Friday, December 12, 2014

Wisconsin Driver Blames Beer Battered Fish Fry for DUI

The Associated Press reported at Claims Journal,
"A criminal complaint ... [says the driver] told the deputy that stopped him that the reason he smelled like alcohol is because he had been at a fish fry and had eaten beer-battered fish."
Coming soon, 'Wisconsin Driver Blames Old Fashioned Christmas for DUI'.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

With monitoring services secured for 2015, Franklin sets new conditions for future quarry contracts

John Rasche posted at Franklin Now
"The common council has set new conditions for future contracts related to the city's quarry-monitoring services, after signing a contract with a monitoring agency for 2015.

"The conditions stem from residents' complaints in August that the quarry's blasting had significantly increased after the city's contract with Stantec expired. ..."

"With the 2015 contract signed and future negotiation conditions set, there remains only one last item to address, [Alderwoman Kristen] Wilhelm said.

"The council directed staff and the QMC [quarry monitoring committee] to update the city's nonmetallic mining reclamation ordinance, which lays out a plan for when quarry operations do cease, with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' model ordinance by Jan. 1, 2015."

A lake with a sand beach would be nice.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Dueling development initiatives put Franklin mayor, aldermen at odds

Tom Daykin posted at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on differences of opinion over priorities.
"The issue revolves around three large future development proposals unveiled recently:

  • A business park to be developed on 352 acres in an area west of S. 27th St. and south of W. Oakwood Road.

  • Stores, restaurants and other redeveloped and new commercial space planned for 457 acres extending east and southwest of an area at the intersection of S. 76th St., W. Rawson Ave. and W. Loomis Road.

  • A mix of new businesses, traditionally designed residential neighborhoods and a community park on 553 acres north and south of Ryan Road where it crosses Loomis Road, in Franklin's southwest corner."
  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    Franklin Historical Society to host holiday youth activities before 'An Old-Fashioned Christmas'

    John Rasche posted at Franklin Now on doings at the historical buildings in Lions Legend Park.
    "Elementary school students are invited to celebrate the Christmas season by making holiday decorations and trimming the Whelan School Christmas tree on Saturday, Dec. 6. ..."
    Today's the last day to reserve. The following week,
    "The society's Old-Fashioned Christmas will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 in the historic St. Peters Chapel ...

    "The event will begin with the children's One-Room Christmas program at 3 p.m.

    "The Old-Fashioned Christmas includes three nondenominational Christmas services, which will be held at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. ..."

    Franklin panel updates city master plan to accommodate apartment development: Residents remain critical of proposal, which moves forward

    John Rasche posted at Franklin Now.

    What's the controversial proposal?

    "A proposal to build an apartment complex near 51st Street and Cobblestone Way has angered several nearby residents, who quickly turned to the city's Comprehensive Master Plan to oppose the development.

    "Under the current master plan, the area is designated for residential, single-family homes."

    The proposed change was made easier by this mistake.
    "The plot of land was intended to be multifamily anyway, said Planning Manager Joel Dietl. The land in question falls into Planned Development District No. 25, which was created for the Woodland Trails Condominiums in 1998.

    "PDD No. 25 called for multifamily use of the land, but the master plan designation was overlooked during a revision in 2009, Dietl said."

    The plan commission recommended the CMP amendment and the proposed rezoning to multifamily. These go before the Common Council today.
    "The Dec. 2 meeting will include a continuation of a public hearing regarding the proposed master plan amendment."

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    Franklin adopts 2015 budget, keeps tax levy frozen

    John Rasche posted at Franklin Now on Franklin's Common Council.
    "The 2015 budget sets the total property tax levy at $20.5 million, the same amount as last year. This marks the second year in a row that the city has maintained a frozen tax levy.

    "The projected tax rate for 2015 comes in at $6.28 per $1,000 of assessed property value — about 1 cent less than the 2014 rate. ..."

    Saturday, November 29, 2014

    The kindness of strangers in the Church as field hospital

    From a review by Blake Bailey of Tennessee Williams by John Lahr in The New York Times.
    "... eight months before his death in 1983, Williams received an honorary degree from Harvard. Spotting Mother Teresa at a reception beforehand, he shambled over to where she sat on a couch saying her rosary, knelt down and put his head in her lap. Clearly the good woman had no idea who this paunchy, disheveled person was, but she knew a soul in pain when she saw it, and patted his head as she gave him her blessing."

    Friday, November 28, 2014

    Life is art, at least for longtime Franklin man, whose works will appear at library

    Rick Romano posted at Franklin Now. Here are the essentials.
    WHAT: Exhibit by Franklin resident and artist Carl M. Ruppert

    WHERE: Franklin Public Library, 9151 W. Loomis Rd.

    WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29

    Franklin School District keeps tax levy from rising as it finalizes next budget

    John Rasche posted at Franklin Now on the Franklin School District 2014-15 budget.
    "... The district set the tax levy at $32.7 million for the school year — about $1,600 [sic] less than last year's levy. If assessed value remains the same, the school tax rate should come in at $13.26 per $1,000 of assessed value.

    "The district's 2014-15 budget anticipates $49.9 million in total revenue sources for the general fund – about $900 [sic] more than in the 2013-14 school years — and $52.5 million in general fund expenditures — approximately $1.5 million more than last year. ..."

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Why No One Comments on Your Blog and What to Do about It

    Neil Patel posted at Quick Sprout.

    The reasons listed aren't numbered. If they were, an added reason zero could be that no posts means no comments.

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    'a bold package that's 12 years overdue'

    That's Franklin Mayor Steve Olson summing up the development plan passed by the Common Council at a contentious special meeting on November 4th. John Rasche reported at Franklin Now.

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

    Youth Ministry Catechesis at ten hours a year

    The annual last minute call for catechists was in the bulletin at our parish (St. Alphonsus, Greendale) back on August 31, 2014 (no longer online).
    "These classes meet on Sunday evenings one a month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Parish Ministry Center and the Outreach Building. There are only five teaching classes."
    Add to one evening session a couple two hour sessions Sunday morning and a couple more in the afternoon, and the whole year of Christian Formation classroom instruction could be done in a day.

    To me, that seems like maybe 5-10% of what's needed. On the bright side, there have been past years with as little as six hours.

    P.S. The Parish Ministry Center is the former Convent and the Outreach Building the former Rectory.

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    Spring and summer book shopping

    I've updated my book list with the textbook and other resource material from classes I attended as Confirmation sponsor for one of my nieces, and with books purchased while in Madison for a meeting, at a church rummage sale in one of our neighboring suburbs, while vacationing on Madeline Island , and during a conference in Huntington, New York.

    How to Live, What to Do: Commemorating Wallace Stevens’ Birthday

    Thomas G. Sowders posted last year. The 135th anniversary of Stevens' birth is October 2nd.

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Those red arrows on the Highway 32 markers

    In 100 Years of Gratitude, in The New York Times this past Sunday, Richard Rubin recounts a recent trip to France to search for historic sites from the First World War. A local man took it upon himself to serve as a guide.
    "Soon he was telling me about something else and asking, yet again: “Want to see?” We spent nearly five hours together that afternoon, driving across fields and through little villages where this or that had happened in the fall of 1918, until we ended up on a rugged dirt trail atop a wooded ridge. A few yards below on either side were more networks of German trenches, some trailing off to pits that had once held machine-gun emplacements or howitzers. This was the Côte Dame Marie, high ground of paramount strategic importance to the Germans. For four years, they had used it to repel French assaults and thus retain possession of a large chunk of the Argonne Forest, the key to controlling a vast area. Then, in October 1918, the American 32nd Division, National Guard troops from Wisconsin and Michigan, managed to wrest it away from them, at the cost of many American lives.

    "My host, Jean-Pierre Brouillon, beckoned me over and gestured down the hill through a section where the trees weren’t too dense so I could see the grade of the slope, which looked to be around 60 degrees. He pointed at the foot of the hill, a few hundred yards below. “They came up from down there, into machine guns, rifles, artillery, everything,” he said, and looked at me with an expression that said: Can you believe that?

    " 'The French didn’t drive the Germans out of here,' he declared, visibly moved. 'The English didn’t do it.' He shook his head at the thought of what it must have taken to charge those heights. 'Just the Americans,' he said. 'Only the Americans could do it.'

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    No Theatricks

    Ferdinand Mount reviews The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke from the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence, by David Bromwich, and Moral Imagination: Essays, by David Bromwich, in the London Review of Books

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    What Would Jeremiah Do?

    Samuel Goldman at The American Conservative on how Jewish history gives today's Christians an alternative to cultural secession. (via University Bookman)

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

    Late summer reading

    In the 'From The Desk Of The Parochial Administrator' column by Father Aaron Esch in last Sunday's parish bulletin (St. Alphonsus, Greendale),
    "If you are looking to do some spiritual reading this summer, I offer two suggestions. These are both books I’ve read and recently returned to. The first is Fulton J Sheen’s Life of Christ. This is a classic work by the well-known author. It will help you come to know better our Lord and his Gospel. A more recent work that I have been paging through recently is Catholicism by Robert Barron. You may be familiar with his excellent mini-series by the same name. Father Barron lays out the basics of our Faith in a compelling manner."

    Monday, August 4, 2014

    Ratzinger on a smaller Church

    Time for some Resourcement.

    Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki predicts the Future of the Catholic Church to be smaller quantity but higher quality in the blog post adapted from his July 22, 2014 "Love One Another" email.

    In turn, a post on it at The Badger Catholic drew an Anonymous comment with a link to a quote from Joseph Ratzinger to the same effect at Fr. Z's Blog.

    He links to his source, a quote at the Catholic Education Resource Center from Faith and the Future (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2009) by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Note its original publication was in 1969 when he was Father Joseph Ratzinger.

    He did speak to the same effect as a Cardinal in a September 5, 2003 interview by Raymond Arroyo on EWTN's The World Over.

    "Raymond: Talk for a moment about the New Springtime. The Pope has talked a great deal about the New Springtime and you, yourself have laid out your own ideas. Your vision is a little different from some. Some see the numbers growing and everybody believing and dancing hand-in-hand (the Cardinal chuckles) into the millennium. You see a different picture. Tell us what that picture involves. How do you see this Springtime evolving?

    "Cardinal: As I do not exclude even this dancing hand-in-hand, but this is only one moment. And my idea is that really the springtime of the Church will not say that we will have in a near time buses of conversions, that all peoples of the world will be converted to Catholicism. This is not the way of God. The essential things in history begin always with the small, more convinced communities. So, the Church begins with the 12 Apostles. And even the Church of St. Paul diffused in the Mediterranean are little communities, but this community in itself is the future of the world, because we have the truth and the force of conviction. So, I think also today it should be an error to think now or in 10 years with the new springtime, all people will be Catholic. This is not our future, nor our expectation. But we will have really convinced communities with élan of the faith, no? This is springtime — a new life in very convinced persons with joy of the faith.

    "Raymond: But, smaller numbers? In the macro?

    "Cardinal: Smaller numbers, I think. But from these small numbers we will have a radiation of joy in the world. And so, it’s an attraction, as it was in the old Church. Even when Constantine made Christianity the public religion, there were a small number of percentage at this time; but it was clear, this is the future. So we can live in the future, just give us a way in a different future. ..."

    So there are your links for future reference.

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    The Cruxification of John Allen

    Here's the future Crux website.