Review of Feasting for Fido
By Peter Shannon, freelance writer & guest contributor
Puppies Make a Big Squeal for State Fair
At 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 6, adoptable puppies were dressed as piglets as they romped through straw and sampled cream puffs! Alice in Dairyland made a guest appearance, as well.
The Mitchell Park Domes, 524 S. Layton Boulevard, will host the 1st annual Milwaukee Domes Art Festival Friday, Aug. 20th noon to 7pm, Sat. Aug. 21st 10am to 7pm and concluding on Sunday, Aug. 22 from 10am to 4pm. Meet over 80 elite, contemporary, juried fine artists. See artists paint masterworks on the Mitchell Park grounds Friday and Saturday. Live music will fill the air as performance artists delight festivalgoers. Amateur artwork by children to be created onsite and be viewed in the future artist pavilion. Investment quality art for sale, as well as affordable art gifts, and a silent art auction to benefit the domes will be held at the festival and live on the festival website at www.milwaukeedomesartfestival.com.
The Wisconsin State Fair and Kosciuszko Community Center Advisory Board will present a State of Wisconsin Bench Press & Dead Lift Competitions at the Jeffrey Scott Activity Stage at State Fair Park on Saturday, August 14. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each of nine categories for both the Bench Press and the Dead Lift Events. In recent years, competitors have lifted over 600 lbs. in the bench press event. For more information call Marvin Worthington at (414) 852-8811 or the Kosciuszko Community Center at (414) 645-4624.
I published a blog in March 2010 entitled "The Zip Code Follies" describing how Mequon residents living in the 53092 zip code constantly receive commercial mail and mail order packages addressed to Thiensville. This is the result of the sender using the USPS software which returns Thiensville when they enter the 53092 zip code. If one has Time Warner broadband service and inform it that you live in 53092 you get Thiensville weather and gasline stations on Port Washinton Road as being located in Thiensville. When the US Census Bureau sent out their surveys to Mequon residents in 53092, they were addressed to Thiensville. When I got mine, I thought we all might be counted as residents of Thiensville so I approached the US Postal Service to ascertain whether Thiensville could be assigned 53092 exclusively and Mequon 53097 which now just covers parts of Mequon's western and northern areas. The number of residents included in these two zip codes is as follows: in zip code 53092 -Thiensville 3,374 and Mequon - 18,894; in zip code 53097 - Mequon - 4766. My approach to create separate zip codes for Thiensville and Mequon was summarily rejected by the USPS as not feasible under their operating rules.
With that defeat under my belt I went back to the drawing board. Further research uncovered that the USPS web site for zip code 53092 lists Thiensville as the primary location and Mequon as an alternate. This explains why commercial software systems call up Thiensville whenever 53092 is entered regardless of your Mequon location. I recontacted the USPS explaining that the current 53092 service area covered 5.6 more Mequon residents than Thiensville residents, (18,894 to 3374) With that information confirmed, the USPS responded positively to interchanging Mequon and Thiensville - that is Mequon would be primary and Thiensville as alternate on their 53092 software. With this change, commercial software programs will display Mequon for 53092. The USPS indicated that they would contact both Mequon and Thiensville officials and receive their comments.
Thiensville's Village Board is considering a proposal to take three to four additional years to pay off a debt tied to the community's only tax incremental financing district.
A Sept. 20 public hearing has been scheduled to consider the proposal. It would declare the tax district as "distressed."
Most people move to Bayside to experience a peaceful, natural environment while still being close to all of the activities a city like Milwaukee can offer. We are not the only ones that enjoy this environment. Predatory animals are not an uncommon sight. Wisconsin is home to wolves, coyotes and several species of fox. Southeastern Wisconsin, including Bayside, makes an ideal home for both the fox and coyote.
Recent headlines drew attention to the importance of recognizing the impact these animals may have on our lives. Coyotes and fox are omnivorous and highly opportunistic. They will eat dead animals (which helps prevent the spread of disease), birds, rabbits and mice, as well as berries and seeds. Although it is uncommon, both the fox and coyote may prey on a domesticated cat or dog if it is presented the chance.
Seventy six teams are scheduled to play in the Milwaukee County Park’s 2010 Softball playoffs at Wilson and West Milwaukee Park sponsored by Miller Lite. The first game will be played on Sunday, August 22 at 6:00 pm. The championship games will be played on August 27 beginning at 6:00 pm.
Save 25% on Wednesdays
Every Wednesday during the month of August, all dog, puppy and kitten adoption fees will be reduced by 25%. A free tote will also be offered with the adoption of each adult cat. As usual, fees for adult cats are entirely waived, every day of the week! Read more about the ASPCA Challenge and discounts and promotions through October.
Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks (ROMP) and the Milwaukee County Park System are pleased to announce the 6th annual “Doggie Dip” to be held at the following parks after the pools are closed to public swimming for the season. A presale of admission passes will be offered during open hours at the pools (1pm-5pm at Jackson, Sheridan, Washington Pools and 10am - 6pm at Cool Waters) the day before each “Doggie Dip.”
On Thursday night, fifty-five puppies and adult dogs arrived at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) from a rural animal shelter in Kentucky. The transfer was one of the largest this year for WHS.
These lucky pups owe their good luck to the PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ program, who works hard to bring dogs from small, overcrowded shelters to larger shelters like the Wisconsin Humane Society that can place them in new homes. They would have likely been euthanized without this lifesaving partnership.
August 20th through September 6th marks another statewide crackdown on drunk drivers. Once again Bayside Police Department joins forces with agencies throughout Wisconsin to arrest impaired motorists.
This is the first statewide crackdown on drunken driving since a new law took effect on July 1st that significantly strengthens deterrents and increases penalties for operating a motor vehilce while intoxicated (OWI) in Wisconsin. The new state law increases jail time for many OWI convictions. In addition, it requires first offense OWI drivers who were convicted with a blood/breath alcohol level of .15 or higher and all repeat drunken drivers to install in ignition interlock device (IID) on every vehicle that they own or have registered in their name. An IID, which measures breath alcohol levels, makes convicted drunken drivers prove they are sober before they can start a vehicle.
The Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., in Franklin invites children, their families and friends to its Astronomy Day Fair on Sunday, August 29 from 1-4pm. Children can have their picture taken on the moon in a spacesuit and also experience a day of telescopes, fun in the Starlab, games and prizes. Children ages 7-18 with a parent present may enter a drawing to win a free telescope. To win the child must be present at the 3:30pm drawing.
Off-Leash Dog Exercise Area Permits are on sale now until the end of the year for only $15 for access to all five Off-Leash Dog Exercise Areas in Milwaukee County Parks. These include: Currie Park -3535 N. Mayfair Rd., Granville -11718 W. Good Hope Place, Estabrook Park - 440 N. Estabrook Dr., Runway - 1214 E. Rawson Ave., and Warnimont Park - 6100 S. Lake Drive. For more information go to milwaukeedogparks.org
Can you help?
We are in high need of canned cat food, cat litter, dry cat food and dog food for our pet food bank. Furry Friends Food Program helps families who are financially struggling continue to provide loving, proper care for their animals until they are back on their feet. Click here for more wishlist items. Donations can be brought to WHS at 45th & Wisconsin Avenue.
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The Wisconsin Humane Society and the Blood Center of Wisconsin are teaming up to help save lives – animal and human! Join us on Friday, September 10 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin Humane Society for a blood drive. All donors will receive their choice of either a 20% discount on an adoption fee or a 10% discount in our Animal Antics retail store. Sign up at www.wihumane.org.