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Oak Wilt

Oak wilt is a lethal fungal disease that plugs the water conducting system in an oak tree. It can occur in all species of oak, but will very quickly kill red oaks.

Prompt diagnosis is crucial. The primary symptom is wilting of the leaves and early defoliation. In the red oak group wilting generally progresses from the top of the canopy downward. In white & bur oaks, wilting may occur on branches scattered throughout the tree. These symptoms may also be cause by anthracnose, bur oak blight or two-lined chestnut borer. Laboratory testing may be needed to confirm oak wilt.

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A liberal friend of mine recently lamented the accusation that our president was dividing America. He called the charge "exasperating" and claimed it was supported by the "flimsiest of evidence." Ironically, his inability to see the truth is itself probative evidence of how divided America has become. Facilitated by desperate, baseless, yet effective accusations that those who oppose our president are racist, Barack Obama will go down in history as the most divisive chief executive ever to occupy the Oval Office. And the evidence is far from flimsy.

President Obama has talked for over four years about "leveling the playing field" and lowering taxes for “working” Americans. Who are these mysterious "working Americans"? Most small and large business owners who take the risks, create jobs, and constitute the engine of the U.S. economy, work longer and harder than 99% of the so-called "99%." Yet I can assure you our president is not referring to small business owners when he describes or mentions “working Americans." The reason is simple – he is dividing America into factions for political gain.

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21 restaurants coming to fundraiser for animals - tickets on sale now!

Feasting for Felix tickets now on sale

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Pit Bull Puppy Amputee Recovers at WHS

 Puppy’s Deformities Result in Amputation Surgery

Wisconsin Humane Society seeks donations for “Thumbelina”
MILWAUKEE – A very special puppy has stolen the hearts of staff members at the Wisconsin Humane Society and indeed, it’s fairly impossible to resist her sweet puppy face. WHS is hoping a special appeal this weekend will help them raise the funds necessary to cover her recent amputation surgery.
Thumbelina is an 8-week-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix puppy who arrived at the shelter because of a congenital deformity in her left front leg. It wasn't growing properly and her family was unable to care for her any longer. 
“Thumbelina underwent the specialized surgery like a champ,” says Dr. Rebecca Jackson at WHS, who performed the amputation.  “She is currently recovering in our Intensive Care Unit, and her prognosis looks great. We were glad to be able to help her.”
The cost of her surgery and medical care is expected to reach about $2,000 and WHS is asking for help with her special medical expenses. To make a contribution, visit or call 414-431-6121.
The Wisconsin Humane Society receives no government funding and relies entirely on the support of the community to annually care for 20,000 animals. The organization is recognized by Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading charity watchdog group, as a 4-star charity, its highest rating.

To Be Green Again

Certified Arborist MN-0324A

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I was struck by an opinion piece in the 7/22/12, Sunday Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Want free heath care? Show up at 5:00a.m."   It was authored by James E. Causey, a Journal Sentinel editorial writer, columnist and blogger. Mr. Causey’s purpose was apparently to criticize all Republicans who advocate the repeal of ObamaCare with its replacement by the implementation of sensible solutions to control costs, improve quality and increase coverage. He does this by citing a few cases of individuals who had to appear at one of Milwaukee’s 38 health clinics that treat patients free of charge. Normally, this particular clinic, staffed by medical students, will see the first thirty patients, but because some of the medical students were on summer vacation, only fifteen could be accommodated that particular day.                                                                                                                                                                             

The first thing that occurred to me is that there is no such thing as "free health care." While the patients might not be charged, there are extensive costs to operate the medical clinic. Who might be picking up the tab? Well, the hospital sponsoring the clinic for one as well as the medical college sponsoring the medical students. Where do their funds originate? Certainly add ons to paying patient charges, picked up directly by a patient or insurance. Then there are local, state and federal grants that can be traced back to the taxpayers. So the taxpayer is really the sponsor of the so-called "free health care" through additional insurance charges, higher direct payments and an increase in taxes.                                                                                                                                                                                      

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Prescribed Fertilization Can Help Your Trees Now!

by Anthony C. Arnoldi, Board-Certified Master Arborist WI-0102B
Trees have had their share of problems:  necessary elements for growth, defense, replacement
• They have suffered from thinning root systems during leaves or roots and compensating for environmental
the last five years of the accumulating drought stresses.
• Boring insects have risen to extremely high levels and • Root biostimulant and humates option for tree fertil-
are attacking various species. ization. This more “green” approach enables the roots
• Chlorosis has begun or intensified on susceptible trees to be targeted. This is often necessary to compensate
• Needle diseases and needle drop of evergreens are for drought, construction damage or root rot. It is
commonly visible. invaluable in assisting trees without stimulating root
• Fungal leaf diseases of deciduous trees are causing rot, shoot blight or other diseases. It is indispensable
defoliation. in encouraging newly planted trees to become estab-
• Root rots have affected many root systems. lished, especially in our difficult, clay-based soils.
• Dieback and decline has started on many trees • Mixing root biostimulant combinations with varying
All of these are working in varying combinations to leave levels of complete fertilizer. This provides for special
our trees stressed and vulnerable to further insect and disease applications and requirements based on the tree con-
attack. Some are not ready to endure another long winter. dition and insects and/or diseases present.
Fertilization is one of the most powerful tools arborists • Chelated iron, or manganese alone, or as an inclusion
have at their disposal to help trees recover from stress to fertilization, can help to fight or prevent chlorosis or
and damage. It is often necessary to help trees by controlling micronutrient deficiency.
insect or disease attack but as far as providing aid that actu- Your Certified Arborist is best qualified to choose the
ally improves tree health; fertilization is the cornerstone. right options and combinations to design the program tai-
Several options in fertilizer formulation enhance our abil- lored for your specific situation. Fall is the perfect time to
ity to help your trees recover and avoid potential problems: fertilize because roots naturally peak their growth as the
• Polymer-based nitrogen in a specially balanced com- leaves shut down for the year. Fall fertilization can enhance
plete fertilizer. This allows us unmatched control with this peak and promote greater pick up of the soil-injected
slow release for an entire year without “pushing” the materials. This will better prepare your tree for a long winter
tree or stimulating unwanted growth. It provides the and help it to be able to successfully “wake up” next spring!

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