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Emerald Ash Borer -Ash Tree Threat

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a very serious problem that threatens all ash trees in the Midwest. As of     8/5/2008 it has been found in Wisconsin and is extensive in northern Illinois. The million dollar question seems to be, “When should I start treatment if I want to protect an ash tree?”      

Unfortunately, there are differing opinions on this question and the actual facts are not fully conclusive.

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Top 10 Summer Job Scam Tip-Offs!

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The end of the school year is here and -- whether they're from high school or college -- there’s a lot of new graduates looking for jobs. Unfortunately, these job seekers can be vulnerable to bogus job offers.

Students are in a unique position where they may not have a lot of work experience, but they feel the pressure of upcoming bills to get a job quickly. Consequently, applying for a job that requires no work experience but offers a high salary often sounds very enticing. But the reality is these job offers are closer to pyramid schemes rather than legitimate work opportunities. Beware of ads that claim “sum­mer job, make $300 a day!” or “last year our employ­ees made $10,000 over the sum­mer.”

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Are animals emotional beings?

Wisconsin Humane Society Speaker Series
Marc Bekoff - Expanding our Compassion Footprint 
Thursday, August 2, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Radisson Mayfair

 

The latest and greatest scientific research clearly shows that animals are smart, emotional, and moral beings. And there are many "surprises." Birds make and use more sophisticated tools than chimpanzees, mice and chickens display empathy, and ravens and other animals show they know what's right and wrong in various social situations. Animals care very much about what happens to them and to their friends and we must too. We need to be very careful when we intrude into their lives and redecorate nature. Rewilding our hearts and expanding our compassion footprint provide avenues for fostering more respect for nonhuman beings and for peaceful coexistence with our animal friends.
 
Marc Bekoff, noted author, will discuss these and other topics at a seminar on Thursday, August 2 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Radisson. 
 
 
 

West Allis Music in the Park

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Thursday night concerts at Vets' Park are back again thanks to the generosity of sponsors in the West Allis business community. There are also five free, family-friendly concerts, hosted by Community Alliance Against Drugs (CAAD) and the West Allis Police Department. Check the City's website for the schedule and more details.

Important Connections....

Walking around, standing in line, passing strangers on the street, I have been looking, watching, pondering. It seems as if people are always looking down. Not just on one another, down in general.

Do me a favor.   Go to lunch and sit in a restaurant for an hour. Bring a book, pretend to read. While you’re “reading” look around, take a gander. Take a long hard look at how couples or families interact. Chances are you’ll see one or more looking down. Their eyes and hands are busy. Not on one another, but on a device. Whether it is a cell phone, game system or other social media device, we are now more focused on things than one another.

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IMPACT 2-1-1 and Hunger Task Force team up to feed kids this summer

Summer, 2-1-1 @ IMPACT, IMPACT

IMPACT 2-1-1 is performing the important role of connecting kids to nutritious meals now that the school year is coming to an end. Coordinated by the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, the summer meals program ensures that local children have access to free food at over 150 supervised schools and parks. Our 24-hour state-of-the-art call center and online service center is the central access point for information about the meal sites, including dates and hours of operation.

While supplemental nutrition programs are readily available throughout the school year, once classes end many parents struggle to provide healthy meals for their children. According to the USDA, over 16 million children live in households that lack a consistent and dependable supply of healthy food.

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Elms Need Protection Against Dutch Elm Disease

When people talk about trees, many have a story of a great yard elm or an elm lined street that was cut down. Ask those same people if they are aware we can now save elms and they get a look of sorrow, anger, bewilderment or even disbelief. Amazing the affect trees have on us.

You can save susceptible elms by protecting them from getting DED (Dutch elm disease). To do this the elm should not already have DED. It is helpful if the tree is in good health and the root zone must be isolated from other unprotected elms. Ask a Wachtel Certified Arborist to qualify elm for protection.

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How to Hire a Lawn Care Service

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It’s a truism of customer service that you can’t give someone what they want…if they don’t know what it is. Lawn care businesses offer many services. Are you looking for someone to mow only? Does your grass need aeration or seeding? Are you in need of landscaping, fertilization or tree care? What about pest control?

As summer revs up, here are some tips to consider:

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Events Are Heating Up in Downtown West Allis This Summer

Downtown West Allis Business Improvment District, West Allis Ala Carte, Third Thursday Art Crawls

Sorry it has been a while bloggers, but we have been so busy here in Downtown West Allis, we just couldn't keep up! The 5th Annual West Allis Ala Carte was better than ever with 87 degree weather, the streets filled with unique vendors, rockin' live entertainment and lots of tasty food. If you came out to the event, we hope you had a great time. We know we did!

We also started our Downtown West Allis Third Thursday Art Crawls this May. 12 local artists displayed their work in different stores in the BID district while art enthusists enjoyed drink specials, unique art and a fun night out with friends. The first one went fantastic and we hope the crawl on June 21st will be just as fun.

Keep an eye out for future blog posts about more up coming events and happenings in the Business Improvement District, and always be sure shop local and shop Downtown West Allis!

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Grilling and Common Sense

It seems that far too often, we hear about an apartment or condo (or some type of multi unit building) that goes up in flames because someone thought it was intelligent to grill (whether it be a gas or a charcoal grill) on a porch or a patio.  In our condo association, our BY-LAWS state no grilling on patios or porches and you must grill at least 10 feet away from a garage door.  Most people in our complex abide by these guidelines/rules.  I have never seen anyone grill on their patio or porch.  I have, however, seen one of our "Know It All" neighbors grill right next to his garage door and under the overhang and between his two parked cars.  I guess he doesn't have to follow anyone's rules (other incidents prove this fact).  Not only do people like this risk burning down their own unit and garage, they also risk doing the same to the rest of the building.  I certainly don't want MY unit burned up because of someone else's stupidity.  My husband and I are not the only ones concerned about this wonderful neighbor.  He has been "told" in the past several times to move the grill away from the building.  Ah, but he's too smart for that - why would he consider other people's property!  I feel so sorry for other people who have been in the unfortunate circumstances to lose their home and belongings and , in some cases, human and pet's lives.  I would hope that the people responsible for this stupidity would be fined, sued or whatever as a result of their negligence. 

As with all laws, ordinances, by-laws, guidelines, rules, regulations, etc. there are people who just don't think they apply to them - perhaps because they are so very "special".  That's why drunk drivers kill, texting causes accidents, shoplifters shoplift and cause good citizens to pay higher prices as a result, stereos blast and keep neighbors awake, and the list goes on and on.  And, unfortunately, always will. 

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Water Water Water

Water Water Water

Water has been found to be the most limiting factor for plant growth and stress reduction.  How much water does a tree use or need? Generally, 1 inch of water per 10 day period is needed to reduce stress on trees.  This can be provided by Mother Nature, or you.  Use a rain gauge to monitor rainfall and supplement with watering when necessary. It is strongly suggested to use your finger to check the soil for moisture. If the soil is damp wait a few days and check again. Avoid overhead watering or light frequent watering which can be problematic. Pines and spruces with fungal diseases are best not watered on the foliage. Supplemental watering when dry in June, July, August and September is critical.

Robins Make Their Nests in the Strangest Places

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 I remember many robin nests over the years that were constructed on our porch light, or our mailbox, or some place that made life for us a litle inconvenient while momma robin sat on her eggs and raised her babies.  This year has been very active in our yard with momma robins feeding fledglings that are starting to fly and trying to get them to feed themselves.  I can imagine that was very tiring work - like teaching our children to drink from a cup instead of a bottle.  It always happens, but it seems like it takes a lot longer than it should.

I've been watching the antics the last few weeks, and started to wonder if a new batch of babies would be showing up soon.  I hadn't seen any nests in my yard yet this year, but last week I watched a robin trying to get a short piece of rope free from a ladder that we had in the back yard.  She started to tug and tug and tug, she just wouldn't give up!  I watched from the window as she worked at it for 15 minutes. She was so engrossed in what she was doing that I don't think she would have noticed if I were to walk up next to her.  I thought about how devoted she (he?) was to making a great home to raise their family.  

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Oh Rachel!!!!

Last Saturday I woke up and decided to visit one of my favorite places in the world. Barnes and Nobles, a great bookstore to browse, hang and get your favorite Frappucino. In case you’re wondering, I always request Double Blended so the ice doesn’t chunk up the straw causing me a bit of frustration. 

While I’m sitting and doing my thing, I notice a little girl, back turned to me, sitting with her parents. It’s the day before Father’s Day. She appears to be 7 or 8, is fairly quiet and wearing a comfy summer outfit. They appear to be a pleasant family, enjoying a beverage, just hanging out. Something draws me to this family. Maybe it’s the fact Father’s Day is approaching and my dad is no longer present. Whatever the case, I spoke, asked her a simple question. “Psst! Hey! I have question for you,” I announce. Mom and Dad smile, look at their daughter and turn her in my direction. “So, tomorrow is Father’s Day, what did you get for your Dad?” She smiles, “It’s a secret! I can’t tell you!” Within moments we’re chatting, laughing and having an hour long conversation.

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The Beetle Battle

Mention Japanese beetles to your gardening friends or fellow tree lovers and you are sure to get a reaction. Relatively new to the state, Japanese beetles have been in Wisconsin 10-15 years now. Isolated at first, they are becoming more widespread. 2011 has been an especially bad year with high populations in many areas.

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Has it been two full months since my last blog?  How embarrassing.  I must have amassed something worth posting.  Let's get right to the Top 10...


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Don't Get Burned by an AC Repair Company

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BBB tips for finding a trustworthy air conditioning repairman

There’s no worse time for your air conditioner to go on the fritz than when temperatures are in the 100s. Before hiring a contractor to make repairs, Better Business Bureau advises you to carefully research contractors for a cool experience.

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