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Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.

SMHS music, other programs face axe?

South Milwaukee High School, music program, string orchestra, sports, South Milwaukee School Board meeting, budget

This from South Milwaukee Alderman Jim Shelenske:

Monday, March 1st (tonight) 6:30PM -

Emergency South Milwaukee Music Parent/Supporter meeting
Muskie's Dining Room (8th & Milwaukee) Downtown South Milwaukee - enter through the dining room doors.
Parents, students and other community residents are welcome to attend and learn what's going on with the school music progam, why cuts won't stop and why all programs, including sports, are at risk. On the line now are the entire string orchestra program and one vocal position.
Wednesday, March 3rd - 6:30PM -
Board of Education public listening session on the proposed cuts.
South Milwaukee District Offices (located adjacent to the SMPAC)
Residents and supporters are urged to attend and show support.
Two minute time limit on speeches.
Bring signs.
PROPOSED BUDGET:  View the preliminary 2010-11 budget recommendations here:

Garlic Mustard Picking for St. Patty's Day

Garlic Mustard Pickers, St. Patrick's Day, Grant Park Golf Course Clubhouse, Pullin' O' the Green

South Milwaukee's Garlic Mustard Pickers Celtic band will be in full swing in observance of St. Patrick's Day. The band will be playing at the following locations and events:

Sunday March 14, 2010
Grant Park Golf Course Clubhouse, 100 Hawthorne Ave, South Milwaukee
4:30 - 8:00 PM
"The Pullin' O' the Green" (It's the annual fundraiser for Friends of Grant Park, and it's South Milwaukee's best Irish party!)
Check out details at for where to buy advance tickets ($10), which will get you guaranteed seating for either the 4:30 or 6:30 dinner.
Tickets will also be sold at the door ($12), but availability of seats (and tickets) will be "iffy" at that point, depending on how many tickets had been sold in advance.

Wednesday March 17 (St. Pat's Day!)
Carleton Grange Pub, 3807 So. Packard Ave, St. Francis
6:00-9:00 PM

Thursday March 18, 2010
Sheridan's Cafe, 5133 So. Lake Drive, Cudahy
6:30-8:30 PM

A Good Government Story

pothole, government, no taxes, socialism, City Hall, The Coffee Party

Sure, government has its flaws, but the current fad of demonizing government it almost to the point of sounding traitorous really gets to me.

The people participating in and cheering this movement on rail against having to pay taxes and fearmonger about "socialism." Yet they benefit every day and in so many ways from government services and infrastructure, including being able to travel on publicly funded (socialized) roadways to get to their rallies, gathering at government buildings and grounds to hold their protests, and relying on publicly funded airwaves to convey their messages.

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Happiest Place to Live

WPR, South Milwaukee, Kathleen Dunn, shopping, Chamber of Commerce, Pulling 'O The Green, Friends of Grant Park, Evening on the Avenue, Firehouse Spaghetti dinner, Police Department, Community Night Out, Heritage Days, Farmers Market, Water Days

WPR's Kathleen Dunn's 9 a.m. program today featured Grand Haven, Michigan, Mayor Roger Bergman to talk about the 'happiest towns' in the country and what makes a community a happy place to live in. Lots of great calls from listeners -- including mine. The point I wanted to make is that 'happy' is what a person makes it. My husband, a 21-year-career U.S. Air Force officer, and I lived many places in this country and others and I can honestly say we liked them all, including Tehran, Iran, where we lived in 1978 and the first few days of 1979 during the run-up to the Islamic Revolution.

And now that we've lived in South Milwaukee for coming up on eight years, I can honestly say that we not only like it here, we love it.

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Notes from E.W. Luther

E.W. Luther, Ice Cream Social, raffle, PTO

E.W. Luther Elementary School's annual Ice Cream Social and Raffle Fundraiser last night was a ROARING success! In a couple of ways.

One is literally, in the sense that I should have worn ear plugs.

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O' The Green that was Pulled

Pulling O' the Green, Grant Park, Garlic Mustard, taxes

Enjoyed the fruits of my tax dollars again this evening. And helped a good cause in the process.  It was the annual "Pulling O' The Green" dinner and Celtic music  fundraiser to benefit Grant Park, held at the Milwaukee County Grant Park Clubhouse. It was a beautiful setting in a beautiful park. The whole idea is to try to keep the park beautiful. 

That's become a growing challenge. Milwaukee County has fewer workers per acre than the average metropolitan-area park system -- .30 full-time employees per 1,000 residents versus the .76 full-time employees per 1,000 residents average for all metropolitan areas. Milwaukee County ranks 75 out of 77 metro areas polled. This is according to a Milwaukee County Parks Funding fact sheet available at tonight's event.

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