In Franklin: Hours of in-person absentee voting and registration

Voters are strongly encouraged to request an absentee ballot through the mail at or filling out the absentee application on the City’s website at and emailing it along with a photo ID to

The following hours will be in effect for voter registration, in-person absentee voting, and all other election-related matters in the City Clerk’s office at Franklin City Hall:

Monday, March 30           8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, March 31           9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Wednesday, April 1         9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Thursday, April 2               9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Friday, April 3                     8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Anyone in need of assistance weekdays at a time other than the hours listed or  other general information, please call the City Clerk’s office at (414)425-7500 or (414)427-7503.

Photos of the Week (03/29/20)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday right around this time.

1) A staff member preserves the Olympic flame to the lantern during the “Flame of Recovery” special exhibition at Aquamarine Park in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan, March 25. It was announced the day prior that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were postponed. Photo: Getty Images

2) The North Manchester General Hospital Infectious Diseases ward team urges people to stay home, in Manchester, England, on March 20, 2020. Photo: Sarah Lawrence via Reuters

3) A 17-year-old who asked not to be named wears a yellow hazmat suit, gas mask, boots, and gloves as he walks with his family, from Gaithersburg, Maryland, under cherry-blossom trees in full bloom along the tidal basin in Washington, D.C., on March 22, 2020. “I’m not worried for me since I’m young,” says the 17-year-old. “I’m wearing this in case I come into contact with anyone who is older, so that I won’t be a threat to them.” He plans to wear his protective outfit for the coronavirus each time he leaves the house. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

4) A police officer chases street vendors in Kampala, Uganda, March 26, after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni directed the public to stay home for 32 days starting March 22 to curb the spread of COVID-19. Photo: Getty Images

5) Employees of Bestattung Himmelblau funeral home rehearse a livestream of an upcoming funeral in Vienna, March 24. Photo: Getty Images

6) A Red Cross worker checks on a homeless person lying on a step near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.  Since the coronavirus crisis, Red Cross workers have been increasing their daily activities to meet the growing needs of the homeless in Rome. With nobody around on the streets to give them food or money, and restaurants that would usually donate leftovers closed, homeless are struggling to find food and other supplies to keep them going. Photos: REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

7) A couple looks at a mobile phone as they sit in a car at a screening at a drive-through cinema in Seoul, South Korea, March 21, 2020. Photo: AFP

8) A park security guard wearing a protective face mask feeds a squirrel, following restrictions on access to city parks in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus outbreak in Sofia, Bulgaria. Photo: Reuters

9) An Indonesian bride wearing a face mask is sprayed inside a disinfection chamber on her wedding day in Surabaya, East Java Province, Indonesia, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Photo: Reuters

10) Father Scott Holmer of St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church makes the sign of the cross while holding confession in the church parking lot on March 20, 2020, in Bowie, Maryland. Holmer, who sits six feet away from those in cars, holds drive-through confessions daily in the parking lot of the church because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Rob Carr / Getty

11) Catholic priest Reginaldo Manzotti conducts a mass, broadcast live on television, with photos of the faithful over the church’s pews at the Santuario de Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe church in Curitiba, Brazil March 21, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Rodolfo Buhrer

12) Juliette rings a ‘closing bell’ as NYSE-AMEX floor traders work in an off-site trading office they built when the New York Stock Exchange closed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, in Brooklyn, New York City. Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

13) A man walks alone through the nearly empty Oculus transportation hub at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, New York, March 27, 2020. pHOTO: REUTERS/Mike Segar

14) A commuter enjoys the sunset alone on the upper deck of a Staten Island Ferry in Manhattan, New York City, March 26, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

15) Lydia Hassebroek attends a ballet class from home while practicing social distancing during the outbreak of coronavirus in Brooklyn, New York. Photo: REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

16) Gina Mares Kurtz, who lives in Seattle, takes part in a virtual kung fu class on Zoom with Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu while camping with her family to get away from the coronavirus outbreak at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

17) Pigeons, normally fed by tourists, search for food around people sitting in an almost-empty Bolivar square in Bogota, Colombia, on March 25, 2020. Photo: Juan Barreto / AFP / Getty

18) A homeless man looks for money in a Trafalgar Square fountain in London. Photograph: Jill Mead/The Guardian

19) Social distancing fail? People walk around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, to see this year’s cherry blossoms despite the coronavirus outbreak, March 21.  Photo: Getty Images

20) Social distancing fail? Englewood Beach in Charlotte County, Florida, March 20. Photo: Getty Images

21) An employee prepares chocolate Easter bunnies wearing protective masks at Bäckerei Bohnenblust in Bern, Switzerland, on March 25, 2020.  Photo: Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters

22) A saleswoman at the Schuerener Backparadies Bakery shows a tray of cakes wrapped in fondant to resemble toilet paper rolls, in Dortmund, Germany. Photo: AP

23) Coba the Spectacled Owl is brought to see the Humboldt penguins while the zoo is closed to visitors at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

24) Optician and former science educator Ali Nelson, jobless after her Washington D.C.-based eyewear store closed due to coronavirus, poses with her pet tarantula Polly at her home in Burke, Virginia. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

AND FINALLY….Downtown Milwaukee buildings illuminate the darkness



Week-ends (03/28/20)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…


Don Giuseppe Berardelli

Michelle Floering

Jolene Hunt


Tony Evers

Hillary Clinton


“Under the authority of Wis. Stat. § 252.02(3) and (6) and all powers vested in me through Executive Order #72, and at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, I, Andrea Palm, Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, order the following:
1. Stay at home or place of residence. All individuals present within the State of Wisconsin are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence, with exceptions outlined below. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces other than their home or residence, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person consistent with Social Distancing Requirements as defined below, except that they do not need to maintain social distancing between family members in a single living unit or household members. All persons may leave their homes or residences only for the following functions as are defined in this Order.”
From the “Safer at Home” order issued this week

“I know the COVID-19 outbreak has been difficult and has disrupted the lives of people across our state. Issuing a Safer at Home order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do and it’s not something I take lightly, but here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously. Each and every one of us has to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can flatten the curve to ensure our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers have the opportunity to do their important work.”
Gov. Evers

“Easter is a very special day for me. Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full—you know the churches aren’t allowed to have much of a congregation there. And most of them, I watched on Sunday online—and it was terrific, by the way—but online is never going to be like being there. So I think Easter Sunday and you’ll have packed churches all over our country—I think it will be a beautiful time. And it’s just about the timeline that I think is right.”
President Trump said he wants to get “people back to work” by Easter Sunday

The Tokyo Olympic Games “must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020, but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.”
The International Olympic Committee 

“To all the athletes: take a breath, regroup, take care of yourself and your families. Your time will come.”
Four-time Olympic hockey champion Hayley Wickenheiser, the first IOC member to criticize the body’s reluctance to postpone, called it the “message athletes deserved to hear”

“No one reached out to me and said, as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren? And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

“I’m not an educator! I’m used to helping with homework, but I am unable to teach thought-out lectures and work. It’s overwhelming!”
Carmen Williams, a therapist in Macomb, Michigan, finds herself not only seeing clients sporadically, but shelling out for a babysitter, paying tuition for her seven- and 14-year-old kids — and still teaching them school assignments

“We are officially declaring that the economy has fallen into a recession … joining the rest of the world, and it is a deep plunge. Jobs will be lost, wealth will be destroyed and confidence depressed.”
Bank of America U.S. economist Michelle Meyer

“I believe the economy today lives in suspense, not free-fall. The pandemic will pass; public health institutions have been a model of forthright dissemination of information on the spread of this disease and sanitary procedures to minimize its impact. It’s the citizenry that has been unruly for a time. Supply chains will refill and stabilize quickly, as the pandemic passes, securities markets will recover, and growth will continue to reduce poverty everywhere. Homes are more valuable than ever as a haven of safe and secure living. Provided that we continue to buy them with some of our own money, homes will be part of a secure future.”
Vernon L. Smith is the George L. Argyros endowed chair in finance and economics at Chapman University and member of the board of directors for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is the 2002 Nobel laureate in economics

“Maybe people aren’t going to be shaking hands anymore. He (Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) was saying the regular flu would be cut down by quite a bit if we didn’t do that, if we didn’t shake hands.”
President Trump

“If I could marinate myself in sanitizer I would.”
Dr. Sharon Levine, the section chief for geriatric medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston

Dane and Milwaukee County Clerks Directing Voters to Break the Law, Non-Partisan Legislative Reference Bureau Warns

Health care workers on frontlines feel like ‘lambs to the slaughterhouse’


Major voter fraud possible in Wisconsin April election


President Trump is too optimistic


A sewer-nami

How to go on a digital first date

Conceding to Trump; WI needs to work; Doctors writing own wills; Virus and inmates; and those poor high school seniors

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (03/27/20): Democrats Might Find It Better To Concede 2020 To Trump

Today’s highly interesting read (03/26/20): Doctors Are Writing Their Wills

Today’s highly interesting read (03/25/20): Wisconsin can cancel the apocalypse

Today’s highly interesting read (03/24/20): FORGET SOCIAL DISTANCING, WHAT’S HAPPENING IS CRIMINAL

Today’s highly interesting read (03/23/20): Your Kid Is Missing Something. Get Over It.

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (03/28/20)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:   UPDATED-Rain and thunderstorms throughout the day. 80% chance. High of 46.  “F”

:  Rain showers along with windy conditions. Wind gusts of over 40 mph. High of 48.  “F”


Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.

Remember this movie from 2016 about what happens when pet owners leave them for work or school each day? They couldn’t possibly know.

Because it’s theater the animated film takes a great deal of creative license. That was 2016.  Today’s reality has pets and their owners now home together, all the time, thanks to that nasty virus.

Play along with me fellow dog and pet lovers. The movie implies that once the owners say sayōnara that the animals have a sudden sense of freedom, independence, power! They let loose, all hell breaks loose, and they absolutely love it!

Granted, it’s only a movie, right? But aren’t there documented videos taken secretly by the real people in charge at home that show once the pets are…Home Alone…the dogs, cats, whatever, are in sheer heaven?

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Pet owners don’t leave the house.

Pet and humans, sequestered.

We’ve blogged before that there’s an incredible bond between pets and the humans who rule the roost. But what about now? Forget the movie. The pooch doesn’t have the house all by himself/herself. Crazy to be around you these days?

Let’s consult an expert.

Dr. Margaret Gruen is an assistant professor of behavioral medicine at NC State’s veterinary college and a board-certified veterinary behaviorist.

OK, Doc. The dog has its way, day after day.Not anymore. Give it us straight. What’s the deal.

“Overall, dogs are happy to see you, particularly if they are crated or alone during the day. However, the same recommendations we’ve all been given for helping people adapt to the change – maintaining a schedule, eating at normal times, etc. – are important for pets as well. The more animals can predict what may happen, the more comfortable they are,” said Gruen.

“For instance, you may be able to take your dog for an extra walk at midday now, which is great, but you should try to keep basically the same morning and evening routines in place that you had while working or going to school.”


Dogs explained for. Now another test. What about cats?

Kev, this is a dog blog. May I toss in a mention about…you know…cats?

KEVIN HERE: Your blog.  Go right ahead.

This is Jennifer. Back to me. Gruen said this about cats:

“Cats do sleep a good chunk of the day. So if the household is busier, they may be trying to find somewhere quiet to nap. You can watch them for signs of irritation, although you may find that they do become more interactive while you’re around.”

Gruen advises if there’s a routine, try to keep it in place.

“If you have a pet that spends time crated or in a particular space during the day when you’re gone, you can ease them back into that routine slowly by having them spend some time there while you’re home.”
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

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Is it a good time to rescue a dog during the coronavirus lockdown?

A service dog in training brings comfort to ER doctors on the frontlines….more.

This dog was so happy about the quarantine…it got hurt.

When Walking the Dog Is ‘a Piece of Paradise.’

OPINION: Dogs, at Least, Love Home Quarantine.

Florida dog tracks close over coronavirus, leaving hundreds of greyhounds in need of homes.

OPINION: Animal lovers pounce when they see this mural.

Cole the Deaf Dog takes his message of kindness on the road.

Meet Lieutenant Dan! Cadbury names two-legged dog the face of its new candy commercial.

Quarantined man sends his dog to fetch Cheetos from the shops.



Tom Giesfeldt of Milwaukee walks his dogs in an empty Miller Park parking lot on what would have been the Milwaukee Brewers’ opening day game against the Chicago Cubs in Milwaukee on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The game was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Robert Becker walks his dogs while carrying a .410 bore shotgun as a precaution due to the new coronavirus pandemic on March 26, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo: Albert Cesare / The Enquirer

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First, shelters looking for foster families.

AND “Nightline” hits one of the biggest dog grooming competitions in Las Vegas, where artists use their pooches as their canvas.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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Goodnight everyone, and have a softhearted, upbeat weekend!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

Here’s a portion of a review about a Michael Buble concert in Birmingham, England last May:

“Quite what elevated the 43-year-old Canadian above thousands of other such singers is a moot point. Perhaps the winning formula lies in songs that pack nostalgic and feelgood appeal, are delivered in honeyed, note-perfect vocals and come with the sort of boyish good looks that lead one woman in the front row to hold up a huge heart sign reading: ‘Hug me.’ Bublé doesn’t oblige, but signs it for her so she can put it down, ‘so the fella behind won’t think you’re an asshole for blocking his view’.”

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Just not now.

Almost everything in America is canceled.

Michael Bublé has announced the postponement of 15 arena shows slated for March and into April due to threat of the spreading coronavirus. “I was looking forward to getting back on the road but the safety of my fans and my touring family of course take priority under the current circumstances. We will be coming back soon with new dates and everyone will be safe to enjoy a great night out. Stay well everyone,” Bublé said in a release.

That’s too bad because…

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OK, not the same, but this week we’re repeating a Buble blog from October of 2018.


Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: From psychedelic to country

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“I know that we all know that Kenny is in a better place than we are today and I’m pretty sure that he’s going to be talking to God sometime today… and he’s going to be asking him to spread some light on a bunch of this darkness. I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart’s broken. A big ol’ chunk of it has gone with him today… You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone. I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend… God bless you Kenny, fly high straight into the arms of God. To the rest of you, keep the faith..”
Dolly PartonKenny Rogers passed away last Friday evening at the age of 81, peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by family.In a career that spanned more than six decades, Rogers gave us chart-topping hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Through the Years.” Rogers, with twenty-four number-one hits, was a Country Music Hall of Fame member, six-time CMA Awards winner, three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015 and was voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a joint poll by readers of both USA TODAY and People.I’ll get to the music, but first…I’m sure Rogers was a sweetheart of a guy. But I had a bad experience with him that I’ll never forget. Please follow along as I will connect the dots.

Back in the 90’s I moonlighted  working security backstage at the Main Stage of the WI State Fair.  I got hooked into the job when I had press credentials from my job at WTMJ and some of the backstage people whom I’d known for a long, long time asked if I would put on a bright yellow Security shirt and give them a hand.

I shared some backstage security memories in a  blog I wrote in 2007.


Mr. Las Vegas came to the Fair about 7 or 8 years ago, complete with full orchestra and state of the art lighting, lasers, and Vegas-style stage show.

It was an extremely hot and humid night, and tickets sold barely numbered a thousand.

About an hour before the show I was backstage, keeping my eye on the dressing room trailers. Suddenly, out of the main dressing room walks Wayne Newton, about 15 feet away from me. The well-tanned, jet black-haired Newton was resplendent in evening tuxedo and bow tie. I was in a security baseball cap, bumble bee yellow shirt, black shorts and shoes, and sweating profusely.

I smiled at Newton and before I could say a word, he walked right up to me, extended his right hand and said, “Hello, I’m Wayne Newton.”

It wasn’t until later that I recalled how this particular moment reminded me of an interview done with one of Elvis’ back-up singers, the Jordanaires after Elvis had died. I believe it was Gordon Stoker who said that when Elvis had a recording session, he would walk into the studio and before getting started, he would make it a point to say hello to everyone, from the engineers to the janitor.

Bobby Vinton said the first time he met Elvis was in Las Vegas and Elvis introduced himself first to Vinton, Usually, its’ the other way around, with the lesser name addressing the bigger name first.

Being an Elvis fan, and knowing Elvis and Newton were very good friends, I was immediately impressed that Newton talked to a lowly security guard immediately after leaving his dressing room.

Newton and I, just the two of us, stood there and conversed for 15 minutes, just exactly about what I do not recall. But it was amazing to me how down to earth this guy was.

Newton went onstage in blistering heat before a crowd that could have been multiplied by ten and it still would not have been a full house, and he worked and worked for two hours and 45 minutes for that small audience. Certainly he could have shortened his show, but he did not.

After the show, an exhausted, drenched Newton was informed by other security that the Governor of Wisconsin, Tommy Thompson, was on the grounds and wanted to meet him. Waiting nearby was Newton’s private limo, ready to take him to the airport and his private jet.

Newton told security he would love to meet Governor Thompson.

Security then told Newton that Governor Thompson was elsewhere on the grounds participating in the Governor’s annual livestock auction and would be about another 30 minutes.

Without hesitation, Newton said, “I’ll wait.”

And he did.

The two celebrities enjoyed each other’s company before Newton finally did climb into his limo to drive to Mitchell International.

Now, I am not a huge fan, but I have always liked Wayne Newton. After seeing him at the Wisconsin State Fair, he will always be top-notch in my book.


The very next night after Wayne Newton, Kenny Rogers was the headliner.

When his huge tour bus pulled in, it stopped directly behind the stage. Part of our duties backstage includes organizing and overseeing the “meet and greets,” the impromptu photo opportunities for selected fans or fan club members or winners of radio contests to meet the stars. We were told by Rogers’ “people” that Rogers would come off the bus, immediately talk to the fans that we would line up, he would say hello and they would say hello, and after he’d pose for one photo, the fan was to walk away.

And that’s exactly what happened. When it was time to meet the fans, and as I recall there were only about ten at the most, finally Rogers emerged from the tour bus, and in robotic fashion said hello to each fan, signed an autograph, posed for a picture….NEXT!

Each fan encounter took no more than 15-20 seconds. When the line was done, in literally a few minutes, Rogers stormed right back into his bus until showtime.

Before the show, Rogers and his staff were told that Governor Thompson was going to be at the show with a group of people and wanted to meet Rogers afterwards. Rogers had agreed, but the plan was that as soon as Rogers walked offstage, the Governor and his entourage were to get backstage as quickly as possible to meet Rogers, who wanted to leave as soon as possible.

Knowing what Rogers wanted to do, we had Governor Thompson and his group leave their seats and come into the backstage area for the final few songs in order to save time. They were positioned along the side of the stage.

Rogers’ tour bus driver had lined up the bus so that Rogers could literally walk off the stage, down the steps, and right onto the bus. When Rogers ended the show, he climbed right into the bus, its motor running.

Around the corner comes Thompson in cowboy hat and jeans with his group, literally running to try to meet Rogers. Too late. He got there just in time to see Rogers get onto the bus, the door close, and the bus take off, exhaust flying in the direction of the Governor.

Contrast that to the way Wayne Newton handled himself the night before.

Rogers’ career got a big break in 1966 when he joined the New Christy Minstrels, famous for their hits “Green Green.” He didn’t stay long, leaving in 1967 to form “The First Edition.”

A 1968 single that cautioned about the use of LSD became Rogers’ first top ten hit, peaking at #5.

The studio recording of “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” has some interesting trivia. Rogers sang the lead vocal.  Glen Campbell played guitar. Hal Blaine plated drums, just as he did on another psychedelic song, “Good Vibrations.” Mickey Newbury wrote the lyrics (famous for “American Trilogy”). Mike Post produced the recording and would expand his portfolio with numerous TV themes.

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Mike Post didn’t actually care for Rogers, didn’t want him singing lead.

“What became the hit but the last thing in with the guy who I thought was the least talented. Shows what I know,” Post said.


Rollin’ on the River (later shortened to Rollin) was a musical variety television program hosted by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition that was produced by CTV in Canada and was broadcast in syndication from 1971 to 1973.

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