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 thought that we were going to a fish fry with my daughter, Mary and her husband Kevin. We were told that the place was closed that weekend and that we were going to a different restaurant and we went in one car. When we got to the old Blatz Brewery building, we were surprised by many of our friends and relatives. We never guessed that this was going to happen. I want to thank everyone who was involved with this surprise birthday party for coming and having us there as their guests. Many tears were there as some early memories were recalled. Happiness was the order of the day. It was great to have so many old friends and relatives together to greet us and to wish Penny a very happy birthday on her 70th birthday. Thank you everyone for your presence and gratitude. We had a very great time.