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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.

bin Who?

bin Laden, 9/11, Twin Towers, Shock and Awe, Iraq, democracy

I was surprised at my reaction on Monday when my daughter asked me what I thought about bin Laden being killed. I examined my head and my gut and came up empty.

 "Nothing," was all I could say. That's exactly what I felt.

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Covering my tracks

union busting, Madison, capitol, lawn repair

As an anti-union-busting rally participant who contributed to the degradation of the Madison Capitol lawn -- thanks partially to the huge crowds which made it impossible to stay on the sidewalks, and partially to rainy and snowy weather on some rally days -- I wanted to contribute to repairing it.
The state Administrative Services staffer I talked to said there was no dedicated fund for that, but he would check to see how a donation could go specifically for the cost of repairing the lawn. This staffer, Ron Blair, who is Facilities Group 1 Director of the Bureau of Facilities Management, Division of State Facilities, Wisconsin Department of Administration, (a truly dedicated 30-year-veteran public employee) did, in fact, go to the trouble of having a special fund set up.
In addition to just trying to be a good citizen, I also wanted to demonstrate to Wisconsin Republican state senator Glenn Grothman who said the ralliers were "slobs" that we could at least be responsible slobs. I don't know if the fund has any more in it than my small donation, but in case you or anyone else might be interested, donations can be sent to the Department of Administration, 101 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53707, Attention Ms. Claire Franz and specified that it is designated for 'Lawn Repair.' 

Questions can be directed to Mr. Blair at (608) 266-3660 or

Garlic Mustard Pickers Go South

Garlic Mustard Pickers, Racine

Diehard fans of the Garlic Mustard Pickers celtic music band can catch them in Racine on Saturday.

Here's the time and place of their performance there:

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"Incredible" Author to Sign Books

Bobbie Groth, book signing, Unitarianism

South Milwaukee author -- and true Renaissance woman -- Bobbie Groth will be selling and signing copies of her book, "The Incredible Story of Ephraim Nute: Scandal, Bloodshed and Unitarianism on the American Frontier," on Wednesday at Nona's Cafe in South Milwaukee. She will also be reading from the book. Here are the details:

Nona's Cafe

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Stars and Stripes Honor Flights

WWII veterans, Washington D.C., Greatest Generation

Saturday night, my daughter took her children to Mitchell Field to greet some important travelers. They were not meeting family or friends. In fact, they had never met any of the people they were going to greet. May 14th marked the second time this year, and the tenth time since the inaugural flight in 2008, that the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program took a group of World War II veterans to Washington DC for a day of honor and remembrance, visiting the WWII Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and other memorial sites. Each veteran is paired with a “guardian” to shepherd them through a day that begins with an early morning departure from Mitchell Field and a full schedule of events in DC before a late evening return to Milwaukee.

Though my daughter had seen and read reports of previous Stars and Stripes Honor Flights, it wasn’t until a member of her church recounted his experiences participating in the April 16th flight earlier this year that the importance of this program registered with her. He described a day that was full of poignancy, meaning and memories, but he was particularly moved by the greeting he got when he returned to Milwaukee. A cheering crowd lined the walkway from the concourse to the parking garage to greet and thank him and the other participating veterans for their service. My daughter said, “It’s not often you see a WWII veteran choke up. I was moved by how much that welcome home meant to him.” She came home from church that day promising herself she’d be part of the group welcoming home the next Stars and Stripes Honor Flight participants.

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South Milwaukee Author Signs Debut Book

Bobbie Groth, "Ephram Nute", Ida and Tom Spacks, Nona's Cafe

South Milwaukee author Bobbie Groth talks about her new book "Ephram Nute: Scandal, Bloodshed and Unitarianism on the American Frontier" at Ida and Tom Spacks' Nona's Cafe, which hosted a signing and reading. Ida Spack's baked goodies were just that -- goooood-eeeeee!

Rotary Awards Scholarships

Rotary, Mitchell Field, Scholarships, South Milwaukee, Cudahy, Franklin, St. Francis, Oak Creek

Rotary Club of Mitchell Field Student Recognition Program Chair Tom Schoenecker presents $1,000 scholarships toeach of six  local graduating high school seniors at the Club's annual awards luncheon.

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To Market, To Market!

South Milwaukee Downtown Public Market, ChopArt, Chapen

I'm taking the plunge. Signed up for vendor space at the South Milwaukee Downtown Public Market for the entire summer. For 20 weeks, beginning next Thursday, June 2, and every Thursday after that through Oct. 13, I'll be offering ChopArt images by Chapen in various formats

If you're in South Milwaukee on any Thursday between June 2 and Oct. 13 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Please stop by the Market at 11th and Milwaukee to see me -- and Chapen's ChopArt -- at my booth. Here's the sign to look for:

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