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    (BROOKFIELD, WI) –  A total of 2,841 pounds of fresh vegetables were collected and donated ...

    Faiths Unite, Collect Thousands of Pounds of Food: Brookfield Farmer's Market Collection Project Aids Salvation Army Meal Program


    (BROOKFIELD, WI) –  A total of 2,841 pounds of fresh vegetables were collected and donated to the Salvation Army of Waukesha’s meal program in 2016 through the Brookfield Farmer’s Market Produce Collection Project

    Each year, Brookfield Farmer’s Market vendors commit to donating some of the produce they grow to the Salvation Army through the Project. Donated produce is collected and delivered by volunteers from faith communities who unite for a common cause, though their beliefs may differ. 2016 participants were: Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, Brookfield Congregational Church, and the Brookfield Muslim faith community (ISM Brookfield).

    “The Project is a wonderful way to bring people of different faiths together to serve the needy,” said John B. Thompson, Director of Human Concerns at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

    The Project’s produce donations help ensure that healthy choices are available to clients of the Salvation Army of Waukesha’s Community Meal program, which provides a free nutritionally balanced meal three times per week for financially challenged families and individuals.

    “The farmers at the Brookfield Farmers' Market pride themselves in growing and bringing the freshest high quality produce to the market each week,” said Bobbi Harvey, Market Manager of Brookfield Farmers' Market. “They are gratified that the Collection Project exists, and that at the end of the day, their generous produce contributions are being made into something nutritiously delicious, and enjoyed by those in need.”

    About the Brookfield Farmer’s Market Produce Collection Project

    The Waukesha County UW-Extension has coordinated the Brookfield Farmer’s Market Produce Collection Project since 2001. Beginning in 2012, volunteers from Brookfield faith communities replaced paid staff for the project. Each faith community collects donated produce for 6 to 8 consecutive weeks from mid-June through October. 

    Learn more about Waukesha County UW-Extension at https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/uwex/, find us on Facebook at http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/UWEx/Connect/.



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    JANUARY IS NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH (WAUKESHA, WI) – January is National Radon Action Month and Waukesha C...

    Homeowners Encouraged to Check Radon Levels


    JANUARY IS NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH

    (WAUKESHA, WI) – January is National Radon Action Month and Waukesha County health officials are encouraging homeowners to check their home's radon levels. Exposure to radioactive radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers nationwide.

    “Radon is an easily mitigated heath risk. The small cost of the kit, available either through the County or at your local hardware store, is well worth the peace of mind knowing that your home and family are safe and healthy,” stated Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow.   

    Radon is an odorless radioactive gas that is naturally present in the ground and can enter homes through their foundations. Between 40 and 50 percent of both old and new homes in Southeastern Wisconsin have elevated airborne concentrations on the main living level. An estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused by radon annually among non-smokers in the United States, according to reports by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Surgeon General.

    How to get a Radon Test Kit

    The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use – Environmental Health Division serves as The Southeastern Wisconsin Radon Information Center on behalf of Waukesha, Racine, and Milwaukee Counties.  Radon test kits are available through many local home supply stores, through the Department by calling 262-896-8300 or your local public health agency.

    For information about radon in Wisconsin, visit: www.lowradon.org 

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    Special One-Day Household Electronics and Appliance Recycling Events Scheduled Each Month in 2017   (WAUKESH...

    Special One-Day Household Electronics and Appliance Recycling Events Scheduled Each Month in 2017


    Special One-Day Household Electronics and Appliance Recycling Events Scheduled Each Month in 2017  

    (WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County communities will host a series of special one-day collections of household electronics and appliances for residents in 2017. These events will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to noon. January’s event will be held in the City of Brookfield located at 19700 Riverview Drive on Saturday, January 14.  February’s event will be held in the City of Oconomowoc at 630 South Worthington Street on Saturday, February 11. Items will be collected at the events for a cash-only fee. Fees have been updated to include:

    • Television sets for $25 each
    • Cathode Ray Tube computer monitors for $10 each.
    • No broken or de-manufactured television or computer units will be accepted.
      Items that will be collected at no fee include:
    • Computer equipment, including desktop computers, keyboards, laptops, scanners, printers and non-cathode ray tube computer monitors
    • AV equipment such as DVD players, VCRs and stereos
    • Cell phones and telephones
    • Appliances, such as refrigerators, microwaves, watercoolers, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, water heaters, washer/dryers, stoves, oven/ranges, and dishwashers.
    These collection events are for household electronics and appliances only. A complete list of upcoming 2017 events, business recycling options and locations to recycle broken or de-manufactured unit are online at waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or call 262-896-8300.
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    (Waukesha, WI) – The Waukesha County Park System’s new online registration is up and running. That means that in...

    No Need to Stand In Line - Waukesha County Parks System's 2017 Picnic Reservations Are Available Online!


    (Waukesha, WI) – The Waukesha County Park System’s new online registration is up and running. That means that instead of standing in line on New Year Day, patrons can make reservations from the comfort of their homes at www.waukeshacountyparks.com.  

    Right now, park patrons can go online to check availability and reserve picnic areas and buildings; register for public programs and lessons; and purchase annual park entrance stickers and golf gift cards. Starting on January 3, 2017 patrons will also be able to reserve family or group campsites for the 2017 season, which starts April 1.  

    2017 Annual Park Stickers

    2017 Annual Park Stickers are on sale through the online registration system, or by cash or check at the following locations:

    • Retzer Nature Center, S14W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha
    • Eble Park Ice Arena, located at 19400 W. Bluemound Road in Brookfield
    • Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena, 2699 Golf Road in Delafield
    • Cash, check, or credit card is accepted at the Parks and Land Use Office, at 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Room AC230, in Waukesha.

    2017 Annual Sticker Prices- Vehicles in a package must be registered to the same address:

    • Regular – 1-vehicle is $32 or a 2-vehicle package is $50.
    • Senior Citizen – 1-vehicle is $16 or a 2-vehicle package is $27(Proof of age required)
    • Lake Access - 1-vehicle is $80 or a 2-vehicle package is available for $120
    • New for 2017 - there is no Non-Waukesha County Resident sticker

    About the Waukesha County Park System

    Waukesha County Park System is a natural resource based park system that demonstrates stewardship while providing recreational and educational opportunities. For more information, visit our web site at www.waukeshacountyparks.com or follow @WaukeshaCoParks on Twitter or like us on Facebook. ###


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    WAUKESHA COUNTY AND CITY LEADERS REMIND RESIDENTS: THERE’S STILL TIME TO GET YOUR FLU SHOT! (WAUKESHA...

    There's Still Time To Get Your Flu Shot!


    (WAUKESHA, WI) – If you still haven’t gotten this season’s flu shot, it’s not too late. Today, Waukesha County’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Director Antwayne Robertson and City of Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly got their annual flu shots at Waukesha County Public Health. They want to remind residents that even though it’s later in the season, there’s still time to protect themselves and family members against the flu. Video of today’s event is available here.

    “Although the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that most people get their flu shot by the end of October, flu cases don’t peak until between December and March,” said Waukesha County Public Health Officer Ben Jones. “So even if you’ve waited a bit longer than this season, there’s still plenty of time to protect yourself and your family from the influenza virus.”

    An annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

    More information is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/flu/.

    About Waukesha County Public Health

    Waukesha County Public Health is a Division of the Department of Health and Human Services.  The Division is committed to preventing disease and promoting health for all citizens in Waukesha County, and offers a wide range of public health services focused on the control and containment of human public health hazards.

    Learn more about Waukesha County HHS at www.waukeshacountyy.gov/HHS or follow us on Twitter at @WaukeshaCoHHS.
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