News & Notes: Aug. 20

Aug. 20, 2013

Shelter reduces

cat adoption fees

West Milwaukee — The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control is reducing kitten and cat adoption fees throughout August and September to encourage people to adopt their next feline companions from the shelter.

The adoption fee for cats 6 months and older is $14 and the fee for kittens is $50. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, age appropriate vaccinations, microchip identification, and FeLV/FIV testing.

More than 6,000 stray kittens and cats arrive at MADACC each year. In 2012, fewer than 300 of them were reclaimed by an owner.

Potential adopters can request an adoption application by emailing

Applications can also be filled out at MADACC from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

Police climb to roof

for good cause

West Allis — Throughout the state on Aug. 16, law enforcement officers, including some in West Allis and West Milwaukee, staked out Dunkin' Donuts rooftops for a special cause.

On their own time, from 6 to 11 a.m., officers were to be be on the Dunkin' Donuts rooftop at 2865 S. 108th St. in West Allis and at 2068 Miller Parkway in West Milwaukee to heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin.

In return for police officers "doing time" at their restaurants, Dunkin' Donuts donated $5,000 to the run. In addition, each guest who visited a Cop on a Rooftop location that day and donated to the Torch Run received a free medium hot or iced coffee coupon.

Last year, Wisconsin police officers raised nearly $14,000 from atop 13 Dunkin' Donuts rooftops for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

New therapy office

specializes in treating pain

Greenfield — Those who are dealing with pain from an injury, accident, or everyday activity have a new resource for physical therapy with the opening of Athletico Physical Therapy, 4749 S. 76th St.

The clinic offers physical therapy, post-operative rehabilitation, work rehabilitation, work conditioning, functional capacity evaluations, sports medicine and complimentary injury screens.

Transportation services are also available for patients who need help to get to appointments.

Scott Law is the facility manager and treating physical therapis. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2002. He then received a doctor's degree in physical therapy in 2005 from Marquette University.

He began his career as a physical therapist in 2005 working at Athletico Arlington Heights.

Groups welcome

to dispay art, infomation

Greenfield — The Greenfield Public Library is accepting applications from local nonprofit civic and cultural groups and clubs to display their artwork and other small items or information about their group in the display case in the library lobby.

The library is at 5310 W. Layton Ave.

For more information, visit the library's website at and click on the display case use tab.

To check available dates, contact Michelle at (414) 321-9595, Ext. 101, or by email to

Library needs gently used

books, movies, music

Greenfield — The Greenfield Public Library is reminding people that it always needs used books, audio books, movies and music for its Never-Ending Book Sale, an ongoing sale of used materials.

Donations are accepted at the check-out desk. Several types of materials cannot be accepted because they don't sell. Those include books published before 2003, textbooks, VHS tapes, cassette tapes and magazines.

Sale proceeds benefit the library, 5310 W. Layton Ave.

For more information, call the library at (414) 321-9595, Ext. 101.

Recreation lineup

online and in homes

West Allis — The West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Services Department's Fall Activity Guide is now available on its website,

The department offers a variety of adult and youth sports, enrichment, aquatic and fitness programs for all ages.

Activity guides also were to be delivered to homes in early August, and online, mail-in or drop-off registration started Aug. 12. In-person and call-in registrations start Aug. 19, and nonresident registration starts Aug. 26.

More information is available from the Recreation Department, (414) 604-4925.

Animal Rescue Center

closing in Greenfield

Greenfield — The Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center, which moved to Greenfield in January, will close.

The owners have announced that the center will disband because the need has diminished and because of the cost of staying open.

The center had previously operated at Southridge in Greendale and had found homes for more than 4,000 dogs and cats that otherwise would have been euthanized. Its Greenfield location was 5217 S. 51st St.

The Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center only took in cats and dogs from other shelters where the animals would have been euthanized. Adoptable cats and kittens lived at the center. Dogs, young kittens and injured cats and dogs were cared for in foster homes.

HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, is helping as the center disband.

The center began in 2005 with the help of HAWS, as an adoption program for animals from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. But with MADACC starting its own inhouse adoptions and with more support from other area shelters the need for the rescue center is diminished.

The rescue center's network of foster homes and volunteers has been invited to join HAWS.

Pets still not placed are in volunteer foster care homes and are available for adoption by appointment, with ARC maintaining a web presence to promote those animals until all are matched with families.

This year's fair

way better than fair

West Allis — Wisconsin State Fair Park officials announced that the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair was a big year year on many levels.

Mild temperatures, low humidity and very little rain served as a backdrop for a nearly 10 percent increase in attendance over the 2012 fair, they said. More than 1 million visited the fair this year compared with 920,962 last year. This was the largest reported attendance since 1969, though truly accurate attendance records, based on the scanning of tickets at the gates, have only been available since 2002.

All three major auctions during the fair were successful. The Governor's Red, White & Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction raised $239,750, nearly $18,000 more than 2012. The Grand Champion Steer exhibited by Dan Spoerlein sold for $30,000. The Governor's Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction raised more than $80,000 and set a new record for the Grand Champion Flavored Bacon, from Newton Meats, which sold for $6,200. The Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Auction raised more than $30,000.

Much of the money raised at these auctions contributes to youth scholarships.

Fairgoers took more than 120,000 slides down the famous Giant Slide on their burlap sacks, almost 1,400 people were catapulted 170 feet into the air in the Ejection Seat, going from 0-70 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds and more than 16,000 young adults enjoyed the power jump trampolines.

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