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U.S. Postal Service encourages you to drop your mail on Sundays

MILWAUKEE (WITI) – With less than three weeks until Christmas, the Milwaukee Post Office is encouraging customers to drop all their holiday cards and letters in postal blue collection boxes, especially on Sundays, December 8 and 15.

Customers should also remember to deposit all cards and letters loosely when they drop holiday mail into a blue collection box. They should never wrap cards or letters together with string, bow, rubber bands or paper clips.

“This can slow down mail processing and possibly damage postal machines,” said Milwaukee Postmaster Easton Wright in a news release.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Building Athletes Toward Success (BATS) in Mequon

MEQUON (WITI) — There may be snow on the ground. But there is one place where baseball and softball players can get a solid winter workout as they gear up for the spring. It’s B.A.T.S. Sports Academy.

B.A.T.S Sports Academy is committed to Building Athletes Toward Success. Our mission is to teach players the fundamentals of baseball and softball by providing them with a comprehensive training program that enables them to develop and gain confidence in their abilities.

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Radio-A-Thon hopes to raise thousands for Make-A-Wish kids

GREENFIELD (WITI) — Playing, coloring, and hanging out with her little brother are just some of the things Jordan Amble loves to do. But this 5-year-old has already had to deal with issues a child should never have to face.

“She has what’s called a Vein of Galen Malformation and it’s a very rare malformation in her brain. Only one in every three million kids has it,” said Jordan’s mother Sarah.

After hearing Jordan’s story, the Make-A-Wish Foundation stepped in. Jordan’s wish was to go to Disney World with her family.

“There’s a really special reason why, because I wanted to see the princesses,” said Jordan.

Not once on her trip did she think about the hospital or doctors.

“It felt good because when I go to the hospital sometimes they put IV’s in there and IV’s can hurt sometimes,” said Jordan.

Technology improves severe weather notifications

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — When severe weather rolls through like it did on Sunday, November 17th, how do you know when to seek shelter? More and more, technology is the first line of defense.

For many years, the sound of a siren has always been the cue that it’s time to seek shelter. But it’s not a perfect warning device.

“Sometimes our viewers will comment on how they didn’t hear the tornado sirens, whether they possibly didn’t sound,” said FOX6 Meteorologist Brittney Sager. “But also when a storm comes through, winds are howling. So sometimes they tend not to hear the sirens from their home just due to Mother Nature.”

When dangerous storms are brewing, it’s important to use the warning platforms available to you in today’s mobile society.

Operation Christmas Stockings for Soldiers now underway

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It’s the season of giving and people are getting into the Christmas spirit by making a difference in the lives of those who can’t be home for the holidays.

“We should all be here just enjoying Christmas as a nation but they’re doing something that we need to do to keep our nation what it is,” said Max A. Sass and Sons Funeral Homes President and CEO James Sass.

That’s why Max A. Sass and Sons Funeral Homes are hosting Operation Christmas Stockings for Soldiers.

They are asking people to pick up a free stocking from one of their 5 locations, decorate it, and fill it with goodies.

“Lip balm, shaving cream, batteries, if they want to send DVDs,” said Sass.

The filled stockings can be returned to one of the funeral homes and they will be sent to troops overseas.

Cookies prepared for the We Energies Cookie Book giveaway

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — From mixing to shaping to baking, Melody Cookies is staying plenty busy preparing nearly 100,000 cookies for the We Energies Cookie Book Giveaway.

“We take the recipe out of the We Energies Cookie Book that’s in cups, ounces, and teaspoons and we convert it all the way up to pounds. This particular batch is 191 pounds,” said Melody Cookies Operations Manager Mark Baggenstoss.

The sweet treats will be distributed for free along with the We Energies annual Cookie Book at events across the state.

But one of the most popular spots is Miller Park.

“It looks like people are lining up to go tailgating for a Brewers game or something but they are there because they are eager to get their hands on a Cookie Book,” said We Energies Spokesperson Cathy Schulze.

The Cookie Book started back in 1928 and has been a tradition ever since.

Harley-Davidson unveils new Street 750 & Street 500 for 2014

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Harley-Davidson revealed on Monday, November 4th two new Dark Custom™ motorcycles. The Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 and Street™ 500 motorcycles are built on the first all-new platform from H-D in 13 years.

Company officials say in a news release, the Street 750 and Street 500 from Harley-Davidson are built for an urban environment. Each motorcycle features the new Revolution X engine, designed to match the demands of stop-and-go traffic with nimble agility, while delivering instant throttle response to escape city gridlock.

The Revolution X engine will be housed in a new, narrow and lean chassis built for agility, with a super-low seat height, new suspension and broad handlebar sweep that provides confidence and maneuverability when managing tight turns and fast moves. Both signature Dark Custom motorcycles feature a premium, minimalist style that serves as a blank canvas for riders to customize.