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Unsung Heroes

I was at a gas station recently.   To clean my windshield, I usually hop over hose attached to the pump to grab the windshield sponge.   This time, instead of hopping, I walked around the opposite side of the pump.   I cleaned my windows, decided to hop the hose, caught my foot on the hose and went down. THUD! Embarrassment, pain and surprise caught me off guard. Two individuals witnessed the unblessed event and asked if I was ok. I said, “Yes, thanks so much.” A gentleman held his hand out to me, “Let me help you up”, he stated. I grabbed it, stood, and thanked him profusely. Talk about an act of kindness.

Two individuals, at the right place, right time. They didn’t have to extend a care, worry or ask if I was ok. They could have finished at the pump, jumped in their vehicles and drove away. Instead, they took time out for me, a complete stranger. Even if for a moment, it sure as heck made my day.

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2-week dog foster homes needed

Foster a PAL Dog

Foster families are needed for this summer’s PAL program, which pairs shelter dogs with at-risk kids in the Milwaukee area.
Help out dogs and kids by becoming a foster parent today! Learn more.

UW Extension Weekly Horticulture PodCasts and Reports

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If you are interested in hearing what's going on "horticulturally" in Wisconsin each week, the UW Extension holds a weekly meeting where the Master Gardeners discuss the calls they have received from people and also the experts report on what plant, animal, disease or insect trends are happening.  They create both a podcast and a pdf transcript of the meetings. 

They are very informative and gives you an idea of the kinds of things you may see happening in your yard.  For example, they mention that even though it's been very warm and plants are growing well, the bird migrations have been slower. This is because the weather conditions in the south weren't favorable to pushing birds up north until recently.

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Woman run over and killed in West Allis may have been hit first by another car

Arrests have been made and charges filed against two drivers in the deaths of a mother and her adult son in two separate crashes on the same morning in West Allis last month.

But the investigation is not over, according to WISN-TV (Channel 12).

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An Ounce of Prevention for Crabapples and Pines

Fungal diseases of trees can be sneaky. Infection of leaves or needles takes place in the spring and early summer as new growth emerges and expands. This new growth is softer, more delicate, and more susceptible to infections.

Symptoms of infection may not be obvious until later in the growing season. An example is crabapple leaves that are turning olive brown and falling prematurely. Another example is pine needles that have failed to reach full size and begin to brown in their first season, leaving dead tips. The culprits in these cases are often apple scab on the crabapples or sphaeropsis/diplodia shoot blight on the pines.

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Focus Anew

From this day forward, I am going to write about what I can see, touch, taste, feel and smell.  I am going to write about those who are a part of my life, those I talk to and spend time with on a regular basis. 

I welcome you to join me on this new journey. 

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“Twister” the dog survives devastating tornado

 “Twister” the dog survives devastating tornado in Kentucky

One-eyed, three-legged Corgi mix now looking for new home in Wisconsin

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The West Allis Players would like to deeply thank all those who came to see our spring show, "IN LIEU OF FLOWERS!" As its playwright and director, I was extremely happy to see people taking a chance on an unknown show and hope they enjoyed it. I am now working on a mystery play which hopefully we can present in the not-too-distant future!

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Where Do We Find Our Employees?

We love our employees too!

After we are finished working on a property we often get asked “Where do you get your staff from” or “where did you learn all that tree stuff”, and we also have a few parents ask “are you hiring? My son or daughter needs a job!” 

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Party with the animals June 2! Beer, wine, food, music...

Hounds & Sounds: An Anniversary Celebration

 Come celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus at Hounds & Sounds: An Anniversary Celebration, on Saturday, June 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 630 W. Dekora St. in Saukville. 
Enjoy animal greeters, food, and live music by String-a-Long. Children are welcome to attend, but please leave your four-legged friends at home. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for kids under 12 years old. All adult tickets include a chance to win free Brewers tickets! All proceeds go right back to help the shelter’s animals.  More info – and tickets – can be found here

SHARE Wisconsin

 For many, many years, my husband and I have been volunteers for the Share food distribution in the area - first in West Allis and then Greenfield.  We met some great people along the way and enjoyed great food at prices much less than what we paid in the grocery stores.  We rarely had to purchase meats, fruits or vegetables  from the grocery stores.  

Yesterday, May 19th was the last distribution of Share products.  The program is ending.  

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Tree Doctors Still Make House Calls

When you call Wachtel Tree Science and Service to look at your tree, a Certified Arborist will come to provide a thorough assessment of it. You may have some idea regarding how your doctor assesses your health, but what does a Certified Arborist look at when determining your tree’s health or condition?

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Fifty Shades of WHAT THE...

I read it, the latest greatest novel for women, aka porn at its finest.   Let’s just say that being the kind of girl I am I view it in a few different lights. Let’s discuss. 

Spoiler alerts: I am going to discuss certain aspects of the book.   I am going to ruin the anticipation. Reader be warned.

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Memorial Day Scams Target Military, Families & Supporters

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Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have died in war. But sadly, it has also become a key opportunity for scammers to target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans. BBB is urging consumers and donors to be on the lookout for deals that seem too good to be true, and for disreputable charities.

The unique lifestyle of our service members makes them prime targets for scammers. It’s imperative that we educate our service members and ensure that the support we give to them equals the effort they make every day on behalf of us. Scams can include those that target service personnel and their families directly, but also those that appear to be helping military members via charities.

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"Life Below Ground"

When thinking about trees and tree health, we should be more aware of what is below ground. Healthy root systems are vital to the health and longevity of trees. A vigorous expanding root system is supported by healthy soils. Often times when the trees crown appears stressed - thin canopy, small or chlorotic leaves, branch dieback - it is the root system and corresponding soils that are the real issue.

Roots obtain water, and essential elements from the soil. Abundant oxygen in the soil is critical for respiration. A good root system anchors the tree in place. Roots also store carbohydrates for growth and tree defense.

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Lost Dog - Please Help!!!

Hi Everyone..

taking a left instead of an "I'm right".  :)  Please keep your eyes open for Briggs....  If you've seen him, please call his owner.  You may have to log into your facebook account to view the link below. 

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