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Daily Bread for 2.29.20

Good morning.

Leap Day in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of thirty-four.  Sunrise is 6:29 AM and sunset 5:44 PM, for 11h 14m 55s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 28.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand two hundred eighth day.

  On this day in 1944, the Allies begin Operation Brewer during which the United States Army’s 1st Cavalry Division would take the Japanese-held Admiralty Islands.

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 Jeramey Jannene reports DNC Host Committee Hires New Leaders:

Just over three weeks after firing two New Jersey political operatives hired to lead Milwaukee’s Democratic National Convention host committee, the organization’s board has hired two prominent local leaders to replace them.

Raquel Filmanowicz will serve as the Milwaukee 2020 Chief Executive Officer. She’ll take a leave of absence from her job as Director of U.S. Community Giving for BMO Harris Bank to lead the convention effort. Prior to joining BMO in 2012, Filmanowicz spent a decade at the Milwaukee Health Department rising to the position of health operations administrator overseeing operations in three different divisions. Her role with Milwaukee 2020 will place her in charge of fundraising, volunteer recruitment and venue organization.

Paula Penebaker who retired as head of the YWCA at the end of 2019 after 20 years, will join the host committee as Chief Operating Officer. She will be responsible for managing the host committee staff, based out of the Milwaukee Center office building.


Filmanowicz, 45, and Penebaker, 67,  both have served in a number of board positions with other Milwaukee organizations. Filmanowicz serves as board chair for the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee and was appointed to the board of the Wisconsin Center District in 2018 by Barrett. Penebaker currently serves on the board of Milwaukee World Festival and previously served on the boards of the Rotary Club of MilwaukeePublic Policy Forum and Milwaukee County Federated Library System.

Vicky Hallett writes Tired of biking in the gym? Virtual reality lets you cycle in Iceland, instead:

Transporting yourself with fitness equipment is a selling point of Peloton, whose much-mocked holiday commercial featured a woman receiving a Peloton bike as a Christmas present — or maybe as a punishment. What the ad didn’t emphasize is that the same product that allows you to attend a 6 a.m. cycling class every day also offers “scenic outdoor” options, with virtual rides through places such as Paris, U.S. national parks and New Zealand.

You’ll have more company for your “outdoor” workout with Zwift, an app that works with either a bike or a treadmill. It throws users together on its virtual courses, which include routes in New York; London; Innsbruck, Austria; and Watopia — an imaginary island with an active volcano, sloths and hairpin turns. (Bicycling magazine declared it “the best place to ride this winter.”)

(I use Zwift, an app available on Apple or Android phones, tablets, or Apple TV.)

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