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.
I am always amazed at the amount of friendly dogs on leashes at the South Shore Farmers Market. These dogs are kept under control of their masters and are always very friendly. Dogs are a reflection of their masters. If a dog has a nervous master, then the dog seems to be easily disturbed. If the dog has a calm
master, then the dog seems more outgoing and friendly to others. A mean master will have a dog that cowers and tends to nip at other dogs and people, due to the fact that he knows no kindness. Any place that you take your dog, remember that it is a reflection of you that shows up in its behavior. A loving dog has a loving master. A good dog will always show you love when you treat it with kindness. Some dogs seem to be mean because they are trying to protect their master from harm. Soft words and kindness always seem to calm down a dog. South Shore Park is a dog friendly park that you can take your dog for a walk with its leash. The Nehring Family, who own Groppi's Food Market, have placed several dog stations in the park with bags for dog bowel movements and containers to hold them. While you are there enjoy the view of Lake Michigan. The Harnischveger Children's Area is wonderful for your children to play in. There is the bike trail that goes along the lake towards Cudahy. The park pavilion is beautiful and is available for renting for weddings and parties. There are rest rooms inside of the building. There is an area to go fishing
at in the north part of the park and also near the South Shore Yacht Club. Take the time to visit a fine dog
friendly park at your leisure. I am sure that you will enjoy the visit.
In 1910, due to a multitude of injuries to children and adults from playing with fireworks, a committee got together in Bay View to form a Safe and Sane 4th of July Association. This later became known as the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association. People were becoming maimed, blinded, lost limbs and fingers all because of careless use of fireworks. This committee set up a full day of activities for the entire family to partake of and also to have a controlled fireworks display at the end of the day. This group was so successful, that the City of Milwaukee founded its own 4th of July Commission in 1911 to spread this type of celebration to the whole city of Milwaukee. Throughout the years the activities and the prizes have changed to reflect the times. Now we are trying to continue this Independence Day celebration into the present and future for a new generation of families to enjoy. Our members are aging, and more younger input and help is needed to continue our work. As a child you can remember how you took part in the celebration of the 4th of July. I am sure that you do not want it to cease to continue due to lack of financial support or of volunteers to set up and organize the day's event. Please consider giving up some of your valuable time to assist us in this matter. Financial needs are also there for funding this event. We have the best 4th of July celebration in all of Milwaukee. Please help us now in our time of need to continue into the future for our children and grandchildren to enjoy as much as we did when we were young. Please support the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association.
The song "Ich hatt' einen Kameraden" is an old German song that Germans, Austrians and French will play at funerals of soldiers. The American's traditionally play "Taps" at a soldier's funeral. The words to this song strike a memory in my mind.
Text by Ludwig Uhland Translation
With the shortage of salt now, it almost seems like you need a pair of ice skates to be able to walk on city sidewalks. If you have a cane, it can help you with your balance on ice. The roads are safer to walk on than the city sidewalks, except that many cars want to run you over while you walk. Maybe if we had our elected officials walk on some of our sidewalks, they would understand why we need something to eliminate the heavy ice underfoot. Many people are going to fall down and be injured in the next few weeks unless something is done about all of the ice on our main sidewalks. The letter carriers have been told that if the sidewalk or steps are unsafe to walk on, then they should bypass that house until it is safe to deliver again. Maybe some people should be denied their mail delivery or have their homeowners insurance cost raised due to unsafe sidewalks and steps. Too many claims due to ice conditions, can cause your homeowners insurance to be canceled by your insurance company. If you find too many sidewalks full of heavy ice, then notify your alderman to have him do something about it. Your safety is my concern here. You have to decide what to do about this problem. I would like to be able to walk on any sidewalk without placing myself in danger because of heavy ice and snow in the way.
During World War II, some Americans who had gone behind German lines, made a simple mistake while there. We all take eating food for granted. The people of Europe usually place their fork in their left hand and their knife in their right hand. As Americans, we have the habit of placing our fork in the right hand. As the Gestapo were making their rounds in German controlled territory, they would watch people as they ate their food. If a person used his right hand to hold his fork, then he would be watched carefully afterwards for any unusual activity. Even if you know a language perfectly and understand the customs of the land that you are in, if you use the wrong hand to eat with, they can spot you out in a crowd. When you sneeze, you usually respond in your native tongue. If you are injured, you also tend to shout out in your native tongue. While it may seem easy to go behind enemy lines, simple mistakes can reveal who you are. I was told recently that my uncle, Fritz Manke, went behind German lines several times and posed as a German civilian. He was also in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Remagen Bridge when the Americans captured the only bridge still standing over the Rhine River into Germany. I was also told that he interegated German prisoners of war during combat. He spoke perfect German and English. He passed away several years ago. My cousin, his niece, told me about this part of his war years. He never talked about these times. He was a great person to know as a friend as well as an uncle. Next time you go to visit Europe, remember,that they can spot you by how you do things. If you speak their language, you must watch your choice of words. since some words are insults in one area and not in another area. Listen before you speak. Enjoy yourself when you travel.
Eleven years ago, Ruth Simos and a few other people started the Humboldt Park Park Watch to help preserve the park and to provide programs for the people coming there. As you know by now, funding for staff workers at the park is at a minimum. The staff workers who are there also have to work at many other parks, reducing the time that they can work at the park. The Park Watch is composed of people interested in helping the park survive. Reduced staffing has caused many areas of the park to go into weed patches and for the park lagoon to become very polluted. It is not the fault of the park staff for this problem. They are very hard workers and are being stretched to their limit. It is funding of the park that is the problem. At the park we have summer concerts in the park chalet that are free to the public. We have the Independence Day celebration that is handled by the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association since 1910. There are baseball games scheduled inside of the park. The park pavilion is used for parties and for park functions. Many picnics are held in the park. Small kids go fishing in the park lagoon. The park watch is the group dedicated to promoting these activities and attempting to protect the park from lack of further funding.
In December, the park watch has a Winter Pot Luck in the pavilion for anybody to attend. On March 15 of this year, it sponsored the Easter Egg Hunt for the children of the area at the pavilion location. The egg hunt started at 10 AM sharp, and is over very quickly. In spring, the park watch sponsors a park cleanup activity for all interested people. The date of this event will be given later. At the last regular park concert, the park watch has a fund raising Corn Roast to provide funding for the year's programs. In fall, the park watch has a Tree Day for young children, in which both indoor activities and outdoor field trips are given. The children coming to this event are from the local schools. The park watch meetings are held on the second Tuesday, every other month. The next scheduled meeting will be on April 8, 2008, at 7 PM in the park pavilion. We invite everybody who likes the park and would like to help preserve it in any way to attend the meetings. Volunteers are the heart of this organization, and all organizations in Bay View. If you have an interest in joining this group, please contact Ruth Simos at (414) 483-9330 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a great need for more people interested in joining the park watch. There is also an ice skating group at Humboldt Park looking for members. The Humboldt Park 4th of July Association needs more members to keep our celebration of Independence Day the best one in Milwaukee. The Humboldt Park 4th of July Association meets on the first Wednesday of March, April, May and every Wednesday in June at 7 PM in the park pavilion. Everybody is welcome to attend the meetings. Bay View needs volunteers in most of our organizations to give their input to an aging membership. All help is welcome.
When I was younger, we had a lot of small bakeries in the neighborhood. There were also small grocery stores where the owner made homemade sausages. Groppi's Store on E. Russell Avenue still has homemade sausages. Canfora has homemade bakery on E. Oklahoma Avenue. There used to be stores every few blocks competing with each other. When the A & P came to Bay View, it ended the life of many small stores. As more grocery chains moved in, fewer small stores survived. The surviving stores had specialties, like high grade meat, homemade sausages, or other things that the big stores did not concentrate on. As the owners got older, many of these stores also ceased to exist. We should make use of these stores while they are still around yet.
When my cousin, Brother Jim Hengy, of the Maryknoll Brothers, and who served as a missionary in a brother house in the second largest city in Peru for over 25 years, came to Milwaukee on his one month break as a missionary, he would always stop by my family. He first went to West Bend, Wisconsin to order pots and pans for his mission house. He then came back to Milwaukee to buy homemade sausage and homemade bakery to take home on an airplane to his mother in Dearborn (Detroit), Michigan. It seems like these two items were missing in Detroit. They only had commercial grade sausage and bakery, not homemade items. Whenever his family came to Milwaukee, the first thing that they would do is to find a local bakery and to enjoy its products. We always took this for granted here. Several years ago, after he had finished his term in Peru, he went on a vacation to Egypt to enjoy the sites there. While there he came down with a fever and passed away before he could begin his new assignment. He was buried in the Maryknoll Cemetery in New York. I will miss his visits at family reunions. His family still keeps in touch with us and comes to family reunions. His mother came from the large Denzin family of 10 children. Alma Denzin Schumacher, my mother's mom, was a sister to his mother Norma Hengy.
I often wonder what it was like to travel in the old pioneer days when there were no highways to travel on. The Indian trails were often the only way to get here. Waterways like Lake Michigan and the Eire Canal and the rest of the Great Lake provided the safest paths to travel by. The natural port was in Bay View near Jones Island, where Horace Chase and Clyborn had their warehouse after 1834. When you traveled by horse, you also had to cross streams of water, climb steep hills and ride on rocky surfaces in some areas. You had to get your food off the land as you traveled. Wild animals were then in abundance. Most of the Indians were friendly toward the pioneers, but you had to be careful not to give them any hard liquor, because they had no tolerance for it. Respect for the Indians often brought the travelers extra food and shelter on bad days. You had to be a hardy soul to travel in those days. Fort Dearborn (Chicago), Illinois was the starting point for many settlers coming here. Green Bay, Wisconsin was one of the largest cities here. It was also where you had to file a claim for any land that you wanted for yourself. Fort Dearborn and early Milwaukee had lots of marsh land in the main areas. It took a while for some of this land to be filled in by new settlers. The more skills a person had, the more money and land that he could obtain. Doctor Enoch Chase, the brother of Horace Chase (later the Mayor of Milwaukee), was one of the first doctors here. He settled in Bay View. He was one of the people who made use of Cream City bricks and later established glass works in Bay View. He delivered the first two white children born in Milwaukee. (Milwaukee Sivyer and Milwaukee Smith--one boy and one girl). He later pursued industrial interests instead of doing medical work. Imagine walking on a path that led you through the pristine woods, over various streams, over prairie grass and flowers into an area near three rivers and a large lake. Picture the beauty of the pathways. If you were injured, you had to go an Indian Medicine Man or to a Medicine Woman for help. There was no army or police to protect you. You were strictly on your own. Your determination to be free and to obtain virgin land to settle on, kept you on your way here. The land was great to farm on and plenty of wood was there to build your house with. Bartering with your neighbors was the means of getting things done then. Money had no value, but exchanging skills and labor were perfect for the times. Houses had to be built. Roads to travel on had to be developed. Government activity was not as strong as today, as there were little means to enforce some of the state laws. In fact, the State of Wisconsin did not exist until 1848. Wisconsin Territory was taken out of Michigan Territory in about 1836 and included most of Iowa and Minnesota. Upper Michigan became part of the State of Michigan because a compromise was needed to keep Toledo, Ohio out of the State of Michigan. If Toledo had gone to Michigan, then Chicago, Illinois could have been made part of Wisconsin. It is strange how things have turned out in our history.
If want to read more on this topic, go to your local library and read up on our pioneers, and the battle to make Toledo, Ohio part of the State of Michigan. You will be surprised to read up on how Chicago almost became part of Wisconsin. Take the time in the library to research this area of our history. Please support the Bay View community.
At Beulah Brinton Community Center, dance classes are available. This center is the most used center of the Milwaukee Public School Recreation Department. It is also the most successful center in the school system. Believe it or not, Beulah Brinton used her own house at 2590 S. Superior Street to start the first social center in the United States. She also taught workers how to speak English and their wives homemaking skills. Most of her cousin, Eber Brock Ward's, Bay View Rolling Mill employees came from Europe or from New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania to work on the Bessemer Steel production at the rolling mill. The signs in the rolling mill were in three basic languages, English, German and Polish. Beulah Brinton also with the help of her cousin, started the first lending library in Milwaukee. Her tennis courts were used for recreation by mill workers. When her house became too small for her classes, she moved them over to the Puddler Hall. In later years, she moved to live with her son in Chicago for a while. In 1922, she came back to her Bay View house and founded a social center in the old Bay View fire house. Although she started her work in the 1870's, she ended it with her death in 1924. The old fire house was named the Beulah Brinton Community Center in her name. After the old center was razed, a new Beulah Brinton Community Center was built at 2555 S. Bay Street to replace the old one. This community center is the only recreation center in the Milwaukee Public School system without a school inside of it. In Fall of 2007, 162 classes were offered at the center, with 12 classes canceled. 2,043 people were enrolled in these classes. In Winter of 2008, 97 classes were offered with 7 classes canceled with 1,476 people enrolled in these classes. This is a success rate of about 93%.
On Sunday, May 4, 2008, at 2 PM, the Bay View Community Center will present its awards program at the center. They will be presenting the Mary Martinetto Community Service Award, the Volunteer Service to Youth Award, the Carvell Campbell Distinquished Instructor Award and the Game Room will now be called the Mary Morris Game Room in memory of one of the greatest volunteers in Bay View, who died last year. The Beulah Brinton Community Center Advisory Council is looking for some new members to assist the center and give input on center activities. Friends of Beulah Brinton and various guest speakers will be heard. Take some time and come to this event, it is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
Now the days should be getting longer. We should prepare for good days and bad days with our weather. During the good weather, the kids will want to play baseball or basketball outdoors. Flying kites is also done on windy days. Any outdoor activity is good for the family. On bad days, Spring house cleaning is not a bad idea. You should do things as a family and enjoy life. This is also a good time to take the dog for a long walk and get some exercise for yourself and your dog. Hopefully there will be very few more days of snow now. Planting some cold weather flowers or plants can be done now. Trim the bushes and trees before they develop buds, and they will be healthier this year. If you pound a rusty iron nail into a tree or bush, you will be feeding it iron. If you have poor soil, then placing old coffee grounds down will draw the earthworms to irrigate the soil and condition it for new grass seed to be added later. Dandelions are one of the only plants that is mostly edible for eating. If you can't defeat them, then if they are young plants, you can eat them or make dandelion wine out of them. If your grass is well watered and fed, then crab grass has little chance to grow there. Go outside and smell the fresh air. Enjoy yourself and your family and have a happy spring time.
Did you ever wonder why the breakwater off of South Shore Park was built? It seems that land erosion from waves off of Lake Michigan was eliminating a lot of shoreline. Something had to be done to protect the shore and the houses that were built on the edge of South Shore Park. Many buildings on the south end of S. Superior Street had to be moved because erosion was undoing their foundations. Some houses were moved to the 3200 block of S. Illinois Avenue. Some were placed south of 3165 S. Superior Street. Other houses were moved to other locations. South Myron Street as plotted by the Village of Bay View is located under water close to South Shore Beach. This plotted street was never built on. Its land base just eroded under water. The hill at South Shore Beach is what is left of the land near the lake after the breakwater was built. If you observe the breakwater now, you can see that it still needs more repairs to keep it functional to protect the shore line. Contact Kathy Mulvey at the South Shore Park Watch and learn more about South Shore Park. She can be reached by reading the web site of the South Shore Park Watch located on the bottom of the page on Bay View Now.com. John Sternkopf can also tell you about the things that are happening there. We have a wonderful park here, but due to staff shortages and park funding problems, some of the park is is need of more maintenance. Please help preserve our Bay View parks.
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When I was a little boy, my mother would make sea foam candy, cover it with chocolate and make Easter eggs for us. She would have some vanilla, some maple, some mint and some cherry flavored. She also made Rice Krispie egg nests dipped in chocolate with jelly beans in the nests. It was always fun near Easter, because we knew that she would make homemade candy. Before we could eat any of the candy and hard boiled colored eggs in our baskets, we had to go to church. This was a family tradition. Some of the hard boiled eggs would become deviled eggs. After a few days, we had egg salad with the uneaten eggs. We would have ham and sweet potatoes with some vegetables for the big meal, when everybody was there. There was always leftovers for during the week. Scalloped potatoes were made to use some of the leftover ham. Ham salad with sweet pickles was also made with leftover ham. Small cut up pieces of the ham went into scrambled eggs. We usually had a small lamb shaped butter for this meal. Either pies or cakes were the dessert for the day. In our Easter baskets, some other marshmallow eggs and candy eggs were added besides the usual jelly beans. We always ate too much candy then. These were times to remember. If it was warm outside, we went outside and played some softball with our friends.
Now in our present time, homemade candy is rare. Children would find it hard to believe that such good candy was made by our parents when we were younger. I hope that people take the time to go to church on that day. During Holy Week, we had to go to church, as well as during lent on Wednesday evenings. On Good Friday, it was common to eat no meat and to fast to honor our Lord who was crucified that day. On Saturday, things went back to normal, except to clean the house to prepare for Easter company. This was a time for the entire family to get together for a meal, and to play cards after the dishes were done and the kitchen was cleaned up. At night, we looked up to Easter vacation and a chance to get away from school for a short time. You should take this time to do things with your kids while they are off from school. Enjoy this week with your children and you will have moments to remember for the future.
Before Dan Hoan got into politics, he was very interested in workman compensation laws as they had in Europe. He wanted these laws for us in Wisconsin. He was eventually into Milwaukee politics as a member of the Socialist Party. When he was elected mayor of Milwaukee, he sought to end some of the corruption in local politics. He tried to clean up the area of its red light district. He established the lighthouse program to get children off of the streets and began the Recreation Division of Milwaukee Public Schools. He felt that he could get the kids out of gang activity and into recreation programs in the school buildings and established playgrounds for the kids. The competition in sports and other activities di eliminate a lot of gang activity. He felt that it was cheaper to find safe recreation for the kids than to keep them in jail. Kids could then live wholesome lives with plenty of challenges. During the Great Depression in 1929, he found ways to keep Milwaukee solvent and under control. He established policies that protected city government and kept us out of chaos. His main legacy to us was a clean government and many programs to help all people, including the elderly, sick, and crippled ones. Today we never hear much about him except for the Dan Hoan Bridge on the lakefront (Hwy 794). He served as mayor for twenty years. These years defined what Milwaukee is today. If you want more information on Dan Hoan, please go to your local library. Please support the Bay View community.
Have you recently walked in Humboldt Park. The water looks dirty and full of slime. The weeds are building up on the outer edges. How any fish can survive in that filthy water is beyond me. The park has hard working people employed there. The problem is that there is too much work and not enough staff to do it. What is Milwaukee County going to do about this? Do not blame the park staff, because they are overworked already. Our city founders gave us parks for the people to enjoy, but now political concerns are blocking the maintenance of these parks. It is a shame to be in the park and see all of this lack of maintenance. Our city fathers would turn over in their graves if they could see the parks as they are now. Something has to be done to protect and preserve this treasure of ours. Please contact your elected officials to see what can be done about this problem. It is up to you to complain to them, because what I say does not matter to them.
There is no valid reason for you to complain about who is holding any political office, if you did not take the time to go and vote yourself. The people who you elect to office will be serving for you. Take the time and study the various candidates, and chose who you think should be in that office. Keep an open mind, and think for yourself. Do not believe all of the political ads that you hear on radio or television. Read up on how that person has voted in the past. These are public records. The results will help you make a better decision in who to vote for. Remember every vote counts and your vote is very important. Please take the time to vote on election day. You will feel better after you vote. This part of our freedom in the United States. We have the right to chose the candidates for office with your vote. Be a good citizen and go out to vote on election day.
Now is the time when your children get off from school for Easter vacation. Please watch for children running out into the street while playing their games. This is the time when they want to burn up all of that stored up energy that they had while attending their school. Baseball, basketball, volleyball and tennis are three of the common sports that they want to play. If they are younger children, then they want to play near the house. Enjoy this time with your family. Take the kids to a movie or to the museum if they want to go there. The Betty Brinn Museum is excellent for young children. Discovery World and its aquarium is also a place to see. If it is not too cold, then take them to the zoo. Doing things as a family is great for the kids and you as well. Enjoy your Easter vacation and have a good time.
When you have a building, every part is important. When you fail to maintain it, eventually the building could collapse. If you take away one section at a time, it will weaken and lose its supports. A building with missing supports can be very dangerous to be inside of. The roof could fall in on you. For this reason, maintenance is very important to any structure. If it is built well and is taken care of on a regular basis, you have no problem with it.
Now if you were county government, and you failed to maintain your parks, buses, buildings, medical needs and social needs by stating that you were saving money by not raising taxes and by eliminating staff workers. And your house of correction was found to be highly deficient by the federal government due to lack of staffing and security funding. Whose fault is it? If our parks become weed patches, the pavilions lack maintenance, the park benches are worn out and the lagoons are severely polluted due to staff shortages due to lack of funding, whose fault is it? When bus service is denied because a section of the route does not make enough money to support it, whose fault is it. When our medical facilities are crying for help and due to lack of funds the request is denied, whose fault is it? Without proper staffing and funding, many of the things that we take for granted will no longer be there.
In 1871, Warren and Beulah Brinton built their new house at what is now 2590 S. Superior St. Warren worked in the office at the Bay View Rolling Mill and his wife Beulah was the cousin of Eber Brock Ward who owned iron mines, a shipping company on the Great Lakes and the Bay View Rolling Mill. In 1868, the first steel rail came off the line of the rolling mill. Eber. B. Ward purchased a large amount of land in the Town of Lake. He built one of the largest Bessemer Steel making plants in the country. He also built workers cottages for the married couples to live in. The Palmer House and at least one other building was used for the single workers at the rolling mill as a rooming house. The one rule that he established in all of his land, was that no alcoholic beverages were to used or served on any of his properties. The Bay View United Methodist Church was started in the superintendent's office at the rolling mill. In 1879, the Village of Bay View was incorporated out of the Town of Lake. In 1874, the rolling mill, the Amalgamated Iron Workers and the Sons of Vulcan built the Puddler Hall. It was used for plays, lodge meetings, classes and general meetings. All of the lodges of Bay View started here. Earlier, the Town of Lake built the Red Brick School to use as a town hall and as a school. When Bay View became a village, this building became the grade school, high school and college for the village. If the children were bad, there was always an empty jail cell inside of the school. Most of the rolling mill workers came from Europe. Some also came from New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states where they had the Bessemer steel system in place. Most of the east part of Bay View had people from the British Isles. Many of the people of the west part of Bay View were of German descent. The signs in the rolling mill were in English, German and Polish. The Kashubes live on Jones Island and in the area of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, which was one of the first Polish Churches in the country. These people built both St. Stanislaus and St. Hedwig's Catholic churches.
Beulah Brinton used her own house to start the first social center in the United States. She taught English to the workers and their families. she also taught housekeeping skills to the wives of the workers. The tennis courts in her yard were used for recreation for the workers families. She wrote at least two books on Christian living. At times, in her church, the Bay View United Methodist Church, she gave the sermon instead of the church pastor. She was very involved in her church. When her house became too small for her classes, she moved them to the Puddler Hall during the week. She loved to teach the people and they loved her for it. With the help of her cousin, Eber Brock Ward, she founded the first lending library in Milwaukee in her house. For a while she moved to Chicago to live with her son. About 1922, she came back to her house on Superior St. and began a social center again. This time she used the old Bay View fire house for a building. After 1924, when she died, the fire house was named the Beulah Brinton Community Center in her honor. In the 1960's, they razed the old building. On September 1, 1981, a new Beulah Brinton Community Center received its occupancy certificate from the City of Milwaukee. This new building is located at 2555 S. Bay Street, and is the only freestanding social center owned by Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Division without a school attached to it. This center is the most efficient of all of the recreation buildings owned by MPS. There is a web site for it on Bay View Now.com. In tradition of a very great lady, we have named this center. Her old house has been purchased by the Bay View Historical Society and is looking for additional funding to support the house and to make it handicapped accessible for the general public to use. If you have time, look at the house as you pass by, and then look up the Bay View Historical Society web site for information on it and Bay View history. Please support the community of Bay View.
This 60 acre woodland is owned by the Archdiocese of the Milwaukee Roman Catholic Church and is a special natural area that holds a diverse and rare plant life selection that is pristine in nature. It is also a wildlife haven and serves as a critical migratory bird refuge. It is located very close to Lake Michigan on the grounds of the Major Seminary. In recognizing its value to the area, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources lists the place as a "special place to preserve and protect", and the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission distinguishes it as a natural area of county wide/regional significance. These woods are beautiful to see and visit. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Saint Francis Seminary own this land and hope that it can be preserved. Pressing financial needs are calling for them to sell this land. Many places in Milwaukee would like to develop this land for commercial purposes.
A broad partnership of local residents, environmental groups, land conservation groups and government entities are working to provide long term protection of this site. However, these groups can not purchase the land without outside funding. The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund is a state program that grants funds for the purchase and preservation of significant state lands. An application is being made, but we need your help to gather wide spread support for using stewardship funds for purchasing the Seminary Woods. This woods is sacred ground; home to giant trees and rare plants and animals. The woods need permanent protection!
Would you believe that we are actually going to do something about the Milwaukee County Pension scandal? Do you believe that there finally is going to be an investigation of how this happened to us? Do you believe that we are finally going to get some staffing help in our parks and the buses are are finally going to reach all of the people, instead of only those routes that make a profit or are in Wauwatosa? Do you believe that we are actually going to get some accounting of where all of our tax money is being spent? This is the right day to discuss this matter. It is April Fool's Day, and you actually thought that you were going to get some honest work out of our elected officials. Let's make Election Day our April Fool's joke to our elected officials and elect some good people to public office. Who's April Fool's Day joke are you going to take care of?