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.
With all of this snow and cold weather, it almost seems to be dog sled weather. During a recent snow storm, dog sleds would seem to be usable. The cities are running out of salt and prices on a bag of salt have increased very rapidly. When you drive your car now, watch out for potholes. Repair shops are doing a booming business on pothole damage. Supply houses are running short on tires and steering parts for cars today. It is possible to have over $ 1,000 damage on your car. If a sinkhole develops from a pothole, you could have your car fall inside and have major damage. If we had a decent governor, he could release some of his funding surplus to help our cities out with their pothole problem. He only seems to look into his mirror and see how great he looks to himself. I am happy that an election is coming soon. Maybe then we will get some help for our cities and people.
If you are like me, you are really getting tired of all the snow and cold weather we have had this winter. As a church bulletin has stated:" If you have been praying for snow, you can stop now!" It has been many years since we have this kind of a winter. I feel sorry for my neighbors who used to spend 6 months in Florida, and 6 months here. This winter has been very unkind to them. All of their normal winter activities have changed and they are unable to go shopping as they used to do. I hope that spring is coming soon so that they can resume normal activities.
You are all wecome to attend the March meeting of the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association at 7 pm in the park pavilion. We could use some interested people who could add some input to planning of the Independence Day celebration at Humboldt Park. Since 1910, our Association has planned and done all of the work for a July 4th celebration. It was originally called the "Safe and Sane" 4th of July Association. It was organized to provide a full day of activitiies that ended with a professional display of fireworks for all to enjoy. Too many people were being injured or blinded by playing around with fireworks. A safe and sane method of providing a full day of entertainment would eliminate most of the injuries. Throughout the years many methods were employed to keep the day's activities fun and safe for everybody. The games and entertainment has changed over the years. The purpose has remained the same.
On February 21, 2014, the wind was so strong ( gusts over 50 mph ) that when you drove near an open field, you had white-out conditions. If you opened a store door against the wind, you had to use a lot of strength. My dog did not like the windy conditions. Could you imagine being on a high level bridge in this kind of wind. You could be pushed over into the other lane of traffic. A light weight car would have a hard time just holding on to the road without being blown over. Inside of our condo, we can hear the wind whistle. I feel sorry for anybody having to work outdoors in this kind of wind. Please keep an eye on your children so that they don't get blown into the street today.
I guess we might as well accept the fact that cold and snow are daily events here in Milwaukee. You either have one, the other or both at the same time. I wish that spring would come soon. I would like to take my dog on longer walks, but with the snow and ice outside, this is impossible. At least there are a lot of activities going on in the area. Today there is the Winter Blast at South Shore Park Pavilion. Tomorrow there is the Washington Birthday Dinner for the Bay View Inter-Organization at the Patio Club. We can watch the Winter Olympics on TV. While watching the snow come down tomorrow, watch some of the Winter Olympics before you have to do your own olympics of shoveling your sidewalks and drive. Watch out for hidden ice outside.