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.
If you are like me, you are looking forward to this season of the Green Bay Packers Football team. This is the time when I love to watch football whenever possible. College Football, the Wisconsin Badgers, will be playing soon also. Let us hope that we are not blocked from seeing the games that are on a private network not available to us. Football is a great game, but money should not be the main reason for limiting our viewing of our home teams. Not everyone can afford to have cable television to watch these games. If we have to miss our home team's games due to a private network, then we can watch other teams play on free television. If the sponsors start to lose money, then they will return to regular television. Support the sponsors of free television. Now don't become a couch potato during football. Get some exercise and have some fun with your family as a unit. Enjoy yourself and watch the game as a family. There are some local football teams playing at night in our parks. You might want to watch some of these games. High school football games are usually on Friday nights or Saturday afternoons. Some of these games are fun to watch. Please support the Bay View community.
On Tuesday, August 12, 2008, at 7 PM, in the Humboldt Park Pavilion, the Humboldt Park Watch will be having its June meeting. Anybody interested in joining the park watch is invited and welcome to attend this meeting. Ruth Simos, the President of the Park Watch group, will report on how the annual corn roast fundraiser turned out. She will also report on the award that she received from the "Chill on the Hill" sponsored by the Bay View Neighborhood group. This meeting will give you a chance to see a park watch in action. Your input and presence will be gladly received. This group meets every other month on the second Tuesday of the month in the park pavilion at 7 PM. There is always room for more members to particpate in its activities. Hear a recent report on the condition of Humboldt Park and learn of its problems. Learn about the upcoming Tree Day for the children of Bay View. This event invites 1st to 3rd grade students from the various Bay View schools to see trees being planted, having a field trip in the park to see all of the different trees, and has the children do some inside activities concerning leaves and conservation. If you wish to volunteer at this event, please contact Ruth Simos at 414-483-9330. Ruth Simos will answer any questions that you may have about the Humboldt Park Watch.
Maryann Loppnow took a lot of photographs of the days event at Humboldt Park on the 4th of July. These photos and some others of the South Shore Frolics can be seen online at: http://bayviewcompass.com/. We always hear about these photos but never have a chance to view them until now. It is nice to be able to view Bay View in action. Take the time to examine these photos and tell me what you think of them. It was a lot of work to plan and execute these events, but it was worth it in the end. Maybe you could volunteer to help us with both of these events. Your input is very important to both of these organizations in their planning sessions. Contact the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association and/or the Bay View Lions Club to check on how to become a part of these events. Please support the Bay View Community.
On Saturday, August 9, 2008, the Bay View Historical Society will hold its annual Walking Tour. This tour will cover the National Bay View Historic District and will start and end at the historic Beulah Brinton House, located at 2590 S. Superior Street in Bay View. Ron Winkler and Bill O'Brien will be the tour guides. The tour will include buildings that date back as far as the 1870's. The tour covers the area bounded by Estes Street, South Shore Drive, Delaware and Potter Avenues. Tour participants will get an inside tour of the Beulah Brinton House and get to view the house of one of Bay View's first settlers, an original puddler's cottage, the oldest surviving church built on donated lots from the Milwaukee Iron Company, and the last surviving city artesian well as well as other sites. The walk will last about 2 1/2 hours and light refreshments will be served after the walk. The cost is $5.00 to members and seniors, and $10.00 to non-members. The walk will begin at 9:30 AM at the Beulah Brinton House, 2590 S. Superior Street, in Bay View. This walk will give you an appreciation of the history, architecture and lifestyle of the Bay View national Historic District. If you have any questions, please call Ron Winkler at 414-744-9404.
Recently we had the chance to visit our two sons and their families on a weekend in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. On the way up, we found a large detour on U.S. 45 that cost us about one hour in travel time. The air was beautiful and also the scenery. There were many trees and lakes to look at. The Wisconsin River has many twists and turns on its route. It was nice to look at the farms and at the corn crop to see how far behind it was. The roads were in excellent shape. When we got there, we found a nice town with a few motels. You were always close to water as several lakes are in that location. I received a temporary fishing license from my son to use. You could just fall asleep in the beauty of that area. The fish were biting, but a turtle got on my fishing line, and ran off the dock as soon as it was pulled in. Now that is a fish story. There were a lot of tree stumps in the water, because the land was in a valley that filled with water after the dam was built. When you went for a boat ride, you had to leave the dock carefully as to not damage the boat on hidden tree stumps. Many fish liked to hide near these stumps. If you wanted to see the whole area, you had to enter the main bay, and then you got to see the many bays on the water. Relaxation was the rule of the weekend. We ate several meals together, and we also went fishing several times. At night, there was a camp fire for the group to enjoy. The children and George, the beagle, loved to be here. It was a very enjoyable weekend. On the way back we took a different route. We took U.S. 51 until it became Interstate 39. We then continued toward Madison, merged with Interstate 94 and headed home. I would like to thank all of my children and their families for giving us a great weekend. I also wish to thank my wife for her patience with me.
Groppi's Food Market is sponsoring a Wine & Beer Tasting as a benefit to the Bay View Historical Society on Saturday, August 23, 2008. This casual but elegant event will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 PM on the lawn of the Society's headquarters, the historic Beulah Brinton House, located at 2590 S. Superior Street, in Bay View.
At the tasting, guests can sample wines and beers from around the world while enjoying items from Groppi's famous imported cheese table, Italian meats and other delectable offerings. A silent auction will also be held as part of the evening's festivities. ALL proceeds from the event will benefit the Society and help support its Beulah Brinton House headquarters.
Here is a recipe that I learned from my dad while I was growing up.
Purchase at least two dozen corn-on-the cobs from your farmer's market. Fresh corn is very important in this recipe. Remove all of the outer layers and the loose hairs from the corn. Placed the cleaned corn into a large stewing kettle, large enough to hold all of the corn. When you have finished placing all of the corn into the kettle, place about one cup of sugar into the kettle. Add about 1/8 cup of salt to the kettle. Cover the corn with water and place on the stove until it comes to a hard boil. When the corn comes to a hard boil, turn off the gas or the burner and let the kettle sit for a few hours on the stove. When the kettle has cooled down, place the corn into zip locked bags and place into the refrigerator. Before placing the corn into zip locked bags, choose the corn that you are going to eat immediately and place it onto a plate to cool off. You will seldom need butter or salt when you serve this corn. It will easily last for three weeks in the refrigerator or longer when placed into your freezer. This corn will taste the same as the first day when you made it, for at least three weeks. This recipe has been in use for well over 60 years and possibly longer that that. My father may have gotten the recipe from his father in the past. There is no comparison to corn made any other way. Once you try this recipe, you will always want to use it. It is almost like pickling the corn. The juice from the cooking process remains inside of the corn. All you have to do is to reheat the corn in the zip lock bag placed on a plate inside of a microwave oven. Try it. You may like it.
On September 13, 2008 we will be having the Bay View Bash, sponsored by the Bay View Historical Society this year. This will be a fun day of activities for all ages to enjoy. The Bay View Bash will be held on S. KK Avenue from E, Potter Avenue to S. Clement Avenue. There will be a children's area located by Bay View M & I bank with games for the children and fun activities for all. There will be several bands playing at various points on the grounds. Some local groups will have booths on the street. There will be activities for all ages during the course of the day. The event runs from 12 Noon until 10 PM at night. The children's area will be active from 12 Noon until about 6 PM. Bring the whole family and make a whole day of this event.
We are in need of more vendors and sponsors to support the Bay View Bash. We also have a great need for more volunteers to help us pull off this fun event. The contact number is 414-486-7820 for any information needed on the Bash. The E-mail contact is: www://bayviewbash.org/ or firstname.lastname@example.org. Amy Schubert is Co-Coordinator of the Bash. Kathy Mulvey would like some more volunteers for the Bay View Historical Society part in the Bash. Her phone number is 414-744-0408 and her E-mail contact is: email@example.com. There are many other people to reach on this event, and their names can be found at: www://bayviewbash.org/. Other pertinent information about the Bash can be found at that web site. This will be a fun event for the entire family to enjoy. Please come and join us on Saturday, September 13, 2008, from 12 Noon to 10 PM. Stay as long as you want to. Please support the Bay View community.
We need more local students to attend Bay View High School. With the amount of students inside of the school being reduced, it would help to gain more students from the area. Imagine saving bus travel time and having more time for your friends and family. Also consider having more time to do your homework from school, so that you have more time for your friends to get together. Bay View High School was started in 1914 with barracks. Those who went to school then went there because they wanted to go there. Imagine no showers, pot belly stoves in each room and other primative conditions. Many of these students went on to do great things in life. Some became your parents and grand parents. In 1917 a new high school building was started and finished in 1922 due to World War I, and lack of building materials. Mr. Gustave Fritsche, whose father was a Minister at Bethel Evangelical Church on E. Conway St. and S. Woodward Street, a German speaking congregation, worked hard to establish a great high school for its students. He found great teachers, like Dr. Bernard C. Korn, who became principal after Mr. Fritsche died, to teach at this school. During World War II, Bay View High School received many awards for its war efforts. Many students and teachers served in the military during this war. Bay View was regarded as one of the best schools in Milwaukee at one time. Now is the time to rebuild this image, and once again become the great school that it was in the past. Many generations of Bay View residents have attended this school. All you have to do to see all of this, is to visit the school and look through some of the books and pictures from the past. Bay View High School was called the "Castle on the Hill" by its builders, teachers and students. Consider returning to Bay View High School and build its new future and traditions. The school is located at 2751 S. Lenox Street in Bay View, and the school office is located on the second floor. Come see for yourself and consider sending your children here again.
To reach Bay View High School go to: http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/bayview/ .There are many excellent programs to choose at Bay View High School. Check them out for yourself and then make your decision.
Due to financial constraints, we may have to install pay toilets in all county buildings. If you see sheep or goats in the parks, it will be a new cost cutting way of staffing the parks. If you can find the park lagoon beyond all of the weeds and muck, you might get a medal. High grass tends to keep away the geese that eat the weeds in the park. Perhaps some of the people in the House of Correction might be called upon to maintain our parks. Chain gangs have not gone out of fashion yet. Charge the baseball players for the use of the baseball field as you do the people using the park pavilion. You might want to sell concessions to support the park funding. It might help to charge people to park in the park. If you want to play tennis, there should be a charge. Actually repair some of the lights in the park so we can see at night. Charge admission to enter the Milwaukee County Courthouse to help pay for the County Pension Scandal. Sell toilet paper or advise people to use their left hands as the people in Iraq do. Sell water to drink to raise money for the County. All of these ideas are needed to support our County Executive's ideas of running County Government.
If you like any of these ideas, then support our County Executive. If you want to preserve our parks and transit system, then support a sales tax to cover the expenses needed to keep these things operational. We need to preserve and maintain our present parks and transit system, but we can't get the needed funding to do this properly. The crazy ideas above are only needed if we keep our County Executive and certain County Supervisors in office. If no sales tax is offered for us to vote on, then recall from office the people causing these financial problems and find somebdy else to do the job for us.
Today and tomorrow are the last chance to purchase advance price tickets for the Bay View Historical Society "Wine and Beer Tasting" event at the Beulah Brinton House, located at 2590 S. Superior Street in Bay View. There will be casual elegance in a garden setting. The event occurs on Saturday, August 23, 2008, from 5 - 8 PM on the lawn of the historic Beulah Brinton House. The advance price tickets cost $ 45.00 and can be purchased at the Community Tent of the South Shore Farmers Market in South Shore Park from 8 AM to 12 Noon. Any tickets purchased at the door of the event will cost $ 55.00. Save $ 10.00 by purchasing your ticket early. For further information, contact 414-769-7173. All event and silent auction proceeds benefit the Bay View Historical Society's ownership of the historic Beulah Brinton House.
I would like to thank John and Anne Nehring, owners of Groppi's Food Market at 1441 E. Russell Avenue. They have been great in helping us in our needs. Tickets are also available at Groppi's Food Market, Sendik's on Oakland, Underwood Gallery in Wauwatosa. Any checks sent must be payable to Bay View Historical Society.
When local schools are chosen, less need for school buses for children is needed. Local schools give your children more time to do homework and to play with their friends. Great improvements are being made in the school system. Milwaukee Public Schools are trying to improve the quality of their education system. New programs are being developed to prepare the students for the future. Studies of our drinking water supply is one field. Trowbridge Street School, at 1943 E. Trowbridge Street is working on this program. Fritsche Middle School has one of the best school bands in Milwaukee. Fernwood School has Montesori style of teaching the students. Bay View High School is trying to improve its school music program and its construction specialty for students. The more local children in our local schools, the less need for school buses. Take the time to look on-line to look over each school and see what it has to offer you. The buildings are there to be used, not there to be closed down for lack of students. Parent involvement in school activities, helps your children learn their lessons. Parent Teacher Associations are there to guide our parents. Scouting has some excellent programs for students. Volunteering in the community is another activity for parents and children alike. Please support our local schools.
This summer is a good time to take your children to visit a farm. Many farms will let you visit and see their animals and crops, if they are not too busy doing their chores. There are farms made just for children's visits. Look in the telephone book in the yellow pages and look for them. Some church festivals have petting zoos for the children. The Milwaukee County Zoo has a section with a petting area for children. This will give the children a chance to see animals and to pet some of them. If you sweat a lot, the goats will try to chew on your clothes. Many animals love the salt of your sweat. Our zoo has many areas that will delight the children and adults. If watch the monkeys and small apes, you might see a mirror image of yourself in your early years. If it is too hard to walk at the zoo, then take a guided tour in a tram or on their miniature train. If it gets too hot for you, then visit the inside of one of the buildings and rest for a short time. Children want to be able to learn about things. Take some time and give them that chance. Another thing that you can do, is to take them to a farmers market and enjoy the products that the vendors have to sell. Discovery World and Betty Brinn are two places that the children enjoy to visit. The Milwaukee County Museum is also a good place to visit. But I still enjoy visiting a real farm to see what is all happening there. They work hard to produce what we eat in our homes.
On Labor Day, we should thank all of the workers in this country for doing their work to keep our economy going. Without our labor unions, we would be in dire times. For over 100 years, our labor unions have come to protect the workers and to promote safety and security on the job. Think of the past when we had no unions, and what life was like then. You earned minimum wages with no benefits. If you missed work, you could be replaced by somebody else. No job was safe under these conditions. Many workers were injured on the job, and lost their jobs as a result of this. Management had no mercy on the labor force that it hired. Look back to 1886, and read about the strike for an eight hour work day, that ended up with the strikers being fired upon by the State Militia with Governor Jerimiah Rusk being in command of the troops. We should not take our unions for granted. They are only as strong as their membership. I for one have been a member of the NALC (National Association of Letter Carriers) Branch 2 for over forty years. We need our unions, but management hates them. Unions mean less profit for management. Support you local unions and join a union if you don't already belong to one. In unity there is hope for us all. Have a happy Labor Day Weekend with your family.
Prepare yourself and your family to return your children to school very soon. Drivers, you should watch out for any little ones running out into the streets. It will be getting dark earlier, and you might not be able to see all of the children. Please be very careful when in the presence of little children. Parents, this will be your last chance to take a mini-vacation before school starts. If you send your children to your local schools, you will save on both time and money. The time wasted riding on buses could be spent at home with their friends or doing homework. This extra time will allow more school activities by being closer to home. Support you neighborhood school and you will be happy for doing this. Trowbridge Street School is offering the study of our Great Lakes Water and how to improve it. There are many good schools in Bay View. Bay View High School has a lot to offer the students. Getting involved in PTA will help you get closer to your children. Please support the Bay View community and our local schools.
If you have ever taken Hwy 794 south of E. Oklahoma Avenue, you will see many lamp posts on the ground or missing. Now if you have driven this same road at night, you will understand why they are hit or are missing. During the last several months, in order to save on electricity, many lamp posts are never turned on or are burned out. This stretch of parkway is very dark at night. If you can't see because there are no lit street lamps, it is very easy to make a slight turn with your car and knock one over. Why Milwaukee County is not repairing or lighting these street lights is beyond me. Maybe because of the Milwaukee County Pension Scandal, there is not enough funding to pay for the repair, replacement or the electricity for them. They may save on costs this way, however, somebody is going to get hit or killed due to the lack of lighting on this stretch of road. We know that they can't afford toilet paper for the parks, but can they at least try to save some lives of drivers using this road? Haven't we have enough of this cost saving and lack of funding for Milwaukee County needs? Must we lose all of our parks, buses, disabled people, seniors and other things due to the Milwaukee County Pension Scandal? The voters of Milwaukee County should wake up and do something about this situation. Now is the time to act. Maybe one car will hit a lamp post and hit a car in the other driving lane head on. When lives are lost or injured, then finally they might turn the lights back on.