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UPCOMING MEETINGS
Jan
20

Finance Committee

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Finance Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Center   515 W. Moreland Blvd., Rm. 130, Waukesha WI  53188

When: 01/20/2021 8:15 AM

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Jan
20

Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Mental Health Committee

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Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Mental Health Committee

Where: Members may participate by phone or other remote means and will be considered present for quorum and voting purposes. Interested members of the public are encouraged to participate in the meeting via Teams. To join the meeting, click on the following link: JOIN MICROSOFT TEAMS MEETING *Dial:414-435-2078, *ID:308 355 512#

When: 01/20/2021 12:00 PM

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Jan
20

Bridges Library System

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Bridges Library System

Where: Bridges Library System Office,  741 North Grand Avenue, Suite 210  Waukesha, WI  53186  Meeting via Zoom.us at the following meeting link:  https//us02web.zoom.us/j/6096419580?pwd=MG5tU2ltOVA0YjRSYjhOeEZBM09Qdz09  via phone:  Call in: 1-312-626-6799   Meeting ID:  609 641 9580  Passcode:  940587

When: 01/20/2021 4:00 PM

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Jan
21

Child and Family Services Advisory Committee

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Child and Family Services Advisory Committee

Where: Interested members of the public are encouraged to participate in the meeting via Microsoft teams. To join the meeting, click on the following link: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting. To join the meeting via telephone: Dial 414 - 435 – 2078 Conference

When: 01/21/2021 8:30 AM

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Jan
21

The HOME Consortium

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The HOME Consortium

Where: The HOME Consortium  Board of Directors Meeting                    CANCELLED

When: 01/21/2021 9:00 AM

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IN THE NEWS

Waukesha County’s network of COVID-19 vaccination sites is expanding as local fire departments host clinics to vaccinate Phase 1A individuals, law enf...

Waukesha County Vaccination Network Expands with Fire Department Partnership


(Waukesha, WI)- The week of January 18, 2021, Waukesha County’s network of COVID-19 vaccination sites is expanding as local fire departments host clinics to vaccinate Phase 1A individuals, law enforcement, and fire professionals. Waukesha County’s scalable, community-based strategy will leverage existing healthcare, emergency service providers, educational and business partnerships to vaccinate the population while maintaining existing COVID-19 infrastructure.  

Many of those being vaccinated at these sites will help vaccinatmembers of the public in future phasesMost individuals will be vaccinated by their normal healthcare provider or pharmacy and are not currently eligible to be vaccinated at these clinics. Information about Waukesha County community vaccination sites will be available in February.   

Waukesha County’s community partners are stepping up as part of a historic effort to vaccinate our entire population,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “The clinics we are holding now will create a large network of vaccinators so protection against COVID-19 can happen quickly and safely. Vaccinations will be available through residents trusted doctor, authorized pharmacies and community clinics.”   

The partnership, led by the Waukesha County Fire Chiefs Joint COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force, supports Waukesha County Public Health’s multi-site vaccination strategy. This strategy increases the number of vaccines that can be administered per day and will alleviate pressure from the healthcare systems exclusively providing vaccinations to this point. Two fire departments are currently holding clinics, with three more opening up next week.  

Waukesha County Fire Chiefs are committed to working with the County to get the COVID Vaccine out to those that need it most, said Western Lakes Fire Chief Brad Bowen. “We realize that this is a huge undertaking and are committed to helping relieve pressure in the early vaccination phase. Our goal is to help get through the 1A healthcare workers and 1B essential workers while other clinics are established." 

Waukesha County continues to coordinate with hospitals, pharmacies and other organizations in the vaccination registration process. This network will expand significantly as DHS provides final approval and access to vaccines to additional organizations in the weeks ahead.  Waukesha County is working to connect additional unaffiliated Phase 1A healthcare providers with access to the COVID-19 vaccine and is assisting organizations that are interested in becoming registered vaccinators. Eligible Phase 1A organizations that want to help with the vaccination effort can find more information at www.waukeshacounty.gov/covidvaccine. 

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On Friday, January 15, 2021, school nurses and health aides from Waukesha County area schools are beginning to receive their first dose of COVID-19 va...

Waukesha County, ProHealth Care and Local Schools Partner to Vaccinate School Nurses and Phase 1A School Staff


On Friday, January 15, 2021, school nurses and health aides from Waukesha County area schools are beginning to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Access to the vaccine is the result of an offer from ProHealth Care, who is partnering with Waukesha County Public Health and local school districts to ensure their Phase 1A priority groups can be vaccinated safely and efficiently. Hundreds of school nurses and aides who care for students when they become ill are eligible to be vaccinated.

“Keeping schools open and providing safe access to education is one of the most important things we can do right now,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Not only does the CDC recommend in-person schooling as the best option for most students, it also supports families by allowing parents to work. Vaccinating school nurses and aides will protect our frontline health staff who do so much for the benefit of our entire community.”

ProHealth Care, an organization already certified by the State of Wisconsin to administer vaccines, offered to provide access to doses of vaccine, staff, and facilities to vaccinate nearly 300 school nurses and aides. The hospital group worked with Waukesha County to connect to eligible educational healthcare staff from dozens of public and private schools and school districts.

“Vaccinating school nurses and aides is part of ProHealth Care’s commitment to helping ensure that essential health care workers in our community are immunized against COVID-19,” said Vicki Dallmann-Papke, ProHealth vice president of population health. “It’s also a reflection of ProHealth’s ongoing partnerships with public health officials and local schools.”

Waukesha County is working to connect additional unaffiliated Phase 1A healthcare providers with access to the COVID-19 vaccine and is assisting organizations that are interested in becoming registered vaccinators. The county is releasing a series of surveys to continue this process. These surveys, as well as up-to-date vaccination information, will be available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/covidvaccine.

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Friday, January 8, 2021, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow announced the appointment of Elizabeth Aldred as the new Director of the Department of ...

Waukesha County Announces New Director of Health and Human Services


Friday, January 8, 2021, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow announced the appointment of Elizabeth Aldred as the new Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The County Board is expected to approve the appointment on January 26. Ms. Aldred will assume her new role the week of January 25, 2021. 

 

“I am very pleased to welcome an individual with Ms. Aldred’s extensive experience on board, especially as we work to mitigate the pandemic,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Ms. Aldred has spent her career demonstrating her commitment to the health and quality of life of the public, and I am excited for her to bring her energy to our community.”

 

Elizabeth Aldred has had diverse HHS experience throughout her career. She has served in leadership roles in Walworth County for fourteen years as a Division Manager, Deputy Director, and most recently, the Director of Health and Human Services. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master's degree from the University of Chicago.

 

The Director of Health and Human Services is responsible for the development, administration, and direction of a comprehensive range of programs and services addressing mental health, public health, child welfare, elderly, disability, and long term care services, veterans’ services and other social services for Waukesha County.

 

Ms. Aldred will follow current Director of Health and Human Services Antwayne Robertson, who will begin his retirement in February after spending seven years in his position.

 

About Waukesha County’s Department of Health and Human Services

The Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services is dedicated to supporting and promoting optimal health, well-being, and potential of individuals and families. The Department’s purpose is to provide connections and services that foster the health, well-being, independence, and safety of citizens.

 

More information is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov.


A collaborative effort between Waukesha County, fire departments and Ascension Wisconsin will vaccinate hundreds of local Emergency Medical Services ...

Waukesha County and Ascension Wisconsin Partner to Vaccinate EMS Workers Against COVID-19


(Waukesha, WI)- A collaborative effort between Waukesha County, fire departments and Ascension Wisconsin will vaccinate hundreds of local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers against COVID-19. Waukesha County is working with community partners to connect existing health care facilities with unaffiliated Phase 1A healthcare workers, such as dentists, home healthcare providers and other healthcare workers not aligned with hospitals, to the vaccine during the first phase of distribution.

 

“Community partnerships like this are essential to ensuring safe and efficient delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine during this historic effort,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “When organizations like Ascension Wisconsin step up to protect vital health care workers, like EMS, from COVID-19, it helps the entire county by protecting frontline personnel.”

 

Ascension Wisconsin, an organization already certified by the State of Wisconsin to administer vaccines, will expedite vaccination of approximately 300 EMS professionals by providing use of facilities and current access to vaccine. A consortium of fire departments established to assist with vaccinating first responders worked with Ascension Wisconsin and Waukesha County to identify hundreds of EMS workers from dozens of organizations for this partnership.  

 

"Vaccinating EMS personnel is a high priority for Ascension Wisconsin. With the development of these vaccines and the remarkable work of our caregivers and frontline emergency medical service teams, relief is on the horizon. We are actively working with our emergency care community partners across the state and will continue to support vaccinations for both Ascension Wisconsin associates and those who are not employed by Ascension Wisconsin, but who are eligible for vaccination during this phase," said Dr. Mushir Hassan, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Ascension Elmbrook. "Vaccination, along with continuing vigilance for mask wearing and social distancing, is the clearest path to ending the pandemic."  

 

Waukesha County is working to connect additional unaffiliated Phase 1A healthcare providers with access to the COVID-19 vaccine and is assisting organizations that are interested in becoming registered vaccinators. The county will release a series of surveys in the near future to continue this process. These surveys, as well as up-to-date vaccination information, will be available on our new webpage www.waukeshacounty.gov/covidvaccine.

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Get out of the house an enjoy winter during the 36th Annual Waukesha JanBoree in Waukesha County Parks. A variety of socially distant events will run ...

Get Outside for 2021 Janboree in Waukesha County Parks


Get out of the house an enjoy winter during the 36th Annual Waukesha JanBoree in Waukesha County Parks. A variety of socially distant events will run from January 15 through January 24, 2021.

 

Waukesha JanBoree is produced by the City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department (WPRF) along with many community partners, including the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use. JanBoree is committed to safety for all events by offering socially distanced options this year. Many events require registration due to attendance limitations. For more information and to register for events, visit www.janboree.org or call WPRF at 262-524-3737.

 

JanBoree events taking place in the Waukesha County Park System are highlighted below:

 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

 

Winter Wildlife Exploration at Retzer Nature Center (Registration required; four time options)

Set out on the trails in search of winter wildlife.  The free self-guided hike includes a map and talking points highlighting key features, with a scavenger hunt included too!  Explore the nature trails on your own by hiking on foot or reserving a free pair of snowshoes when registering (weather permitting).  Retzer Nature Center is located at S14W28167 Madison St. in Waukesha.

 

“Big Astronomy” Show at Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium Show (Registration Required; limited capacity; five 30-minute show options)
Watch “Big Astronomy – People, Places, and Discoveries.”  Join us for free to enjoy the view from telescopes in the remote mountains of Chile and meet the people who make sure they operate day and night.  Explore ALMA, VLT, and the Vera Rubin Observatory – and how these incredible facilities are changing our view of the cosmos.  Recommended for ages 8+. The School District of Waukesha’s planetarium is located at S14W28167 Madison St. at the Retzer Learning Center in Waukesha.

 

Indoor Ice Skating at Eble Park Ice Arena (Registration Required; limited capacity)
Free admission for public skating with registration. Skate rental is extra ($3/pair) and quantities are limited, so bring your own if you can. Eble Park Ice Arena is located at 9400 W. Bluemound Rd. in Brookfield.

 

Monday, January 18, 2021

 

“Sunset Meditation” Show Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium (Registration Required; limited capacity; five 30-minute show options)
How do STEM workers and NASA professionals cope with stress? Meditation is a powerful tool maintaining psychological health.  Join us for free to view an amazing sunset traveling from the Grand Canyon to the North Pole, ending under a star-filled night. Recommended for ages 10+. The School District of Waukesha’s planetarium is located at S14W28167 Madison St. at the Retzer Learning Center in Waukesha.

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

 

Winter Tyke Hike at Retzer Nature Center (Registration Required, limited capacity, one morning time option)
In the winter months, nature records fascinating activities of animals. Children ages 2-5 are invited to join our staff Education Naturalist for a free guided hike as we search for signs of animal activity. Reserve a pair of snowshoes when registering if you’d like, or bring your own (snowshoe quantities may be limited, weather permitting). A trail hike will replace snowshoeing if snow cover is not adequate. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. Retzer Nature Center is located at S14W28167 Madison St. in Waukesha.

 

Saturday, January 23, 2021

 

Winter fun in Minooka Park (Reservation Required for many events as noted below, limited capacity)
Celebrate winter with fun activities all day long in Mi­nooka Park, located at 1927 E. Sunset Dr. in Waukesha. The park entrance fee will be waived for the day!

  • Frosty Pups Event with HAWS & Photo Contest (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Vendors present Noon to 3 p.m., limited capacity, no registration required)
    Join in on the free fun by bringing your pup for a frosty frolic in the off-leash Dog Exercise Area! Separate areas are designated for small and large breed dogs. Vendor present from Noon-3 p.m., including HAWS Mobile Adoption Unit and Behavioral Specialist, and Bentley’s Food Stuff. Take a pic of your pup at our Selfie Station, and submit a photo on Waukesha County Parks Facebook page between January 23-24 for a chance to win a special pet prize basket!
  • Ice Fishing Clinic (Registration Required; four time options)
    Join the Muskellunge Club of Wisconsin for this free hands-on ice fishing clinic. Equipment and bait will be provided.
  • Alaskan Malamute Dog Pull (11 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.; limited capacity, no registration required)
    Watch the dogs from the Alaskan Malamute Club of Wisconsin show off their strength as they compete by pulling up to 3,000 pounds on a wheeled cart! Snow is not needed for this event, spectator attendance is limited.
  • Sunset Candlelight Hike (Registration Required; four time options)
    Enjoy a free self-guided candlelit hike while taking on Minooka Park’s natural beauty. Dogs are welcome as long as on a 6’ leash.  
  • Delafield Brewhaus Beer Garden (4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Limited Capacity)
    Join Delafield Brewhaus at Picnic Area 3, while taking in Minooka Park’s winter beauty. Food will be available for purchase. Attendance is limited, outdoor seating only.

Indoor Ice Skating at Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena (Registration Required; limited capacity)
Free admission for public skating with registration. Skate rental is extra ($3/pair) and quantities are limited, so bring your own if you can. Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena is located at 2699 Golf Rd. in Delafield.

 

Going on Daily January 16 – January 24, 2021

 

Frozen FootGolf at Moor Downs Golf Course (Registration Required: multiple time options daily)
Try free Winter FootGolf! A combination of golf and soccer. Kick a soccer ball into an oversized hole in the fewest amount of kicks. Bring your own soccer ball, a limited supply of balls will be available. Can be played with or without snow. Moor Downs Golf Course is located at 438 Prospect Ave. in Waukesha. 

 

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