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 just traveled up to White Bear Lake, Minnesota, to visit our son, Kurt, his wife Olivia, and children Sam, Zach and Amelia (Mia). We were able to be there for the Baptism of Amelia and celebrate the birthdays of Sam and Zach. It was not very warm there and rain came down on Saturday and Sunday. There was a bottleneck on Expressway I-94, north of Wisconsin Dells. The road shrank down to one lane in each direction. The trip was pleasant otherwise. We saw some excellent scenery on the way there and home. It was amazing as to the amount of cars on the road on the weekend. We had a very good time on our trip. On Saturday morning we went down to the swimming pool area with our grandchildren. My daughter Mary and her husband Kevin drove us both ways and were with us at all of the activities there. Our other son, Mark and his wife Tracie were there with their daughter Lauryn and son Nixon. Their daughter Hayley was unable to make it there. The Baptism was on Saturday night, and we had a special meal in the church hall afterwards. On Sunday morning, we went to Kurt & Olivia's place and celebrated the birthdays of Sam and Zach. Joe Fendrick and his family were also with us. My nephew, Bob Mattson was a sponsor of Amelia and attended everything with us. We all had a chance to hold Amelia at one time or another. A special thanks to Kurt & Olivia for inviting us to their place for the Baptism and the birthday activities. Another special thanks to Mary & Kevin for driving us all of the way there and back.