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"King Solomon" Concert at Brown Deer Park

Milwaukee County Parks will open its summer concert season with a free concert featuring King Solomon on Friday, June 4 from 7pm-9pm.  A traditional Milwaukee Fish Fry will be served with either baked or fried cod that evening at the Brown Deer park golf clubhouse as well from 4pm-8pm.

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Energy Drinks and Caffeine

Healthy Lifestyles

Ahhh, we’re finally getting some sunny days, warm weather, and increased outdoor activity!  That’s bound to make us more thirsty and tired than usual.  But please stop and think before you or your children reach for that energy drink!  Although it may be hard to resist the marketing blitz for energy drinks, there are some things you should know about them before you drink.


  • Energy drinks are a HUGE business.  More than 500 new energy drinks have been launched this year and it is a 3.4 billion dollar a year industry and growing.
  • 31% of 12-17 year olds are regular consumers of energy drinks.
  • Energy drinks are not currently regulated by the FDA.
  • The amount of caffeine in energy drinks is often not listed on the label and varies widely.  Some have the equivalent caffeine of 14 cans of Coca-Cola.
  • There are risks associated with too much caffeine and tolerance develops quickly.
  • Caffeine addiction of youth is considered a “gateway” addiction that can lead to search for other drugs that give a good “buzz”.
  • Energy drinks are loaded with sugar and may also have other additives that are not always listed.
  • It is advised that pregnant women, the elderly, and those under age 18 not consume energy drinks. 
  • Energy drinks combined with alcohol enhance “drunkenness” and can be dangerous.  Some pre-combined beverages are gradually being discontinued.

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Lumen Christi Catholic School Receives Exemplary Status from Archdiocese

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee must meet standards to receive accreditation.  This accreditation process is extensive and is completed every seven years.  Beyond accreditation, the Archdiocese bestows Exemplary Status to Catholic schools that are outstanding in specific areas of emphasis.  Lumen Christi Catholic School is very proud to announce that we have received Exemplary Status in the areas of Catholic Identity and Information, Technology, & Media Skills.

In the area of Catholic Identity, the evaluators noted the following insights:

  • The integration of Catholic Teachings is clearly articulated in each subject.
  • Most impressive was the students' ability to speak to the mission.
  • Prayer permeates every part of the school day.  The priests respect each other's gifts and are visible in every aspect of school life.
  • The school and parish provide many opportunities for service and the students are very knowledgeable as to the purpose and impact of what they do for others.
  • The parish is to be commended for the Catholic Identity Statement document.
  • What Lumen has is what others seek to build.

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The heated debate over Arizona’s Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, which requires police officers who, in the course of a lawful law enforcement action, come to a “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal alien, to ask for a driver’s license to verify that the person is in this country legally, has rapidly spread across the country. Here in Wisconsin – far from the front lines of illegal immigration in Arizona – we have done our part to exacerbate a growing illegal immigration problem which is no longer limited to our nation’s borders.

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Help Henry Find a Loving Home

Meet Henry. He's a 10-year-old senior Beagle who enjoys a daily stroll and fine dining.  This sweet dog does best with older kids and he'd excel with a companion who would enjoy teaching him new cues and tricks.  He deserves to be the center of your attention and would prefer to be the only canine in your heart and home!  Henry was surrendered to us because he "wasn't a good hunting dog," but we can attest to the fact that he is a world-class, champion snuggler. 

Learn more about Henry or meet him at the Wisconsin Humane Society, 45th & Wisconsin Avenue. Would he be a good match for you? 

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I have a number of quick topics to touch on for this edition:

Perfect place to have a beer:

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WHS Course for Teachers! Sign up now!

TEACHERS!  The Wisconsin Humane Society and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is offering a one-credit course for teachers and pre-service teachers on incorporating humane education in the classroom.  

Summer 2010 ED POL 379-141 (#30068): Current Topics in Community Education
Teaching Kids about Kindness: Developing & Implementing Humane Education into the Classroom
1 Undergraduate Credit

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Sign Up Now for "Legends Golf" Tournament

Calling all golfers ages 50 and up! Sign up today for “The Legends Best Ball Shootout” presented by the Village at Manor Park and Milwaukee County Parks to determine the best senior golf champion pairs in the region. Final day for sign up for the opening event at Currie Golf course is this Friday -  you will start your tee off on with a shotgun start on Tuesday June 15.

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Orphan Ducklings Released!

In April, a driver killed their mom on Highway 100 when they were only one day old. But on Thursday at 11:00 a.m., all fourteen babies were released back into the wild with a brand new future! Thanks to everyone who helped the baby ducklings with a donation for their care

See more pictures of their release in Greenfield yesterday.

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Win a Mini Cooper (and help animals!)!!!

Get Your Raffle Tickets for a Red Mini!!!
Raffle tickets are now on sale at WHS and OHS for very exciting prizes. This year's top prize is a 2010 Mini Cooper with all the bells and whistles! Wouldn't you look perfect in this little red car, cruisin' along the lakefront? The second place winner goes home with $500 cash and the 3rd place winner gets $250 cash! Tickets are only $5 or 5 for $20 and the proceeds go right back to help us save more injured, homeless and abused animals. The drawing will be held at this year's Hope's Lights event.

Help 375 Cats Find Homes!

We're breakin' out the catnip for a very special cause! It's FelineFest at the Wisconsin Humane Society this month, and we are hoping to find homes for 375 cats.

During the month of June, every cat adopter will take home a great prize, including treats and catnip squares. Adoption fees range from $150 for kittens five months and younger, to completely waived fees for adult cats more than one year of age. Included in the cat adoption are spay/neuter, first distemper vaccination, initial deworming, feline leukemia testing, microchip implant, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, and a 30 day gift of ShelterCare Pet Insurance. VIEW ADOPTABLE CATS NOW!

County Pools Open & All Wet with Fun

The 2010 summer deep well pool swim season in Milwaukee County Parks is open everyday from 1pm to 5pm. Children at each pool are invited to sign up for swim lessons at the pool of their choice. The season’s outdoor deep well pool open hours are 1-5pm daily. The outdoor county pools daily admission rates for 12 + is $2.00 and the daily rate for 3 - 11 is $1. New this year is the addition of an “AquaTrack” that will be set up on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Sheridan Pool June 21 –July 9, McCarty Pool July 12- July 30th and Washington Pool Aug. 2nd – Aug. 20th.   (*Please note - Grobschmidt Pool is closed for repairs at this time)

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Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease

Communicable Disease, Healthy Lifestyles

In case you missed it. . . . . there was an article in the newspaper on June 15 about deer ticks being discovered at Doctor’s Park in Bayside.  A UW-Madison research team stated there was evidence of an established, breeding population of deer ticks in the area.  It had been thought that deer ticks were usually found in northern Wisconsin and residents in the southern part of the state did not need to worry unless they were traveling north.  This is definitely not the case.


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Lakefront Fireworks at Veteran's Park

US Bank Fireworks are scheduled to occur on Saturday, July 3 at Veterans Park, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, beginning at 9:30pm.  The firework's display will last about one hour.  Veteran’s Park Special Event Parking Operations will begin on July 3 at 6am. (There will be no overnight parking in Veteran’s Park on July 2). Parking fees for cars will be $20, cars with trailers $60, RV parking $60 and RVs with trailers $80. A free Kite Festival will take place in the afternoon during the 3rd at Veteran’s Park, as well.  For additional information go to

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Wider and Wider: The Roads of OzCo.

Over the past few years, my daily commute downtown leaves me chuckling as I traverse Port Washington between Mequon and Highland roads. Look at all those obvious out-of-towners who think they'll be able to turn left here during rush hour! Since I can remember, there has been more traffic on that 4 mile stretch of Port Washington than you can shake a stick shift at. The DOT has made a 2010 summer project of this bottleneck. We get to watch progress as we funnel through the ongoing road construction. Is it part of the shovel-ready stimulus? Maybe. The casual motorist may drive by thinking "it's about time they did something about this road."

Mequon Thiensville Traffic

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Cats, Kittens, Everywhere

Homeless Cats Seeking Homes
Wisconsin Humane Society sees dramatic increase in kitten surrenders

 Interested in adopting a cat? There is no better time, as the Wisconsin Humane Society has an unusually large population of adoptable cats, and staff members hope to have a busy week of cat adoptions.

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Free Live Summer Concerts

Here are some free live concerts coming soon to a National Gold-Medal Winning Park near you!

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