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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.

Save our highways and gasoline

 With all of the talk going on about widening I-94,  what about bringing in the KRM rail service to our area?  With the price of gasoline being so high,  and our highways being overcrowed and worn down,  now is the time for more mass transportation in our area.  Imagine being able to take the train to the Green Bay Packer game without having to drive there.  The fewer cars on the road mean safe highways for the rest of the drivers.  Imagine being able to go to Madison,  Wisconsin and see the State Capitol Building,  see the University of Wisconsin and attend sporting events there.  Imagine also if the train was extended to Wisconsin Dells and to Minneapolis-St. Paul,  Minnesota.  There are many elderly and disabled people not able to drive to these locations.  It would be a blessing to them to be able to travel  safely in comfort. In the early years we had  mass rail throughout Wisconsin.  I feel that if we opened up the railroad system to more people, we could save both gasoline and wear and tear on our roads.  Think about the possibilities of having affordable mass transportation available for all people.  There would be fewer accidents on the highway.  There would be fewer drunk drivers on the road.  With alternate fuel systems,  mass transportation is very possible.  Ethanol,  refined methane gas and natural gas and hydrogen fuels are some of the alternate fuels.
Manure could be refined and used as an endless supply of methane gas to power generators and auto engines.  This could mean fewer emissions for our atmosphere.  Next time you hear about highway expansion, consider the possibility of mass rail transportation  to replace some of the cars that drive on the highway. Sometimes the old ways are better than modern ideas.  Talk to your local political representative
and ask about rail service as an alternate to expansion of our highway system.  You be the judge on this matter.

Where has all the time gone?

 It seems like only yesterday that we were children.

We played games,  went to school,  did our house and homework.  We learned our lessons while growing up.  As we got older we no longer played kid's games, but concentrated on learning new things.  We studied our lessons and learned how to work as adults.  We now had responsibilities in life.  We got jobs and we dated.  We learned that respect is earned not just given. We learned how to work together with other people from other walks of life.  We got involved in the community and met many people. 

In due time, dating turned into marriage.  We now had to share our thoughts and deeds with our mates.  As time went on,  children came into the picture.  We tried our best to help our children achieve both at school and in life.  We supported them until they became adults themselves. 

Now as time continues to march,  our children get mates and settle down.  As we look around us,  we notice that one by one,  our mentors,  family members and old friends seem to pass away.  Our own grandchildren now look up to us as mentors.  Have we done enough in life?  It seems that everywhere we look,  organizations are ceasing to exist due to lack of members and volunteers.  Have we failed in bringing up our children,  that nobody wants to help out other people and organizations?  Did our own example get lost in the passage of life?  Our children and grand-children represent the new generation of us. 

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Get off of your couch and go out to vote for somebody to serve you

 This is an election year for the President of the United States and for many federal, state, county and city offices are to be voted on. Please take the time to get off of your couch and go out to vote on February 19, 2008. Also vote in April, September and November of this year. Your vote is very important to all of us. If you vote, you will know that your vote will count to elect the person of your choice to the office for which they are trying for. The office holders represent you while they are service on the job. Don't complain about who we elect to an office, if you did not take the time to vote yourself. You are not Mickey Mouse, and your vote is very important to all of us. Let us set an example by getting as many people to the polls as we can this year You should set the example by voting yourself. We live in America and have the right to vote. Make good use of this power. Be a good citizen and vote this year.

The story of early computers

During the late 1950's and early 1960's,  computers were processed with IBM cards that were punched out. Most of the models that existed had low memory capacity and took up a lot of space. The memory units had to be kept near 70 degrees. Most of the information had to be entered on data cards. With limited memory, the machines could only do so much. Most of the larger computers had huge rooms to hold their memory units. In later times computer languages were developed to speed up the time it took to enter data inside of it. The amount of data in a personal computer today, compares with the huge rooms of data of the past. The best computers were the ones with the maximum data storage space in the least amount of space. As new computer chips were developed, more things had computer parts inside of them. Digital radio and digital television are examples of what the new computer technology can do. Black boxes inside of airplanes, trains, buses and personal autos are also products of the new generation of computer technology. The home computer of today makes the old style computers look like antiques. The Space Shuttle has an older style of computer on board, and has a hard time getting parts to replace old worn out parts. The one computer that can't be developed is one with artificial intelligence that can compare to our brain. Our brain is capable of emotions, while a computer can only do what you tell it to do. A computer can't see hazards that humans do. A computer can only do what it is programed to do. How some supervisors can tell you that the computer says that you do not have enough work, is beyond me. Where is the human intelligence there?  Or do we have robots ( yes sir--no sir ) serving as management? Human beings have vision and emotions and can see beyond what is shown on computer paper. Where is the respect due to our workers? What do you think on this subject?

The secret of mathematics

 When I was in college, I learned that there is a secret to doing mathematics. The secret is "The Value of One". The number one has many values. If you can learn its value, you can do higher mathematics. The first things that you learn is that "one plus one doe not always equal two". If you deal with science, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, nuclear technology, medicine, architecture and other such subjects, you learn that the value of one can vary. The whole is the sum of its parts, but if you add one glass of water to one glass of alcohol, you do not have two glasses of fluid. If you study biology, you learn that one pus one can equal more that two. In astronomy, you hear of a universe (UN0=one in Latin), but it consists of many stars and planets. You have one apple plus one orange and you have two FRUIT, not two apple-oranges. When you gamble, you are dealing with the laws of chance. The gambling machines are set to allow a limited amount of winners. Like a clock, these machines have their settings change every time a winner occurs. Observation is the key to determining the amount of winners any machine will offer. If you don't have so many winners, then people will not play the machines. In studying physics, you discover that developing fissionable materials means having to know the half life of each element involved. You also learn the danger of taking  hydrogen from water to create the gas as a fuel. You also know that the space shuttle runs on water as a fuel (hydrogen and oxygen fuel tanks provide the fuel for space flights). You also learn that certain chemicals will react with others; some in a safe way, others in a unsafe way. If you can learn the value of one and have an equal sign in any math problem, you can solve the problem. When totals are unequal, you could have a problem solving the problem. Music is all mathematics. Languages are also mathematics. Mathematics is the key to working out many problems. Some day go to your friendly math teacher or to a library and inquire about this subject. You might be surprised.


Mailmen in the bar

I have recently watched a Television expose of mailmen drinking  at the bar. Did you ever wonder why this happens? It seems that supervision can't see beyond their computer to realize that they are working with real people and not robots controlled by a computer. They always tell the the carrier that the computer says that they do not have enough work to do. The computer can't tell the difference between bad weather, injuries on the job, unusual acts of God and other things such as accidents to the vehicle or a faulty vehicle. When the men are forced to become robots, and no longer  treated like human beings, then things like this happen. Where is the human element in the U.S. Postal Service.  We are a service not a group of robots. The men and women of the postal service deserve a lot of respect for the hard work that they do in all kinds of weather and conditions. If the people were treated as humans instead of robots, a lot more work can be accomplished. Bring back some supervision that are willing to respect the hard work done by the workers in field. A little respect will do a lot of good to eliminate the problem of the people drinking at the bar while in uniform. The majority of the people are dedicated to their job, but would like to get a little bit of praise once in a while instead of brainless yelling that the computer says something about them. We are human beings. Please treat us as such. Support your local postal workers.

Now is the time to take photos of the ice and snow on the ground

 After we have a large snow storm, we should take photos or movies of the outdoors. In the summer, when it gets very hot outside, that is the time to look at these photos and movies. They might make it a little cooler for you at that time. Now we worry about trying to travel in dangerous conditions, we should look back and see what happened now in the near future. We have a lifetime to enjoy these pictures. In the future you can say that you were here when the big storm came. The pictures will be the proof for your children and grandchildren to see. Take the kids out and let them play in the snow, but always keep them out of harm's way. Hidden rocks can hurt an unsuspecting child when he hits it head on. Cars can go out of control and also place the children in harm's way. Love your children and enjoy the best things that you can do together at this time. You will always have these moments to remember. Please support the community of Bay View.

Making homemade chili

I came from a family of eight,  including five sisters and myself.  We all had to learn how to cook,  wash clothes,  iron clothes,  scrub floors,  do dishes and other household jobs.  I also had to learn how to do outdoor work,  cut grass,  shovel snow,  weed garden,  plant seeds,  take out coal ashes and clinkers,  wash and clean out car.  Doing dishes and and scrubbing the bathroom and kitchen had to be done before we could
play outside.

My dad was an outstanding worker and cook.  He made most of the big meals for the family when he worked
second or third shift.  My sisters and I had to learn how to make daily meals when he did not prepare a meal in advance of going to work.  My mother mainly cooked on weekends because she worked during the week.  I personally feel that her cooked beef could be compared to eating a shoe,  but that is my opinion.  One of my dads favorite dishes was homemade chili.  I have somewhat used his recipe with minor changes.

Ingredients: 2 whole onions cut up
                   1 whole celery  cut up
                   3#  ground beef
                   3 cans of diced tomatoes
                   1 can of stewed tomatoes
                   1 can of tomato sauce
                   1 green pepper cut up
                   3 cans of red kidney beans
                   2 cans of spiced chili beans
                   1 stick of oleo
                   1 large kettle to cook it in

Cook:           Saute  all of the onions,  celery,  green pepper and one stick of oleo
                    sweeten the saute with enough sweetner to make onions tase like Geogia onions
                    Cover with enough water to prevent mix from burning.

                    Add the ground beef to the sauteed vegetables and cook until ground beef is brown in color

                    Add the tomatoes,  tomato sauce and the kidney & chili beans.

                    Cook until the celery is done and then let chili cool off on stove. 
                    Serve when ready--If you want noodles inside of chili, then cook them in a seperate kettle and
                    merge into chili as needed.

As a note:  My family loves this chili.  It does not have all of the pepper spices inside, but you can add whatever you want to your own bowl of chili.  Every so often, my wife will ask me to make a batch of this chili.  In this cold weather,  and if you have a sensitive stomach,  this chili is very good for you and it tastes good.



Love is patience. Love is caring for another person. Love is kindness. Love is a sharing of all things with another person. Love is a bonding of two people with each other in both bad days and good days. Love is a care of your children and family. Love is a total giving of yourself to others. We should take the time to tell our mate that we love them. We should show it every day by our actions. We should be willing to extend this love to other family members and friends. Love is more than just on Valentine Day. It is livetime commitment. Take the time to show kindness to another person. Reflect on your faith to guide you in this matter. Treat eac day as a gift of the Lord and live acccordingly. Love is a bonding of two souls on a common path. Take the time to do something special for your mate. Express your love in a positive manner. Give of yourself to your mate. Live this love, caring, kindness, sharing and bonding every day of your life. Your life will be a happy life then. Forgiveness is an important part of your daily life. May you have a happy and loving life.

Making homemade pea soup

When you get hungry and want a quick but easy to make meal,  consider making some homemade pea soup.

Ingredients:  1  ham bone with traces of ham on it
                    1 to 2 cups of ham diced or sliced small
                    2 large bags of pea soup peas
                    1 or 2 bags of little carrots
                    1 onion cut up
                    1 stick of oleo  &  1  large kettle to cook in

Cook:           Cook 2 bags of peas plus enough water to cover them as requested in package of peas and
                    ham bone with the stick of oleo to keep the soup from sticking to the kettle.

                    When peas have thickened,  add cut up onion,  carrots and ham pieces to mix.

                    When the carrots have cooked enough,  turn off the gas and let the soup cool off a bit.

 Serve:          Whenever all of the above is done.  Enjoy a quick but filling meal.  Save the leftovers for
                     future meals.

All that white stuff outside

All summer long, we were looking for rain. Lake Michagan was getting low on water. Grass was too dry. Plants were dying due to loss of water. Sprinkling bans were in effect due to nthe lack of rain. Now, in winter, we are getting the moisture that we need. Too bad that it is in the form of snow. If it was rain, we would be very happy. We do not have to shovel or plow rain. What we need now is a warm spell to melt this snow.  We also need the patience to tolerate this needed moisture. Next time you have to shovel snow, think of the summer, when we don't have enough rain. The Lord acts in strange ways, but we must adjust and adapt to survive. Take this time to get to know your neighbors better. If you have an older person in the neighborhood, try to help him out. If someone is disabled, please try to help them out.Just think, in a few weeks it will all be over. Rain will replace the snow, and we can start to think about some outdoor sports, like golf, tennis and baseball. Be patient, and everything will return to normal. Take this time to relax with your family. Go bowling. Go see a  family that plays together, stays together. Enjoy the rest of this winter, and remind yourself in summer how cold and snowy it was this winter. It might cool you off this summer. Please support the Bay View community.

The Dancing Mailman

 During the winter, I always found it be hard going while delivering mail. When sidewalks are not clear,  you have to almost dance or walk a tightrope when carrying your mail pouch. When hidden ice was there, you could easily fall down and drop any mail that you are holding in your hand and pouch. Getting sprained ankles and sprained muscles was no fun. Icy steps can kill you. Because of the cold conditions, you have to get used to wearing only one glove on the hand that holds the mail. The other hand has to be bare to separate the mail. During a major snow storm, the customer will ask you why his mail is wet. They do not seem to notice that your uniform and mail pouch are also full of snow and wet. You tell them that that their mail is almost as dry as you are, but that is no excuse. You fall down their steps and they laugh at you. At least they could clean up the area to prevent it from happening again. Your pain is of no concern to them. Management thinks that safety hazards are a thing of your imagination, since their computers and the Domestic Mail Manual do not show such a reason for delay in delivering the mail. One day I had a dog that was half wolf that was attached to the back porch next to the mail box on a 25 foot chain. I twisted my ankle while in the process of escaping this dog. My boss felt that even though the dog was on a 25 foot chain, this was no reason to have a on the job injury because of it. When she went to the house to investigate my injury, the dog almost had her for lunch. She yelled at me for not telling her that the dog was on a 25 foot chain, even though she did not listen to me when I told her about it. She was really scared of this dog, but stated that the Domestic Mail Manual states that this is no excuse for a on the job injury. Maybe if the dog had actually got her, she might have thought differently. Most bosses depend on the computer or the D.M.M. to make any decisions on their job. They are afraid to think or act for themselves. They do not know how to make a proper decision by themselves. Their favorite phrase is: "Yes Sir!" to any of their bosses. You can help your mailman by keeping your sidewalks and steps as clean as possible (safe enough that you won't fall down yourself). We all want our mail on time, but sometimes illness, injuries, lack of enough personnel to carry the mail on regular time ( not overtime ), weather conditions and acts of God can delay the mail. Every mail carrier wants to do a great job of serving the public. Please help them out by making things safe for them to deliver your mail.

The Greenhouses of North Milwaukee

 At one time my family owned a lot of land in North Milwaukee. It was from Florist Avenue on the south to close to Mill Road on the north. The land went as far west as N. 35th St. On this land, August Manke established many greenhouses to grow crops that were unavailable in the winter time. Among the crops were lots of carnations, hot house tomatoes, lettuce, other kinds of flowers and vegetables. When Florist Avenue was named, they wanted to name it Manke Ave. August Manke refused the honor, so the street was named Florist Avenue instead because of all of the greenhouses there. When August Manke died, his two sons, William and Fred divided up the land and greenhouses and sold some of the land. To operate the greenhouses, they had to build powerhouses to produce the steam heat needed to keep the places warm enough to grow the crops. They had to maintain the buildings to grow their crops. Inside of the buildings, there were outhouses at the end of the rooms. When special flowers were being developed, pollination was done by hand and protection was developed to keep other sources of pollination from happening to these plants. Inside of the outhouse section, there were spiders, flies, hornets and other insects. To keep the mice away, they had feral cats that they fed and gave water to. If you would happen to pick up one of these cats, you received a very wet lap. They were not used to people handling them. William Manke and his wife Clara went their separate ways, and Clara Koepke Manke and her sister Lydia Koepke Laabs started working at the Post Office to earn enough money to pay off any debts that they had on their share of the land. Alvin and Ralph also joined the Post Office after World War II. My cousin Richard, Alvin's son, and I joined the Post Office in later years. Said to say, all of these people have passed on except for myself. When I was younger, my dad and his brothers and other relatives decided to tear down the old powerhouse from the greenhouses since it was getting old and the chimney could collapse at any time. Guide wires were attached to the chimney and a guide wire was attached to my dad's car.  I, without a drivers license was to put the car into drive and pull on the guide rope when asked to. There was a loud noise when it came down and no damage was done to anything else on the property. In the garage, there were pigeons, whose manure provide very rich fertilizer for the land. Sometimes my dad would grow some crops on the land for us or help his brother Bill with other crops on the land for all of the family to share. The greenhouses on this portion of the land were gone, but Fred and his sons kept the greenhouses on their part of the land. In the 1950's, they were honored for having the best carnations in the Milwaukee area.  When Teutonia Avenue was widened, the land became too expensive to live on because of high taxes. August Manke moved to Sussex with his mother Erna and father Fred. The rest of the family moved to other areas of the area. When the greenhouse were active, they had heavy competition with Florida to produce the best and cheapest products for the market. When the railroad became more dependable and airplanes came,  the cost of maintaining the greenhouse became very expensive. Only the best selling crops were then developed in the greenhouses. The smell and the sight of the flowers in the greenhouse was a sight to behold and smell. You almost thought that you were at a funeral because of the rich sweet smell of the flowers. All of the Manke men except for Rudy Manke have passed on. My dad and his three brothers, and August, Clem and Fritz have all left us. They were all wonderful people. There are many pleasant thoughts of the old days remaining to us who were there. These days will never happen again. Imagine being able to drive your dad's car on family land, without having a license, and being able to travel for awhile without having to turn around. This is how I got my first driving lesions from my dad. The old family homestead was once a hotel. Fred built his house right next door to the old hotel. Imagine the history of this land. Fred's wife, Erna's maiden name was Denzin. My grandmother Alma Denzin Schumacher was her sister. August Denzin came from Stettin, Germany as did the Mankes and Koepkes, and settled in the Town of Herman in Dodge County. He later moved to Bay View and built many basements there. He had ten children. So as a result my father and mother shared many first cousins in common without marriage. They met while visiting at Fred Manke's house.


How to make fancy vegetables at home

 When I ate at the firehouse,  I learned that sugar is taken away from frozen vegetables in the freezing process.  In fact,  a by product of the orange juice industry is a sugar making operation.  If you are making any frozen vegetables,  add two packets of sweetner to a 1# package  while cooking it.  You will notice that the vegetables will taste as though you picked them today in your garden.  If you drain them after cooking them,  add a little oleo or butter and you will have super deluxe vegetables.  If you cook two giant white or yellow onions after they have been cleaned and sliced,  add four packets of sweetner and you will think that you went to Georgia to get your onions. Add water to mix to prevent it from burning.  If you add mushrooms and some beef to the mix,  you will have a very tasty meal.  If you saute the onions before adding the mushrooms and beef, you will feel like you are in heaven while eating the meal.  If you are cooking broccoli or brussel sprouts,  if you add one or two packets of sweetner,  you will love to eat these vegetables.  If you boil two large acorn squash until they are soft enough to remove their skin,  and then add oleo and brown sugar to the mix,  you will explode with joy with the reults.  If you boil extra large sweet potatoes until soft and remove their skin,  then add oleo and a little brown sugar to the mix and you will have great mashed sweet potatoes.  Slow cooking is the key to producing very tender meat as you cook.  Experiment and you will discover new ways of making these dishes by yourself.  The fire fighters are the best cooks in the area.  Nobody can surpass them in their cooking skills.

Trip to White Bear Lake, Minnesota

 My wife and I just came back from a recent visit to our son, Kurt and his wife, Olivia's new house in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. We were offered and given a ride there by three good friends, Bob, Diane and Gigi and their dog Bandit. They were going to a competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The competition consisted of the owner dancing to music with their dog and later having the dog go through several tests to complete with other owners and their dogs. This contest started on a Saturday and ended after 5 PM on Sunday. Bob, Diane and Gigi belong to "Dancing with Woofs", a local area group that gives demonstrations on request for various groups that want to see them perform. There have been several events in Bay View including the Humboldt Park 4th of July celebration and the Tree Lighting ceremony at Post 180 of the American Legion as two examples of their work. They have also appeared at the Polish Women's Alliance Groups 116 and 189 Christmas Party for children at Humboldt Park in the pavilion in December. These people are wonderful people to get to know and be with.

 On the way to Minnesota, we encountered a lot of drifting snow on Interstate 94. We saw several cars, trucks and semitrailers that landed in the ditch due to the slippery conditions. We got as far as Tomah, Wisconsin, and decided to stop at a motel before traveling any further. The next day, we resumed normal road condition traveling and went the rest of the way to White Bear Lake, Minnesota and stopped at Kurt and Olivia's new house there. They and their son, Sammy, had moved in January from the area of Middleton, Wisconsin to White Bear Lake. Bob, Diane, Gigi and Bandit then continued on to Minneapolis to register in their hotel and to prepare for the competition the next day.  About one hour after they left, Kurt arrived home to meet us. In Minnesota, you can't find a "bubbler", "soda" or rarely locate a fish fry location on a Friday night. Because it was Lent, we found a place called the "Bier Stube", a German type sports bar that served a good fish fry only about three miles away from their house. For the rest of the day we relaxed with them and rested for the day. On Saturday, Kurt took us for a tour of the area of White Bear Lake. We later did some shopping and brought home some fast food to eat for lunch. Sammy is allergic to peanuts, eggs and dog dander. Every time that I played with George, their beagle, I had to wash my hands as to not hurt Sammy with dog dander. Olivia made us a very delicious meal that evening. Earlier in the day, we met Olivia's mother and aunt who came to visit us there. Kurt and Olivia had just placed an offer to purchase the home that was built by Olivia's grandfather. When her grandmother passed away, this house became available to them. This way it would stay in the family. On Sunday, we had a normal day in the life of their family, and proceeded to pack our things to prepare for the trip back to Milwaukee.

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Conservation of our resources

 Today we all hear about efforts to help save the environment for the future. If we look back into the past, we can see how the Indians took care of their environment. They only killed the animals that they needed to feed and make clothes with. They knew that if they protected their living area, that there would most likely be food and game for a long time. Care was taken as to what water was used for drinking. If their area became too exhausted for survival, then they moved to a new area to live and hunt in. The women had to serve the men and cook, make clothing, clean their clothes, have their children, care for their children and serve their family in all needed ways. Simplicity was one of their ways of survival. Many times they traded with other tribes for things that they needed in form of bartering. Money had little value to them. Their skills and possessions were their valuable assets. Through living in this area, they learned what weather conditions could occur. They were able to plan ahead and keep the whole tribe in knowledge of what was happening around them. When the white man came along, he had no understanding of what it meant to use only what you needed to exist. They destroyed many of the Indian's habitats and eliminated the game that they needed to survive on. White man polluted the land and waterways in a great way. The Indians had no immunity to white man's diseases. Measles, mumps, chicken pox and small pox wiped out many of them. Typhoid and cholera wiped both white man and Indians. Polluted water caused this problem. Many times the Indians were forced to move west so that we could claim their lands. Look at the history books and see how the land looked before the Indians moved west, and then afterwards when white man settled on their land. We can see a need for ecology after looking at these pictures. Perhaps if we did some conservation work and cleaned up our waterways, we could return to some of the old ways. Most of the damage will last for a very long time. Take the time to study our drinking water supply and remember what happened to our early settlers. There are still mass graves around of people who died during a typhoid or cholera epidemic in the past. Please protect our drinking water supply for our future use. Unless you want to drink recycled water like in California, do something about protecting our environment and water supply. Contact your library to read materials on this subject manner.  The contact your elected officials to do something about it.  Please support the Bay View community

Special honor from the Interorganization of Bay View

 On Monday, February 18, 2008, at the annual Washington Day Banquet at American Legion Post 180 at 2860 S. KK Ave., two people received a very special honor. Terry and LuRae Brower were honored as citizens of the year at the celebration. Each year, one person from the Bay View Community will receive this honor. It is for somebody who has worked hard for the people of Bay View. The person who receives this award is never told that he is to receive the award. The award is kept secret until it is given. Congratulations are in order for Terry and LuRae Brower, who have been active in many Bay View groups and have given freely of their time and energy to help the community of Bay View. They are members of the Bay View Lion's Club, the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association, the Humboldt Park Park Watch group, and several other Bay View groups. They have helped to set up and operate several Bay View events. They are also very active at St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bay View. I am proud to say that I know these people and have worked with them for many years.

An incident on Jones Island

A long time ago, while I was delivering the mail on Jones Island, a strange thing happened to me.  After I left the area where a Yugoslavian ship was docked, about seven or eight Yugoslavian sailers jumped aboard my parcel post postal vehicle. I tried to tell them first in English, then in German that I was not a bus to transport them. When this failed, I took them to Satra Belarus, a Canadian-Russian tractor company across from the old car ferry building. I knew a man inside of the building there, who spoke many languages. I had him talk to the sailers. It seemed that they thought that I was a bus and that they wanted to know how many kilometers downtown was from there and in which direction. Shortly afterwards, I thanked the man from Satra Belarus for helping me. The men spoke Italian and various other Yugoslavian tongues. This was the first and last time I had passengers in my U.S. Mail parcel post vehicle like this. When a boat came in from India, the men spoke the Royal British dialect. The Polish sailers were only interested in getting to the nearest K-Mart store to buy clothes to take home. If a sailer spoke perfect American English, and a Russian ship was in port, then I knew that these men were Russian. They were always very polite. One day I gave a spider that got on board my vehicle during the course of my deliveries on Jones Island. My supervisor told me to dump the spider off of the back dock and forget about it. About six months later I discovered that this spider was a black widow spider. Neither my supervisor nor myself ever realized what I was carrying in the letter tray that day. It was fun watching the various ships come inoport each day. Now you don't see as many ships in port from foreign countries as before. The postal supervisor that I spoke about was a great leader and gentleman. I wish that there were more men like him in the postal service.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

 On Sunday, March 2, 2008, from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon, at Beulah Brinton Community Center, 2555 S. Bay Street, the Polish Women's Alliance, Council 1, is having a pancake breakfast for adults and children to benefit the scholarship fund. The cost of this event is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for children, and children two and under free. The breakfast will include beverage choice of coffee, orange juice or milk. It will consist of pancakes, sausages and applesauce. Pictures can be taken with the Easter Bunny. There are free games for the children to play. Tickets can be purchased at the door. If you have any questions,  please call Penny Manke at (414) 304-5039.                                                                                                                                                                            

 The Polish Women's Alliance is based in Park Ridge, Illinois and is over 100 years old. Wisconsin has several chapters, and Diane Reeve is the State President of the organization. Some of the Wisconsin chapters are also close to 100 years old. This organization has provided insurance needs, adult programs, children's programs and many charitable activities for the general public. The PWA of America is a non-profit organization and is part of the Polish National Alliance. All money made from such events is given back to the people in forms of scholarships for their children and other valuable purposes. This is a way to present the Polish culture to the American people. Poland has always been a strong supporter of American causes. Take the time to enjoy some good food, while letting your children have some clean wholesome fun. Please come to the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, March 2, 2008 at the Beulah Brinton Community Center.

We need more volunteers in Bay View

    In today's society,  we are badly in need of volunteers to help our various organizations.  Imagine having a Independence Day celebration without a parade, children's games, talent contests, evening programs and
of course fireworks.  All of this takes volunteers.  Our volunteers are getting older and need more younger
people and their input to continue our program.  Imagine having a Veteran's  Day or Memorial Day parade
without veterans or newer soldiers to march in it.  Our veteran posts are getting old also.  We need more younger veterans to join our veteran groups.  Imagine going to church and not having a pastor or priest to
conduct services,  or no choir to sing at church services. Our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts need leaders. Our children need little league coaches in all sports.  Everybody seems to take these things for granted.  Without new members,  many of our local groups will fade from site due to lack of interest.  Our schools need PTA
members to help out our teachers.  Students are very proud when they tell you that their parents are involved in their education and in their school.  The future is not locked in stone.  You are the ones who will decide what happens in our future.  Please volunteer before it is too late.  When we were younger,  we always had people to mentor us as we grew up.  Do our children and grandchildren have the same thing? Go to your local church and volunteer there if nowhere else.  Set an example for our future generation to follow.
Look around  you and see where help is needed.  Don't be afraid to speak up.  Your input is both wanted and needed in many places.  Please don't make volunteers a thing of the past.  We need your help and input everywhere.  Please support the Bay View community.

Clement Ave. School celebrates "Read Across America" with First Lady--Jessica Doyle

 On Friday, February 29, 2008, in the morning, Clement Ave. School celebrated "Read Across America" with First Lady Jessica Doyle being one of the participants in the reading of Dr. Suess's books. This program had gusts reading stories from Dr. Suess both in the auditorium and later on in the classrooms. Here is a list of the guest speakers:

 First Lady--Jessica Doyle     WEAC President--Mary Bell   WEAC Vice-President--Guy Costello

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