Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
My wife, Jennifer blogged last week that our family was looking forward to another awesome Franklin Independence Day parade. We were not disappointed.
Great choice to make retiring City Engineer Jack Bennett, all-around good guy as the Grand Marshal.
I yelled out to Mayor Steve Olson, “Nice Shirt.” It was red, white and blue stars and stripes. I knew that even with his back to me Steve knew it was me. He responded by waltzing over and hugging Jennifer and Kyla and ignoring my outstretched hand.
I love Franklin’s 4th of July parade. With Olson involved you never have to worry about having the ugliest legs along the route.
The highlight of the event was certainly right up near the start, the unit in support of Kayla’s Krew with kids decked out in construction helmets and tools and tape. And even though there was short notice, plenty of folks wore purple to show how much they want Kayla’s Playground to become a reality.
Jennifer took photos and will be posting (HINT HINT JENNIFER) soon on her blog. There might be a few of Kyla. Alright. There will be a few of Kyla.
Where were the boys? Franklin sports teams, the ones with girls, girls, girls, were well represented. But the boys? C’mon fellas! I’m talking’ you football and basketball guys. Walk in the parade next year! That way when I yell, “Beat Oak Creek!” it might have more meaning.
I thought we learned a lesson from a few years ago when it was 102 degrees for a high temperature. There should be no long breaks and pauses between units. And yet at times I could have run to the Franklin Pick ‘n’ Save, did my grocery shopping, return and not miss a thing.
The Franklin School Board members walked collectively rather than individually. I knew it was them. A couple had their hands in my pockets.
Jennifer made a mention about the Double D Dancers, a female troupe. She humorously noticed the group was misnamed. Funny, yes, but also accurate. I might not have seen it myself if not for Jennifer bringing it up.
Loved the athletic girls doing cartwheels on the hot pavement.
And the 10-12 new restaurants opening in Franklin and their entries in the parade. OK. OK. There was only one.
The Rock had a nice entry welcoming folks to their new minor league baseball stadium. Wait. That was just the sun apparently getting to me.
Police Chief Rick Oliva. Good guy. Golly, I like him. He was, if I’m not mistaken, right at the front of the parade. But I gotta say this. Sorry, Chief. You and your men and women whom I’ve praised many, many a time truly missed a big one. I mean a real big one.
Late in the parade, a young hooligan, no more than 8 or 9 years old (the little fiend), started blasting the crowd behind the curb with, you're not going to beleive this, but a water gun.
POW POW POW.
A clear violation, Chief, and you know what I’m talking about. It’s right there, Chief, right there in the rock solid city of Franklin newsletter about the parade:
Water guns/water balloons prohibited.
Out of nowhere, without warning, when America was on high alert this 4th of July, he came a shootin’ in front of kids, grandmas and grandpas, water, I mean H20 right in their faces.
Funny thing is...
No one complained.
Some even shouted for more.
But the newsletter said, I mean it's right there...oh, let's move on.
County Supervisor Steve Taylor finally made an appearance somewhere near the back of the pack. Steve waved to my wife and shouted “Hello!” I, too, waved to Steve but I got no wave, no shout out, not even a smile. And here I go and post his newsletters on my blog.
Maybe he simply didn’t see me. Yeh. That had to be it. He didn’t see me. That was Saturday.
Whatever the case may be it had absolutely nothing to do with this photo not making the cut in my Sunday Photos of the Week blog the next day.
Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday - Saturday:
1) Tomorrow - -Boston Pops July 4th Live Web Stream!
2) Kayla's Krew is calling all kids to participate in the Franklin parade Saturday!
3) Culinary no-no #429
4) UPDATE: Did you catch that news headline on FranklinNOW?
5) Janet Evans recall petitioners turn in enough signatures ... or did they?
6) Once again, DO NOT SIGN THE PETITION TO RECALL JANET EVANS
7) Photos of the Week (06/28/15)
8) So, who's behind the recall of Franklin alderman Janet Evans?
9) I sense some (many) are down on America
10) The most inspirational story of the year?