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    Waukesha County 4-H is looking for teens to teach younger children as part of a new 4-H program...

    New Waukesha County 4-H Program is Looking for Teens to Mentor Youth in Healthy Habits


    Waukesha County 4-H is looking for teens to teach younger children as part of a new 4-H program. The program, called Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness, will train teens in nutrition and active living so they can pass those skills on to children ages 8 -12.  

    "This is a great opportunity for Waukesha County teenagers to participate in a nutrition and fitness education program so they can learn healthier habits – and have fun doing so, "says Martica Davis, UW-Extension, Waukesha County Outreach Coordinator. “Choose Health Action Teens, or CHATs, will gain leadership and teaching skills, as well as a greater understanding of and commitment to healthy eating.”  

    The hands-on, interactive program teaches children in after-school or school-break programs about the importance of healthy eating and active play in their daily lives. The program includes a variety of hands-on lessons, including:

    • Opportunities for children to measure the amount of sugar in soda and other drinks
    • Ways to eat more vegetables and fruits
    • How to use Nutrition Facts Labels to determine sugar and fat content in foods, choose more whole grain and high fiber foods, and see the amount of fat in fast food
    • How to start their days with a healthy breakfast

    To learn how to become a Choose Health Action Teen (CHAT) or about the Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness program, contact Martica Davis at mdavis1@waukeshacounty.gov or call the Waukesha County UW-Extension office at 262-548-7770.  

    About UW-Extension Waukesha County

    4-H UW-Extension Waukesha County 4-H has more than 200 certified adult volunteers, 100 youth volunteers and 526 youth in 23 community clubs and 9 SPIN (Special Interest) clubs.  

    Learn more about 4-H at www.waukeshacounty.gov/uwex/4H/ , find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WaukeshaCounty4H/ and Twitter at mobile.twitter.com/WaukeshaCo4H .


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    Two University of Wisconsin Extension Hands-On Pruning Workshops will be offered in March. Pruning ...

    UW-Extension Offer Hands-On Pruning Workshops in March


    Two University of Wisconsin Extension Hands-On Pruning Workshops will be offered in March. Pruning workshops will be held:  

    • Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 9:00 am to Noon at Knights of Columbus, 1800 S 92nd St., West Allis
    • Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 1 to 4:00 pm at Ten Chimneys, Program Center, S43 W31575 Depot Road, Genesee Depot

    “March is a great time to prune trees and shrubs,” said Ann Wied, Waukesha County UW-Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator. “Each workshop will include an indoor presentation on pruning techniques and tools followed by an outdoor, hands-on pruning component where participants will be given the opportunity to practice what they have learned.”  

    Registration is required. Space is limited. Cost of the workshop is $45 for the General Public and $25 for UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Registration and more information, is at www.waukeshacounty.gov/UWEX/Programs .  

    About the Pruning Workshops

    This tree and shrub pruning workshop will be team-taught by Ann Wied, Waukesha County UW-Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator and Sharon Morrisey, Milwaukee County UW-Extension Consumer Horticulture Agent. Participants should bring their own hand pruning tools and gloves and dress for the weather including comfortable shoes or boots.  

    About Waukesha County UW-Extension

    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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    Celebrate and learn about Earth’s most important resource, water, at the Wonderful World of Water Day! This event ...

    Wonderful World of Water Day: Free Public Workshops and Exhibits Saturday, February 25


    Celebrate and learn about Earth’s most important resource, water, at the Wonderful World of Water Day! This event will be at Retzer Nature Center on Saturday, February 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Participants will enjoy the special exhibits and hands-on activities. Waukesha County Parks and Land Use staff will present the following free workshops:

    9 – 9:30 a.m.              The Life Cycle of a Snowflake:  Follow the journey of a snowflake, beginning with a snowstorm and how it might make it into your well and septic system!

    9:45 – 10:15 a.m.       Crayfish Capers and Purple Crusaders: Learn about aquatic invasive species like rusty crayfish, zebra mussels and more. What species are knocking at the door and how can we prevent their spread?

    10:30 – 11:00 a.m.     Planning your Rain Garden—the time is now!: In the dead of winter is the best time to plan your spring rain garden installation. Learn how to site, size and plant your rain garden.  We will also talk about using rain barrels. 

    All Wonderful World of Water Day attendees have the opportunity to win a free rain barrel with diverter kit! Admission and parking at Retzer are free.

    For more information visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/landconservation or call 262-896-8300.  For event updates follow twitter.com/WaukCoRecycles on twitter or www.facebook.com/WaukeshaCountyRecycles/ on Facebook.

     About Retzer Nature Center – S14 W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha

    Retzer Nature Center is a part of the Waukesha County Park System, which is a natural resource based park system that demonstrates stewardship while providing recreational and educational opportunities.


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    The Village of Menomonee Falls has successfully transitioned its 911 dispatch services to the Waukesha County Com...

    Menomonee Falls Transitions 911 Dispatch Services to Waukesha County Communications


    The Village of Menomonee Falls has successfully transitioned its 911 dispatch services to the Waukesha County Communications Center (WCC). At 7:00 am on February 1, 2017, Menomonee Falls 911 dispatchers broadcasted a sign off message to all radio channels and WCC dispatchers broadcasted a sign on message. Video is available here.

    “This move will make Waukesha County residents safer while saving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars each year,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Consolidating Village and County dispatch centers gives our 911 dispatchers immediate access to more resources while removing the need for the Village to purchase communications equipment.”
     

    The regional dispatch center will connect Menomonee Falls residents directly to the WCC when they call 911, eliminating the need to transfer phone calls, and to invest in equipment such as emergency 911 phone systems; Computer Aided Dispatch systems; recording devices; facilities and infrastructure; and staff salary and benefits.

    “Menomonee Falls Protective Services strives to provide the best service available to our citizens, while maintaining safety for our first responders,” said Menomonee Falls Protective Services Director Anna Ruzinski. “The next evolution in providing that service is our consolidation with WCC. We look forward to a successful collaboration for years to come. We thank all of our dispatchers over the last 50 years for providing excellent service to our citizens.”

    About the Waukesha County Communications Center

    The Waukesha County Communications Center (WCC) is the largest Public Service Answering Point (PSAP) in Waukesha County. WCC answers all wireless 911 calls for the County, as well as all landline 911 calls, most non-emergency calls, and dispatch services for 32 of Waukesha County’s 37 municipalities.

    More information about WCC is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/WCC. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WaukCO911 or on Twitter at twitter.com/WaukCo911.
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    BROOKFIELD, WI – On Thursday, February 2, 2017, the Waukesha County Department of Public Works will begin Stage 1 rec...

    Highway Construction Planned In Waukesha County: Work on CTH YY At Burleigh Begins Thursday


    BROOKFIELD, WI – On Thursday, February 2, 2017, the Waukesha County Department of Public Works will begin Stage 1 reconstruction activities on County Trunk Highway (CTH) YY, at the Burleigh Road intersection in the City of Brookfield.

    Construction activities will last for approximately two weeks. Motorists should use caution and expect temporary lane restrictions and delays within the construction limits during this time. Stage 1 work will consist of tree removal and grubbing operations in preparation for full roadway intersection reconstruction to begin in early June.  

    For further information, please contact Mr. Ed Hinrichs, County Project Manager with Waukesha County Department of Public Works at (262) 548-7740

    About the Waukesha County Department of Public Works

    The Waukesha County Department of Public Works (DPW) is committed to providing the foundations of success for the citizens and businesses of Waukesha County via quality transportation and building infrastructure. View projects and report issues online at WaukeshaCounty.gov/DPW. Follow @WaukeshaCoDPW on Twitter.


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