Games for Christmas? Absolutely! Shop downtown at Pink Bunny Games for trading card games, board games, table top games, and more; they also have Black Friday specials happening this week. Also, check out the Board Game Barrister clearance center.
Get a beautiful stained glass piece from Studio One Art Glass. (We have one hanging in every first-floor window of our home.)
Staying with collectibles, check out South Milwaukee-based MEARS Online Auctions, which has one-of-a-kind vintage sports gear, toys, and military items up for bid as we speak. Wise Owl Auctions also operates from downtown South Milwaukee.
And don’t forget holiday beer, wine and spirits — I’ll put a plug in here for Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter, or a nice Miller Lite or Coors Light — from local liquor stores Chicago Avenue Liquor, Marquette Liquor, G&K Liquor or BJ’s Liquor.
And, finally, let’s not forget local chains, many of them owned by local franchisees — small business owners themselves. If you’re going to shop at a chain store this holiday season, please do so at places like South Milwaukee Ace, Planet Fitness, Pick ‘n Save, Aldi, Cousins, Dunkin’ Donuts, Pizza Hut, Toppers, Walmart, Napa, Speedway, Walgreens, Aurora Pharmacy, Dollar General, Dollar Tree and others that all call our city home.
What did I miss? Post your comments below … and shop local!
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission’s work on the Oak Creek Watershed plan is ramping up.
Their focus now is on the critical Chapter 4 of the plan: a deep dive into water quality, quantity, and other “inventory findings,” including a review of the status of the Mill Pond and dam.
That “state of the watershed” information will be reviewed at a meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at Oak Creek’s Drexel Town Square, 8040 South 6th St., in the Multipurpose Room.
From SEWRPC …
The intent of this meeting is to briefly review and receive comments on Plan draft Chapter 4, “Inventory Findings”, which includes discussion on stream flows, the history and current conditions for the Mill Pond and dam, and water quality conditions in the watershed.
Beverages and a light supper will be available.
You can review the plan, and the partially complete Chapter 4, here.
It is sobering information, culled from volumes and volumes of available data from a variety of sources, and the results of years of physically walking the creek by SEWRPC staff.
From the report …
The entire mainstem of Oak Creek is currently listed as impaired with three impairments. The Creek is listed as impaired due to chronic aquatic toxicity related to an unknown pollutant. It is also listed as impaired due to the presence of a degraded biological community related to high concentrations of total phosphorus. Finally, the Creek is listed as impaired due to chronic and acute aquatic toxicity related to high concentrations of chloride. Each of these impairments apply to the entire length of the mainstem of Oak Creek. One tributary stream is proposed for listing as impaired on the 2018 list. The WDNR has proposed adding a 5.7-mile section of the North Branch of Oak Creek to the impaired waters list due to the presence of chronic and acute aquatic toxicity related to high concentrations of chloride.
There is a lot of information — A LOT. The incomplete draft version of Chapter 4 being reviewed in December is already nearly 200 pages long, and counting. However, I’m glad to see SEWRPC taking this deep of a dive. The watershed will be better off for it.
We need science to drive our decision making, as we look to breathe new life into the Oak Creek Watershed. This report — and all the data behind — will be the roadmap we need to do it.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who made Saturday’s Old Fashioned Christmas and Lighted Christmas Parade happen! It was a terrific afternoon and evening, and it got the holiday season started off right.
I love our special events in South Milwaukee — I will always get behind them. They bring our community together.
Also, a couple local financial institutions are finalists in the “Services Rendered” category: Associated Bank for “best bank” and “best financial institution for opening a checking account” and Educators Credit Union for “best”credit union” and “best financial institution for getting a business loan … home mortgage … and checking account.”
And two of our local politicians made the list of “City Confidential” finalists: Steven Shea for “best Milwaukee County Supervisor” and Chris Larson for “best state legislator.”
The Brooks family is proud to present a holiday tradition that continues to grow.
We’re again gathering toys, games, etc. and then delivering those Christmas gifts to several Milwaukee-area homeless/domestic violence shelters on Christmas Eve.
Our family will go shopping for toys around Dec. 21.
So here is the ask: If anyone wants to donate gifts for us to take, or donate money for us to spend on gifts when we go shopping, drop them off with Sarah or me any time before Christmas Eve.
New, unwrapped items, please.
And if you’d like to come with us on Dec. 24 — and show your kids the true meaning of the season — please join us. We’d love to have you. We leave from our house around 9 a.m. and will stop for lunch afterward.
It’s Da Crusher, of course! Shot the night of Crusherfest, as we unveiled this statue to the world. Do you have a photo you’d like to share on the blog? Send it along.
A Word About Comments
I want this blog to be an open, honest and free exchange of ideas, and I think it delivers on that promise everyday -- and has since I launched it in 2009. That said, there are exceptions to this rule.
I will not publish comments that offer personal attacks, or are racist, profane, or otherwise objectionable. I also won't publish comments that make unsubstantiated accusations.
Keep in mind that I rarely veto comments. More than 5,000 comments have been made on this blog since I launched it, and I've vetoed a tiny percentage of them. I will always err on the side of publishing a viewpoint, even (especially) if I don't agree with it. Sometimes however, people cross a line. That's when I step in.
I appreciate your understanding and support on this.