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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.

Today is May Day

  Throughout the world, people celebrate May Day today. This day is to honor our laborers who have made their countries great over the years. This also a day to honor our labor unions. This is the time to promote world peace, if it was ever possible. Without our labor force, no country could succeed in survival. We should thank our work force for making our nation great. I wish for all to have a happy May Day.

Do you remember how we made home gardens years ago?

  During World War II, due to rationing and food shortages, victory gardens were established in our own back yards. The rules on having chickens was also relaxed. People learned how to make big meals out of very little food. Hamburger meat was cheap then. Beef bones with a little meat on them were perfect for vegetable beef meals. Old bread was made into bread pudding, stuffing or hard rolls had frosting placed on them as a treat.  Rye bread with gravy on it made a good lunch snack. Fish was available and cheap in those days. Homemade bread and rolls were excellent eating . Corn-on-the-cob was a special treat in summer.  A good chicken dinner helped with these hard times. Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches with mayonnaise made a good meal. Oatmeal was cheap and made a good breakfast. Oleo or lard was used more often than butter due to shortages. Popcorn on the stove made for a good treat. All fresh vegetables were good to eat when available.  Many people used to barter instead of using money to obtain needed things. Sometimes a special skill brought more food to the table. We never had money, but we always had food on our plates. A sewing machine did wonders for making or repairing clothes. A good shoe tree stand made it east to replace heels and soles on your shoes. Hand-me-downs were the way of the times. In these hard times, you learned the value of things and respect for other people. If only the people of today could understand what it was like then. They might be able to understand today's world better.

Bay View Fox Run -- May 22nd -- Power of Divas

Would love to see you at Bay View Fox Run, May 22nd.! This is my big fund raiser for the PODS and certainly appreciate your support. Let me know if you can make it. I'm happy to pick up your registration if it's easier.  As many of you know, it's a beautiful walk and great way to start a day!

Jennifer Wolf ----

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Mother's Day

  Remember to honor your wife and mother on Mother's Day. When you were born, your mother took you into her arms and cherished you. She tried to provide the best care that she could for you. She tired to teach you about life and its problems. She taught you love, thankfulness, care giving, self determination, sharing, respect for others and many other things. She taught you how to live your life and be independent. She provide guidance as you were growing to become an adult. When the time came for you to marry, she turned you over to your wife to care for you, much as she did in your past. We should cherish the memories of our mothers and wives. Take your mother and wife out to eat to celebrate this special day. If your mother has passed on, think of her in your thoughts. Have a happy Mother's Day to all.

Bay View County Parks

  Somebody complained that I would not accept the fact that Milwaukee County has received several awards for its parks. That person has never visited Saveland, South Shore, Humboldt, Kosciusko or Grant Park. The restrooms at Saveland Park are being repaired now. The restrooms at Humboldt and South Shore Park are in bad condition. The rotten worn out wood on many of our park benches are so weak that you could fall through if you sit on them. The picnic tables are like seesaws. In Grant Park the historical bridges are on the verge of collapsing due to rotten worn out wood. The roadways in these parks are in need of repairs. They have a row boat in Saveland Park but no place to use it. The lagoon at Humboldt Park is so weedy that you are almost unable to see it. Sure, Scott Walker wins awards for beautiful parks, but they never visited our southeast side parks to see how much in need of work they are. Our forefathers would turn over in their graves if they could see our parks today. What is going to be done about all of the repairs needed in our parks?  Check the photo archives of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Bay View Compass, Milwaukee County Historical Society, The Milwaukee County Library, Bay View High School and other places if you want see what our parks looked like in the past. It is like watching them turn into abandoned grave yards. If only they could restore park staffing so that our parks could recover. Please save our parks for another generation to be able to enjoy using them. Contact Scott Walker and other local politicians to help us save our parks for the future.

Bay View County Parks

  Somebody complained that I would not accept the fact that Milwaukee County has received several rewards for its parks. That person has never visited Saveland, South Shore, Kosciusko, Humboldt or Grant Parks. The bathrooms at Saveland (now being repaired), Humboldt and South Shore have been condemned by the City of Milwaukee Health Department. The wood on many of the park benches is so weak that you could fall through them if you sit them. If you sit at a picnic table, you end up on a seesaw. In Grant Park, the famous bridges are on the verge of collapsing due to rotten worn out wood. The roadways in these parks need work. They have rowboat in Saveland Park but no place to use it. The lagoon in Humboldt Park can barely be seen. due to all of the weeds nearby. Sure Scott Walker won awards for beautiful parks, but nobody visited the south side parks that are in great need of repairs. What is going to be done about all the repairs needed in our parks. Our fore fathers would turn over in their graves if they saw the condition of our parks. Check the photo archives of Bay View High School, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Bay View Compass, the Milwaukee Public Library, The Milwaukee County Historical Society and other places if you want to see what our parks used to look like. It is sad watching them turn into abandoned grave yards. If only they could restore park staffing, then we could once again be proud of our heritage parks. Please save our parks so another generation of citizens can enjoy using them. Contact Scott Walker or/and your local politicians to help us save our parks for the future.


  What do people gain when they do vandalism to other people's property and to public property? I have seen vandalism in our county parks, because they do not have enough staffing to monitor the parks all of the time. Vandalism costs money and time. Repairs are not that easy with only a reduced park staff. Perhaps the park cameras will show who the vandals are so we can have them prosecuted by the law. If somebody is so stupid as to think that they won't get caught, just wait for the knock on your door by somebody with a badge. There are now huge fines for doing damage to properties. Your name will be published by the news media for all to see. You will obtain a criminal record, and therefore have little chance to get a good paying job. Most colleges will refuse to accept you with a criminal record. If any other vandalism is done, you will automatically become the prime suspect. The law will come to you wherever you are and question you. Is it worth all of this hassle to have a little fun?

 Vandals should be shamed by wearing a sign on their back and be forced to do park labor as a punishment. If they refuse to do this, they should be given time in jail. Everybody gets hurt when vandals strike. The cold fashioned chain gang could work for these criminals. When the cameras reveal your picture while you are being a vandal, you will be found guilty. Think about your future and consider if it is worth it to have a criminal record and have your name published in the newspapers for all to see. The future is yours to be had. Decide for yourself about this matter.

Reminder of Bay View Historical Society Yard Sale on Saturday, May 22nd, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is a final reminder of the annual Yard Sale at the Bay View Historical Society Beulah Brinton House, 2590 S. Superior Street in Bay View.

If you want to donate items:

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Sixth Annual Bay View Plant Sale

Saturday, June 5, 2010 -- 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

South Shore Park:  2900 S. Shore Drive.

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Cutting down trees in Grant Park to build a dog park?

  I have just heard that Scott Walker is arranging to cut down some trees in Grant Park in order to establish a dog park there. I saw this post  from the off leash dog park association news e-mail list. Here are the facts and a response that the ROMP Board President shared with us on the list that is very informative.

  Briefly, it's Warnimont Park, not Grant Park and this was funded  by profits  from selling off leash dog permits -- one of few profitable areas in the county budget and something that makes the parks. Also, trees that are removed are selectively chosen -- diseased and invasive  species -- along with planting new trees. The park system takes it very seriously.

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"Captain Underpants" vs "Peck's Bad Boy"

   Captain Underpants and Peck's Bad Boy  are two books that were written in a similar style. Captain Underpants is a child's book from Scholastic Books. This book tells of two bad boys who were always in trouble at their school. They were both in 4th grade. Their misadventures were the theme of this series of books. They were constantly at war with their teachers and  principal at school. They were almost at home in the principal's office for misconduct all of the time. At a football game, they put black pepper into the cheerleaders' pompoms. They put liquid soap into the band instruments. They substituted itching powder for balm that was used for sore muscles. They filled the football with helium. The principal called them into his office the next day and showed them a video from a surveillance camera that caught them in the act of doing their vandalism at the football game. He then blackmailed them into doing personal jobs and obeying every rule in the school.  After a few weeks, the boys ordered a hypnotizing ring by mail to attempt to hypnotize the principal into giving them back the evidence of their misdeeds. He had threatened to give the video to the football team for them to take care of the boys. I will just let you guess what happened when they hypnotized the principal. My grandson had me read this entire story to him about 5 times while I was visiting my son and his family. He is only 3 1/2 years old, but he enjoyed listening to this book being read.

  Peck's Bad Boy was written over 100 years ago by George Peck, former mayor of Milwaukee and governor of Wisconsin. He was elected to defeat the Bennett Law, from the 1880's, that was the first law that mandated that children have to go to school, and not work in the labor force. The weakness in the Bennett Law was that all children had to learn the English language in their schools. There were German Lutherans, German Catholics, Polish Catholics, and other ethnic schools that taught in the language of the parent's old country. The people were so angry that they elected George Peck both as mayor of Milwaukee, then governor of Wisconsin to put an end to this law.

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Dedication of Eschweiler House as a Bay View Historical Society Landmark -- June 27, 2010

  The Bay View Historical Society will dedicate the Eschweiler House, 2445 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue as an historical landmark. This event will take place on Sunday, June 27th at 2:00 p.m. Everybody is invited to attend this free event.

  This house, at 2445 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue, replaced an earlier house, that was moved to 533 E. Wilson Street.  Architect Alexander C. Eschweiler designed this house in 1903 for Dr. William Batchelor to be used as a medical office and residence. The inside woodwork was done by Elias Stollenwerk and the actual construction was done by the Meredith Brothers of Bay View. Dr. Batchelor and his family lived and worked here until he died in 1920.

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Support our Milwaukee Brewers

  Now is the time to support our Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Team.  Check and see if you can purchase some tickets to the game on-line, and save the time that it would take to buy them at the gate. We have a good team this year, although they are starting off very slow this year. Take your family to see them play ball. Be thankful that we have a major league team in Milwaukee. We should support them. Have a good time when you see the game. Bring the family and tailgate before the game.  Let's cheer on our team. They need more fan encouragement now than ever.

June -- Humboldt Park 4th of July Association meetings

  During the month of June, the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association will be meeting every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Humboldt Park Pavilion. All interested people are invited to attend and help plan our Independence Day celebration. This is our centennial year of existence. We began in 1910, one year before the Milwaukee 4th of July Commission was founded.

  It takes a lot of effort to produce a full day of activity in our park on Independence Day. Without our volunteers and sponsors, we would be unable to continue our efforts. Over the last 100 years, many different people have served us as volunteers and planners. The input of everyone is important to the organization. We would like to see this effort continued into the future. Consider becoming a member or a volunteer to help us in this cause. This year we will need  judges for our various activities. Our members can not serve as judges. We could use more sponsors to support us. Special thanks go to everyone who has helped us in the past, present and future.

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Happy Anniversary Penny

  I would like to wish my wife, Penny,  the best wishes on our 44th wedding anniversary.  We were married on May 28, 1966, at St. John Kanty's Roman Catholic Church. Love means much when two people share their life together and get older together. Sharing in all that life brings is very important to us. I hope that we can share many more years together. I love her very much. Happy anniversary Penny.

We need more people willing to volunteer

  In recent times, we have found out that many organizations have members who are getting older, and need new young blood to replace them in their activities. While most organziations are based on traditions of the past, new blood can rebuild and rejuvenate  the organizations.  More input from younger members  can mean the difference between fading away to nothing or having a great active organization. Do not be afraid to join a group. Your time and skills can mean a great difference to them  Please consider taking some time to investigate the various groups that need help. You can become the spark plug to ignite a group to action. Please support our Bay View community and donate some time to our various groups in need of your help.                                                 

Memorial Day is very important to us

  Today, we remember the members of our families and armed forces who have passed on. Our military is the protector of our liberty and everything that we enjoy about our country. Many people have given up their  lives for that purpose. We should heartily thank the members of our armed forces for all that they have done, both in the past, now and in the future. This is also a time to remember family members who are no longer with us. These memories run deep in our lives. Take the time to visit a cemetery and see the graves of those who have left us. Pause and honor them. Maybe leave flowers or a U.S. flag on the grave sites. Remember always, as they are now, one day we shall be also.  Please celebrate memorial Day as a family.

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