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.
We are now in the Labor Day weekend. Take the time to think of the people in our past who struugled to obtain the 8-hour work-day, workmen's compensation, unemployment compensation, overtime pay on the job, and vacation time. These things did not just happen. It took the hard work of many people to obtain these things. Our local unions were key agents in this development. We should thank our union members and their leaders for doing this hard work.
Enjoy this weekend, for regular school days are upon us. The Summer vacation is over, and now we must get back to doing things as we normally do. Consider joining your children's school PTA or becoming a tutor, or an aide during children's recess and lunch period. Take part in your's children's education and they will greatly appreciate this action when they get older. A family that plays together, stays together.
There will be a meeting of the Humboldt Park Watch at 7 pm in the park pavilion on Thursday, September 6, 2012. The corn roast fundraiser will be discussed as well as future projects concerning the park in general. We should thank Cliff Hale and his park staff for all of their excellent work throughout the summer. They did a great job on many events in the park. All interested people are intvited to attend this park watch meeting.
"Film on the Hill" is presented by the Bay View Neighborhood Association will be shown at the Humboldt Park Band Shell (Chalet) at dusk. On Saturday, September 8, 2012, "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" will be shown at dusk. On Saturday, October 6, 2012, "The Goonies" will be shown at dusk. This is a free event and everyone who is interested is invited to attend. The program will be at Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave. in the park Chalet.
Please support the Bay View community.
"There will be a meeting on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 6 pm at Bay View High School. Hopes that the school would turn around, but things are worse than ever this year. We need the community to come together to weigh in on what our rights to stop the school from bringing down our community. It affects our park as well as the whole community. Alderman Tony Zielinski has requested this meeting. We hope to see everyone there". (Julie Zettel)
This meeting will have Tony Zielinski, a Milwaukee Public School representative, possible police department representatives, and the new principal at Bay View High School. Meagan Holman will be there.
On Saturday, September 15, 2012, the Bay View Bash will be open to all from 11 am to 10 pm. The bash will be located on S. Kinnickinnic Avenue from E. Potter Avenue to S. Clement Avenue. The Children's Area will be open from 11 am to 6 pm and will be located on the parking lot of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. There will be several stages set up with activities at each one. This is a free event. There will be food and other vendors on site. This is a once a year event. Come and join us there.
On Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 2 pm Bay View Historical Society will dedicate its newest historical landmark. The T.H. Stemper Company will be dedicated as a Bay View Historical Society historical landmark. The company is located at 1125 E. Potter Ave. in Bay View. After this free event,. refreshments will be served at the Beulah Brinton Community Center, located at 2555 S. Bay St. (across the street from Stemper's.)
This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.
Reserve your place now, we have limited seating!
Beulah Brinton Service Awards Dinner
On Saturday, September 15th, we celebrated the 2012 Bay View Bash. There was a dog & owner parade at 11 am. There were many vendors set up along S. Kinnickinnic Avenue from E. Potter Avenue to S, Clement Avenue. There were many choices in food to purchase. Bratwurst, hamburgers and corn from the grill were on sale at Groppi's food stand. Kettle corn was available to purchase. Beverages, including beer and wine, were available for sale. Many non-profits including the Bay View Historical Society and other neighborhood groups had booths there. There were five stages with music playing on them. The Children's Area had non-stop activities from 11 am to about 6 pm. Habish, Habish and Roiter donated free children's bicycle helmets and were given to the children as they came for them. Grab bags were presented to the children as they came in. Various schools and boy scouts were there. Activity on the Children's Area Stage was active all day. The Milwaukee Fire Department and the Milwaukee County Sheriff Department had vehicles on site. There were tall puppet characters (about nine or ten feet high) marching up and down the Bash area. Several mascots were seen on the grounds. Free children's games went on all day until 6 pm. All in all, the Bay View Bash was a great success. If you weren't there, then you missed a good time. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this event a success. Thank you also to all who attended the Bash. Come back next year and join us again.
As we can see, hot weather seems to have disappeared. The wind seems colder than before. It is time to begin to switch away from shorts to long pants again. Keep your jacket handy, as you may need to wear it soon. We will still have an Indian Summer later. Now is the time to check on your cold weather equipment and see if it is ready for winter. Hopefully, we don't plan on using that equipment soon, but it pays to be ready for the day that we need to use it. Please support the Bay View community.
The South Shore Farmers Market, located at South Shore Park, 2900 S. Shore Drive in Bay View, is said to be the largest farmers market in Milwaukee. It is open on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 noon. This week's educational program will be "Cooking Demo with Hector's on Delaware". The Musical program will feature the "Milwaukee Metropolitan Voices Singing the Broadway Hits". There are over 40 vendors on site, including kettle corn, fresh mushrooms, crepes,fresh meat on the grill, eggs and frozen chickens, homemade candy, eggrolls and specialty teas, three bakeries, two coffee locations, honey products, preserved jams and jellies, many farmers, both organic and regular, fresh tomatoes, corn, pumpkins, squashes of many varieties, onions, potatoes,watermelons, beans, brussel sprouts,apples, carrots and other farm products. If you come early, you will be able to find a picnic table to sit down and relax and watch the entertainment. It is an old Milwaukee custom to sit down with a sweet roll and a cup of fresh coffee and talk and relax together with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan in the backround. Y'all come and join us here.
It used to be fun to go for a car ride and look for the leaves turning colors. This year it seems that the leaves are turning colors sooner than last year. You can see the farms with many of their crops done for this season.The squirrels are eating more food now that fall is here. Wild turkeys and deer will sometimes invade farm lands in search of food to eat. Corn is one of their favorite foods. If you are from northern Wisconsin, you could find bears in the farm fields.
When we were younger, we used to go to North Milwaukee and visit our relatives who lived on the land once owned by our great-grandparents. Sometime you could see ancient farm equipment left from the past. We used to play soft ball on the grass to pass time. Sometimes, we would visit the green houses and smell the sweet odors of fresh flowers and other indoor crops. In the back of the green house, there was an old" out house" section that had lots of spiders, hornets and flies nearby. The regular house had indoor plumbing, but these green house out houses were a relic of the past. Feral cats were all over the farm and kept the mice away. The old barn and powerhouse were still there. In the old garage, pigeons had a nest in the upper portion. The pigeons made excellent manure for the farm crops. My dad used to haul some of this manure for our garden at home. These buildings are now razed and replaced with a shopping mall. Memories still exist of the old days when we were kids.
The school building that I attended was the same one that my mother and her father attended as youths. Imagine three generations going to the same school building. There was a bowling alley in the bsement. There was a stage in the auditorium. Upstairs in the attic were old out of date desks and other things. The first thing that we were asked on Monday morning was whether we or our parents had gone to church yesterday. If not, why not. We had to learn the hymnal, Bible verses, catechism, geography, math, music, social studies, history and an early study of some art. In our last years in grade school we had special studies of the Bible, catechisim and how it related to our faith. We were confirmed after 8th grade.
The old building was razed and replaced with a new one. In recent time that building too was razed and replaced with the current building, all on the same site. I can remember when they built the church basement. In later years they remodeled the church upstairs. Now they are remodeling it again. I am happy to see that they have more outgoing pastors than they had in the past. It used to be that you could not play cards, dance, or drink, but that did not apply to the pastor. You were critized if you tried to bring new people to services or church functions. After being in the military, I lost some of that thinking and went my own way. I still have many friends in the old church.
If the Republicans win the November election, prepare for some new clinics arriving on the scene. According to their policy, Medicare should be done away with. Jack Kevorkian Clinics will become available to those over 75 to reduce the amount of people on Medicare. If you are a Republican, you won't be asked to go there until your are 77. If you are rich and a large donator to the Republican Party, you will probally become exempt from visiting these new clinics. Remember, the Republicans have vowed to get rid of Medicare as we now have it. You can still vote for the next winner in the November election. Take your time and choose wisely. I am sure that you don't want to have to visit these new clinics. This is only a prediction of mine based on the political ads now on the scene. You will be the judge of this matter.
We just had a nice visit with my sister, Joanne Uhl, her husband Ed Uhl, and their son Mike Uhl. It was a very relaxing get together. She came into town for her 60th high school reunion. On Sunday, we visited Dave and Christy Manke, my nephew and his wife and family in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. We sat down to a pot luck dinner and had some wonderful conversation. This was a great occasion. Mike and Ed have not been in Milwaukee for a while. Ed used to work for Delco Corporation and moved to Goleta, California in 1972. Mike lives in Portand, Oregon. Time was short, but we did spend some quality time together. For Ed it was strange seeing the the Delco buildings were no longer there. He was able to see many of the changes that have occured in the Milwaukee area. He got to see the apartment building that they lived when they first moved to Milwaukee. He saw our old neighborhood and the land where our old house once was. We were very happy to see them come here. It is always sad when they have to leave again, but we will miss them. We wish for them to have all of the best in life to follow them. They are wonderful people.