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UPDATE: The Barking Lot (08/27/11)

The Barking Lot

Last Saturday’s Barking Lot included a must-see video account of the dog that grieved next to the coffin of its soldier owner. That might be the dog story of the year.

Here’s the latest about

UPDATE: Are kids in my Franklin neighborhood crooks?


First it was lemonade.

Now it’s…

UPDATE: Is honesty always the best policy?

We posed that question recently.

Here’s the update.


Important information from Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm

Dear Residents:

Please distribute the break-in notice to help keep Franklin a safe

BURGLARY - Be sure to secure your home especially before going to bed.
Recently, I received two reports from our police department where break-ins
or entering through an unlocked door have taken place. These incidents
happened in the early morning hours when the residents were home sleeping.
Please make an extra effort to secure exterior doors, close and lock garage
doors and lower level windows and call the police immediately if you see or
hear any suspicious activity.

SEPTEMBER 6TH - Also, a reminder of the upcoming Council meeting Tuesday,
September 6 (after Labor Day). You may want to check your email again prior
to Tuesday. I will make every effort to notice you of items of interest
after I have a chance to read through the meeting packet. The agenda comes
out on Friday's around 5 pm. You can also view meeting agendas online by
clicking the calendar tab at or Click here for City
meetings calendar <>.

ST. MARTINS FAIR -St. Martins Fair takes place on St. Martins Road (County
Hwy. MM), from W. Forest Home Avenue to W. Church Street, the first Monday
of every month, weather permitting, and then Sunday and Monday of Labor Day
weekend. Fair vendors sell a wide assortment of merchandise, while music
groups provide entertainment throughout Labor Day weekend.

First Mondays of each month - 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday of Labor Day Weekend - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday of Labor Day Weekend - 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

I hope you are able to enjoy time with family and/or friends over the Labor
Day weekend.


"The changes are saving taxpayers millions"

WLUK investigates and finds Governor Walker's reforms are working.


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Q. How many WI school superintendents have a higher salary than Gov. Walker?

A. A whole bunch.


Hope Unseen

Inspirational stories

Today in Kennewick, Washington, Scott Smiley, a Kennewick native signed copies of his book, “Hope Unseen” at a local Barnes & Noble.

Smiley is an Army veteran.

He served in Iraq.

A car bomber blew himself up in front of Smiley’s military vehicle in 2005.

Smiley is an Army first.

From CBS' "Sunday Morning" September of 2010:

"American combat operations in Iraq drew to a close this past week, seven years and five months after we first committed our forces to topple the government of Saddam Hussein. Operation Iraqi Freedom claimed more than 4,400 American lives and wounded another 32,000. Behind every one of those numbers is a story, and some of those stories are above and beyond . . . like the one our Tracy Smith will tell in our Cover Story."


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Franklin developer files for bankruptcy


The Milwaukee Business Journal is reporting that well-known, highly-regarded Franklin developer Mark Carstensen has filed for personal Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The newspaper notes Carstensen “has developed more than $100 million of commercial projects.” However, according to the paper, “Carstensen lists assets of $3.2 million and liabilities of $46.4 million, which mainly are from personal guarantees on real estate development loans.”

Carstensen is not alone. Other area developers who have filed for bankruptcy include Robert Patch, Jeff Klement, Scott Fergus and John Kuhn.

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925 days

The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

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The Barking Lot (09/03/11)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just in
Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it
s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Tough forecasting today. Rain and there could be lots of it depending where you are. Scattered thunderstorms. Chance of rain is 50%. Normal high of 79, but it looks like a wet Saturday.  "C"  If you can avoid those storms, "A"

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High of 71. "C'

MONDAY: Partly cloudy. High of only 64, far below normal. Won't feel like Labor Day. A decent d dog-walking day, but unseasonably cool... "D"

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:

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2011 POO Awards - Week 3

Each week during this year’s high school football season, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively).

Week 1
Luck 73,
Birchwood 22

Week 2
Coleman 63,
Sevastopol 13

Week 3
Edgar 71,
Chequamegon 7

Edgar usually ends up on my list once a season. It led 59-0 at halftime of their blowout.

UPDATE: Green Bay columnist needs to "chill" about women, football, and underwear

Yes he does
and hopefully has done so by now because...

Lost in all the hoopla about the Brewers and Packers and Badgers was this: The Lingerie Football  League season is underway.

Bad news, though.

In the first game of the season played at the Resch Center this week, the Minnesota Valkyrie defeated the Green Bay Chill, 28-25.  I don't think many of the Chill fans were all that upset.

Week-ends (09/03/11)


A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...


Marie Rose Abad

Doug MacMillan and his friend

Thomas Sephton

David Reichenberg

Branndin Phillips-Laramore

Michael Perry

Tom Lashinski

Robert Friscia

John Atzbach

The Kragthorpes

Oscar Pistorious

Jeremy Shockey

Emmanuel Marlow

Jon Simpson


Kimberly Garrity's adult children and their father

Michael Ray James and Tina Alberson

Minenetta Walker

Jill Green


“Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens. Some of them in Congress right now with this tea party movement would love to see you and me ...hanging on a tree. Some of them right now in Congress are comfortable with where we were 50 and 60 years ago but it's a new day with a black President and a Congressional Black Caucus.”
Andre Carson

“All of us, especially Congressman Carson, Congresswoman Waters and others who have engaged in racially-motivated rhetoric, should follow the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., not the example of Reverend Jeremiah Wright.”
Allen West

“As reported here previously, African-Americans are hardly underrepresented in the U.S. government.

Though only 12 percent to 13 percent of the U.S. population, blacks hold 18 percent of all federal jobs. African-Americans are 25 percent of the employees at Treasury and Veterans Affairs, 31 percent of State Department employees, 37 percent of the Department of Education, 38 percent of Housing and Urban Development. They are 42 percent of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., 55 percent of the Government Printing Office, 82 percent of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

According to The Washington Post, blacks hold 44 percent of the jobs at Fannie Mae and 50 percent of the jobs at Freddie Mac.

The EEOC, where African-Americans are overrepresented by 300 percent, has been asked to oversee the new ‘government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce.’
I'm not making this up.”

Pat Buchanan

‘I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”
Michele Bachmann

“The liberal talking points have been established. Perry is dumb, Romney is weird and Bachmann is scary. Expect that to be repeated endlessly until one is established as the nominee, who will then inherit all three descriptions.”
You Too, Congress

“I have a home on South Carolina’s Atlantic Coast. I know that the Atlantic Ocean generates hurricanes, and they can be dangerous and unpredictable. That said, this too must be said: Florence Nightingale said, ‘Whatever else you can say about hospitals, they shouldn’t make their patients sicker.’ And whatever else you want to say about journalism, it shouldn’t subtract from the nation’s understanding and it certainly shouldn’t contribute to the manufacture of synthetic hysteria that is so much a part of modern life. And I think we may have done so with regard to this tropical storm as it now seems to be.”
George Will

"The City is a co-sponsor of the Labor Day parade event, because we provided the payment for the insurance premium for the event, and we agreed to erect a stage and provide city services at no cost to the Marathon County Central Labor Council.

The banning of a political party from participation at any event co-sponsored by the City is against public policy and not in the best interest of all the citizens of the City of Wausau. And therefore, we encourage the event organizer to invite all interested parties, or reimburse the city for other costs."
Wausau mayor Jim Tipple after the Labor Council announced it would refuse Republican elected officials to be in the Labor Day parade. The Council later reversed its decision.

"...unions didn't invent labor. Labor is something we do with our hands, brains and backs and can be successful without the aid of unions."
Swannie Tess of Brookfield in a letter to the editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

‘Disenfranchise is the word of the day and the context will be as to “deprive (someone) of the right to vote.” This argument is disingenuous on its face and an outright lie that is perpetuated by the same people that mindlessly parrot this canned spiel.

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Recommended Reading (09/04/11)

Recommended reading

Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).

Have Wisconsin unions jumped the shark?

“There’s an old TV saying given to the moment when viewers realize a series has peaked – it’s called ‘jumping the shark.’ It’s in reference to the fifth season of Happy Days, when the Fonz, is waterskiing – complete with leather jacket – and proceeds to jump over a shark. The scene was so outlandish and ridiculous, that viewers realized the show as creatively bankrupt. The popularity of the series declined from there.

We may have just witnessed the Wisconsin public employee unions’ shark jumping moment.”

Where does David Prosser go to get his reputation back?

“There are some people who need to apologize to Mr. Justice David Prosser now that he has been cleared and soon. They took a shallowly researched and preposterous allegation -- that Prosser held fellow justice Ann Walsh Bradley in a chokehold -- and ran to the guillotine with it.

Here is a list of people who should apologize for their rush to judgment. These named should be ashamed of their lynch mob mentality. Their judgment, blinded as it was by partisan fury, should forever be suspect. Their names must be synonyms for ignominy, the triumph of willful ignorance over patient fact-finding. They are practitioners of the dark arts of ‘by any means necessary.’

They put our democracy in a chokehold.”

Health care law: More insured, but...

"In a key finding, the report said the newly passed law will slice the number of uninsured (WI) residents by 340,000, or 65 percent, primarily because of government subsidies and the existence of an individual mandate that all residents must buy health insurance.

(That latter requirement has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal court of appeals, it should be noted, and is now headed to the Supreme Court for disposition.)

But that's about all the good news the study contained."

Obama WAS trying to use speech one-upmanship as political ploy

“The American left and its handmaidens in the Old Media spent 24 hours desperately trying to spin Obama’s attempt to schedule a joint session of Congress on the same day as the GOP debate as an example of how the GOP is refusing to work with him. These leftists categorically deny that Obama was simply engaging in political brinkmanship, using his selection of Sept. 7 as a political ploy. But the very night that Obama was shot down by Speaker Boehner on the date he chose for his jobs address…”

Six ways Obama might win young voters in 2012

"What potent potion, pray tell, will he  concoct to get the 18- to 35-year-olds to actually get off their unemployed butts, leave their mommies’ basements, drive their chitty Chevy Volts to the polls, and wait for hours in a snaking line only to punch a ballot for four more years of this economic hell?

One tactic that might garner the youth’s vote for Obama would be for him to turn to Hollywood again. Do some celebrity stuff! Young people love them some Hollywood. Woo Hoo!  

For instance, howzabout the following considerations for 2012’s election, Mr. President?

1.    Show up to all the debates in an egg like Lady Gaga did for the 2011 Grammys. You could have four of your men—Biden, Geithner, Holder and Napolitano—carry you into each contest like an avian Cleopatra. The kiddos would love it."

What liberals fear more than Obama losing

"He cannot claim a single success.  His resume is a bibliography of failure.  His signature achievement, the dubious namesake ObamaCare, was designed by someone else.  Its central feature, the individual insurance mandate,  is destined to be overturned by the Supreme Court.

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My Most Popular Blogs (09/04/11)

Most popular


As I post every Sunday, here are the five most read blog entries of mine from the previous week. NOTE: some entries may have been posted prior to the past week.

1) Photos of the Week (08/28/11)

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My Most Popular Blogs (09/04/11)

Most popular

 As I post every Sunday, here are the five most read blog entries of mine from the previous week. NOTE: some entries may have been posted prior to the past week.

1) Photos of the Week (08/28/11)

2) DRAGNET: The case of the missing alderman from Franklin

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Photos of the Week (09/04/11)

Photos of the Week

1) The top layer of blacktop on River Road lies peeled off due to flooding on the West Branch of the AuSable River, because of Hurricane Irene in Lake Placid, N.Y,. on Monday, Aug. 29. Photo: Mike Lynch / Adirondack Daily Enterprise via AP.

2) Billy Stinson, left, comforts his daughter, Erin Stinson, as they sit on the steps where their cottage once stood before it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene in Nags Head, N.C., on Aug. 28. The cottage, built in 1903, was one of the first vacation cottages built on Albemarle Sound in Nags Head. Stinson has owned the home, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, since 1963. "We were pretending, just for a moment, that the cottage was still behind us and we were just sitting there watching the sunset," said Erin afterward. Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images. This is what the cottage looked like. Photo and related story from

3) Mavis Powers puts her hand on her forehead as she looks over the damage to her home in South Creek, N.C., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011 after Hurricane Irene hit the North Carolina coast. The storm killed at least 18 people and left 4 million homes and businesses without power. It unloaded more than a foot of water on North Carolina and spun off tornadoes in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

4) A young couple from Germany rests on a cot as other passengers arrive at LaGuardia Airport on Aug. 29. The couple is scheduled to take a flight to Dallas on August 30. New York-area airports reopened on Monday as airlines gradually restored service after cancelling more than 11,000 flights. Photo:Toby Talbot / AP

5) Phillip Henry, left, of Morehead City, N.C., and Henderson Douglas, center, of Newport, N.C., wait in line for gas at a Shell Station on NC 24. By early afternoon on August 28, only two gas stations were reported to be pumping gas in the area. Supplies waned as residents looked to fuel their generators. Photo: Chris Carmichael

6) Norma Jack and Bobby Richards talk on the steps of her son's home in the Laurelton neighborhood of Queens on Sunday, Aug. 28. Both moved from the Caribbean 30 years ago and reunited while walking down the street after Hurricane Irene. "It's crazy how the storm can bring people together after 30 years," Richards said. They took time to catch up on life while watching crews removing a large tree that fell on a house across the street. "I praise God that we are all ok, but I would like the power to come back on," Jack said. Photo: Jonathan D. Woods /

7) This picture was taken in Puerto Rico shortly after Hurricane Irene ravaged the island of a shark swimming down the street next to a car. Photo:

An unidentified man hangs on to a branch in a rain swollen creek as he waits for rescuers in New City, N.Y., on Aug. 28. He and three others went tubing in the creek and had to be rescued by New City and Stony Point fire departments' water rescue teams. With the rains and wind of Tropical Storm Irene heading north, some people went out for recreation in the unusual conditions left in the storm's wake. Photo: Peter Carr / The Journal News via AP

9) A wildfire roars through dry trees near Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. Texas and Oklahoma are in the grips of a record-setting drought, and a summer of soaring temperatures and little rain has meant the wildfire season, which usually ends in spring, didn't end this year. Lm Otero / AP

10) The damaged antenna from the North Tower of the World Trade Center and newspaper front pages about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are seen in an exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, DC, on August 31, 2011. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP - Getty Images. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP - Getty Images

11) The shoes used in the failed attempt to blow up an airplane by shoe bomber Richard Reid are displayed alongside an FBI model of the shoe filled with explosives on August 31, 2011 as part of a new exhibit marking the tenth annivesary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

12) A Libyan rebel fighter walks inside the house of Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan fugitive leader Moammar Gadhafi in Tripoli on Aug. 28. Normal life began returning to the Libyan capital Tripoli, almost a week after rebels swept into the city. Photo: Ciro Fusco / EPA

13) A Libyan rebel fighter sits in the sitting room of Moammar Gadhafi's private plane at the international airport in Tripoli, Aug. 28. The Arabic words translate as "Be thankful and we give you more". Photo: Zohra Bensemra / Reuters

14) Army Spc. David Ibarra embraces his daughter, Hailey Ibarra, 10, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 in San Antonio, during a surprise homecoming at her school. Spc. Ibarra completed a one-year duty tour in Iraq and surprised his three children while they were at school. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Lisa Krantz)

15) Supporters of the New Berlin School Board applaud Monday during a meeting that attracted hundreds as the board voted on a new handbook. Journal Sentinel photo: Gary Porter

16) Firefighters and rescuers stand near a Cessna sport plane in the city of Stockstadt am Main, Germany, on Aug. 28. The pilot of the private plane clipped the side of a house and a lamppost while guiding his Cessna into an emergency landing on a 16-foot wide residential street in western Germany. Police in Stockstadt am Main say no residents were injured and the 47-year-old pilot and his co-pilot suffered minor injuries in last Sunday's crash in the densely populated area, the news agency dapd reported. They said the plane was forced down due to a technical problem, but gave no details. Photo: Juergen Mahnke / AP

17) In this image provided by the University Medical Center in Tucson, a CT scan shows a pair of pruning shears embedded in the head of an 86-year-old Green Valley, Ariz., man before it was removed by Medical Center surgeons in Tucson on July 30, 2011. Leroy Luetscher was accidentally impaled through his eye socket after falling on the shears while working in his yard, the handle penetrating his eye socket and reaching down into his neck. He is expected to make a full recovery. Photo: University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona via AP

18) A young man - a 'mozo' - dodges a bull during the fifth 'encierro' or bull run held at San Sebastian de los Reyes in Madrid, Spain, on August 30. This local fiesta is known as 'Pamplona Chica' (Little Pamplona) after the larger festival held in the northern Spanish town every July. The bull run left seven people with minor injuries and one in hospital. Photo:  Luca Piergiovanni / EPA

19) Arab Israeli children pose with a pet snake at an amusement park in the northern Israeli city of Acre on August 31 as Muslims celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Photo: Menahem Kahana / AFP - Getty Images

20) A street dog popularly known as "Lengua," or "Tongue" sits on a sidewalk in Havana, Cuba, Friday Sept. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano) 

21) From left, Lee Brewer, veterinarian technician, Dr. Maya Rodriguez, veterinarian, Laura Kousari, animal keeper, and Jodi Tuzinski, animal care manager, from the Miami Seaquarium release Independence, a 10 pound juvenile Green Turtle, in back, and Blondie, a 77 pound adult Loggerhead turtle, front center, on the beach of Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park at Key Biscayne on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. Independence was rescued from Dania Beach on July 3, 2011, and was found to have partially ingested a hook. The hook was later removed surgically from the throat by Miami Seaquarium’s  staff veterinarian where the turtle received medical attention until its release. Blondie has been in rehabilitation since June 5, 2011, when he was rescued from the waters of Turkey Point channel in Biscayne National Park found floating lethargically and underweight.

22) A praying mantis is seen during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

23) Dale Marshall is dwarfed by an Atlantic Giant Pumpkin that he estimates to be around 1,780-pounds inside a greenhouse in Anchorage on Aug. 29. The giant pumpkin was started by seed on April 1 and has a 202-inch circumference. He plans to enter the pumpkin in the Alaska State Fair during the weigh-off on Wednesday in Palmer. Marshall holds the state record with a 1,101 pound pumpkin that he entered in the state fair last year. Bill Roth / AP  Now the UPDATE: Dale Marshall checks a small hole on the bottom of his 1,723 pound pumpkin that kept him from winning or setting a record at the Alaska State Fair grounds in Palmer, Alaska on Wednesday, Aug. 31. The giant gourd was grown by Marshall in his backyard greenhouse. Puncture or not, the pumpkin is in rare company. The world record weight for a pumpkin is 1,810 pounds. The winner was a 1,287-pound pumpkin that is the biggest pumpkin ever grown for the annual Giant Pumpkin competition at the state fair. Photo: Bill Roth/ AP

24) A reveler is covered with tomato pulp after the annual "Tomatina" (tomato fight) in the Mediterranean village of Bunol, near Valencia August 31. Heino Kalis / Reuters

25) Visitors look at an octopus made out of pumpkins at the pumpkin exhibition of the asparagus and experience farm Buschmann and Winkelmann in Klaistow near Beelitz, northeastern Germany on August 31, 2011. Photo: Patrick Pleul / AFP - Getty Images

26) Excited Fans at DC Comics Midnight Madness Event Celebrating the release of New No. 1 issue of "Justice League" at Mid Town Comics on August 30, 2011 in New York City. Michael Loccisano / Getty Images 

27) Couples take part in the World Kiss Marathon for Education at a square in Santiago, Chile, on Sept. 1, 2011. The students are demanding better education opportunities in their country. Photo: Felipe Trueba / EPA

28) Official mascot Sarbi imitates Usain Bolt of Jamaica after Bolt won the men's 200 metres final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Sept. 3. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

29) Eric Anderson, right, of the West team from Huntington Beach, Calif., celebrates while scoring the winning run in the sixth inning to win the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 28. Nick Pratto drove in the winning run with a walk-off single as California beat Japan, 2-1. Photo: Rob Carr / Getty Images

30) The University of Wisconsin student section greets the visiting team, the UNLV Rebels Thursday night in the season opener in Madison, won easily by the badgers, 51-17. Journal Sentinel photo: Tom Lynn.

31) Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers can only laugh after tripping around third base as he tried for an inside-the-park home run against the St. Louis Cardinals last Wednesday at Miller Park. Journal Sentinel photo: Jeff Sainlar. During batting practice the next day, a member of the St. Louis Cardinals is seen among outlines depicting Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun falling down trying for an inside the park home run during Wednesday nights game.  (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps). Here's another look. Photo: that reported, "Pitchers Yovani Gallardo and Shaun Marcum and bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel went to considerable expense to put outlines of Brauns' tumble on the field today, using athletic tape for the police-like 'chalk' outlines of victims.They had two outlines on the field, representing the initial landing and then the second fall upon trying to get up. Particularly ingenius was the use of a protective screen used during BP to put an outline in 'the air,' representing Braun going airborne after rounding third on what could have been an inside-the-park homer against St. Louis. That's a bat taped to the ground, by the way, to represent the 'speed bump' that Braun tripped over."

Culinary no-no #242

Culinary no-no's

has a girth dilemma, a waistline predicament.

Collectively, our nation is too fat and too lazy.

According to national data, one of every three Americans is obese. More than 60 percent of Americans is overweight or obese.  Obesity costs a male sufferer $2,644 annually, a female $4,879.  Portion sizes are larger. Eating habits have become more atrocious. 78% of Americans are not meeting basic activity level recommendations.

A study reported last week in The Lancet found that t
he percentage could rise from 32% of men who were obese in 2008 to around 50% in 2030, and from 35% for women in 2008 to between 45% and 52% in 2030. The number of obese people in this country could increase from 99 million in 2008 to 164 million by 2030. The result will be higher health care costs with more Americans developing weight-related diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

No one questions the severity of the problem. America’s litany of government-mandated responses is dubious.

·       Requiring posting of calorie counts on chain restaurant menus

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Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft: Hales Corners Woman's Club program on Sept. 9

Just as September signals the start of a new school year, the month usually marks the beginning of a new club year as well. Hales Corners Woman’s Club, which begins its 55th year in the community, is one of those groups that will be welcoming members back in September and announcing the line-up of programs and fundraising efforts.

At the first meeting on Friday, September 9, club members will learn how to protect themselves against Identity Theft. Hales Corners Police Sergeant Kent Schoonover will give the program at the Village Hall at 1 p.m.  Guests and prospective members may wish to join the women for refreshments and hospitality at noon.

Other programs for the coming months include “History and Beauty” of the Boerner Botanical Gardens, by Monica Jeske, on Oct. 14, and “Looking Younger” by Jennie Schellinger of Merle Norman cosmetics on Nov. 4. The December 2nd meeting will be a holidiay lunch and program held at Tuckaway Country Club.

Fundraising projects for the remainder of 2011 include a rummage sale on October 7 and 8; Wisconsin theme basket raffle in December, along with the annual bake sale held in conjunction with the Whitnall Rotary Craft Fair; and a poinsettia sale. Details will be shared at the September 9th meeting and publicized to the community.

Other programs in 2012 will be: “Lewis and Clark Expedition” by Rev. Fred Boettcher (Feb. 3); “The Wool Lady” (Marilyn Jacobson) demonstrating the art of spinning on her loom (March 2); and “The Magic of Butterflies” – presented by Betty Braun. The May 4 meeting will be the club’s traditional spring luncheon where scholarships and other awards to community organizations are presented. 

Within the club, groups of women meet for book discussions, golf, bridge and sheepshead. There is also a popular “Unique Antiques” group. One community service project in October will be to help the Visiting Nurse Association with Shoo the Flu clinics.

Those wanting more information about membership or club activities may call Mary Kipfer, 414-425-7547, Vicki Wenke, 414-329-3242, or Kathy Zellmer, 414-529-3175.

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