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ADOPTED! Brilliant Black Lab Charley


Charley is such a special dog!  He is an absolute delight for our volunteer dog walkers, who report that he's not only affectionate, eager to please and polite, but an incredibly quick learner and motivated student. He has been taught "sit," "down," "shake" and is starting to explore the agility equipment in WHS' outdoor play yard.  In no time at all, Charley will be performing parlor tricks with his new best friend - you!  At only 6-months-old, Charley looks forward to a lifetime of love and learning.  Bring the whole family down to meet this special dog (who also LOVES belly rubs, by the way).  See him at http://www.wihumane.org/animals/dogs

"A Murder is Announced" -- at MY House

The director of our spring show has cast the production -- and I was lucky enough to snare the lead! This is a fantastic murder mystery -- one of Agatha Christie's best. The synopsis of the story is thus: An ad runs in the local village paper to say that a murder will be committed in the home of Letty Blacklock (me) later that evening. The day just happens to be a Friday the 13th. A number of neighbors read the ad and drop in to see what might happen. Then the lights go out and...
 
We are in Week Two of rehearsals and it is very interesting to be sent back in time to the late 1940s in post-war England. It is also a pleasure to get to "meet" the legendary Miss Marple -- the amateur detective who will solve the crime. Miss Marple is being played by another Players' board member -- the talented Julie Valona.
 
These mysteries are known as "Cozies" -- meaning that in stories like these, the mysteries are solved by characters usually not in law enforcement. There is very little violence, profanity and gore.
 
In a few weeks, we will turn over our blog to the director, James Lentz, Jr., to get his take on bringing such a well-known and well-loved character to life and the challenges he faces in staging a Christie production. Our show dates are April 17,18, 24 and 25.
 
 

A sure sign that spring is on its way

Catholic church, Religion, Restaurants

(This was the post originally planned for last Friday)

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Pot Hole Blues

Does anyone know how warm is warm enough to fix potholes?  Whew, there are some bad ones around town -- not just in West Allis.  I noticed a couple communities have started, but there are plenty more where that came from.  My little car is going to fall in one and never find its way out again.

Bath Towels Needed for Dozer's Pals

Doing some spring cleaning? The Wisconsin Humane Society depends solely on donations from the community for all our programs and right now, we are in need of bath towels!  Even if you can't adopt, volunteer or donate money, there are items on the WHS Wishlist that might be just taking up space at home.  Drop them off during our shelter hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On behalf of the animals, thank you!!!

ps... Dozer is looking for a new home. Learn more about this super smart 1-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever mix.

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ADDICTIONS AND SUCH

As a young girl, drinking was a favorite past-time at each of our family parties.  I recall at the ripe old age of 10 sneaking wine to make wine coolers with my sisters.  Not once were we caught.  Fortunately, it was not something we became addicted to, but we sure had fun in the process.

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Hoppin' Himalayan Bunny


This cute bunny hasn’t begun meowing quite yet, but Snowflake is definitely enjoying her new suite in the Royal Cat Hotel at the Wisconsin Humane Society, helping to draw attention to the many rabbits looking for new homes right now.  A 2-year-old Himalayan mix, Snowflake is super soft and has beautiful, distinctive markings.  She LOVES her new digs in the Royal Cat Hotel and approaches visitors with curiosity and courage. Like all the rabbits at WHS, she’s been spayed and microchipped, and she goes home with a certificate for a free veterinary exam.  Snowflake will continue to attract attention in her swanky place until she finds herself queen of a new castle.  Check out http://www.wihumane.org/animals/rabbits.aspx to see all the great rabbits looking for new homes this spring!

Catchin' a Wave

Milwaukee Wave, MISL, Other blogs, US Cellular Arena, Xtreme Soccer League

I have blogged about indoor soccer a number of times in the past two years.  I'll let you read some of my past stuff, but to quickly summarize, I went to my first Milwaukee Wave game in January 1985, and I have been going regularly since 1987... I estimate that I've seen 85% of home games in the last 20 years.  I've been the Booster Club president, I've been the editor of the Booster Club newsletter, I attended one Soccer Solidarity convention (yes, there really used to be a convention for indoor soccer fans).  I also - though not related to indoor soccer - worked in the press box for the Milwaukee Rampage for nine seasons and also the Milwaukee Wave United for one season.  In other words, I've seen a lot of soccer players, teams, leagues, fans and media coverage come and go.

So last year summer when the Major Indoor Soccer League folded, the thirteen fans of the sport around the country held their breath in anticipation of what would happen.  Depending on your viewpoint, it either all went to hell, or the groundwork has been laid for the resurgence (and profitibility) of the sport.

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A Great Day Was Had By All

The West Allis Charities, Inc. held a 9-Pin Tap bowling tournament on February 28th to raise money for Sam Koenig's living and medical needs. The fundraiser brought families and friends together from all over Wisconsin, including Green Bay, Windlake, Oak Creek, and our hometown West Allis. Denise, Sam's mother, stated, "I am grateful and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for Sam. It is organizations like the West Allis Charities that make our city a great place to live."

It takes a team of great people and generous hearts to execute a prosperous event. The following companies and individuals helped the West Allis Charities, Inc. and the Koenig family have a wonderful day; West Allis Firefighters, Grebe's Bakery, Stefaniak Freight Systems, Signs and Lines by Stretch, Knives & Blades, Inc., Dillon Bindery, Wilson Elementary Troop 1295, WA/WM Chamber of Commerce, Suzzette's Hair 4 You, DiamondZ Pet Spa, Kips Inn, MCR Services, LLC, State Fair Inn, Riviera Lanes, Woodrow Wilson, Vagnini Family, Paul Weise Real Estate Corp., American Legion Auxiliary, Westaff, Capt'n Nicks, BC Adhesives, Lynch's, Dave's World Bowling Pro Shop, Dave Hock and Budweiser, Joshua Schroeckenthaler, Peggy Wenzel, Joe Sexton, Mama Mia's, Office Max, Sunshines's Baskets by Sheri, all the in-kind contributors at the door / raffle items, and all the volunteers.  
 
On Thursday, March 5, at the general membership meeting (first Thursday of each month) for the West Allis Charities, Inc., the Koenig family was presented with a check for $8,157, far exceeding the organization's fundraising goal of $5,000. An additional $500 and gift cards were given to the family by friends, who stopped in at the tournament. The grand total raised was $8,707.    

Attitude

It is a beautiful, Monday. Starting the day off on a positive note is always good preparation for the week to come. Your attitude has everything to do with how you feel, how you make others feel, and the lasting impression left on those you meet. I have a few words on my wall written by Charles Swindoll, which I read and reflect on the each day. The words keep me grounded and using my attitude to positively affect others. I leave you today with these empowering words.

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

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Observations from the East End

Paradise Building, reconstruction of 60th St., Shawna's, Six points Condos, The Chalet Restaurant

 Now that the winter snow has melted, we are able to see what the snow has been covering the past several months. In the East End at the Six Points area the front area of the Paradise Building still sticks out in all its naked ugliness. Why haven't we seen some progress in doing something with this very visible building. When my house needed painting, I heard from the building inspector who told me that visitors to West Allis will be looking at how the houses in the area are kept up. I was given so long to "git 'er done". So I did. My question for the city is, why aren't the people that own that building given the same warnings and deadlines?  That part of the city is extremely visible, much more than my little and inconsequential house. That building has looked like that for a couple of years now. I say to the city fathers and the alderman put some pressure on the owners to DO something.

The next problem in the same area are the condos called Six Points in the area of 64th and Greenfield. For starters, just the idea of fancy expensive condos in that area isn't logical to me. If I were in the position to spend over $200,000 for a condo, I sure wouldn't be looking on 64th and Greenfield. Sorry, I live in the area, its a blue collar neighborhood of mostly good people but not a neighborhood for $200,000 condos. Now, I'm very curious to know what's going to happen to those condos since the building is in Foreclosure. Seems that SOMEONE was messing with the payments, shifting from one account to another and got caught through the downturn in the economy. Are these condos going to sit empty and end up looking like the front end of the Paradise building?

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A-hole is not a color

I consider myself a reasonable person, able to get along with mostly everyone.  I do not believe we are all meant to be BFF’s, but we are at least to make enough of an effort to be polite.   I do believe you have the right to choose whomever you want in your “circle” of friends network and that by your choice your true personality will shine, (or dull). 

I hate to admit this, but I believe certain individuals are a-holes.  This applies towards both men and women.  I could throw in the “B” word, but I am trying to be most effective with the former offense.

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Shelter Dog Joins MPD!


The Wisconsin Humane Society is thrilled to announce the acceptance of one of the shelter dogs into the Milwaukee Police Department’s Vice Control Division's Drug Detection Canine Program. Dozer, a 1-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, was chosen for training after passing aptitude and medical tests.
 
Detective Glen Bishop recently contacted Natalie Zielinski, WHS behavior manager, about his quest to find a dog to work in law enforcement. A rather exuberant, intelligent canine came to Zielinski’s attention and she suspected that the lab might excel in police work. Curious, confident, highly motivated and eager to learn, this smart dog fit the ideal profile.
 
“We have assisted the police department in finding good matches for their program in the past,” Zielinski said. “For the right dog, this opportunity is ideal. I can’t imagine a better placement for a dog like Dozer, who really needs a job, in addition to a loving guardian.  We’re so excited for him.”
 
Like all dogs available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society, Dozer was neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and tested for heartworm disease.

Why aren't more people upset about the USA performance in the World Baseball Classic?

Brewers players, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, Patriotism, Television

The World Baseball Classic (WBC) is an international baseball tournament that - though first held in 2006 - will be held every fourth year.  In both 2006 and 2009, 16 teams from North America, Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa participated.

Modeled somewhat after soccer's World Cup, the WBC is a major hit in most of the participating countries.  The United States seems not to be one of those countries.

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Interesting website with a local twist

As with any writer, I'm constantly on the lookout for a new place to publish my words and share my stories. It's what writers do.  We can't not write and, in this ecomony, we can't NOT get paid for it.  Recently, I started writing for a couple of websites that many of you might find interesting.

Examiner.com has different versions of the site, depending on where you are accessing it from.  Entering www.examiner.com in your browser will automatically take you to the Milwaukee pages of their site. Here you can find local news, events, and local writers keeping you updated on everything going on in our fine city.  The topics are endless -- search for car repair, you'll find something.  Search for politics, you'll find something.  Search for cats and you'll find me.  Yes, I am writing about feline health, behavior, activities, etc.  You can search for me by name or by topic.  And if you have something you would like me to cover, send me an email -- I'd be happy to have any input you might have.  Bookmark the site and visit often.  All topics are updated 3-4 times a week, so there is always something new and exciting in whatever area that interests you. 

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Interested in Theater?

West Allis Players is proud to announce our first $250.00 scholarship! This award will be given to one student from West Allis Central High School and one student from Nathan Hale High School. This scholarship will be awarded based on a student's participation in any aspect of a theater production, from acting to backstage work to designing and painting sets to working on a show's programs.     
 
If you are interested in being considered  for one of these scholarships please see your guidance counselor at you high school and submit your application by April 1st.
 
Good luck

Is it a Chinese conspiracy?

Free market

Two years ago, I received a pair of khaki shorts for my birthday and they fit.

This past Sunday, I received another pair of khaki shorts (same brand) for my birthday in the same size, and they don't fit.  Not even close. 

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LIFE AFTER DEATH aka DATING AFTER DIVORCE

Per recent statistics, it states that half of all marriages will fail and eventually wind up in the eventual tornado of divorce. 

Being married for a number of years gives one the security of having someone at home waiting for you.  It is possible the both of you have been monogamous and therefore experienced intimacy without barriers.  It allowed a certain type of freedom from running to and fro the drugstore “just in case”. 

Although the idea of dating scares many, for others it brings hope that love will once again cross their paths.  Dating in general is daunting, yet how many of us are truly prepared for intimacy with a stranger?  Courting is so different today than 10 years ago.  For those who have not used any source of protection now have to consider the fact that it is the only way to go.  Even if you have an amazing date, chances are she may have had an amazing date last week which lead to a roll in the hay.  How is one to know to ask certain questions?  Is it easier said than done? 

I recall being single for the first time in many years.  My children were young and I had no clue as to the first step in dating.  I was single for quite a few months and eventually met someone at the wedding of my sister.  He was charming, exciting and we laughed.  Eventually things progressed and I fell into relationship mode.  Although things eventually ended, what my sister had “forgotten” to tell me was that this man had very poor tendencies.  Definitely not my cup of tea.

How is one to meet someone of the opposite or same sex?  What are the rules and how do we go about it most effectively?  As someone who has been in the dating arena for many years, I have a few tips and ideas.  Being a single mom has put a twist on how I approach things yet has kept me in check more than once. 

An interesting way to meet men and women of course is via the internet.  You can do a trial period on some popular sites to get your feet wet.  Be very careful about whom you choose to communicate with.  Read the entire profile word for word.  If at any time you feel uncomfortable, move on.  Delete, block or just say no.  No need for explanations.  If you see someone who catches your eye, wink or send an email.  After that, let it go.  Do not send additional emails.  If you get a response which is a “no thanks” or “I met someone recently”, then move on.   If you do receive an email to your liking, respond within a timely manner.  Keep it short and sweet.  Suggest talking on the phone within 24 hours and see what happens.   I believe the best policy is to meet within 5 days.  Even if you are crossing paths or both at the mall within the same time period, suggest meeting for a couple of minutes.  That is usually all it takes to get a good first impression.  

It is very important to keep your personal information private.  As a woman, I always block my phone number prior to talking with a stranger.  I give them the general vicinity regarding where I live and tell them I work for company which specializes in whatever my line of work is.  I try to keep the conversation short, sweet and to the point.   If I feel that we have a few things in common regarding ethics and sense of humor, I suggest a date.  It is always somewhere public and sometimes in a place where I know others. 

If you find someone you like, spend time with that person.  Eventually you should be able to discuss your ideas regarding sex and intimacy.  Take your time, no need to rush.  At an older age, it is so much more important to meet quality people regardless.  If it is meant to be, it will happen.  It is important to find out if your eventual partner has any STD’s and their idea regarding birth control.  Even if the both of you have had any type of sterilization, it is still important to use protection.  If you have not used it in many years, it is important to begin today. 

The most important bit of advice I can give would be to take your time.  It is necessary to give yourself time to heal after a divorce.  Dating will give you necessary stepping stones prior to your next commitment and should be a time to learn about what single life is like compared to before.   Our duty as adults should be to be pleasant, honest and contribute to the conversation.  It is always very important to ask questions and listen as well.   After the date, make a list of what you liked and also did not like.  You will eventually build a resume for the person you would like to spend your life with.  

Above all, dating should be fun and stress free.   Take this time to enjoy activities which you may have long forgotten to appease your former partner.  Better yet, join a singles group and discover a new passion.  Work on your personal health and well being to ensure a balanced relationship.  You never know, Mr. or Mrs. may be
"Right" around the corner.

West Allis Charities Set to Give $5,000 In Scholarships

Project Literacy & Education is one of the most important funds the West Allis Charities has. For this reason, the Executive Board made a recommendation, which was supported unanimously by the General Membership, to continue providing scholarship opportunities to the youth of the West Allis community. In years past, we were able to provide $10,000+ per year and offer the scholarships to graduating seniors & students furthering their college education.

Due to project, budget cuts and a decrease in contributions to the Project Literacy & Education fund, we will only be offering the scholarships to graduating seniors from West Allis Central and West Allis Nathan Hale High Schools. We did not feel cutting scholarships completely from our budget was the answer to limited funds we have to spread out over the five project needs we have in our community.

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Which item shall we talk about today?

My-Sugar-Na

I've got two potential topics spinnin' in my noggin...

Let me take a quick poll.

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