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Grow up and drink the coffee..

Throughout the summer, one of my favorite activities includes live music.  Not only do I love to “sing” under the guise of loud music, the dancing gets me every time.  Just like whipped cream and a cherry, summertime friends top it off.  There is nothing like catching up while rocking to the beat.

I recently hit up a church festival.  Three stages allowed a variety for listening pleasure.  As I wandered, I thought, where can I find bottled water?  After stopping at two or three vendors, reality hit.  Only one small booth had what I desired.  So much for being a non-alcoholic type of girl.

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Day 1 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

Free market, Injuries, James family, Local news, Nostalga, 2011 State Fair, Weather, West Allis, State Fair

The world is right again.

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Refuse Carts on Sale

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From now through November 30 the City will be selling 63 gallon and 96 gallon garbage carts to homeowners for $35.


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Day 2 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

Injuries, Local news, Nutjobs, 2011 State Fair, West Allis, State Fair

Hmmm, seemed like something has been happening in the State Fair Park area, but I can't put my finger on it.  What could it be?

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I usually do not write about events and such, but I just had to!  I was fortunate enough to drive past a car wash within a short distance from my home

The charge is $5.00 per car.  It was the best hand car wash I had ever received.  Inch by inch, tires and all, my car was scrubbed clean.  Needless to say, I am impressed!

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Day 3 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

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Saturdays during the State Fair can get pretty hectic in the neighborhood.  There seems to be two completely separate sets of clientele on Saturdays.

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My email, “Hey you!!! I need your help... wondering if you or any guy you know was ever a "player"... looking to write a new article about how men view sex when it's outside of a committed relationship... an 'In all honesty" type of article.. completely confidential, no names will be used in the writing of this whatsoever.”

His response, “Send me the questions.” 

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A Tribute to Our Special Forces

August 6, 2011 the ultimate sacrifice was made by "22 SEALs, three Air Force combat controllers and a dog handler and his dog." Though the families' names have not been released, I am paying honor to the the soldiers & praying for their families as they go through an incredibly emotional and devastating time in their lives.

I have friends and family, who have served and are serving. I may never understand what drives them to commit to the unknown. In my eyes, it takes a special kind of person to take their journey. They made the choice knowing what the outcome could be. They have done this for both you and me.

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Day 4 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

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I am exhausted.  I hate humid weather.  I hate the fact that the city chopped down our shade tree a couple of years ago.  I hate being a fat tub of goo that wilts in the humid sunshine.

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Day 5 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2011 State Fair, Coffee, Free market, Cooking, Restaurants, State Fair, West Allis, Weather

The five cars parked today were the result of grit and determination.  I turned off of 92nd St onto Orchard, and there seemed like plenty of street parking spots available, and only one guy down the block was making the effort to fill his yard.

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Day 6 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2011 State Fair, Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers, My-Sugar-Na, Restaurants, State Fair, West Allis

Well, I finally made it to the State Fair this year... and let me tell you how lucky we are to have gotten the break in the humidity in time!  We left home around 12:30 PM completely energized by the weather.  If we could just bottle this day....

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Day 7 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2011 State Fair, Free market, Las Vegas, Poker, State Fair, Vacation, West Allis

This is one of those "not a lot to say" days. 

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Day 8 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

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It seemed like half the people that were parking in my yard yesterday were headed to the Whitesnake concert.  The other day, I parked a disturbing number of people in cowboy hats and brand new cowboy boots.  Tonight looks to be more of the same.

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Day 9 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2011 State Fair, Poetry, James family, State Fair, West Allis

First, a haiku...

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Movie Review -- "The Help"

The much awaited movie version of the best-seller "The Help" opened this week and I was so excited -- and apprehensive -- to see it.
I loved the book and could not wait to see these characters spring to life. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and was among the millions who felt that the movie was a major cinematic failure.
While I don't put "The Help" into that category, I have to say that I was a little disappointed in this film. While the story is strong, I could not help but wonder if people who did not read the book will get as much out of it. The book is told by the three main characters -- Skeeter, a recent college graduate who aspires to be a writer and two maids -- Abeleen and Minnie. The movie does not have a lot of narration and I feel that was a mistake. In my humble opinion, too much back story is lost. I understand that it would be impossible to make the entire book into a movie, but I feel that too much was eliminated that really fleshed out the characters on the page. This could have been accomplished by a bit more narration.
I do think that the people portraying all the characters did them justice. The costumes and homes were great. We were transported back to Mississippi circa 1963.
My issues: The movie does not explain why Constantine's leaving was such a big secret and why her daughter's appearance is such a big deal. That is such a driving force for Skeeter to find out in the novel and in the film it is barely a ripple in the story. I understand that the story of Celia and Johnny Foote had to be compressed but the movie is poorer for it. I also think that the audience may be left wondering why Hilly Holbrook had so much influence over her friends (actually, that is not really clarified in the book) and why Skeeter's boyfriend suddenly leaves when he finds out she is the mysterious author. On a culinary note of sorts, the secret of what Minnie with the pie did had a much bigger build-up in the novel. It was funny in the film, but had more suspense in the book.
I could be wrong -- I never read "Gone with the Wind" and I understand that much was left out of the movie. Perhaps I was looking for things "The Help" eliminated when it made the leap from page to screen and that is why I feel so much could have been added.
I would like very much to hear from people who saw the movie before reading the book and get their opinions. Post us a comment and let me know what you thought.
And by the way -- read the book. It is amazing.

Protect Your Ash Trees

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With the Emerald Ash Borer beetle threatening to kill unprotected ash trees, learn how the City of West Allis is protecting community ash trees and how you can protect your own ash trees.  Mike Rushmer, West Allis City Forester, and Rob Gorden of Arborjet, Inc. will be at the Zoofari Conference Center at 10001 West Bluemound Road, on Thursday, September 1, 2011, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to present information regarding the Emerald Ash Borer.  Click link  for more information.

Labor Day Results in Altered Refuse and Recycling Collection

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Reminders for residents during the holiday week of Labor Day:

*Our offices are closed and there will be no refuse or recycling collection on Monday, September 5.

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Downtown West Allis Goes Back in Time For Some Traditional Family Fun

Downtown West Allis Business Improvment District, Settler's Weekend, West Allis Historical Society

As summer comes to an end, we would like to invite all of you to come visit our booth at Settler’s Weekend for some last minute summer fun! Settler’s weekend will be held at the Historical Society on 84th and National on August 27th and 28th. Starting at 10 AM, Downtown West Allis will be selling old fashioned candy such as Wax Lips, Licorice Pipes, Peppermint Sticks and Jawbreakers! In addition to our candy sales, we will be running some traditional pioneer games for all of our visitors to enjoy. Be sure to stop by and test your skills at ring toss, beanbag toss and even ball in a cup!

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Initiative

West Allis Police Department will be out in force along with other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin and the rest of the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunken drivers from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5.

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Four-Way Stop Signs - CAREFUL!

 Twice in the past month, I have almost gotten hit by drivers who have blown through a four-way stop sign at 43rd and Coldspring.  The last one was a woman traveling at a high rate of speed and chit chatting on her cell phone!  She's a lawsuit waiting to happen in some people's minds.  I'd like to remind everyone of the fact that they must watch carefully at all stop signs and lights before crossing - if a car seems as though it will not stop, WAIT.  If someone is impatient with you because you are waiting and being cautious - too bad. I'd rather be safe than sorry.  

Be Safe.  Don't trust that the other driver will stop because there's a stop sign or a stop light.  

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