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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.

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

We are lucky to be able to vote for our choice of political candidates for any office. In some countries, there is danger in voting. You should take the time to vote. If you fail to vote, then you can not complain on politics in general. We live in the United States of America. The Bill of Rights gives us the opportunity to be able to vote. We also can express ourselves in public. Choose the person that you think is best qualified for any political office. It does not matter which party he or she belongs to. Think for yourself, and don't be afraid to vote. We need all of the votes that we can get to receive the voice of the people in this election I am not telling you who to vote for, but I trust that you will decide for yourself who is the best candidate for office. Please vote on Tuesday.

Are glad that April Fools Day is over?

 It is too bad that we have to live with bad political news.  We have a governor who hates unions and poor people. We have Milwaukee Public Schools trying to survive with much of their funding lost due to our governors actions. We have parks that are very much in need of work to help them survive for the future. We have bus route reductions due to funding cuts. We have a clone of Scott Walker trying to become our next county executive. The future now is scary. I wish that both political parties would get together and end this animosity towards each other. We need balance in our politics. Both parties have their good points. This is the United States of America. We must respect our fellow citizens and find compromise on needed actions.  Please vote on elections day. Every vote is important.

Are you happy with the election results?

 Now that the election is over, are you happy with the results? The people have spoken. Now is the time for action. Please support our unions and the workers of Wisconsin. We don't need any more cuts in funding. We need more jobs. ( not jobs that only pay minimum salary with no benefits ) Politicians should support the people that elected them. I am hoping that many things will soon be resolved on our State level. If necessary, recall elections must be made. God Bless the United States of America.

Preparing for surgery is no fun

  About one week before you have surgery, you have to cut off your supply of Celebrex, baby aspirin, vitamins, fish oil, Aleve or anything that could act as a blood thinner.  With your pain medicine cut off, you have to put up with a lot of arthritis pain. This is where the fun begins.

 As you do your physical therapy, the pain involved is much greater than normal. As you sleep at night, a safe pain killer is sought out. Tylenol is allowed, thank God. An ice pack helps also.

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It won't be long before Easter arrives

Get out and prepare for Easter. Plan on getting any candy, baskets, and toys that the children would like to receive on Easter. Go to church for Lenten services. Go as a family. Check to see if anyone is in need of help. Visit friends and relatives as a family. Plan on having an Easter meal for your family. Do things together as a family.

Take your dog for a long walk.

  Dogs enjoy going for a long walk with their master. They enjoy the fresh warm Spring air as much as we do. A dog will be very happy if it has a chance to be outdoors more. The fresh air will wear them out, but they will be happy. If it is warm enough, give your dog a bath. This is the time to get going with all of your activities. Most dogs love being with their master as often as they can. A happy dog give you a lot of love. Enjoy these days.  Please support the Bay View community.

Spring is here again

Now is the time to do Spring house cleaning. Outdoor sports are soon returning. Gardening can be fun, and the results will taste good.  Milwaukee Brewer Baseball is back for a new season. Softball and basketball teams are being formed. Get some good excercise and go outdoors for a change. Take your family out for some activities.  Enjoy the warm Spring air and relax a bit. Soon rummage sales will be poping up all over. Take advantage of our warm weather to do things together with your family. A family that plays together, stays together. Please support the Bay View coimmunity.

After surgery

  On Wednesday, April 6th, I had rotator cuff surgery on my left shoulder. I went home the same day as I was operated on. It was no fun spending time in a reclining chair. It was only recently, that I was allowed to sleep in my own bed again. A special physical therapy machine, that I must use for a least 3 times a day for over 1 hour each session, keeps me very busy. Having very little use of my left arm is not easy. Normal shirts can't be worn due to a sling on my left arm restricting movement. T-shirts can't be worn yet.  Pain medicine and ice packs are very helpful.  When I first came home from the hospital, they had a pain block with morphine on my left shoulder hung from a strap. While this was operational, my breathing had to be supplemented by my C-pak breathing machine. When I failed to use this machine, I found normal breathing to be difficult. I could only go on the computer for a short time before being out of breath.

 My doctor, Doctor Joshua Neubauer, did an excellent job on my shoulder. I wish to thank him for his hard work with three hours of operating on my shoulder to repair it. I am very glad that the surgery was done. Now I have some hope of reusing my left shoulder again. Thanks once again to Dr. Neubauer for all of your hard work.

Testing a new dog leash

  Three days after I purchased a new retractable dog leash for my dog, he showed me what he thought of it. I left him on the leash due to company coming over. He came into the computer room to show me the remains of the leash. He chewed through it very quickly. This is a lesson to me. Never leave the dog on a good leash too long. He will cause its demise. He also hates going into his cage, when we leave the house. If I don't set the latch right, he will figure a way to escape from the cage. He is one smart dog. His biggest thing is staying close to me. If I sit down to read or watch TV, he will be on my lap. If I decide to take a nap or to lay down, he is sleeping right next to me. He is a good watch dog, but not a guard dog. He is a lover, but not a biter. I really enjoy being with him. Brownie is a Fox Terrier.

May Day -- Bay View Massacre 1886 -- Special program in Bay View on Sunday, May 1, 2011

  There will be a laying of a wreath and a special program sponsored by the Labor History Society at the monument located at S. Superior St. & E. Russell Ave. There will be many dignitaries, union leaders, politicians and special speakers at this event. This is to remember an event that happened in May of 1886, when State Militia members fired upon the strikers fighting for an eight-hour work day. This is an event that is very important to us. It helps to remind us of what labor unions have done for us. The even will begin at about 4 PM and will be followed by a hot dog & liquid refreshment sale at the Beulah Brinton House, home of the Bay View Historical Society, 2590 S. Superior St.

Spring rains are here again

  Now that we are in the month of April, spring rains have begun. Now the grass will turn green and leaves will return to our trees. This is a good time to take your family on a walk to enjoy the beauty of our area. Today is Good Friday.  Today we honor the Crucifixion of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Take time to reflect on this. Please support the Bay View community.

May meeting of Humboldt Park 4th of July Association

  On May 4th, the May meeting of the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association will be held at 7 PM in the park pavilion. Come and join us. Your input could and should be important to us. All interested people are invited to attend this meeting. Planning for the Independence Day celebration at Humboldt Park is being done. You are welcome to attend.

"A Voice of their Own"-- Wystawa stulecia Glosu Polek -- 1910-2010

  The Polish Women's Alliance of America will host a display of 100 years of their newspaper "Glos Polek" at the Polish Center of Wisconsin in Franklin, Wisconsin, located at 6941 S. 68th St., 53132. The exhibit can be visited May 6, 2011 until June 27, 2011, with an opening reception on Friday, May 6,2011  from 7-9 PM.  PWAA  officers and dignitaries will attend. The communitry is also invited to attend this free celebration.

 Polish Women's Alliance of America was founded in 1898, when women could not get life insurance. Through the last 113 years, the PWAA has held many fraternal activities and helped with many Polish causes in America and Poland.

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PTA Teacher Appreciation Week -- May 1 - 7, 2011

  The National PTA is joining thousands of communities across the country in celebrating PTA Teacher Appreciation Week this May 1 - 7.

   PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week in 1984 to honor the dedicated men and women who lend their skills to educating our children.  Each year, during the first full week in May, communities across the country celebrate the contributions of teachers through school assemblies, special breakfasts, thank you notes, certificates of appreciation and other events  and presentations.  PTA's have more than 5 million members nationwide.

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Is there going to be a new lottery game?

  With shape that the Daniel Hoan Bridge is in, you would think that a new lottery would be established  as to the first person injured or killed by falling material from the bridge. A second lottery would be as to when the first car is going to fall through the bridge. If you read the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, you will discover that heavy rust problems, broken concrete and other damage is existent now on the Hoan Bridge. Our politicians like to gamble with our lives. What is your opinion on this matter?  Are you gouing to be the one who wins the lottery (and your relatives collect your money after you are buried)?  Be proud of your elected officials. They would like for you to win this lottery. This is why nothing has been done to correct this situation of a bridge that is falling apart while we still use it. I hope that you do not win this lottery.

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