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End of the innocence

Tuesday, May, 3 2016

When I first heard him say it, I had hoped he was wrong.

Still, something in my head knew he was absolutely right.

It was, "the end of the innocence."

Menasha Police Chief Tim Styka stood before a throng of reporters with cameras, microphones, smart phones and laptops, there to report on the follow-up to the Trestle Trail Bridge fatal shooting.

The chief's message in part that day was that, unfortunately, this sort of thing can happen in any community, and now, for Menasha, this was the end of the innocence because it happened there.

I am a guy who believes in good over evil, even in the most trying times.

The community came together after the shooting.
It rocked us, but it didn't change our spirit.

That bridge remains a beautiful, vibrant place in the community, shared by all different types of people in different ways. The shooting didn't change that.

I myself ride my bike over that bridge quite a bit as it is part of one of my regular training rides.

Today, on this anniversary of the shooting, I will ride back to the bridge and attempt to do something there in tribute to the anniversary, the bridge, and the people who continue to make that area a wonderful gathering place despite the memory of what happened there last spring.

I'll explain when I open the PhilCast on Tuesday after the 3:00 news.






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"Potty INSIDE"

Monday, May, 2 2016

When it's time to take our little dog Gabby outside to do her business, all we have to say is, "potty outside?" and she runs to the back door ready to romp.

Recently, while waiting for that flight that never came in Fort Myers, I wondered about the service dog that was sitting with a lady near me.

As the hours ticked off, what about 'potty outside' for that little guy?

Fake grass and a fire hydrant at the pets' own potty area at airports.

True.

I never knew.
We'll discuss on the Monday PhilCast.

Real. Local. Radio.

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Thanks

Friday, Apr, 29 2016

It was a very successful night at the PAC Thursday night, raising funds for B.A.B.E.S.

I even threw down some lip sync on stage to as I called it, "Set the bar low for the teams competing."

Thanks to all those who bid in the auction I called.

All in all a fun night.

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Baseball & B.A.B.E.S.

Thursday, Apr, 28 2016

The Thursday PhilCast features both baseball and B.A.B.E.S., something I thought would be funny to Google image and see what comes up.

This is one of the tamer images...

Not babes...rather, B.A.B.E.S., the child-abuse prevention non-profit that does great work in Appleton with families that need a little help once in a while.

Whether it's just a break from the kids with some sitting, a meal, some guidance, some help in parenting in any form, B.A.B.E.S. has been there offering that helping hand.

And it's all FREE to parents as well.

That's why tonight's award's banquet and fundraiser is so important to them.

I'll be auctioning off a few items and hosting their lip sync challenge, another way they are raising funds tonight at the Appleton PAC downtown.

Following the afternoon Brewers game on HBY today against the Cubs, I'll be live from the PAC with the final hour of the PhilCast. Then it will be off to raise money for B.A.B.E.S.

You can watch the lip sync challenge via live stream at their Facebook page.



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Basketball ring

Wednesday, Apr, 27 2016

Where was Ted Cruz during March Madness, when all those college kids were throwin' down the rock from three-point range right into the 'basketball ring' at the buzzer?

Basketball ring.

Oh yeah, I'll have some fun with this today to open the Wednesday showgrum.

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