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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.

The July 4, 2012 Franklin parade post-game show

Another big crowd on an absolute scorcher that had some hearty Franklinites packing up and heading home early. Can’t blame them.

Note to volunteer organizers who do a terrific job: When temperatures prompt heat warnings and people have been waiting for over an hour, you need to get the event started on time and keep it moving consistently.

HEROES OF THE PARADE: The veterans and the young returning vets.

VILLAIN: Mother Nature. At approximately 10:40, a cloud cover rolled in and there was a bit of a breeze. This was only a cruel tease. Bright, hot sun made its presence felt the entire parade.

BEST LEGS: Senator Mary Lazich. Sorry, Alderman Wilhelm. With you sitting in that car, I couldn’t see yours.

WORST LEGS: Alderman Steve Olson followed closely by Mayor Tom Taylor.

NICE GUY AWARD (TIE): The young scout who gave our little Kyla two flags and a young dancer who gave her a popsicle. Also, a nearby woman sharing her sunscreen with other children.

BEST ATTIRE: Alderman Olson with an amazingly patriotic shirt.

ATTIRE THAT NEEDS WORK: Alderman Steve Taylor. Next year, Steve, incorporate some red, white and blue. C’mon, Steve. You can do it!

BRAVEST ENTRANT: Milwaukee County Supervisor Mark Borkowski. Long black slacks, blue shirt, and a tie with fireworks art. And not a drop of perspiration.

LOUDEST APPLAUSE: The veterans and Congressman Paul Ryan.

Congrats to all the parade participants! It could not have been easy!

I have one more interesting nugget from the parade, but I’ll save that for Thursday.

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