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Curmudgeon's Corner

cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner

What Would We Do?

Germantown, People Making A Difference, Police, Politics, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

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Walker Gets It Right Again

Wisconsin, Politics, Quality of Life, Police

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Military Base Open/Concealed Carrying Rules?

U.S., Quality of Life, Police

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Open Carry Is One Thing, But...

Village Buzz, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Police

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A 3-Peat, But What Next?

Village Buzz, Police, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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A Flying Saucer?

Village Buzz, Police, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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Toughest Opponent Yet?

Germantown, Quality of Life, Village Buzz, Police, People Making A Difference

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Just Keep Moving! There's Nothing To See Here!

People Making A Difference, Political, Police, Quality of Life

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Memorial Day 2013: Just Normal Americans

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin, Germantown, Fire Department, Police

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Residency Requirements?

Wisconsin, Political, Education, Fire Department, Police, Quality of Life

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Take Back the Capitol

Political, Police, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

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A Son's Eulogy...

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Police

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Will Such Incidents Ever End?

U.S., Quality of Life, Police, Political

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Distracted Driving...

Fire Department, Police, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Village Buzz - April 9th

Germantown, Police, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

This is National Telecommunicators Week and it is good for us to take a few moments to think of those folks and thank them for their efforts to help keep us all safe and sound.  The following is a memorandum that was sent to the department by GPD Chief Pete Hoell:

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Village Buzz - March 21st

Village Buzz, Police, Fire Department, Germantown

St. Patrick's Day resulted in less-than-expected incidents from the Germantown Police Department's perspective according to Chief Hoell.  He described the activity level as "manageable but steady" throughout the day, but the department did have extra staff on duty using state grant traffic enforcement funding.  There were officers held over from the second shift to the third shift given the number and magnitude of incidents escalating that night as could be expected.

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Can You Even Begin to Imagine?

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Police

"Can you even begin to imagine the size of the crowd cramming itself into Erin on this St. Patty's Day?"

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Village Buzz - January 5th

Village Buzz, Police, Fire Department, Germantown

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Village Buzz - December 15th

Village Buzz, Quality of Life, Police, Germantown, People Making A Difference

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Police Humor

Potpourri, Police

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Village Buzz - October 1st

Village Buzz, Quality of Life, Police, People Making A Difference

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Village Buzz - September 12th

Village Buzz, Village Board, Police, Fire Department, Germantown, Quality of Life

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Village Buzz - August 15th

Village Buzz, Police, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

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Village Buzz - August 3rd

Village Buzz, Germantown, Fire Department, Police, People Making A Difference

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Village Buzz - July 18th

Village Buzz, Police, Fire Department, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

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Drive Offs & Pre-Pay Pumps

Quality of Life, Police, Germantown

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Concealed Carry: Permit or No Permit?

Wisconsin, Political, Police, Quality of Life

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Village Buzz - March 21st

Village Buzz, Political, Police, Quality of Life

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Village Buzz - December 31st...

Village Buzz, Village Board, Police, Germantown

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Village Buzz - October 11th...

County Board, Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Buzz

Washington County Police Radio System

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Village Buzz - August 31st

County Board, Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Village Board, Village Buzz

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Village Buzz - August 24th...

County Board, Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Board, Village Buzz

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Presidential Visit: Follow-On

Germantown, Police, Political

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Village Buzz - June 14th

Germantown, Village Buzz, Village Board, Quality of Life, Police

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I Must Live In A Cave...

Quality of Life, Police, Germantown

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Village Buzz - April 30th

Fire Department, Germantown, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, School Board, Village Buzz, Police, Education

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Village Buzz - March 5th

Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Village Board, Village Buzz

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Winners & Losers - February 26th

Germantown, Healthcare, Police, Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin

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Village Buzz - February 10th (Updated)

Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Village Board, Village Buzz

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Village Buzz - December 17th

Village Buzz, Village Board, Political, Police, Germantown

Rambo In G'town:

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Black Friday...From The Inside

Economy, Germantown, Police

I had the privilege to awaken at 3:30AM this morning, dress and present myself to CPO Ray Borden at the Germantown Police Department.  Once there, I joined with a group of four other Citizen Police Academy graduates and a member of the Police Explorer post.  Our reason? We were going to provide a "presence" at the local Wal-Mart Super Center from slightly before 5:00AM until the crowds had subsided as most of the specials were sold to the bare walls.

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Village Buzz - Police Dept. Elimination?

Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

Among the potential cost-cutting changes suggested by at least one member of the Village Board was the elimination of the Germantown Police Department by replacing it with a Washington County Sheriff's Department contract.  This was thought to be a way in which the budget numbers could be lowered without seriously affecting village safety.

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Village Buzz - Budget Debate: 2

Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Fire Department, Taxes, Village Board, Village Buzz, Wisconsin

The trustees came together last night as the Committee of the Whole to further discuss the budget for 2010.   Department heads testified regarding their areas of responsibility and the potential cuts if a "zero increase" budget were to be approved by the Board.  This was a confusing meeting; it was apparent that not all the trustees have a good grip on the budgeting process and that not all trustees are as concerned with some aspects as those in attendance seemed to be.

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Village Buzz - Village Budget Debate

Fire Department, Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Board, Village Buzz

The Committee of the Whole (Village Board but not a formal Board meeting) reviewed the proposed budget for the coming year during a meeting this past Monday evening.  Dave Schornack and Kim Rath presented the initial proposed budget that added increased costs to current levels and it came in at a rate increase of some 3.7%.

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Guns, Guns, Guns...

Police, Political, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

Guns are in the news, and seemingly have been in the news forever and a day.  There are several things at work here, in my opinion.

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Village Buzz - September 15th...

County Board, Education, Political, School Board, Village Board, Village Buzz, Police

Mel Ewert Recovering From Surgery...

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Village Buzz - July 23rd...

Village Buzz, Quality of Life, Police, Political, Germantown

Germantown Police Department Serves Drug Search Warrant...

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State-Mandated Traffic Stop Database

Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Wisconsin

Part of the budget bill is a requirement that police departments maintain a database of information concerning the race of drivers who are stopped for violations.  That information would apparently be maintained at the state level. It is obvious that this is aimed at the issue of "racial profiling" by law enforcement agencies.

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Village Buzz - April 22nd...

Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

Police Department Issues Recently Raised...

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Village Buzz - April 8th...

Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, School Board, Village Board, Village Buzz, Wisconsin

Some Changes Voted...

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Village Buzz-January 26th...

Economy, Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

Smurfit-Stone Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy...

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Village Buzz - January 19th...

Economy, Fire Department, Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

Another Potential Economic Victim...

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Cell Phone Debate...

Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

There seems a perpetual debate over the use of cell phones while driving.  Likewise, there seems the general thought that a new law ought be devised to ban the use of cell phones while driving.

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Drugs: What You Need To Know

Education, Germantown, Police, Quality of Life

The Germantown Youth Futures organization is sponsoring a program that I previewed during my Citizen Police Academy experience last year.

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Citizen Police Academy...

Germantown, Police, Quality of Life

I've mentioned, several times, the fact that I had been participating in the 8th class to go through the Germantown Police Department's Citizen Police Academy (CPA).  Our group 'graduated' last night after our final session which involved Officer Jeff Schnell and Officer Bosco (who sure seems to be healthy in spite of a couple of shaved spots following his recent medical adventure...Bosco, that is; not Jeff Schnell).

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This & That...

Police, Quality of Life

Several things keep coming to mind this morning and I can't choose between them so...

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Village Buzz - December 16th...

Police, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

John Doe Investigation Follow-Up...

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Village Buzz - December 11th...

Germantown, Police, Political, Village Board, Village Buzz

Officer Bosco Fund Well-Supported...

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A "Simple" Traffic Stop...

Germantown, Police, Quality of Life

Our Citizen Police Academy group went through the next to last week of education last evening and the subject was traffic stops.  Officer Ray Borden had enlisted the aid of two graduates of earlier classes and they posed as drivers and/or passengers in vehicles that we were to stop in mock situations.

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John Doe Investigation...

Germantown, Police, Quality of Life

A story in the morning Journal Sentinel by Mike Johnson discusses a John Doe investigation ordered by Waukesha County Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez at the request of a Mr. James M. Hermann who was a Germantown resident at the time of his arrest.

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Village Buzz - December 8th...

Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

Officer Bosco Update...

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Too Naive...

Germantown, Police, Potpourri, Quality of Life, U.S.

Two different classroom experiences in the past two days have convinced me that I am too naive for my own good.

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Village Buzz - December 3rd...

Education, Germantown, Police, School Board, Village Board, Village Buzz

Open Seats...

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They Never Know...

Police, Quality of Life

They never know just what to expect when a call comes in; in the case of the Mequon police officer responding to a domestic disturbance call yesterday, the uncertainty became a known very quickly.

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Village Buzz - November 7th...

County Board, Education, Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, School Board, Taxes, Village Board, Village Buzz

Sendik's Food Market 60 Days Later...

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Village Buzz - November 4th...

Education, Germantown, Healthcare, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Buzz, Wisconsin

Wow, voting day is finally here and my telephone will quit ringing so much, my mailbox will be less cluttered and I can either celebrate or cry in my proverbial beer.  This election 'season' has seemed to go on forever.  Several things are at top of mind this morning...

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Village Buzz (Corrected)- October 6th...

Fire Department, Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

Lilac Lane Closed Again...

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Police Department Budget Issues...

Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Board

This Blog promises to be too long...and I apologize up front.  BUT, this topic is critical, in my estimation, to the safety of our citizens and our property.  While we're getting everything on the table, you should know by now that "I am in the tank" for our Police Department; I make no bones about it and I am unapologetic for that!

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Shocking Experience...

Germantown, Police

I had a shocking experience last evening courtesy of the Germantown Police Department.  I have been, along with several other citizens, participating in the current Citizen's Police Academy offered by the department as a means of informing more people about the department, its duties, its tools and so on.

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Village Buzz - September 30th...

Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Board, Village Buzz

Germantown Police Department Building Follow-Up...

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Village Buzz - September 25th...Chap. 1

Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Board, Village Buzz

There will be two versions of the Village Buzz posted today given two relatively lengthy subjects each of which deserve a more detailed review.

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Village Buzz - September 11th...

Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Board, Village Buzz

Bridges To Somewhere...

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Village Buzz - September 4th...

Germantown, Police, Political, Taxes, Village Board, Village Buzz

Hooray!

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Village Buzz - September 3rd...

Education, Germantown, MATC, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Board, Village Buzz

Special Board Meeting Follow-Up...

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Village Buzz - August 20th...

Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

McCafe?

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Village Buzz - August 19th...

Fire Department, Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Village Board, Village Buzz

Fire Department Gear...

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Village Buzz - August 18th...

Fire Department, Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

Village Investments...

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Village Buzz - August 17th...

Fire Department, Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Buzz

Citizen Observer Program: Initial Observations...

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Village Buzz - August 12th...

Germantown, Police, Political, Village Board, Village Buzz

MATC Director Response...

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Village Buzz - August 4th (Updated)...

Germantown, Police, Taxes, Village Buzz

Village Budget...

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Village Buzz - August 1st...

Germantown, Police, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Board, Village Buzz

Zero Increase Budget...

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Mequon Road Intersection Update...

Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Board, Wisconsin

I received several emails that provided some additional information and thoughts on the subject of the intersection at Mequon and Wausaukee Roads at the very east edge of the village.

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Village Committee Assignments Made...

Fire Department, Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Village Board

President Kempinski has made his committee assignments for the coming year and the Board has approved those assignments.

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Great Job By Two Police Departments...

Germantown, Police, Quality of Life

The Journal Sentinel reported this morning that the two suspects, aged 23 and 22, in the robbery of the Guaranty Bank branch in the Germantown Pick 'n Save are nicely ensconced in the Washington County Jail.

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