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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.

April Fool's Day

  This is the day that we like to do practical jokes with our friends. You could even call  lazy politicians and congratulate them on doing a great job. (Then tell them "April Fool.")  We could honor Mayor Ryan McCue for being in his office all day doing work. (Then tell him "April Fool." We could congratulate Scott Walker for saving our county park system and our bus system. (Tell him "April Fool.")  This is the one day that you can tell falsehoods and get away with it. This is also the holiday for people who say that there is no god.  We could also tell people to go see Helen Waite, the secretary to many people. The Milwaukee County Zoo does not appreciate calls to the animals. Free parking permits are not available at the Milwaukee Police Department. If you expect the Milwaukee Fire Department to make it to your house in an emergency, expect a longer wait due to lack of funding from Milwaukee City Hall. This is no joke!!! The joke is that politicians are ready  to help you with your needs. Try to find this out for yourself.  This day should also honor the workers at Milwaukee City Hall for all of the misinformation that they give to us. We have an election coming up very soon. This is when we should show our support to people who will not lie to us and who run for public office. Send those who lie to us packing.

April meeting of Bay View Historical Society -- 4/5/10

  On Monday, April 5, 2010, the Bay View Historical Society will hold its April meeting. The meeting will be held at 7 pm at the Beulah Brinton Community Center, 2555 S. Bay St., in Bay View. All interested people are invited to attend. There will be a  historical program at the meeting.

April meeting of Humboldt Park 4th of July Association -- 4/7/10

  On Wednesday, April 7th, we will hold our April meeting of the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association. We will meet in the park pavilion at 7 pm. The park pavilion is located on S Pine Ave. just north of E. Oklahoma Ave.  We wish to invite all interested people to attend this meeting. This is our centennial year. Therefore, we wish to have a talent show and do other special things this year.

  Due to decreased funding from Milwaukee City Hall, we are asking for sponsors to help us in our cause. Because we have been doing this for one hundred years, we would like to have one very special celebration of our Independence Day at Humboldt Park. Besides sponsors, we will need many volunteers to help us in planning this event and giving us their input on these matters. Please consider helping us continue our heritage.  We are hoping to continue to celebrate for the next generation of families to enjoy. We need volunteers. We all have talents that can be combined with the talents of others to proceed toward our future.

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Easter Vacation -- Spring Break --- How are things going for your family?

  This is the middle of Easter vacation for the children from school. Some people prefer to call this Spring Break. With luck, you may take your children to Betty Brinn, the Milwaukee County Museum, the library, Discovery World or some other place to relax at. Seeing a movie at the theater is another suggestion. Letting your children play outdoors with their friends is another idea. Enjoy this brief period when your children are at home with you. School will soon resume, and things will go back to normal. Doing things together as a family is very important to families today. Parent involvement in their child's education is also very important. Your children are only young for a short time. They will grow up before your eyes in a few years. Enjoy your children now. They will remember this when they become adults. Hug your family and unite in harmony. Have a very happy Easter vacation.

Who will protect Milwaukee if we have two major fires in one day?

  As you know we now have brownouts with the Milwaukee Fire Department due to funding cuts from Milwaukee City Hall. Did you know that when we had the "Pizza Man Fire", fire departments from the suburbs were brought to fill Milwaukee fire houses in case of any needed protection to the rest of Milwaukee. If we were to have two major fires in one day in the city, who would protect the rest of Milwaukee?  All of our reserves would be used in the two fires. There would be no protection for rest of Milwaukee. We can only go the well so many times and still come out with water. We need to restore the cuts made to our fire department. Are you going to be happy to hear that no fire of health protection would be available to city residents due to lack of available equipment and fire personnel?  Do you want this to happen?  You can prevent this situation from happening if you contact your local alder person and demand that the fire department be brought back to full capacity. Even though the fire personnel that we have are hard workers, they can only do so much with limited funding and personnel.

  Unless something is done soon, Milwaukee could be found without needed fire protection and health services in a major fire situation.  We the people must confront our local politicians to correct this situation now, before it is too late and people suffer. Take the time and check the newspaper files to confirm what I am talking about. The evidence is there to read for yourself. Please help the Milwaukee Fire Department get its reduced funding restored now.

The blame game

  Every body is blaming somebody because the I-894/45/Zoo Interchange is having  a major problem. The Daniel Hoan Bridge is also having problems with its structure. Why is it that they all talk and complain about the problem, but actually do nothing about it. Hot air will not build a bridge. It takes people and money to build a bridge. While everybody complains, who is going to be the first victim when the intersection of the interstate collapses. Talk is cheap, but political action is needed now, not just when it is too late. What is more important:  Saving lives or saving money? Are our lives worth that little that nothing important is being done about this problem? We are now playing Russian Roulette with our lives when we use that intersection. Please do something about this situation.

The 124th Anniversary Commemoration of the Bay View Tragedy -- Sunday, May 2, 2010

                                        The 124th Anniversary  Commemoration

                                                          BAY  VIEW   TRAGEDY

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Humboldt & South Shore Park Watches Sponsor Park Cleanup -- Saturday, April 24, 2010


                                      Park Cleanup -- Saturday, April 24, 2010,   from 9 am to 11 am

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Are you looking forward to the South Shore Farmers Market?

    Just think, on June 19th, the South Shore Farmers Market will open up again. With  over 40 vendors, this will be the place to be on Saturday mornings from 8 am to 12 noon. South Shore Park Watch is a major partner of the farmers market. The market is located at 2900 S. Shore Drive in Bay View. It will be nice to see the returning  faces of the market again. People like to come, buy a coffee and some bakery and sit on a picnic table to relax. First there is an educational program followed afterwards by a musical program. There is no admitance fee to attend the market, but parking is scarce. Here you can look over at Lake Michigan while you shop. Dogs are invited to attend with their owners, while kept on a leash and droppings picked up by owner. There is a web site for the farmers market:

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Are you ready to get Down & Dirty?

  Come and join us on Saturday, May 1st for the Bay View Hide House Community Garden Garden WORK DAY. After all your hard work, stick around for the Victory Garden Initiative work day AFTER-PARTY.

WHO:  You, your family and friends. Anyone who supports urban agriculture.

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May meeting of Humboldt Park 4th of July Association -- May 5, 2010

   We will be holding the May meeting of the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at 7 pm, in the park pavilion. All interested people are invited to attend and give their input at our planning of this event.

  This is our centennial year and we want to have  special  activities for this year, including the return of our Talent Contest ( for this year ).  We need more sponsors and volunteers for our Independence Day celebration. We especially need judges for the parade, children's games, Bike, Trice, Doll Buggy and Coaster Wagon contest and other things on that day.

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Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Department offers many activities for the entire family to enjoy.

 During this warm weather, we think of activities to do. Softball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and other sports become popular now. Milwaukee Public School Recreation Department offers many opportunities for the entire family to partake in. Check in at Beulah Brinton Community Center, 2555 S. Bay St., in Bay View, and learn what is all offered for the people. We also have many playgrounds for the people to use. This is a chance for people to relax without using much money. There is always something going on at our recreation centers. It has been said that it is cheaper to offer group activities to our youth than to incarcerate then in an institution. Give our people the chance to get challenges and unite in group sports. This never hurts anyone. Do things together as a family. This brings you closer together as a unit. Please have some fun this spring and relax if you can.

I would like to see the film "Katyn" appear on TV stations worldwide.

 I would like to see the film "Katyn" appear on TV stations worldwide. I would like to honor the victims of Katyn because watching the film will give everyone a chance to learn about this historically significant event. Please send a request to ABC news in the USA asking them to to air the program on prime time.

 I ask ABC to air the film "Katyn" by A. Wajda on prime time. There is now great interest in the United States in Katyn because the airplane carrying Poland's presidential entourage crashed in route to mark the 70th year since the murder of 20,000 + Polish officers by Stalin's USSR -- the subject of the Oscar nominated film. Another generation of Poland's leaders was devastated but this time the world, including Russia, is making a remarkable effort to demonstrate support and help exorcise the past..

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Memories of my mother

  If my mother would be alive today, she would celebrate her 100th birthday. She passed away  in 1981. When we were kids, she had to go to work to help support us six children. Both my mother and dad had jobs. My mother spent most of her life doing insurance work. She started when she was young and worked for her father. Her sister also spent her life doing insurance work. My dad did most of the major cooking in our house. My mother would cook on weekends. My sisters and I did much of the cooking during the week. My dad would make special meals like pea soup, vegetable beef soup, chicken soup, homemade chili, corn-on-the-cob and many other dishes that would last for several weeks. When my mother made roast beef, I thought that shoe leather was more tender. Sometimes we would have smoked chubs to eat. My mother made excellent boiled shrimp.  During most of my youth, my dad would work on second shift.  He would prepare a meal before he left for work. No matter who cooked the meals, we always had plenty of vegetables to eat, Sometimes, if we were lucky, somebody made homemade bread or rolls to eat.

  My dad was an early riser, and would do yard work early in the morning. My mother liked to sleep late when she was not working. When she got up, we were put to work cleaning up the house. We had to scrub floors and steps, vacuum the house, scrub out the kitchen sink and the bathroom sink and toilet. If anybody was caught laughing at a meal, we were sent into another room as a punishment. I always wished that I could sleep late on certain days. After our housework was inspected and approved, we were allowed to go outside and play with our friends. When we were young, we only had a radio, no television sets. We had bicycles to ride and a coaster wagon. My dad brought home a pair of stilts that he used when he was child.  We used to walk on them a lot.   Growing up was quite an adventure. Now all we have is the memories of that time in our lives. The old house was razed, so we no longer can visit it or see it.

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Honoring my mother

  If she were alive today, she would be 100 years old. She grew up in a house located at 2549 S. Logan Ave. Her grandfather, Fred Schumacher had come from Germany and went to Janesville, WI. From there he raised one family and then went to St. Louis, Mo. to join a German regiment of the Union Army to fight in the Civil War. From there he came to Bay View and married a widow, who owned the house at 2549 S. Logan Ave. It was called Mitchell St. and   Deer Pl. then. They had more children afterwords. Fred worked in the blast furnace at the Bay View Rolling Mill.

 My grandfather, Otto Schumacher, Fred's son, and his wife Alma had two girls; my mother and my aunt Ruth. Otto had a grocery store attached to his house. In the early 1920's, he dropped the store and went into real estate and insurance as a business. He was also very active at St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was a leader in the school there. He was the second man to run Woodlawn Cemetery for St. Lucas Church. He died in 1941. His wife Alma, my grandmother died several years before him.

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Bay View Historical Society Yard Sale -- Saturday, May 22, 2010-- from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

                                    BAY VIEW HISTORICAL SOCIETY YARD SALE

                                          Saturday, May 22nd -- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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