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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.

May Day--Labor Day to the world

 On May 1, we honor the workers of the world with an universal labor day celebration. When the Communists were in power, this was a day to show off all that they had to the world. We saw many of their weapons and soldiers marching in a parade. The leaders of their government would make a show of their appearance for all to see. What they did not show was any freedom ideas for the workers or the people. The government controlled the press and all other media. Only people that they could trust were allowed to visit the free world. Due to the nature of their oppression, many people lacked  incentives of a free market to produce much in production in their jobs. When freedom was restored to these countries, production increased by a large scale. People were no longer afraid to express their thoughts and ideas. New industries were created by the people. They also were allowed to go to church without worrying about the government spying on them. Now they are catching up to the rest of the world in both industry and ideas. This just shows you what a difference freedom makes in peoples lives.

 Here in the United States, people seem to take freedom for granted. Our forefathers, when they wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, insured for us the freedom we enjoy today. Many of our people have had to fight for our freedom in the service of our country. We should honor these people for the job that they are doing and have done in the past. Freedom is not cheap. Many lives have been lost to protect our freedom. One freedom that we have is the right to vote in any election without interference from our government. If an elected official does not do his job correct, then vote for a new person to take that job next election. This way we can keep control of our  freedom and rights. By us voting, we can keep any person that we like who is doing a great job in office or replacing someone who is not doing a great job. By this means you can control our future. Take the time to read up on any political candidates, and determine if they are who you want to serve in a political office. Then, when the election comes, use your vote to express yourself.

A job with honor--a teacher

 When we were kids, we looked up to our teachers as role models for us. They were firm and knew what they were talking about. They earned our respect. Today at our schools, it is sometime harder to teach than before. Some of the children come from one parent families or come from divorced families. These children do not always respect the teachers and are hard to work with. Some children have learning difficulties, and some teachers are unable to handle this situation. A good teacher should be held in high regard by all. We should not let our teachers burn out due to lack of skills or respect from the children and their parents. You should help in your child's education by becoming active in the school, whether in scouts or PTA. The children with their parents supporting them in their school activities are the ones who succeed the most. A little tender loving care is all that a child needs to advance to higher levels in life. By going to parent-teacher  conferences, you are supporting both your child and their teacher. Take some time to be with your children and learn their likes and dislikes. If you can guide them in all aspects of life, the teacher's job will be easy and your children will be very happy. Take the time to love and cherish your children, for one day they will be adults with children of their own. Your example is the best guide to their future.

How to join the Bay View Historical Society

 Meet interesting people and work to preserve our rich heritage by joining the Bay View Historical Society today.

 In the past few years, the Society preserved a historic home, designated perhaps the only winery to call Bay View home as a landmark and sponsored an art show. This year, like in past, we will have a walking tour of part of Bay View in August. We will also have a wine and beer tasting party, and several speakers making their historical lectures in the Beulah Brinton Home. We will also have a rummage sale on Saturday, May 24, 2008, at the Beulah Brinton House, our Society headquarters.

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How to establish a landmark building

The first thing that you must do is to research the building involved and determine its history and its value to the community. A landmark is an honor that few buildings will ever get. When you have determined all of the facts about the building and owners, you must then contact the historical society to get approval to promote and obtain the landmark status. The next step is to contact the building owner and inform him or her about the landmark procedure and establish a date to establish the landmark ceremony. When the owner agrees to a date, then you must get back to the histroical society and establish your committee to work on preparing the landmark ceremony. The building owner should join us in our meetings to establish what he must do to help with the ceremony. Each building will have its own problems in setting up a landmark ceremony program. By being in a committee, you can work out all of the problems involved and come to a consensus as to go ahead in your work. Once the program is set up, then various people must be invited and the landmark ceremony must be publicized to the community.  When all of the planning is complete and the day of the event comes, then any final problems will be worked out as they happen. The committee should be named and honored as well as the building owner for his or her efforts on our behalf. The result will be a wonderful ceremony and a happy crowd who enjoy being there to honor the owner and his or her building. If you feel that your building is worthy of a landmark, then notify your local historical society and let them decide what to do about it. At the Bay View Historical Society, we have honored several buildings that played an important part or role in our local history. We plan on doing more landmark programs as time permits and volunteers are willing to help out in preparing these landmark honors. Come to one of our meetings that we hold at the Beulah Brinton Community Center located at 2555 S. Bay St.  The meetings are held in the kitchen on the first monday in February, April, June, October and December at 7 PM. All interested people are invited to attend our meetings.

Rummage Sale to benefit Bay View Historical Society

The Bay View Historical Society will hold a benefit rummage sale at 2590 S. Superior Street on Saturday, May 24, 2008. The sale will be located on the grounds of the Beulah Brinton House, which is headquarters for the Society. The sale will last from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and is open to the public.

Society members and other generous donors are cleaning out their attics and basements to offer a wide variety of goods for sale, including furniture, antiques and collectibles, books, toys, appliances and other household goods.

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Happy Mother's Day

This day is to honor all mothers for all of the hard work that they have done during their lives. It takes great patience to be a mother. Sometimes it takes the patience of a saint to handle your family life. Take some time off and enjoy a day of rest for yourself. Go out to a restaurant with your mate and family. I hope that all of you have a very good day of relaxation. Love and hard work make up your daily activities. Your children should help you as you do your daily work everyday. Your example is very important to them for their future. When your children go to school, take the time to talk to them and try to understand their thoughts. Give them good guidance, and you will forever be remembered. Some day you will no longer be here. Help your family with your heart and they will never forget you and what you have done with your life. Happy Mother's Day to all of you. is a virus--warning do not use

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Bay View High School Class of 1998 Reunion

 On Saturday, June 28, 2008, there will be a class reunion of the Class of 1998 from Bay View High School. The day's events will start with a alumni softball game at noon in a Bay View location to be announced later. (Check Website)

 From 7 PM to 10 PM, there will be appetizers and cocktails at;

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Softball season is upon us

 If you notice, many softball baseball leagues are starting their league play in county or municipal fields. Sijan Field, Beulah Brinton Baseball Field, Lewis Field, and many other places are there to hold these games. At Kenny Keltner Field, in Humboldt Park, you will find hardball baseball games. Some of the leagues are for men, women and coed teams. If you want to join a team, contact the team manager or the Milwaukee Public School Recreation Division to find out how to join. These games have gone on for over 100 years in some form or another. Here is a chance of watching or joining competition in this sport. Wilson Park has several ball fields to play on. Many of our school playgrounds offer an area for children to learn how to play softball. This is a sport for all ages to enjoy. At Miller Park, you can watch the Milwaukee Brewers play professional baseball in a beautiful stadium. If you drive all over Milwaukee or the south shore communities, you will find baseball fields. In fall, many of these same fields are used for football games. Soccer is also played in many of our parks. Enjoy some fresh air and watch a good game of baseball or softball. I know that you will enjoy doing this. Popcorn, soda, hot dogs, potato chips and beer are very handy at this time. (You may not take beer or alcoholic beverages to most baseball, softball, soccer or football games.) If beer is sold at the ball field, then you can drink it there. Enjoy yourself this summer and go outside into the fresh air and do some walking. This is very good for your health. Do it as a family and it will be great.

Al Simmons Field, on S. 20th St, is one of the major hardball fields

A great way to end the summer of 2008 in Milwaukee

We are going to celebrate the 5th Annual Bay View Bash on Saturday, September 13, 2008, from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. There will be singing, dancing, shopping and playing in the streets ofBay View again this year. Milwaukee's largest neighborhood street festival will take place on S. Kinninkinnic Avenue from E. Potter Avenue to S. Clement Avenus. The theme for the event for 2008 is "Bay View, Then and Now".

The 2008 Bay View Bash features live music stages with 20+ bands. A children's area with games, clowns and entertainment; a demonstration area featuring a fashion show, over 100 Bay View area food, art, and novelty vendors plus a car show! The 2008 Bay View Bash expects over 25,000 attendees.

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Bay View High School Class of 1988 Class Reunion

  On Saturday, October 4, 2008, the Class of 1988 of Bay View High School will hold their 20 Year Reunion at 6 PM at the South Shore Yacht Club.

Bay View High School Class of 1988 -- 20 Year Reunion

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The history of the Groppi family

 In 1913,  Giocondo and Giorgina Groppi came to Milwaukee. This immigrant family operated a grocery store at 1441 E. Russell Avenue in what we now call "Little Italy". They had 12 children, but two of them died young, and James Groppi was the eleventh child born. The family lived next to the family store and all of the children worked in the store at one time or another. When they came to Bay View, Father Fagan, at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, would not allow Italians to attend his church. He tried to send them to the Blessed Virgin of Pompei Roman Catholic Church in the Italian Third Ward of Milwaukee. Earlier he had made the Germans leave his church and tried to send then to St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, which was a German speaking church at the time. Instead, these people built St, Augustine of Hippo Roman Catholic Church at 2530 S. Howell Avenue. The people there used their own labor and skills to build this church. An Italian priest celebrated Mass for the Bay View Italians in a small shoemaker's shop near the grocery store. Immaculate Conception Church was an Irish as said by Father Fagan. In his later years, Father Fagan gave in and allowed the Italians to attend Immaculate Conception Church. All of the Groppi children had been baptized at the Blessed Virgin of Pompei Church. The Groppi children attended I.C. Grade School. Jim Groppi did the same and then went on to Bay View High School where he played first string guard in basketball. After attending I.C. Grade School, Bay View High School seemed easy to Jim.  He was captain of his basketball team in his senior year at Bay View High School. While Jim Groppi was in the Seminary in 1956, his father Giocondo Groppi died. Giocondo had been very strict with his children and did not allow them to make any snide remarks about anybody of a different nationality, faith or race. The Groppi family became one with the neighborhood. Anybody who came to their store felt welcome. Mario seemed to know everybody who came in the store and always had a kind thing to say to everybody. While the family operated the store, they did things the old fashioned way. They used an adding machine instead of a cash register. They were always generous with friends, customers and all who came in contact with them. This store seemed to be relic of an older time. The homemade sausages and fresh meet were always delicious. The Italian bakery was also good. They had candy coated almonds and candy that could be measured out in the amount that you wanted. If you wanted rabbit food, they had it. They always had service with a smile. Father Jim Groppi went on to become a famous leader in the civil rights movement, but he never forgot his roots. The store was his home away from home.When Mario Groppi died, it seemed like the end. His skills could never be replaced. The family did their best to continue without him, but it became too much for them. When John and Anne Nehring agreed to buy the store and keep the family sausage recipes and style of business open as the Groppi's had done since 1913, a deal was done. I am glad that Groppi's is still open in a very similar style to the way it used to be operated. You can almost visit the past by shopping inside of this store. My hat goes off to John and Anne Nehring for their work in keeping this store open and to the Groppi family for all of the sweet memories of the past. I am sure that if meet any of the Groppi family, you can learn more about their great family. Racing pigeons could be seen on top of the grocery store at one time. The kindness of the Groppi family will never be forgotten. Please visit Groppi's Grocert Store at 1441 E. Russell Avenue and see it for yourself..

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have served our country

Memorial Day was created to honor those people who have served our country in the time of need. During the War of the Rebellion or Civil War as we call it now, many of our military servicemen were killed in battle. To remind people of this sad event, a day was set aside to remind people that this kind of war should never happen again. This day was set aside as a tribute to those me who served in the war. As new wars came, we found ourselves back into battle again. We now know that while many wars are unavoidable, we should still honor the brave people who come to our aid in the time of need. Take the time to visit a cemetery and notice the flags on these grave stones. In the past these people fought to save our freedom, which does not come cheap. We should also take the time to write to our representatives in the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate to gain more benefits for these people who have served our country in both war and peace. They protected us, now we should protect them in their time of need. Support bills that will help our service people heal after serving their country. Please do not forget them, or they might not be there the next time we need help to protect our freedom. God bless the United Sates of America.

The happiest day in my life

On May 28, 1966, Penny Kielas and I were married at St. John Kanty's Roman Catholic Church located at S. 9th and W. Dakota. It is hard to believe that this took place 42 years ago. Many things have happened in those 42 years together, but I am very happy that we got together in marriage. Penny is a wonderful wife and mother. We have seen good things happen as well as some things that were not good. Many old friends and relatives have passed on during those years. I lost my younger sister and Penny lost one brother and one sister in that time. Our parents and one nephew have also passed on. Now we can see our children all grown up and on their own. Both Penny and I have retired from our jobs. We are both very active in the Bay View community.  This is my way of saying "Happy Anniversary" to my wife Penny, whom I love very much. I can only hope that we have many more anniversaries together.

4th Annual Bay View Spring Plant Sale

The Bay View Garden and Yard Society is having their 4th Annual Bay View Spring Plant Sale at South Shore Park in the area where the South Shore Farmers Market usually is located. The sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, 2008, from 9 AM to 1 PM. There will be annuals, perennials, multiple vendors and will happen rain or shine. If you have any questions, please call (414) 744-5343.  This event is sponsored by ActaeaWorks, Aggie's Cakes and Pastries, Apple A Day, Nancy Counter--Realtor--First Weber Group, Outpost Natural Foods and The Two for, in co-operation with Milwaukee County Parks and the South Shore Farmers Market.  On Saturday, June 21, 2008, the South Shore Farmers Market will resume operations at South Shore Park from 8 AM to 12 Noon. This will be the 10th year of operation for the group. We hope to see you there.

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