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a.MKE: Secret Soundtrack, Vliet St Business Awards, IMPACT 2-1-1, MPD throws Community Party and Illegal Ginseng harvesting 12.16.13

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Milwaukee County is working closely with IMPACT 2-1-1 as they help people enroll in the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Since October 1st, IMPACT 2-1-1 has worked with more than 1,300 people to help then understand their health care insurance options. Anyone who successfully signs up by December 23rd will be eligible for healthcare on January 1st. More information can be found here.

Milwaukee Police officers spent Sunday afternoon spreading some Christmas cheer when they threw a party for 50 Milwaukee families as part of a holiday outreach effort. Kids played musical chairs, had their faces painted and had a visit with Santa before receiving at least two gifts each. Many local businesses and community organizations donated food, money and present for the event and helped select families in need.

The Vliet Street Business Association is acepting nominations for its first annual business awards. Awards will be offered in five categories including Emerging Business, Community Hero, Property Investment, Storyteller award and Business of the Year. Any business which runs along Vliet Street from 43rd to 62nd Streets is eligible to be nominated. Information found online at here.

A yearlong state DNR probe into illegal ginseng harvesting has generated more than 100 citations for violations in the last 6 years. Ginseng, believed to possess medicinal qualities that can help with a variety of health issues, takes years to mature in the wild and has been harvested to near-extinction in China. It is illegal to harvest ginseng from national parks, and WI requires diggers to obtain a license to harvest the plants. A pound of dried roots is going for between $800 and $850 this year. 

SECRET SOUNDTRACK - CHRISTMAS VACATION

1. Tagline from this 1989 Comedy "There's No Place Like Home For a Holiday!"

SONG: "Hey, Santa Claus" by The Moonglows

 

2. QUOTE: "Oh Eddie, if I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now."
SONG: "Mele Kalikimaka" by Bing Crosby

 

3. This movie has four Saturday Night Live alumni: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brian Doyle-Murray, Randy Quaid and Chevy Chase

SONG: "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Gene Autry