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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.

Pullin' for Grant Park

Celtic folk music, Grant Park, Irish stew, Pullin' O' the Green

Great Irish stew, corned beef & cabbage, potato & kale soup.

A refreshing glass of stout, amber, coffee, soda.

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Meeting to look for new way to fund services

meeting, services, South Shore Citizens for a Prosperous Future, taxes

This just in from South Milwaukeean Dave Maass:

South Shore Citizens for a Prosperous Future is hosting a community meeting on Thursday, March12, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., in the Chase Bank Community Room, 4702 S Packard Avenue in Cudahy (that's on the southeast corner of Packard and Layton -- parking lot to the East). The purpose is to examine the state budget deficit. The standard scenario has become a combination of gimmicks, reduced services, and higher property taxes. The intent is to have a non-partisan presentation of where we are and a discussion about some alternatives.

Productive public structures (physical, social, and organizational) that have been built over many generations, structures key to our quality of life and our prosperity, have eroded. Dave says, while property taxes continue to rise in an attempt to fund those structures. There is a better way. The goal of the meeting is to come together and, in so doing, move the discussion forward.

Dave adds that the area's state senator and both state representatives will attend.

Music that keeps on giving

Carlton Grange, Celtic folk music, Don Lawson, 'Freeze Britches', Garlic Mustard Pickers, Grant Park Golf Course Clubhouse, Pullin' O' the Green, Sheridan's Cafe

Last things first.

South Milwaukee's Mustard Pickers' dulcimer-player extraordinaire and spokesman, Don Lawson, asked not long ago to have an announcement he wrote posted on My Community Now blogs. The final sentence of his announcement, however, contained what I thought was the coolest news. Here it is:

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We're All Community Together

E.W. Luther, fundraiser, PTO, raffle, unfunder

E.W. Luther Elementary School's fundraising raffle last night was a superlative success in two ways -- and maybe a lot more. But at least two significant ways.

One, it raised $2,200 -- net. That's a lot for a relatively small school in a modest-sized city and being in the midst of a crippling recession.

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It's all in a name, pretty soon.

Clean Wisconsin, Oak Creek Library, Ryan Shryver, South Shore Community Group

Ryan Shryver with "Clean Wisconsin" will speak at the March 22 meeting of the .... Well, the name isn't officially final yet. The working name is South Shore Community Group, subject ot change. Among the interests of this group, which met for the first time last month, were the park system, mass transit, and locally grown produce. Lots of other concerns are sure to be brought up at future meetings of these 25 activists who showed up in February and anyone else who would like to attend. To get in on the naming of the group and to hear Ryan Shryver, the time is 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. The place is Oak Creek Public Library, 8620 South Howell Avenue, Oak Creek. For more information, contact Kathleen Slamka,

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