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Spirit of the Marathon

Hello faithful readers! Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a great start. So far this year, I have done 9-mile, 7-mile and 8.75 mile runs. Now I am taking a couple days off to rest. My running addiction is in full swing for 2008!

Did you know there is a new movie coming out about the Marathon? I just found out about it today. The movie features two professional runners and four amateur runners training for the Chicago Marathon.

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Privatizing County Services is Not the Answer

I would like to urge everyone to read the article "Privatizing County Services is Just a Path Toward Lower-Paid Jobs" by Gerry Broderick in Sunday's Journal Sentinel Crossroads section. You can read it online by clicking the following address.

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=706198

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Don Lawson's Views on the Parks

I recently spoke with Don Lawson about some of his views regarding our County Parks. Don and I have known each other for several years, having first met when our sons were in Boy Scout Troop 252 together. Don is a big supporter of the Parks and has been actively involved in picking Garlic Mustard in Grant Park.

According to Don, "I liked your recent column arguing against privatization of the parks. Here's my take on the issue."

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Spring Schedule for Garlic Mustard Pickers

The Garlic Mustard Pickers have released their spring schedule. Mark your calendars!

 Monday, February 4th: A "First Monday" performance at Fixx Coffee House, just north of Carleton Grange Pub at the far north end of Packard Ave in St. Francis. Music starts sometime around 7:20 or 7:30. Admission is free, but don't forget to "rent your chair" by buying one of the great drinks, soups, etc. at Fixx. The lineup of tunes is mostly instrumentals, and the songs are about love and courtship (thinking of Valentine's Day).

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Historical Society, Friends Groups to Hold Feb. Meetings

There is lots of news to report this week.

 First, the Cudahy Historical Society General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19th at 7 pm at the Cudahy Depot (4557 S. Kinnickinnic Ave). Victor Venus, retired St. Francis Police Chief, will talk about the Venus Family of Cudahy. For more info, call (414) 899-0813.

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