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Ides of March

This past weekend signals the countdown to spring.  Every year on the 4th Saturday of February, Capital brewery holds its annual Bockfest to launch their very popular Blonde Dopplebock.  The brewery in Middleton, WI sets up an outdoor event with music, food and of course beer.  This year I got to enjoy the festivities with 2500 other festivalgoers on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

As we enter the month of March it would be a great time to give you some great beers that are out for the Spring.  Spring beers signal (hopefully) the beginning of spring.  There are a number of great spring beers to try and here is a quick check list of beers that you may want to check out.

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Great Deals at JS Golf Show

As a non-Milwaukee County resident, you can also play Milwaukee County's golf courses at discounted rates.  Purchase a Non-Resident Discount Card with Brown Deer, the premium course, and play any Milwaukee County Parks Golf Course.  Golf Show Specials begin at $50 for a 1-year Discount Card.  With the card, you'll save 50% on 18 holes on weekends.

If you're not quite ready to play Brown Deer, purchase the Non-Resident Discount Card without Brown Deer and play any of the 14 other courses.  Golf Show Specials start at $35 for a 1-year Discount Card.

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Adult Immunization Information

Immunizations, Prevention

The North Shore Health Department has received special grant funding for 2010 that provides certain vaccines at a reduced cost for adults aged 19 or older.  For $15.00 each, the following vaccines are available:  Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), HPV (human papillomavirus), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.  These vaccines are available by appointment (call 414-371-2980) or at all three monthly immunization clinics listed on the Health Department website www.browndeerwi.org/brown-deer-services.cfm.

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Two promising fields

economic growth, communications

Last week, I speculated that our region may have been to some extent held back by what I called our "backwater mentality." This week, I want to suggest two industries that I think Milwaukee should invest in and develop in order to overcome the geographical limitations that do make us to some extent a "backwater" -- our proximity to Chicago and our Lake Michigan shoreline.

I believe two industries that can help us transcend our geographical limitations are the Communications industry and the Spa industry, both of which have a long history of success in this region.

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The World's Greatest Father

For those of us blessed with fathers who are still with us, we have one less year to spend with the man who taught us how to throw a ball, ride a bike, fillet a fish, and change the oil in our car. For those whose fathers are gone, it is one more opportunity to cherish relationships with their sons and daughters. The younger you are, the less likely you are to appreciate the man who has shaped you into the young man or woman you are today – less likely to understand the sacrifices he has made on your behalf. As you grow older, you begin to realize that this man literally put many aspects of his life on hold in order to put food on your plate, put clothes on your back, and put a warm understanding of God, family, and country in your heart. Your father sacrificed many of his dreams so that you could fulfill yours. He became less so you could become more.

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E Street Denim coming to Mequon

Highland Park-based E Street Denim is planning to open a store in the Pavilions shopping center in Mequon, in the space formerly occupied by Maurice's.

E Street is a 20-year-old business that is known in northern Illinois as a regional magnet for fashion-conscious jeans shoppers.  E Street offers denim brands such as 7 for All Mankind, Paige Premium Denim, J Brand, Chili Pepper and many others. The store also carries tops, sweaters, outerwear, leather and shoes.

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Dome's Irish Family Day March 14 noon-5pm

From noon to 5pm on Sunday, March 14 the Mitchell Park Domes will transform into a little slice of the Emerald Isle, offering fun, games and entertainment for the whole family.  The Glencastle Irish Dancers will perform at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.  Live Irish Harp music will be performed in the Arid Dome by Dorothy Walsh at 12:30pm & 1:30pm, and then Mary Ann Miller will play at 2:30pm & 3:30pm.  "Blarney" will perform in the show dome at noon, 1pm, 2pm then the Irish Fest School of Music will perform at 3pm and 4pm.  This will be the fourth annual event of its kind at the Domes.  Special visits by St. Patrick, Paddy and Molly McFest.  Plus much, much more.  Laddies and Lasses all welcome.  Adutls $6.50, children 6-17 $5,  Free to children 5 and under.

Crime Mapping Now Available in Bayside

crime mapping, crime reports, bayside,

The Bayside Police Department has joined more than 700 law enforcement agencies throughout North America to give the public vital information regarding crimes in our area.  By going to www.crimereports.com you can view locations of thefts, burglaries, traffic arrests and other police related activities in our area.

This valuable tool assists participating law enforcement agencies in evaluating crime trends in a timely manner, allowing us to not only respond more efficiently to calls for service but be even more proactive in our patrols of neighborhoods.

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Citizen Police Academy

Bayside, Fox Point, River Hills, Police Academy

The Bayside, Fox Point, & River Hills Police Academy will be starting with its first class in early April.

The academy consists of twenty-seven hours of training, three hours per session. The training will be offered to all village residents and persons employed in the three communities.

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Puppies, Puppies, Puppies

Have you checked out all the adorable puppies and dogs at WHS lately?  From little Darth, above, an Australian Cattle Dog cuddlebug, to Labrador Retriever and Australian Shepherd mixes, if you are looking for a puppy, stop by the Wisconsin Humane Society at 45th & Wisconsin first. All dogs and puppies are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and go home with 30 days pet health insurance and a certificate for a free veterinary exam.

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THE ZIP CODE FOLLIES

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Concert & Beach Party at the Domes March 18

The Domes will host its final "Music Under Glass" concert for the season on Thursday, March 18 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  As a special thank you to all its sponsors, the Domes is hosting a beach party with contests and prizes.  Attendees who wear their most colorful beach attire will receive $1 off admission.  Would you like to learn to hula or win the limbo contest?  Children can have fun building sandcastles.   A light show will follow the musical Reggae perfomance by "King Solomon."  General Admission rates apply.  Good food and beverages available for purchase.  All three domes open of course. 

Golf Courses are Calling You

With all the warm weather and sunshine upon us, and spring in the air, it's time to golf.  The front-9 at Grant and Currie Park Golf Courses are already open and Lincoln, Greenfield (front 9), Oakwood, Hansen, Warnimont, and Dretzka will open on Wed., March 17.  The front -9 at Whitnall is scheduled to open on Thursday.  For a limited time, all golfers will pay the lowest posted fee.  Hurray!  For updated info go to countyparks.com or call the Park's Golf Office at (414) 257-8024.

Kind Kid Poster Contest & Animal Heroes

Entries Sought for “Take Time to Be Kind” Contest
Wisconsin & Ozaukee Humane Societies Give Be Kind to Animals Week Awards

To celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week, May 2-8, 2010, the Wisconsin and Ozaukee Humane Societies are each holding contests for local children, teachers, volunteers and members of the community who have exemplified kindness to animals.

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Awesome showing at Padre Serra Basketball Tournament

Lumen Christi Catholic School was proud to have its 8th grade boys' and girls' basketball teams invited to the Padre Serra Basketball Tournament.  The Padre Serra is an invite-only tournament that is held at the end of the basketball season to determine the top teams in the Catholic school leagues.

The boys' team won its first-round game in double-overtime during a high intensity match up against St. Roman.  It dropped its second-round game in a hard-fought battle against St. Boniface - Germantown.

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6th graders place 3rd at DSHA Excel-a-Thon

Lumen Christi Catholic School selected 6th and 7th grade students as representatives to the Divine Savior Holy Angels Excel-a-Thon.  This year's 6th grade team included Nikki Albrecht, Lauren Bartlett, Allison Rowe, and Lizzy Schauer; the 7th grade team included Jane Moede, Kelly Ochocki, Michaela Rusch, and Allison Stendler. 

The Excel-a-Thon is an academic competition hosted by Divine Savior Holy Angels High School for area grade schools.  It includes tests in the five subject areas of mathematics, English, science, social studies, and current events. 

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2010 W.I.M. Skating Competion at Wilson Park

The 38th Annual 2010 W.I.M. Skating Competition sponsored by the Greater Milwaukee Figure Skating Club is scheduled to take place at the Wilson Park Recreation Center, 4001 S. 20th Street on Thursday, March 25 – March 28.  This event is sanctioned by United States Figure Skating.  The events will begin on Friday morning and practice ice will begin on Thursday late afternoon.  The following ladies and men’s events will include free skate, short program, Championship Events, Compulsory Moves, Test Track, Spins and Jumps.  For more information go to wim@greatermilwaukeefsc.org or call the Wilson Recreation Center at (414) 281-6289.

Friends of Boerner Host Fundraiser June 11

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what Milwaukee park location site has the most beautiful gardens of all?  Come to the Boerner Botanical Gardens on Friday, June 11 from 6-9pm and see for yourself.  On this date the gardens will be in full bloom for this annual fundraising event, with live music by Cream City Jazz, food and drink by Bartolotta Catering, a silent auction and entertaining "green" demonstrations.  For information and reservations call Kristine at (414) 525-5661 or email kpetersen@fbbg.org.  Proceeds will benefit plant science and environmental education for children.

Domes Spring Show "Jung at Heart" Now Open

The Mitchell Park Domes, 524 S. Layton Boulevard, invites visitors to its spring floral show, “Jung at Heart” that opened on March 27 and will run through Sunday, June 6. The Domes are open weekdays from 9am to 5pm and during the weekends from 9am – 4pm.  Adult admission is $6.50, children ages 6-17 are $5 and children five and under enter free.

An amazing arrangement of spring flowers and plants bursting in blooming colors in the show dome includes tulips, azaleas, daffodils, hydrangeas, crocus, hyacinths, Easter lilies, grape hyacinths, pansies, snapdragons, delphiniums and hostas.  For more information call the Domes at  (414) 649-9830.

Abused Dog Gets New Home

Trixy has been adopted by a great couple from Burlington!

It’s unthinkable to imagine how badly little Trixy suffered before she was brought to the Wisconsin Humane Society. Trixy, a 2-year-old English Cocker Spaniel/Miniature Poodle mix, was surrendered to WHS after a woman acquired her on Craigslist and noticed that something was terribly wrong with her tail. Read more...

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