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A Look Back~A Few Looks Ahead!

(*SCROLL DOWN FOR Photo!*)  St Bernard’s  & St. Pius X's 5th Grade Boys Basketball team completed an outstanding season.  They were fortunate enough to finish in second place in the NDDB “Cousins” division and also won 3 tournaments at the end of the year.  

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Phil's Revenge

Critters, Critters, Gardening

My nemesis - Phil the groundhog - has returned and has taken-up residence in my septic mound up-north.

Why a large rodent would wish to reside in someone else's sewage drain field is beyond me.  Perhaps the really nice sand and gravel strata and proximity to the garden counter the negative attributes?

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That's a Crock of...

Dangerous Kitchen Experiments, Gardening, Politics-Tosa

...Lactic Fermentation.

The rotund object that you see below is my new crock.  15 liter capacity.

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Friday Morning Music

Popular Culture

Hey!

It's the start of the weekend folks.  Time to celebrate the life of an American music icon that departed our earthly world.

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Friday Night Living

Life Is Good, Gardening, , Dangerous Kitchen Experiments

I'm living a brief bachelor existence.

Jill is in Tosa along with Girlfriend and I am up north with a list of chores as long as my arm.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening

Wow!  My wife tells me that this year's garden is one of the best. 

It is absolutely amazing what regular rainfall can do for your results.

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Innovation Park proposal gets favorable comments from Plan Commission

Wauwatosa UWM

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's request for $12 million in city funds to help finance its Innovation Park development, in Wauwatosa, received favorable comments from Plan Commission members at a Monday night meeting.

The commission voted 5-0 to delay action on whether it will recommend approval of the financing plan to the Common Council. That delay was sought by Mayor Jill Didier, who's also commission chair, so more information can be obtained about the financing plan.

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John Browning's Legacy

Firearms, Military History

Do children still play with toy guns?

As a kid I sure did.  Every boy on the block had at least a couple.  My pal Timmy even had a Johnny Reb field artillery piece.   Armed to the teeth we would regularly form squads to engage in childhood war games. 

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John Browning's Legacy

Colt Model 1911, Firearms, GI .45, John Browning, Military History, Springfield Armory

Do children still play with toy guns?

As a kid I sure did.  Every boy on the block had at least a couple.  My pal Timmy even had a Johnny Reb field artillery piece.   Armed to the teeth we would regularly form squads to engage in childhood war games. 

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Tosa Shines in new Visit Milwaukee Video Tour

Tosa Business, Tosa Landmarks, Tosans, Community

You find the coolest things on Twitter and this, posted by a Tosa resident, is REALLY cool! Check out this video, created by Visit Milwaukee. What an awesome way to show off Wauwatosa! Enjoy!

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Friday Morning Music

Popular Culture

It's the start of the weekend.

And what better way to start it than with one of the best versions of two of the best songs ever...

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Glow golf beats PGA for a swinging good time

golf, park, PGA, mosquitos

When I was growing up in Brookfield in the early '70s, Storms Golf was the place to be on a hot summer
night. Miniature golf was my favorite game and I always beat my brothers at it. Ha!

Now that I'm all grown up, miniature golf doesn't cut it anymore, as I found out not too long ago. What do adults do instead? They go Glow Golfing, of course.

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It Don't Come Easy

Family, Girlfriend, Healthcare, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

If you're old like I am you might remember this song by Ringo Starr from the summer of 1971.

The last of my father's final expenses are finally getting accounted-for and settled.

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Railroad Crossing Safety Part I

Safety, Auto, Pedestrian

The next few blog postings will contain information from Operation Lifesaver. This information is published in an effort to educate motorists and pedestrians in the hopes that we can prevent needless tragedies at railroad crossings.

In this first posting I want to just lay out some facts as it relates to “Grade crossings”, those crossings where trains tracks and roads intersect at the same level. These are national statistics provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Wisconsin’s Operation Lifesaver program.

  • A vehicle – train crash occurs about every 115 minutes
  • One motorist is killed daily in vehicle – train crashes
  • A motorist is 20 times more likely to die in a vehicle – train crash than in other motor vehicle accidents
  • More people die in highway – rail crashes each year than in airplane crashes
  • Over 65% of grade crossing crashes occur at crossings where active warning devices exist
  • Most vehicle – train crashes occur at grade crossings within 25 miles of the motorist’s home

Friday Morning Music

Popular Culture

After all of excitement, explosions and ruckus of last weekend I am going to mellow-out over the next few days.  Gardening, grilling and hanging-out with friends is the plan.

This is a delightful acoustic version of one of the more popular songs from a group I've been a fan of since they first appeared in the early '80s.

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My blog isn't just for the birds.

I know I'm hard on Grede Liberty foundry pollution, so I'll begin with something new.  Have you noticed we have more blue jays this year.  So many died from the West Nile disease you know just like the crows did.  The cashiers at Pick 'n Save must wonder why I buy large bags of bulk peanuts.  They are for the birds of course.

We've been lucky to see a momma deer and her 2 fawns over in the vacant lot next door. You know the one I've written about it before.  Yeah you do.  It's the vacant lot owned by David Israel.  Yes the contaminated Brownfield East of Sentry right next to Walgreens.  Yep the one West of where Derse is going to build that 4 story apartment complex.  You might not remember it's contaminated with a little Arsenic, and Chlorinated Solvent PCE, TCE, DCE, and VC.  About 1500 tons of contaminated soil and ground water.

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Two years later, rain garden finally bears blossoms, bees and butterflies

rain garden

It's been two years since I dug into a project that took two years to come to fruition.

My rain garden took root one hot August day when I was gainfully unemployed and looking for something to do. I walked outside and stared at the grass and stared some more. Then I came up with a brainstorm.

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Railroad Crossing Safety Part II

Auto, Pedestrian

Railroad Safety Quiz.

All answers are either True or False and will be listed at the bottom of this blog. Play fair and test your knowledge.

  1. Walking on the railroad tracks or the right of ways on either side of the tracks is illegal.
  1. You will be safe if you don not walk between the rails staying on the ties.
  1. It is safe to cross the tracks anywhere as long as you can see ¼ mile in each direction.
  1. A locomotive is not always at the front of the train.
  1. It is safe to cross the tracks just as soon as the last car passes the crossing.
  1. As a pedestrian, it is safe to ignore the flashing red lights at the crossing.
  1. Trains are noisy. You will have plenty of time to step out of the train’s path when you hear a train coming.
  1. Playing on rail equipment, tracks or railcars is forbidden.
  1. Crossing tracks with a baby stroller, in a wheelchair or on other narrow wheels requires caution and extra attention.

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91 Years and Celebrating!

     St. Bernard Parish School opened its doors to students for the ninety-first time today!  The K4-8th grade school continues to prepare young Catholics and non-Catholics to go out into the world well-prepared to succeed in high school and beyond and to live responsible, Christ-like lives.  The faculty welcomed the students with leis, a neon palm tree, and "Aloha" greetings.  Mr. William Strube's message to students was about this year's theme:  Love One Another.  (John 15:17)

    Students were excited to see the school adorned in flowers and other Hawaiian decorations.  The parents welcomed new families by holding a coffee social.  It's never too late to enroll your child at St. Bernard.  This historic school offers Preschool K3 & K4, Spanish instruction K4-8th, SmartBoard Technology (& technology-based lessons) infused in all classrooms K5 to 8th!  Call 258-9977 to schedule your personal tour.  Find out more about our EXEMPLARY RECOGNITION AWARD for 2010-2015 awarded in May of 2010 from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee @  http://www.stbernardparish.org/school.cfm.

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Me, Bambi, Tarzan and Kyle

Bambi, Cut And Paste Blogging, Judy Zess, Kyle Prast, Kyle Prast The Censor, Lawrencia Bembenek, Outing a Blog Reader, Paula Zahn, Strange But True, Tarzan Of The Apes

It certainly has been an interesting week.

I sauntered on over to Hart Park last Wednesday to meet-up with Brother-In-Law and have a few beers at the Red Hot Chili Pipers concert.  I saw a bunch of people I know.  Including some readers.  I even met my newest, and 66th, reader.

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