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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.

Are you ready for this summer?

There are a lot of things going on this Summer. We have Summerfest and the other festivals at Henry Maier Park.  Major League Baseball is at Miller Park with our own Milwaukee Brewers. We have the celebration of Independence Day throughout the area.  Humboldt Park has a 100 unit parade starting at 9:00 a.m. in Bay View. It also has a full day of activities for the family to enjoy.  The South Shore Farmers Market is again operating on every Saturday  (except during the South Shore Frolics) through the middle of October from 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon,  with an educational program and a musical program each week. There are over 40 vendors at the South Shore Farmers Market, located at 2900 S. Shore Drive. We will have various events with the Bay View Historical Society during the summer.(  Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Department has many activities vailable to all ages. (  Beulah Brinton Community Center has activities for all ages. It is located at 2555 S. Bay Street in Bay View.(

  You can go to almost any baseball field in a park and find some softball games going on. Basketball and volleyball games are also common in the area.  Tennis courts become crowded at this time of the year.  Family picnics are plentyful at this time. Take some time and enjoy some of the fine activities going on in our area.  Take the family along and relax. You also can take vacation trips with your friends and/or family. It is good to be outdoors at this time of the year.  Please support the Bay View community.

Letter from Sgt. Stan Doty -- Wisconsin Army National Guard member serving in Iraq

Dear everyone,

   Here I am on my second tour in Iraq, helping to ensure  that our American way of life can continue ( from my perspective we are keeping the war out of our country by fighting it elsewhere).  While I am gone,  it turns out funds are being taken away from a holiday,   that exists because of our service men and women;  which takes away so much from the City of Milwaukee.  Funding was dropped citywide for the 4th of July Talent Contests.

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Happy Independence Day

   My wife and I will be volunteering all day at Humboldt Park on the 4th of July.  We have a full day of activities planned for the entire family.  We have the Morning Parade starting at 9:00 a.m.  We have Rainbow Randa doing at "Patriotic Clown Show" at 10:30 a.m.  At 11:00 a.m., we have the Children's Games for ages 1-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10,  11-12 years.  Also at 11:00 a.m., we have an old time 1860's style baseball game at Keltner Field.  At 12:30 p.m., we have Registration for the Bicycle, Tricycle, Coaster and Doll Buggy Contest.  At 12:45 p.m.,  we have "Dancers with Woofs",  Performing Dogs.  At 1:00 p.m., we have judging of the children's vehicles by theme and decor,  with parents and children viwewing from curbside.  At  1:30 p.m., we have the Afternoon Children's Parade, with all of the contestents marching to the park chalet.  At 2:00 p.m.,  we have the "Chicken Dance Contest" on the chalet stage with audience participation and prizes. At 2:30 p.m., we were planning on having the Talent Show, but Milwaukee City Hall cancelled this event with their budget cuts.  From 3 - 7 p.m., we will have Live Musical Groups performing at the green stage on E. Idaho Street.  At 7:00 p.m., we post the Colors, play the National Anthem, Welcome the audience, and give out Awards from earlier in the day.  At 7:15 p.m.,  we have our Evening Program at the Chalet.  "Becca and the Boys" will perform muusic from the 1960's, 70's, 80's & more.  They have a 10 piece band with 5 horns.  They play Country, Rock & Soul music.  At 9:15 p.m., we will have our Fireworks over the lagoon.

   Remember to avoid using your own fireworks.  One they are illegal, and two the penalty is quite stiff for users. In the distant past,  many people were maimed, blinded, lost fingers and limbs due to mishandling of fireworks.  Old fireworks turn into nitroglycerin and become very unstable while handling them.  Please learn from the mistakes of the past.  Protect your family and self, and don't use your own fireworks.

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Bay View Historical Society kicks off Capital Campaign at 4th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting -- Sponsored by Groppi Food Market

   Groppi Food Market will sponsor the 4th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting as a benefit for the Bay View Historical Society on Saturday, July 25th.  This casual but elegant event will be held  from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Society's headquarters, the Beulah Brinton House,  located at 2590 S. Superior Street. The event marks the kick-off of the Bay View Historical Society's Capital Campaign, Celebrating Our Past, Forging Our Future.  The campaign's goal is to raise funds to secure ownership of the beulah Brinton house, support restoration and further develop Society programming.

   At the tasting, guests can sample international wines and beers offered by the G. Groppi Food Market while enjoying a variety of food and dessert items from local restaurants.  The evening's festivities will also include entertainment and a silent auction.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Society and help support its Beulah Brinton House headquarters.

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Thank you for the wonderful Humboldt Park 4th of July celebration

I wish to thank everybody who helped us this year at Humboldt Park on the 4th of July.  The park workers did a marvelous job of helping us out. Larry Reeve and his sons did a tremendous job of doing all of the invisible work of setting things up and making our day possible.  Our sponsors provided donations to help make our Independence Day celebration a reality.  Our volunteers worked hard all day to keep things moving as the day went on.  City Hall did tis thing by cutting our operating funds to try to ruin our day.  It is too bad that the poiticians who told us to clean up the park, as well as do our regular volunteer duties,  would not take a garbage bag themselves to show us how to do that job.  I guess that they would rather spoil our celebration than do anything constructive. That is City Hall for you.

On a beautiful morning with only a few clouds in the sky, we started the day with our Morning Parade. There were at least 100 units in the parade.  At 10:30 a.m.,  "Rainbow Randa" had her Patriotic Clown Show.  From 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.,  we had the Morning Children's Games for children from 1- 12 years of age.  Also at 11 a.m, we had a 1860's style old time baseball game on Keltner Field.  At 12:30 P.M., we had Registration for the Children's Bicycle, Tricycle, Coaster Wagon and Doll Buggy Contest, from ages 2-12  years of age.  At 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.,  we had "Dancers with Woofs" perform dancing routines with their dogs.  From 1:30 to 2:00 p.m., we had the Afternoon Children's Parade to the Chalet to show all of the winners and contestents to the audience. From 2 - 3 p.m., we had a "Chicken Dance Contest".  One group of adults and one group of children performed for prizes.  From 3 - 7 p.m., we had music from the Green Stage on E. Idaho Street.  At 7 p.m., we had the Posting of Colors,  National Anthem, Welcome and Award Presentations from the day's events.  From 7:15 - 9:15 p.m., we had "Becca and the Boys", with muisc from the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's and more.  They had a 10 piece band with 5 horns and they played Country, Rock and Soul music.  It sounded very beautiful.  At 9:15 p.m., we had our Fireworks over the Lagoon.

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The South Shore Frolics is coming this weekend

Here is a reminder that the South Shore Frolics is happening for the 60th time since 1948.  There will be fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.

On Friday, July 10th:  Fish Fry,  Milwaukee Arts Presents: Kohl's Color Wheels for Kids,  "Doo Wop Daddies" with Sam McCue perform,  and at dusk:  Movie on the Beach: "Hotel for Dogs" followed by a short fireworks display.

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Support your local Condo Association

When we went to our condo association meeting on June 22, 2009,  there were not many people there. We did have a quorum and were able to discuss matters.  There are needs of the association that have to be addressed.  When major repairs are needed, and nobody shows up at the meeting, it is possible to assess everyone for the repairs needed.  It is very important to attend these meetings.  Your financial concerns may be at stake here. 

I ask everyone who lives in a condo, to please attend their meetings if they want to protect their way of life.  An unsrupulous condo board can impose great expenses on the condo owner, if they are not careful and alert to what is happening around  them.  Most condo associations try to protect the interest of fellow condo owners. Our condo association is one such organization. It is no laughing matter to get an assessment for a large sum of money. While it may seem unimportant to you, there is much at stake here for you the condo owner.

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Getting addicted to games on

Not that long ago, I was invited by a friend to go on  After I got on there, I found that there were many interesting games to play. I went on "Mafia Wars", various farm games, pets, games for saving humanity and other games.  After a while, you lose contact with time.  The games are a lot fun to play, but times moves very fast when you are enjoying yourself. I offer an open invitation to anybody with a little time to spend, to go on  A friend of mine, while serving in the U.S. Army in Irag, is playing some of the same games with me. There are many good people who get involved with these games. If you like to gamble, and don't have money for it, then these games are perfect for you. Many of these games involve contact with other people while playing.  Some things you can do yourself, and other things are better when you interact with other people. You get what you put into these games. Relax and enjoy yourself.  We can't always be serious all of the time.  This is like playing cards. There are card games on saving humanity games.  There are various types of games available.  You can find one to match your mood.  My wife thinks that I am on the cmputer too much.  I guess that I am getting addicted to these games.  Decide for yourself what you would like to do.  You can never get bored while playing games on the computer.

Danger of thunderstorms in high heat

   When the temperature gets very hot outside,  severe thunderstorms can develop.  Sometimes tornados can come with these storms. If a severe storm warning is given, try to go into your basement, if you have one. If you have no basement, go into a room with few or no windows.  Flying glass from these storms can hurt you badly.  If you are in a building with a lot of windows, try to duck under a table or solid object to protect you from flying glass.  Out in the counrty, people go into a storm cellar to protect themselves.  If you are outside in a storm, stay clear of trees, for they can fall down or lose branches in a strong wind.  A concrete building or the inside of a store can be a safe shelter at this time.  Stay away from all windows.  Do not panic , for these storms don't last very long.  Take the time to establish a safe place to go to when such a storm comes.  If you plan ahead, you should be safe from danger.  Most of the worst storms come with very high temperatures outside and a cold front approaching rapidly.  The collision of these two air masses cause storms to develop. Please be careful and keep your family from harm at all times.  Please  support the Bay View community.

Return of the South Shore Farmers Market

On Saturday, now that the South Shore Frolics has ended, the South Shore Farmers Market will resume its normal Saturday activities from 8 am to 12 Noon,  every Saturday through mid-October.  There are over 40 vendors to serve you.  The morning education program starting at 9:15 a.m., will be "Vegetable Magic":  Enticing Flavors of Southern India.  The musical program will b the "Milwaukee Mandolin Ensemble", with Mid-Eastern, Mid-Western Melodies.  There are 3 bakeries and 3 coffe shops to serve you. St. Ann's Intergenerational Center has fresh homemade pies from the convent plus other things to sell.  Crepes, egg sandwiches and meat sandwiches on the grill will be there to buy.  Fresh mushrooms and flowers are on sale.  Homemade candy is available.  The "KettleCorn Man" will be there with Kettle Popcorn to sell.  There will be several farmers, both organic and regular growers there.  There is fresh frozen chickens and fresh eggs to purchase.  Smoothies are on sale at the market.  There is something for everybody here at the farmers market.  Y'all come.

Reminder of the "4th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting" event of the Bay View Historical Society

   G. Groppi Food Market will sponsor their 4th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting as a benefit for the Bay View Historical Society on Saturday, July 25th.  This casual but elegant event will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Society's headquarters,  the historic Beulah Brinton House, located at 2590 S. Superior Street in Bay View. The event marks the kick-off of the Bay View Historical Society Capital Campaign,  Celebrating Our Past,  Forging Our Future.  The campaign's goal is to raise funds to secure ownership of the Beulah Brinton House,  support restoration and further develop Society programming.

   At the tasting,  guests can sample international wines and beers offered by G. Groppi Food Market while enjoying a variety of food and dessert items from local restaurants.  The evening's festivities will also include intertainment and a silent auction.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Society and help support its Beulah Brinton House headquarters.

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Thank you for supporting the South Shore Frolics

  I wish to thank everyone who helped out with the planning and operations of the South Shore Frolics. A very special thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors who made this weekend a great success. The Lion's Club members from the South Shore communities helped out when help was needed. This was the 60th time that we celebrated the frolics. The Bay View community did a good job of supporting us.  Many people also came from other areas of the South Shore and from Milwaukee to enjoy themselves.  I hope the frolics have great success in the future also.  Thank you everybody for  supporting the South Shore Frolics.

Bay View Historical Society's Western Border Walk

   What area of Bay View is a cradle of industry?   What local winery produced 50 different vintages before Prohibition?   Where is one of Bay View's earliest homes located?

   You can learn the answers to tehese questions and more while visiting more than a dozen historical sites featured on the Bay View Historical Society's Western Border Walk.    It is two and half hour guided tour conducted on Saturday, August 1st, at 9:30 a.m.   Society members Ron Winkler and Todd Smith will lead the walk,  which is open to the public.

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Need for younger members in our various organizations

  If you have noticed,  many members of our various organization are older people.  Younger people with new input are needed to help these organizations survive and thrive in the future.  The older members have done their job, and now it is time for younger people to move in.  The more new  younger people,  the more input is given to an organization. It is sad to see any organization fade into oblivion, but without younger members, this will happen more often than you think.  Lack of funding is another concern to organizations.  Without volunteers and funding, our support fades.  The older members should step aside and let more younger members take an active role.  As the older members fade away, then the younger members can rebuild the organization into a stronger more active group. Please consider giving some time to organizations so they can use your input to rebuild for the future.  Many new younger members have been disappointed by their slow rise to power,  but older members must step aside for the good of the group. Do not be afraid to join a group.  They very much need your help now. Do not be afraid to show your talent and skills.  Rome was not built in one day, but its foundations exist today. Be patient and you will become a leader in your group if you desire this.  Nobody should dominate a group in such a way as to lose new members.  Please do your part in the group.  The more members, the easier the task at hand.  We must all share the tasks needed to be done by the group.

Please support our Bay View community.

Support the South Shore Farmers Market

   During the month of August,  we will have many activities at the South Shore Farmers Market. On August 1st,  Braise on the Go will be the educational program and Carmen LaMarque with the Bassa Nova and Latin Jazz will be the featured music for the day.

  On August 8th, we have National Day Out at the park. Many non-profit organizations will appear here for you to visit.  The music for the day is Informal Blues Band -- Jamming-From the Sidewalk to the Stage.

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Thank you to everyone who made the Wine & Beer Tasting event a success.

 I wish to than everyone who participated in the Bay View Historical Society 4th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting as a benefit to the Society. Nancy Tawney, who chaired this event, did a great job of preparing for it. Kathy  Mulvey did a good job of taking care of all of the volunteers and set-up requirements.  I also would like to thank G. Groppi Food Market, owned by John Nehring and his wife, who contributed much for this event.  There are also many members and volunteers who put in their time to help out. Thank you very much,  your help was much appreciated.  Without such good people as you, we could not have such a great success.  Please help support the Bay View Historical Society's Capital Campaign,  Celebrating Our Past, Forging Our Future.  The campaign's goal is to raise funds to secure ownership of the beulah Brinton House,  support restoration and further develop Society programming.

                                                             Bay View Historical Society

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A letter to Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker

 Is there something that you can do about the park benches in our county parks?  They are so old that they actually fall apart when you sit on them.  This is a severe health hazard to the people using the park. I know that the maintenance of park equipment has been overlooked for many years,  but do you want Milwaukee County to be sued if somebody gets hurt sitting on a park bench.  On some benches the wood is so rotten that it crumbles when you touch it. On some the walls of them are broken and could stab somebody who is not looking at them. Please visit our parks and see how bad these benches are. It is bad enough that many park restrooms are condemned by the Milwaukee Health Department.  Do we need to have more unsafe issues here?  Please have toilet paper and hand soap available in our parks. In the late afternoon and evenings, due to staff shortages,  the toilet paper is gone as well as the hand soap.  Please do something about these county park problems.

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