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Stage play to explore the trauma soldiers experienced at the infamous Confederate prison in Andersonville

An original stage production about the trauma faced by a Civil War veteran, “The Last Depot: A Civil War Sketch” will be performed in front of a live audience on October 8 and 9 at Inspiration Studios. Set in 1895, the one-man production explores the relationship between two soldiers who endure the nightmare journey of America’s fight over slavery. Written, produced, and performed by Mark L. Gormican of Wauwatosa, his fascination with the American Civil War started in the 5th grade with a diary written about conditions in Andersonville. “I have been absorbed by this subject matter for several...

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Economic Straitjacket: Milwaukee not allowed to raise revenue while Wisconsin benefits from $319M windfall

A whopping $319 million. That is the amount of unanticipated revenue the State of Wisconsin projects to bring in during the 2020-2021 fiscal year, according to a memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. That is money the State wasn’t even expecting to come in. That number comes as part of the $19.6 billion in revenue the State expects to bring in during this time — nearly 12% higher than the previous period. The recently figures are based on preliminary data made public by the state Department of Revenue, and final data will be released in October. This isn’t the...

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Philanthropic grant allows MKE Urban Stables to offer equine therapy programs to local community

MKE Urban Stables announced on July 27 that it was the recipient of a $100,000 grant from Bader Philanthropies to help fund operations in their new facility, which is a unique stable that brings together equine therapy, community engagement, and a permanent home for the Milwaukee Police Department’s (MPD) Mounted Patrol Unit. This is the first facility in the nation to co-locate police horses with therapy horses for use by the larger community. This summer, Bader Philanthropies awarded almost $1.8 million in grants. “Through MKE Urban Stables we have an opportunity to achieve three goals at once – a...

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Milwaukee County’s new Mental Health Emergency Center will bring treatment closer to local residents

Milwaukee County will be able to provide mental health treatment for local residents far closer to the neighborhoods where they need it, replacing the previously distant location in Wauwatosa. After more than a decade of planning, the new facility is designed to provide short-term mental health care, and serve as a transition for long-term needs. It will be available to all county residents regardless of their ability to pay. On August 31, Governor Tony Evers, Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, and many state and local officials took part in a beam signing ceremony for the new...

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Wisconsin to allocate more Federal funding to address mental and behavioral healthcare needs

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that Wisconsin will receive nearly $50 million in additional funding from the federal government to address mental health and substance use needs. The funding, part of the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law in March, will add $24.6 million to mental health services and $22 million to substance use services over the next four years through supplements to Wisconsin’s existing share of the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. DHS has submitted plans for this funding to the federal Substance Abuse and...

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Wisconsin DHS urges vaccinations for children after FDA grants approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

With the FDA approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services encouraged vaccinations for children ages 12 to 15, and an additional dose for people who are immunocompromised. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted its full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on August 23. The vaccine will now be marketed under the name Comirnaty for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in people 16 years of age and older. The Pfizer vaccine is also still available under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for people ages 12 to 15 and for an additional dose for...

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