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Both Sides of the Fence

A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!

This just in: Flood brings scams, relief

Flood

June 18. Some press releases that might interest you came across my day job desk today.

Emergency food assistance for Milwaukee County flood victims. Governor Doyle announced today that emergency food assistance will be available for residents of Milwaukee and six other counties. However, they only have seven days to apply: the deadline is June 27.  If you know someone who has been devastated by the consequences of flooding, let them know they can apply for FoodShare through the county's Department of Health and Human Services.  More

Water utility imposters are working the city of Milwaukee. They just might be here, too. The latest scam announced today by Cecilia Gilbert, Department of Public Works, involves people who look official and claim to be investigating floodwater in homes. Usually they work in pairs.

Now's a good time to remind older adults and children in particular to beware of utility worker imposters.

When a utility worker knocks on your door, insist on seeing IDs without opening your door. The legitimate ones will have IDs and are glad to show them. In Milwaukee, call Milwaukee Water Works 414-286-2830 to verify if you are uncertain: in Tosa, you'd probably call the Water Emergency number 414-471-8480 (I called the main number and got a recording, so that seems best. If I'm wrong please let me know). Call police if you suspect an imposter.

And remember: utility personnel never visit homes to collect bills or deliver rebates, inspect plumbing fixtures, or sell products.

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