Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Girl Scouts To Start Taking Orders Friday"

From Racine County Eye:

By Denise Lockwood in Community · January 21, 2016 · No comments

"Girl Scout cookie fiends take note: the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast start taking orders Friday.

"The thin mints, peanut butter patties, caramel deLites and four other varieties can be ordered for $4 a box and Trios, a gluten-free cookie, can be purchased for $5 a box.

"And to streamline your hook-up, there’s a mobile app that allows the Girl Scout of your choice to take your order on their mobile phone. You can also choose to have them delivered personally or have it shipped to the customer’s door or business. But you’ll still need to buy your cookies through a Girl Scout.

"But if you don’t know one, the girls will be selling them at grocery stores and businesses from Feb. 26 through March 27. The locations can be found by entering a zip code at or in the Cookie Finder mobile app for iOS and Android.

"The profits help fund programs locally."

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"Local thrift store selling goods for $1.29 per pound"

From The Journal

16 hours ago  • 

"RACINE — Bethesda Thrift Shop has announced a new sales format for all goods, except used furniture: $1.29 per pound.

"Bethesda is a national Christian organization, providing homes and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization helps people live the lives they want through more than 300 programs in 14 states. Its thrift shop at Elmwood Plaza, 3701 Durand Ave., helps support that mission.

"Bethesda said it expects its new sales concept to “make a big impact in the community.”

"'This will allow people to get even more product for their money and allow them to choose from an even larger selection of merchandise,' stated Paul Gieschen, corporate director of retail operations for Bethesda.

"The items for sale at the Racine shop are overflow items that have rotated out of one of Bethesda’s other stores. For more information visit online or call 262-456-0626."

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"I-40 Search Raises New 'Policing For Profit' Questions"

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The Big Chill!

Yesterday I went downtown to see The Big Chill and get some pictures to share with everyone. I decided to brave the cold windy weather out there to get some good pictures. When I went to park by the Subway downtown there was five police SUV's park down there with the vehicles turned on and no one in any of them. There was four by Subway and one on the side street. So I was taking the pictures and I had to walk in between two of them to get a picture I was just hoping that they would not come out and ask why I was in between them. They never came out to ask me what I was doing. So I finished taking my pictures and left.

I hope everyone enjoys the pictures-

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my dear Mom and Popsicles!  How are you?  We're on a slow heat wave, going from 20° F today to into the 30's by the weekend.  There's not supposed to be much snow, either.  Now watch, the exact opposite will happen with the weather, and the meteorologist will have some glib words to share.  In any other profession, if you were wrong 50% of the time, you'd be fired.  So the talking heads on television can churn out garbage and seem to be invulnerable to reproach.

I don't think anyone cares if the weather broadcast is right or wrong.  What matters today is delivery, the style used to broadcast the prediction.  Accuracy, if any, is a by-product and not the gist of "The Weather" on TV.  It reminds me of something I heard on TV:  "You're talking about justice and we're talking about the law, which are two different things."

Please let me know when you are attending Watercolor Wisconsin and I might come along, too.  A little culture might do me some good.  There's RUSD's art instructors' show in the Racine Arts Gallery going on, too.

Unfortunately, no one from our household attended the Big Chill event in downtown this past weekend.  What I've read and seen, though, says it was a great success.  Good for them.

The big chill is gone from our house since Señor Zanza insulated every nook and cranny, and somehow is coaxing another year out of our ancient furnace.  Thank you so much, Señor.  If I had to rely only upon Junior, we'd be in sad shape indeed. I hope that Junior learns by example as he sees what Señor Zanza does.  Even if Junior doesn't pick up any real world skills, at least he might learn how to be a gentleman.  God knows there's few enough of those.

God also knows I'm tired and want to go to bed.  Thank you all for reading my blog today.  I love visitors.

What the hell is the matter with you?  Ask

Try to stay warm in the brutally cold weather.  Exposed skin gets frostbit easily.  Bundle up until you can't move and then just stay home, anyway.  Don't start a bonfire in your living room.  Do it in the kitchen. instead.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"Wisdom from Abraham Lincoln"

From Racine County Corruption:

"Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character,
give him power".

"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser -- in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough".

The above words of wisdom are for the few in Racine who can appreciate the few who still care.

nougth sayd...........

"Unified art teachers' work on exhibit at Racine Arts Council gallery"

From The Journal

19 hours ago  • 

"The art bug bit Samantha Stoewe early.

"She attended Fine Arts Elementary School, which nurtured her budding love of everything artistic. In high school, she joined the band and drifted away from sketching and drawing.

"But the bug was persistent. The band room was right next to the art room, and every day she walked past those rooms, art called out to her.

"'I talked to a few friends in art and, sure enough, I quit band so I could take art classes,' said Stoewe, now an art instructor at Park High School. 'By my senior year, I was in AP art and I loved it. My senior year an artwork that was submitted to Wingspread got purchased by their president at the time. That was definitely a defining moment in my young art career.'

"To help nourish and nurture the next generation of artists at Racine Unified School District, Stoewe is one of nine district art instructors exhibiting their work at the Racine Arts Council’s ArtSpace Gallery, 316 Sixth St., for the next four weeks.

"The show, called 'Unified,' runs until Feb. 21. The exhibit showcases the talents of art educators from Racine elementary, middle and high schools.

"The show also fits perfectly with the mission of the Racine Arts Council, founded in 1967. The council was started to encourage, support and advocate on behalf of emerging and established artists, artistic groups in our community, and young people interested in the arts.

"It is the second time the gallery has exhibited work from Unified art instructors."

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Stay warm!

Monday, January 18, 2016

"Day off used to strengthen community ties"

Park High School basketball player Jena George
helps Home Harbor of Racine resident Margaret Lebon make Valentine’s Day decorations on Monday at Home Harbor. George and her Park teammates visited with residents on a day off school for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to give back to the community.
"RACINE — The basketball season hasn’t been the best for Kadeesha Duncan and the rest of the Park High School girls team.

"The Panthers have struggled to a 1-12 record so far this season and usually scuffle to score more than 30 points in a game.

"But instead of working on their game Monday — a day off of school and practice — Duncan, her teammates and coach Carey Palacios worked on their community involvement.

"For the second straight year, Palacios brought his team to Home Harbor of Racine, an assisted living facility at 1600 Ohio St., on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to socialize with residents and remind his players that they need to try and be good off the court as well as on the court.

"'In the spirit of Dr. King, we try to give back to community as much as it gives to us,' said Palacios, in his third season as Panthers coach. 'The wins off the court sometimes mean more than the wins on the court.'

"The team also helps out at Home Harbor during Thanksgiving and rings bells for the Salvation Army during Christmas, Palacios said. 'Character is a big thing for any team,' he said. 'Doing these kind of things are a no-brainer for us.'

"Home Harbor residents live in efficiency, one- and two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens and private entries. The facility also has patios and several common areas."

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"Letter to the Editor: Isaacson Running for Mount Pleasant Village Board"

From Racine County Eye:

By Heather Asiyanbi in Elections, Government · January 18, 2016 · No comments 

"My name is Terri Isaacson and I am running for Mt. Pleasant Village Trustee for seat #2 in the spring election. As a working mom, specializing in customer service, I understand the value of treating people with patience and respect. This experience makes me a qualified candidate for trustee. If elected, I will bring needed diligence and consideration to Village Hall.

"I was born and raised in Racine and I moved to Mt Pleasant thirty years ago. I have been married to my husband, Paul for thirty three years and we have a daughter, Erica.

"I have worked for Putzmeister America for nearly two decades and I currently work in the Customer Service Group.

"Running a growing village like Mt. Pleasant is a big job, but it also requires common sense. My thinking is 'if it’s not broken don’t fix it.' Village Trustees are spending taxpayer money – your money. We have a duty to be responsible, to ask questions and make sure that we are protecting your investment in our community.

"As a resident of Hwy V, my family and I have lived this situation. Dozens of families on Hwy V are being assessed for sewer and water no one asked for – services for development in Caledonia that was never part of the original contract. Worse, we discovered the contract had been changed. Those changes will cost families tens of thousands of dollars each.

"All this was voted through by my opponent, Rick McCluskey and other trustees without clear and responsible communication to residents. We were informed of a vote just 48 hours before it happened. In spite of our objections and questions to the board, no one listened or responded.

"That’s no way to treat residents and taxpayers and I will work to make sure no resident in Mt. Pleasant ever experiences such indifference and arrogance by their elected officials. Trustees should be able and willing to explain every vote they take. If elected, I will explain every vote I take, and I will listen to the thoughts and concerns of residents FIRST. That’s just common sense customer service.

"Mt. Pleasant is a fantastic place to live and work, our way of living deserves officials who really care about people and see them as partners, not as a nuisance during public comments at Village Board meetings. As Village Trustee, I will work for you, every day.

"Thank you for your consideration. The primary election date is Tuesday, February 16th. I would be honored to have your vote".

If you have questions or would like to learn more about me, please see my Facebook page: or email me at:

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"Bobblehead museum moves closer to reality in Milwaukee"

From The Journal

21 hours ago  •     (0) Comments

A collection of dolls chosen for inclusion in an exhibit of the National Bobblehead Museum reflect the exhibit's broad array of designs at RedLine Milwaukee in Milwaukee on Jan. 6. Bobbleheads have been collected over the years by Phil Sklar and Brad Novak of Milwaukee. Their collection includes pieces that have been part of giveaways at sporting events, purchases from collectors and donations from sports teams and private collectors.

"MILWAUKEE — Pete Rose may never be enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y., but Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader has a terrific shot at having a hall of fame induction ceremony in Milwaukee.

"Instead of joining the likes of Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Robin Yount and Paul Molitor in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Charlie Hustle may one day share wall space with Fred Flintstone, Mahatma Gandhi, Bart Starr, Jesus Christ and Homer Simpson.

"The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame & Museum is closer to reality thanks to a couple of longtime friends who saw their collection of bobbleheads get slightly out of hand.

"Instead of getting rid of most of their nodding and shaking statuettes, Phil Sklar and Brad Novak quit their day jobs and doubled down to create what is believed to be the world’s largest collection of bobbleheads for public display.

"As of two weeks ago, the pair had amassed more than 5,000 bobbleheads and were busy preparing for the opening of an exhibit to showcase part of the eclectic collection of figurines from the world of sports, pop culture, entertainment, history and politics.

"'It’s not something we did overnight. We’ve thought about this for a long time,' Novak, 31, told the Wisconsin State Journal. 'It’s our passion.'

"The 3,000-square-foot exhibit, 'Bobbleheads: Real & Fantastical Heroism,' will open Jan. 22, at Redline Milwaukee, a nonprofit urban arts center and incubator for emerging artists located at 1422 N. Fourth St., just a few blocks from the BMO Harris Bradley Center."

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R.I.P. Glenn Frey

Open Blog - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."