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.
Wisconsin is known for strange twists in our weather. It could be hot or cold. It could rain or snow. One year we had a major snow storm on April 1st. With the winds that we have been having lately, you could fly a kite outdoors. Watch the local weather forcast to see if you need a jacket or a parka to travel with. If we are lucky, we may not need jackets, and we could celebrate nice warm weather. A warm rain is better than cold snow. Snow you have to shovel, but rain you don't. Softball games will resume soon. Tennis will also start soon. Outdoor basketball and volleyball will soon follow. Pray that we get some warm pleasant weather soon. Please support the Bay View community.
Now is a good time to cut your grass. If you have bare spots on your grass, then let the grass grow until it forms seed and then cut it and rake the cut grass over the bare spots. The seed from your old grass will form new grass on the bare spots. Leave this grass on the ground until the next time you cut your grass again. You will will be surprised at the appearance of your grass afterwards. This is an old trick to fill in bad spots on your grass. If you rake this grass & seed near your garden area, you will have new grass in your garden. This is how my father used to get rid of bad spots on the grass. Please support the Bay View community.
I can remember heavy rains coming in April and May. During this time, it seems that most of your yard plants will come to life. Maybelles (Lilies of the Valley) and Lilacs will soon come into bloom. Strawberries will soon be ripe and can be picked. In June, the rasberries will appear on the rasberry bushes. Watch out for the bees and yellow jackets when you pick berries. If you are picking berries, as long as you leave the bees alone, nothing will happen to you. Yellow jackets, if they have a nest near your berry plants, will chase and attack you at any time. Black hornets and wasps will leave you alone as long as you do not bother them. Plum trees, apricot trees, cherry trees will blossom soon and if they are polinated, will bear fruit soon afterwards. If your trees do not have many blossoms on them, then pound a few rusty nails into the tree trunks. This iron will cause the trees to bear more fruit. If you plant peas, beans and radishes, they will grow fast. Try to watch your plants to see if they need fertilizer or water, but don't overdo it. Coffee grounds on the grass will help you locate some nice nightcrawlers for fishing. These nightcrawlers will also irrigate and fertilize your lawn. Please support the Bay View community.
When I was younger, all of the cars had gear shifts on the steering wheel or on the floor on the right side of steering wheel, a horn button in the center of the steering wheel, a small button on the floor to change to bright lights. All windows were hand cranked. The windshield came in two sections. There were running boards under the front doors of the cars. Radiators were huge and needed air to cool down while driving. It always paid to keep water on the car in case of a radiator leak. Many tires had inner tubes inside. You needed to take along some cement and patches and carry a hand air pump in case of a flat tire. If you would place the jack wrong, then your car could fall on top of you as you were working on it. A good spare tire could buy you time while driving. Many roads were gravel and hard to drive on. Distilled water was needed for the car battery. A good tire wrench would expedite matters with a flat tire. Woe to the driver who got a flat tire on a Sunday, and you were wearing your best dress clothes. Before you came back inside of the car, your needed to wash your hands to remove the grime from changing a tire. Radios came out later for cars. Portable heaters were needed for some cars. Car directional signals did not come on the scene untill later years. You had to open your driver's sided window and give hand signals when you wanted to turn left or right or to slow down. These cars had fewer parts than modern cars, but they were made of heavy metal and were very strong in an accident. The springs in the car were not as good as our shock absorbers now. Many of these older cars have been remodeled for show purposes. Some were converted into hot rods. Automatic transmissions did not come into existance until after World War II. Someday go to a classic car show and look at some of these old cars.
Now is the time for spring cleaning or a brief vacation. Your children will be off from school due to Easter vacation. If it is warm outside, then the children will want to be outdoors to play with their friends. You could plant a small garden for your family. Try to relax and do what you like best. This is only a short period of time, so make the best of it. Please support the Bay View community.
The unions are not the only thing that Scott Walker has attacked. He has also attacked women's rights to equal pay. First he attacks the unions and schools, then he attacks women's rights. He is taking us back many years in things that we have received over the years. Teachers long ago gave up large pay raises to receive more benefits. Then Scott Walker and his Republican friends go about eliminating these benefits. He is showing more of giving to his rich friends and corporations and reducing needed funding for the poor and disabled population. Follow the news and you will see that I am right. He wonders why he is up for a recall election. The facts speak for themselves. You will have the right to recall him from office soon. It is up to you the voter to decide if what he is doing is right for you and your family. Study all of the facts and make your decision as to how you will vote at his recall election.
Since 1910, Humboldt Park 4th of July Association has celebrated Independence Day at Humboldt Park with the families of the area. People have come and gone from the membership. We need a fresh beginning and new blood in our organization. It would be sad to see the Independence Day celebration become a thing of the past. We have a wonderfull country. Our military has served us proudly in saving our rights to be Americans. Please consider giving us some of your time and input to continue our fine traditions. Our organization is getting older, and we could use more young members to advance our cause. Many generations of families have been able to join our celebration over the years. We could use some help in rebuilding our organization to serve future generations on Independence Day. Please consider joining our organization and give your input into planning this great event. If you have any questions, please call us at 414-304-5039 or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next meeting date is Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 7 PM inside of the Humboldt Park Pavilion. Please come and join us there.
When I was younger, I and others would go to Humboldt Park and rent a row boat and ride on the park lagoon. We would ride between the islands and watch the ducks and turtles resting on the islands. The water is not that deep. It was once fed by a branch of Deer Creek. The lagoon is man made. At one time it was smaller. The park was expanded and the lagoon now had two islands instead of only one. They used to set off the fireworks on one of the islands on the 4th of July, but were forced to move this operation further away from neighboring houses. When we went boating, we used the old park pavilion to rent our boats. Upstairs in the pavilion, you could buy popcorn and other snacks. When the park was not busy, the ducks used to go inside of the pavilion looking for popcorn. At night the row boats were tied up on one of the islands. While you were rowing your boat, you had to listen for the boat attendant shouting out your boat number to return to the pavilion dock. In winter, we used the same area as the boat rental for putting on our ice skates to skate on the park lagoon. The old pavilion has been razed and replaced by a new one. The row boats are now gone. All we have left is some happy memories of the past.
When we were kids, we used to sit up on the hill by the big tree (now gone) on a blanket and go swimming at South Shore Beach. The sand was always hot and the stones in shallow water always hurt the feet. The water was always cold. It used to be fun to play in the sand and look for beautiful stones to take home for a home garden or to put on display. There used to be a lifeguard sitting on a high chair watching all of the bathers at the beach. If you ever lost anything in the sand, it would be very difficult to retrieve. All of the sand looked the same and you could never be certain of where you lost your item. Dogs were not allowed on the beach. You could have some great fun while swimming there.
Now you can always find a sign posted stating no swimming due to bacteria in the water. Whether the bacteria came from the birds or from the sewerage plant is still disputed. You can now swim at your own risk and get very sick or just sun bathe at the beach. Now you can have your dog at the beach. What a difference time makes.
You should support the upcoming Hoan Bridge repairs. If you don't, you could win the lottery and be the first person to fall through a collasping bridge. The bridge supports are now weak and need replacing. The concrete on the bridge is wearing out. It is only a matter of time until an accident occurs and somebody gets hurt due to the poor condition of this bridge. Please support any plan that will repair the bridge. Your own life could depend on it.
When they have the next candidate forum, they should hook up all of the candidates to a lie detector. If any candidate lies in his speech, he should have to donate a small sum to charity. It would be very interesting to find some honest candidates for political office. This process will help us choose the best candidate for any political office. Is this too much to ask of people who want to run for for a political office? I am very curious about this.
Join the Bay View Neighborhood Association this Saturday, April 28 from 9 AM - Noon as we pick up trash at our lakefront and central park. Registration begins at 8:30 AM at the South Shore Pavilion and the Humboldt Park Pavilion. We'll have coffe and muffins to get you going in the morning and free pizza at Noon.
We will provide trash bags and gloves. You can work in the park or on the beach or walk back to your own neighborhood and pick up litter along the way. If you want to bring a rake and clean under the pavilion's bushes and spread mulch, that's cool too.
On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 7 PM, we will be holding our next meeting of the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association meeting in the park pavilion. We would like to invite all interested people to attend this meeting. At the meeting we plan the celebration of Independence Day at Humboldt Park. We have been doing this since 1910. Over time, many people have given us their time to help us out. All input is welcome. We especially need younger members to carry on our great traditions. We would like to carry on into at least the next generation for all to enjoy. Over the years, many families have been able to watch and be a part our celebration. Bring along your friends so they may also give their input at our meetings. Y'all come and join us there.
If you have any questions, please call us at 414-304-5039.
126th Anniversary Commemoration of the Bay View Tragedy
3 PM, Sunday, May 6, 2012