean War and World War II veterans from the West Allis area who would like to ride in the parade can call Alderperson Dan Roadt, 414-321-7264.  Transportation on the parade route, with limited seating, will be provided.

What To Do About Spring Bulbs Popping Up Early

bulb, flower, garden, landscape, plant, prevention, protect, rose, spring, winter, yard, bloom

With all this warm weather lately, the plants think Spring is almost here!  I noticed buds on trees that are easily seen as I drive by, tulips are trying to poke through the ground, and my parsley is still green and growing in the back yard! 

I gotten a few questions from friends about what to do so that they can save their tulips from dying.  Let me assure you, for the most part, any plant that was hardy enough to tough it out over winter and is starting to grow now will not die when we get another freeze.  The bad news is that in Wisconsin we may still get freezing weather through April.  Some years are worse than others, but if we do get a hard freeze, those portions of plants that are green and growing may get frozen and wither and die off.  All this means is that any flowers it was trying to produce probably won't bloom.  New leaves may drop off.  The plant will have to start over, getting a slow start for Spring.  Spring blooming plants will probably skip the blooming and put their energy into growing leaves and roots instead, and bulbs will just pack it in and go back to sleep until next spring. 

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What Does It Mean To Have "Class"

 My father told me many, many years ago that eventually, there will only be two classes:  Upper and Lower - the middle class will be extinct.  That we know............however, this blog isn't about this, even though it appears he was "right on".

When I was younger, I used to think that if someone had "Class", that meant they wore expensive clothes, lived in a big, expensive, beautiful home and drove an expensive vehicle.  

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Late Night with David Letterman

If you are ever planning to visit New York City, the one thing you really should do is get tickets to "Late Night with David Letterman." These tickets are free (adults only) and it is a great experience.

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USDA Unveils NEW Plant Hardiness Zone Map

annual, biodiversity, education, garden, plant, planning, spring, wisconsin, winter

Great News!  After 20 years, the USDA has updated the Plant Hardiness Zones!  Beware, our Zone 4 (or 5 depending on where you live) has now become Zone 5b (-15 to -10F).  The new 13 zone map has been brought into the internet age with GIS-based interactive maps and more accurate zones that take into consideration things like elevation, terrain, and closeness to bodies of water.  Using a 30 year timespan (unlike the 1990 version that used a 13 yr span), many more weather stations, and expert input from the climatic and horticultural community, the map is much more accurate than it was plus it shows a 5 degree increase (warmer) overall for the US. 

Zone 5b's limits go just west of Waukesha, where it becomes 5a (colder!). Plant hardiness zone designations represent the average annual extreme minimum temperatures at a given location during a particular time period - emphasis on average.  They do not represent the lowest temperatures that can happen. 

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