John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
Recently, Archie the T.A. happened to be visiting Milwaukee City Hall. He came upon an alderman's office that had a meeting going on inside. A second alderman was also there. There were several people in the room representing the various 4th of July Associations in Milwaukee. The alderman, who's office we were in, agreed that the budget cuts of 25% to the City 4th of July Commission were very heavy. The city hall felt that the Talent Contests that were held in the various County Parks were costing them too much money. City hall also felt that electricity and stages were not needed for the programs on Independence Day. City hall felt that it was more advisable to remodel a city director's office than to fund the Milwaukee 4th of July Commission. City hall felt that the Milwaukee 4th of July Commission was only a burden on them, and that people did not need to celebrate Independence Day. The feeling was that cost cutting was more important than giving the people a full day of entertainment in the parks that day.
The second alderman stated that with the assessments of city properties down 5 % next year, that the Milwaukee 4th of July Commission would be a thing of the past. It seems that our mayor and our alder persons have no interest in celebrating Independence Day. It was just another day in the year.
The Bay View Historical Society will have its April meeting at the Beulah Brinton Community Center, 2555 S. Bay Street. The meeting will take place on April 6, 2009, starting at 7 PM. "Steel and Spirit" will be the program for the evening. Bill O'Brien will offer this program. All interested people are welcome to attend.
Humboldt Park Watch will hold its annual park clean-up at the park on Saturday, April 25, 2009, from 9 AM to 12 Noon. All interested people are invited to attend. Bags will be provided. Meet at the park pavilion, 3000 S. Pine Ave. Ruth Simos will be in charge of this event. Bring durable clothes.
Bay View area clean-up on Saturday, April 25, 2009, from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon. This event is sponsored by Bay View Neighborhood Association, Bay View Community Center, South Shore Park Watch, and Inland Seas School. Volunteers should sign up in the South Shore Park Pavilion, 2900 S. Shore Drive. Areas to be patrolled for litter include South Shore, Cupertino, Bay View, and Humboldt Parks; Kinnickinnic Avenue; and the Kinnickinnic River. Bags provided. Snacks available. Bring gloves, wear durable clothes.
The Milwaukee County Labor Council celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and is publishing a commemorative resource book. Persons or organizations interested in placing an advertisement or a name listing may contact Lynnda Guyton, Milwaukee Labor Press, 633 S. Hawley Road, Milwaukee. Wisconsin 53214. For information call: 414-771-7070 or e-mail Lynnda at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The 123rd anniversary of the 1886 Bay View Tragedy will be commemorated at 3 PM, Sunday May 3, 2009 at the Bay View Historical Marker Site at S. Superior Street and E. Russell Avenue, on Milwaukee's lakefront. Amy Stear, Wisconsin director of 9 to 5, will be the main speaker. She has been a leader of the paid sick leave campaign in Milwaukee and other efforts to assist working people. Stephen Hauser, author and histroian, will be master of ceremonies. Folksinger Larry Penn, who carries the title of labor's troubadour, will sing his tradtional 'Ghosts of Bay View", in honor of the fallen marchers of 1886. He will also perform a second song and lead in the traditional "Solidarity Forever". State Representative Christine Sinicki, who is chair of the Assembly's Labor Committee, will also say a few remarks.
The gathering has become a tradition and more than 200 are expected to attend the event which is held to remember the incident on May 6, 1886, when the state militia fired upon several thousand workers marching for the 8-hour day, killing seven. The event is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Labor History Society and is planned with members of the Bay View Historical Society. It has been held annually since 1986.
Bay View Historical Society Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Annual Dinner at South Shore Yacht Club
When the Bay View Historical Society hosts it annual dinner at South Shore Yacht Club on Saturday, April 25th, it will kick-off the celebration of its 30th anniversary as one of the largest local historical societies in our area. The dinner, which is a benefit for the Society, will honor its charter members and volunteers who have contributed to the development of the organization. The event begins with a cocktail hour and silent auction at 5:30 PM followed the dinner and award program. Singer/songwriter duo Barb and Tom Webber, winners of the 2003 Folk Artist of the Year award presented by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI), will perform original songs as the featured entertainment that evening.
During the dinner program, two Society members will receive awards in recognition of their service. Charter member Lois Rehberg, who has served the Society in many capacities since its inception 30 years ago, will receive a special Lifetime Service Award. As long-time chair of the Archives Committee, Rehberg has built and preserved the Society's extensive archive of documents, photographs, clothing and artifacts. The Society's Fundraising Committee Chair, Diana David, will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award. A former board member and active member of the Society for more than 10 years, David also serves on the Leadership and Deveopment and Newsletter Committees, and co-ordinated the annual Historic Walk for several years.
In these tough financial times, more people than usual are going to the thrift stores. There is Klement Sausage, 2650 S. Chase Ave., where you can purchase over-runs and good quality factory seconds at a reasonable price. There is Chocolate House, near W. Loomis Rd. & S. 35th St., where you can buy factory seconds and over-runs of nuts and chocolates. You can go to Country Maid, 1919 S. KK Ave., where you can buy potato salads-- many varieties, pickled beets, baked beans, macaroni salads, seafood salads, dips, jello, hot food -- early in the day, delicatessen delights, sandwiches, ham salad, tuna salad, egg salad, sub-sandwiches, bakery, make-your-own salad ingredients, rolls, pizza slices, soups and other goodies. All of these places have good reasonably priced food for the tight budget.
There are thrift stores like Value Village and other resale shops where you can buy used clothing and other goods in good condition. Good Will, Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul and some church stores are also good to go to. Your dollar will go a lot farther, if you watch what you purchase. Making old fashion cheaper meals will also help with your budget. Bread pudding, meat loaf, spagetti, pea soup, chicken soup, vegetable soup, chili and beef stew are all good examples of these.
The date for cleaning up Humboldt Park by the Humboldt Park Watch and volunteers has been changed. The park clean-up will now be on Saturday, April 25, 2009. Volunteers can sign up and pick up bags at park pavilion. Time of the event is from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon. The park pavilion is located at 3000 S. Pine Ave. Ruth Simos is in charge of this event. This clean-up event is sponsored by the Bay View Neighborhood Association, Bay View Community Center, Humboldt Park Watch, South Shore Park Watch, and Inland Schools.
The clean-up activities also are at South Shore Park Pavilion, 2900 S. Shore Dr. The areas to be patrolled by volunteers include Humboldt, South Shore, Cupertino, Bay View Parks; Kinnickinnic Ave; and the Kinnickinnic River. Bags will be provided. Snacks will be available. Bring gloves, wear durable clothes. Kathy Mulvey will be in charge of the South Shore Park and other park. Dale Nook, from the Bay View Neighborhood Association will be helping in organizing this event. After the clean-up is done, snacks will be available at South Shore Park, 2900 S. Shore Dr.
Now is a good time to start a family garden to help you grow food for your family. Choose vegetables that grow well in our climate. Peas, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, kohlrabi, cabbage, cauliflower, brocolli and lettuce are all good crops for our area. Rasberry bushes, blackberry bushes, rhubarb, strawberry plants, apple trees, pear trees, cherry trees, plum trees, apricot trees, peppermint plants, chives, and various herbs are also good plants to grow. If the law would allow for it, raising chickens would be an interesting project. Your own backyard can supply you with many food items that will help you save with your family budget. If you had lots of space, you could grow corn or asparagus. You and your family members could have a fun time growing these crops. The results will really delight you and your family.
I never thought that I would see the day when our century of celebrating Independence Day at Humboldt Park would come into question. Before this year, we have fought small budget cuts, obtained sponsors and volunteers to help us plan and celebrate the 4th of July. This year City Hall in its budget cuts has attempted to wipe out that dream. For the first time we will have to cancel our Talent Show. We also have to reduce our prizes, awards, ribbons, electricity, stage use and other little things that we need for this event. I always believed that in good times and bad times, that City Hall would support our celebration of Independence Day in the park. I was wrong. It seems that to City Hall, the 4th of July is just another day on the calendar.
With all of our military service people fighting on our behalf and many dying in the process, you know that freedom does not come cheap. Most of us celebrate the birthday of our country as proud citizens. We are so lucky to have the many freedoms that we have. Where else can you vote in safety? Where else can you speak your mind under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, not be punished for it? Where else can you carry a gun if needed without being arrested for it? Count your blessings. Be glad that you live in a free country.
On April 28, 2009, the labor movement will observe Workers Memorial Day to remember workers who have been killed or injured on the job. Black ribbons will be distributed at the April meetings so members can wear them in the workplace and community that week. Help make it clear that the labor movement will keep fighting for strong safety and health protections and will keep creating good, safe jobs. Ask your steward for a black ribbon.
On May 1st, the world will be celebrating May Day. This is labor day for most of the countries in the world. Support your local union. Honor our country's workers as they do their jobs. The unions have been the lifeblood of our nation. Feel proud, if you are a union member. Union workers have made our country great.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, four new dog excercise areas will be open in Milwaukee County by this summer. This statement comes from the Milwaukee County Parks and Residents for Off-Leash Milwaukee Parks.
The dog excercise areas will be open in Estabrook Park, Currie Park, Lake Park and Bay View Park. They will be the first dog excercise areas established within existing Milwaukee Parks.
At this time of year, you notice the missing people who normally would be at your family get togethers. Memories can be sad or happy, depending on what part of their life you remember. These people are loved ones who have played a major role in our lives before they passed on. Their love for us and others is still in our memories. They will always be part of our lives. When we get older, we know that one day we will join them. Some have died too soon. Some have gone through great suffering like terminal cancer. If they would still be around us, we would gladly be in their presence. We should treat each day that we live as a gift of the Lord. Nobody knows the day when they will depart this life, but you should always prepare for that day. Sharing love and understanding with others is a great way to live. It helps to be able to go to church services and thank the Lord for all that you have. Have faith and express yourselves to others. Your reward is greater than you can imagine. Live your faith at all times. As the song goes:"Be not afarid, I go before you always; come follow Me and I will give you rest". Take time to remember all of those who have passed away recently. Live your life one day at a time.
There is an interesting site on the internet: "You Raised Me" http://parentswish.com/site01/big.html
Now is the time to plan any vacations that you plan to take this year. One good way to travel is to take Amtrack and travel the country. This is many times cheaper than taking an airplane, however it takes longer and you need more food this way. Bus travel is also good. The buses seem to have little space between the seats. They take longer and may be more uncomfortable to ride in. If you are in a hurry to get somewhere, then take an airplane. The costs are higher, but travel time is shorter.
If you decide to take your car on a trip, then make sure that it is in good condition for traveling any distances. In your car, you travel at your own pace and decide when you choose to stop for any breaks. Depending on your financial means, the place that you travel to should be studied ahead of time to allow for any emergencies that may pop up. If you are tight financially, then go to the museum, zoo, library, parks, swimming pools, etc. Most of these are available at minimum costs to you. Watch a Brewer's game or a softball game in a park. Use the Yellow Pages to locate fun spots that don't cost too much. Do things together as a family and give verybody a big hug while enjoying yourself. Some small lakes are close to town and are reasonable to go fishing or swimming at. There are many activities available in our Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation facilities like Beulah Brinton Community Center. Relax as a family and plan out your vacation days ahead.
On May 1st, the world celebrates May Day. The day marks the coming of Spring. It is also Labor Day to most of the world. Countries like to show off what they have accomplished over the year. The labor movement is honored for being the heart and spirit of every nation. Take the time to support your local unions. Their work over the years has brought most of our progress over the years. Pray that jobs can be made possible for all of the people who are unemployed. Let's hope that our economy will improve and things will go back to normal in our lives. Try to help those who are in need. Find ways to be of assistance with their families. Please support the Bay View community.
See web site: History and Origin of May Day