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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.

Some questions that I have

  In Genesis 6:4-7, "The Nephilim were on the earth in those days--and also afterward--when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.  The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all of the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, " I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth--men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air--for I am grieved that I have made them," But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord."

  One day, when I was watching the "Naked Archeologist" on television, I heard a statement that I had never heard before. The meaning of the word "Nephilim" had a different meaning in the old Hebrew script. One meaning was the men without souls and the other was men different from us. It seems that Neanderthal men were living in northern Israel at one time.  Modern people were living in southern Israel. It could be that the Neanderthal people were trying to mate with modern people. Archeologists have found bones in caves in northern Israel with characteristics of both Neanderhtal and modern people. This proves that in at least one proven case, that the two types of people did attempt to mate.

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Directions for Milwaukee Fire Department

  Since the Milwaukee Common Council has refused to restore cutbacks to the Milwaukee Fire Department, the MFD should make a note of the name and address of each alderman who refused to restore needed funds. When the first call for help comes in for these individuals, send the equipment from the farthest location to help them. Since they won't support you, you should give them the kind of service that they deserve. If the Mayor also opposes restoring needed funding, then add him to that list. If they can't support you, then you should not have to be in any hurry to help them. Treat them as they treat you. They will get service, but it does not have to be the fastest service. For helping them, you will not need flashing lights or siren. They can wait as you have to wait for them to help you. I feel that this is fair play for these politicians. Give them what they deserve but no mooning is necessary. Protect yourselves as they won't protect you. Please support our Milwaukee Fire Department and give them thanks for the great job that they are doing in spite of funding cuts by city hall.

Protect your dog in this cold season

  Please protect you dog in this cold weather.  Salt on the sidewalk or road can burn a dog's feet. Always be with or watch it to prevent it from getting too cold in sub-zero weather. Find indoor activities for it when it is too cold to play outside.  All dogs like to play with toys. They also like to have their bellies petted. Make sure that you always have plenty of water for it. A few snacks are good, but do not too many. Enjoy your dog as much as it enjoys being with you. Treat it as though it were a little child. Dog biscuits are fine for good teeth, but don't give too many at one time. Please support the Bay View community.

Help save our parks!

  Our parks need a lot of help. Two-thirds of the park staff has been laid off by Milwaukee County. When the park staff has to maintain about 12 parks, how can they possibly do a good job when two-thirds of their staff is missing. We have a wonderful park chief working at Humboldt Park. Cliff is a very hard worker and always does his best to take care of people's needs in the park. Can you imagine how he feels, when he can't do a complete job of maintaining  all of his parks?  It takes a good staff of workers to do a good job with the parks. Within a short time, the parks will look like abandoned graveyards. Don't blame Cliff. He can only do so much with the small staff that he has to work with. Please contact your local politicians to ask for more funding to keep our parks viable and alive for people to use. If nothing else, get a chain gang to help clean up and maintain the parks. It's too bad that Tom Ament never got charged for his involvement in the County Pension Scandal. He would be ideal as a member of a chain gang doing this kind of work.

  We have an election coming up very soon. If our present politicians are not doing their job, then replace them with somebody who will do the job for us. If any politician is still unwilling to help us, then recall them from office. We need help now. A sales tax was approved by the people in a referendum vote to save our parks and transit system. What ever happened to that sales tax? SW is promising new jobs if he gets voted in as governor of Wisconsin.  Remember, McDonalds will have the jobs open then. These are the type of jobs that he is promising us. Low pay jobs with no benefits will be the only jobs offered to us by him. Mayor Dan Hoan did a marvelous job of protecting Milwaukee during the Great Depression of 1929. It's too bad that we don't have any more elected officials like him alive today. Please vote for the person who you think will do the best job for us, the people. It is our time to take action. Please vote in the next election.

Strange writing on facebook

  When we went to high school, Gregg's Shorthand was taught to those who wanted to become a secretary, office worker or court reporter. This was the accepted way of shortening sentences to be used in a letter copied from shorthand notes. This universal style of note taking has been accepted for use for many years. Now we have dictaphones, tape recorders,and memo savers to store these notes. The art and skill of shorthand almost seems to be lost in time. Court reporters still use a form of shorthand during trials and legal sessions.

 When you are reading facebook sayings, a crazy form of shorthand is being used. Mispelled words, indiviual letters representing words and letter codes that have mutiple meanings. One such term, "LOL" is used a lot. It could mean: "laugh out loud", "lots of laughs", "lots of luck", "laid out lady" or "laid out lad" or any such thing with those three letter headings. You must be able to understand the author to understand the meaning of his/her phrases. I have seen vularities expressed in phrases.

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Why bus ridership has decreased

  The Milwaukee County Transit Company and Milwaukee County Board has complanied that there has been a decline in ridership on buses. Have they ever noticed that a large amount of people are jobless now. If they can't go to work, then why should they ride a bus?  If more jobs were created in Milwaukee County, everything could return to normal. This take the efforts of our business community and government combined to help create some jobs. The more workers there are, then the more tax money is available to run our government. If S.W. had not laid off so many county workers, then more people could ride the buses. A good bus service is needed to keep Milwaukee County alive and active.  We need more than just minimum wage jobs as S.W. would offer the people if elected governor. We also need some benefits for the workers. In Milwaukee we have an abundance of highly skilled workers, but no jobs are available for them. We need more jobs to create a better work and living environment here. Create more jobs and more problems will be solved.  Mayor Dan Hoan knew how to handle this problem, but no current politicians seem to have the knack to be that creative in a crisis situation.

Stories of the past

  After World War II, my dad started raising some chickens in our yard.  Our neighbor, Ernie Steinbrenner, had a chicken coop in his yard and advised my dad. As kids, we used to play with these chickens. One day, my dad took them to Ernie to slaughter them.  When we ate chicken afterwards, we felt bad because we knew these chickens.

  If our shoes needed repairs, we would visit "Uncle Heinz" Lingen, who lived in my grandparents old house and used the old store building for repairing shoes. He and my aunt and uncle, Ruth and Bill Arnet, had swapped buildings to live in. This gave me a chance to visit the building where my grandfather had a grocery store. The Lingen family was always very kind to us.

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Pot hole heaven

  Are we going to have a lot of pot holes this spring?  When we have many pot holes, we can put our car out of wheel alignment. or destroy our tires. Last year we had more than our share of them. Let us hope that local government can repair them before any real damage comes to our cars. The auto repair shops love pot holes. This brings in good business for them. If you spot a bad pot hole, notify your alderman as soon as possible. This action will save our cars from further damage.

  It is too bad that we no longer have coal furnaces. The ashes and clinkers from these would make an excellent pavement to drive on and also remove ice from the road. In ages past, iron slag was used to macadamize our streets. It formed a surface like concrete. Ashes from a coal furnace can also create a concrete like surface. Now we use various forms of asphalt to repair pot holes.  Imagine how strong a mixture of coal ash and asphalt would be. We must live in the present time, not the past. Scientists can develop new materials for this purpose.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

  I wish all of the Irish and want-to-be Irish people a Happy St. Patrick's Day.  Corned beef and cabbage, green beer, and  the little people are traditions on this day. Try to keep sober if you can. Tomorrow is another day to live. Enjoy yourself but don't  eat or drink too much. I hope that everybody has a fine day to celebrate on March 17th, St, Patrick's Day. Potatoes are another famous Irish food. Have a wonderful day.

Reminder of Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

  On Sunday, March 21st, from 9:30 am to 12 noon, the Polish Women's Alliance Council 1 will hold its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. This event will be held at the Beulah Brinton Community Center, located at 2555 S. Bay Street, in Bay View. This event is held to raise money for the scholarship fund of PWA Council 1.

  The cost of this event is $4.00 for adults,  $3.00 for children, and Free for children 2 and under. There will be pancakes, sausages and applesauce. There will be a choice of beverage: coffee, milk or orange juice.

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The first day of Spring

  Welcome to the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring. Get your sports equipment ready soon. Easter is just around the corner. This is a good time to wash your car. try to do things together as a family. Buy your eggs so that you and your kids can color them for Easter.  Go outside and play some games with your kids. Go to church as a family. If you get some warm weather, go outside and use your barbeque. Visit what is left of our parks. Above all, do things together as a family.

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Childhood memories

   When we were little, I can remember going out to play in the snow. We had to shovel our walks first, but then we got to go sled riding down the hill by the railroad tracks. We would have snowball fights and build snow forts. We would build snow men also.

  When it got warmer out, we would play softball on our street, I.C. Playground, or Lewis Field (Pryor Playground). Many of us neighbors got together to play softball together. We would choose sides and play. When we played on Seeley Street, we would watch out for any cars, moving or parked. If the softball ever landed in one certain yard, we would lose that softball. One neighbor disapproved of us playing ball near her house. All of the games were coed. We had a lot of fun then.

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A monument to a person

  I have often wondered, what would a good monument to S.W. of Milwaukee County. We know how he has neglected many of our county parks. Many restrooms have been declared unfit for use by the Milwaukee Health department. Many park staff workers have been laid off to save tax payer money, but ruin our parks. Some parks do not have enough staffing to check on the park restrooms, and in turn many restrooms are without hand soap and toilet tissue. He has also reduced handicapped bus service to Milwaukee County and reduced bus service in general.

 I finally figured out a perfect monument to honor the man. Build an outhouse in a park, but do not supply it with toilet tissue. This will reflect on the person who has denied our parks so much. The people can do like the folk in Iraq do, use their left hand to wipe. Then they should shake their left hand with the man responsible for all of the neglect in our park system. This will remind him that we have needs also. We also could use some of his political literature to replace the toliet tissue in his monument. Can you suggest a better monument for him?

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Are you ready to vote for your favorite political candidate?

  We have spring election coming up very soon. Take the time to study all of the possible candidates for any political office. Your vote is needed. Choose the person that you feel is the best person for the job. With so few people taking the time to vote, your vote could have valuable consequences. Your candidate might get elected to office. In many countries, it is not so easy to vote. Be glad that you are a citizen of the United States of America. Be proud to be an American, and take the time to vote in the upcoming election.

Easter as a child

  When we were young, we used to go to Lenten services at church on Wednesday night. We also liked to eat fish frys on Fridays and Ash Wednesday. We went to a parochial school, so we learned about the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ, both in school and in church. We learned special Bible verses and Hymns for Lent and Easter.

  My mother would boil eggs to dye for Easter on Holy Saturday.  Earlier during the weeks before, she would make chocolate nests with jelly beans inside. She would also make sea foam candy, flavor the mixture, and dip them into melted chocolate. We had vanilla eggs, mint eggs, maple eggs, etc. Many times my mother would exchange some of her homemade candy with other people for their homemade candy.  On Easter, after going to church, we would prepare a ham dinner for us and any guests who came to our house. Sweet potatoes and cooked frozen corn would be the vegetables. There were also some white potatoes available. Hot dinner rolls were served with the meal. After we ate, we would clean up the dishes and put away the leftover food; some food was given to guests after the meal. If we had no company at home, we could either play outside or inside if it was too cold outside. During the day, we would snack on the candy in our Easter baskets that we got from our parents.

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Are you ready for Easter?

  Easter is rapidly approaching. Have you bought your eggs, candy, ham or other meat for an Easter meal, kielbasa for Easter  morning, and other items needed for this holiday. Going to church would be a great way to start Holy Week. Go to Communion on Maunday Thursday. If possible, attend Good Friday services. Eat meatless meals, like fish, on Good Friday. On the Saturday before Easter, make sure that you have everything ready for the next day. Have your children or grandchildren help color eggs and decorate them. Prepare baskets for the family for Easter morning. Take your family to church on Easter morning. Have a good time with your family afterwards. This is a day of celebration for the entire family to share. Have a very Happy Easter.

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