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ADOPTED Are you looking at me?

Betsey is wondering why you haven't visited her yet!
She's not only charming, but this 3-year-old Beagle has chocolate brown eyes that will warm your heart. Naturally curious, Betsey is really starting to blossom after spending many years in the largest breeding facility in Wisconsin with thousands of other dogs. She likes to investigate everything from fallen autumn leaves to interesting textures in the dirt and grass. To Betsey, everything is a new phenomenon worthy of serious study!  Oh, and she loves to cuddle after a nice walk in the woods, especially on a warm lap!  Interested?  See her and all the dogs at www.wihumane.org/animals/dogs.

Lumen Christi Students Participate in Halloween Parade

 

Witches and goblins and bears, oh my! Lumen Christi students donned all sorts of unique and creative costumes at their annual Halloween parade on October 29th. The parade began at the school and continued around Orchard Street and ended back at the school. Halloween excitement was shared by all!

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MOVING ON

The election is over and it’s time to move on as a country. Mr. Obama prevailed with 365-173 electoral vote and 51% - 42% popular vote margins. So it was a clear-cut victory with a majority of working Americans voting their 401k’s which took severe nose dives in the several weeks before the election. The loser, Mr. McCain, put it well: "Join me in offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together as a country."

Hopefully, the transition and subsequent Obama administration will occur without the savaging of Mr Obama personally as happened to his predecessor, Mr. Bush, after his tight victory in 2000. Does anyone doubt that the personal savaging of Mr. Bush by his left wing opponents and the editorial cartoonists in the media lessened the effectiveness of both his foreign and domestic policies. It saddened me hear, night after night, Letterman, Leno, Stewart and Colbert cracking jokes about Mr. Bush’s ineptness, portraying an Ivy League educated graduate as some sort of dolt. What did that do to America’s image around the world – nothing good? It’s interesting that the last three presidents were all Ivy League educated and on January 20, 2009, Mr. Obama will be the fourth in a row. So much for America being led by a "common man" from a non-elitist background – which hasn’t been the case since Ronald Reagan.

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Abyssianian Guinea Pig

Carlos is no ordinary small animal. He's a fluffy, cute-as-a-button, 10-week-old Abyssinian Guinea Pig!  This handsome little guy is one of many amazing small animals currently available for adoption at WHS.  See sweet gerbils, rabbits, mice, parakeets, hamsters, rats and even chinchillas at WHS today.  Live in a small apartment?  Allergic to cats? Don't have time to walk a dog every day?  Consider a more petite pal like Carlos. Sure to keep your lap warm in the winter, a guinea pig like Carlos will also warm your heart. Visit www.wihumane.org/smallanimals to learn more about Carlos and his buddies.

Notes

Here is an offbeat recepie that you may want to try out for the upcoming thanksgiving. 

  I’ve used this technique with chicken too, but cooking turkey this way gives Thanksgiving dinner a whole new flavor.  In case you’re not familiar with the technique, I’ll give you the rundown:

Take a can of beer, either cut the top off or use a skewer to add a few additional steam holes near the top, add seasonings, carefully place the upright can inside the turkey (so the bird is balanced as if its standing on its legs), cook and ENJOY!  That may be slightly simplified, but that’s the concept.  The beer steams and seasons the turkey from the inside and adds excellent flavor.

Here’s a recipe from
www.cooksrecipes.com to try out.  If you’re not sure about trying it at Thanksgiving with the whole family, try it with a whole chicken at another time.

Beer Can Turkey
1 (9 to 10 pound) whole turkey, thawed or fresh
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons granulated onion
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup canola oil
12 to 24 ounces beer (Miller Genuine Draft,

  • Remove giblets, neck and any excess fat from turkey. Rinse with cold water; drain well.
  • In a small bowl combine spices, herbs and seasonings.
  • Meanwhile, preheat gas grill with all burners on high or build a charcoal fire. Reduce heat to Indirect Medium heat (about 350ºF) or position gray-ashed briquettes on either side of an aluminum drip pan. Pour beer inside turkey sitter and set aside.
  • Blot turkey dry with paper towels. Rub interior of bird with 2-3 teaspoons of rub mixture. Brush turkey all over with oil and place drumstick-side down on sitter. Season turkey Place turkey/sitter directly on the grill rack cooking grate, carefully balancing the bird.
  • Grill over Indirect Medium heat for about 2-3 hours until the juices run clear and a meat thermometer registers 185 degrees F in thigh and 170 degrees F in breast. Wearing barbecue mitts, carefully remove turkey from the grill, being careful not to spill the hot beer. Discard the beer.
  • Let turkey rest at least 20 minutes before carving. Serve warm.

Makes 12 servings.

NOTE: On some grills, lid may not close completely. In this case, a small gap will still allow turkey to grill thoroughly. For added safety, place foil over turkey to avoid contact with grill lid.

As for your choice of beer to use, you can go your favorite beer be it Miller Lite or Coors Light or you can try an import beer that may enhance the bird with some different taste flavors-some suggestions would be Heineken, Modelo Especial or Newcastle Brown Ale.Please respond back with any Turkey success stories if you try the beer can Turkey. Cheers,

THE LAND TRUST WANTS TO FEED AT THE PUBLIC TROUGH

The Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust has now consummated its purchase of the Squires Country Club located in Port Washington/Belgium for conversion to a nature preserve. The price was $2.4 million and financed privately without the use of taxpayer funds.

I was disappointed to see the disappearance of a fine public golf course, leaving Ozaukee County with two 18 hole county-owned courses and two 18 hole daily fee privately-owned courses, but happy that no taxpayer money was involved in the transaction. Further, Ozaukee County did not have to take ownership of the property as originally proposed, with all the concomitant responsibilities and taxpayer costs that would have entailed.

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Bingo Fun for Everyone!

Community service and helping others is a large component of our Catholic faith at Lumen Christi Catholic School. All of our students participate in community service projects with each of their grade levels. The 4K students at Lumen Christi Catholic School participated in their monthly service project at Meadowmere Assisted Living Apartments. The students learned all about bingo from their skilled counterparts and played a few rounds of bingo. Fun was had by all!

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You Think Kids Hate Vegetables?

Think again!   At a healthful cooking class titled, “Veggies, Spices & More” for kids (8 to 12 years) old at the Bay View Community Center on November 20, I found ten young girls eager to learn to cook and eat vegetable dishes prepared with spices and legumes. In this class we explored a range of enticing flavors found in Healthy Indian cuisine. The girls showed so much interest and joy in learning something quite different from what they are normally used to everyday. 

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Disclosure Issues…What Documents Do I Need and When?

 

Next Meeting of the Inventors Club:  January 29th 5:30 - Downtown Absolute Technology Law Group Offices- 135 West Wells - 5:30 -7:30 p.m.  "The Inventors' Budget:  Patents, Prototypes and Beyond"    by Patty Mueller, CEO, The Idea Factory"   (Part II of our Mequon Program) - No advance registration required

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