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.
This month, Unity Lutheran Church Senior Center is celebrating 40 years of service to the Bay View Community. On Tuesday, October 28, they are having a Halloween Party at the senior center for members. Unity Lutheran Church is 77 years old this year. The senior center is totally church funded with a grant from Luther Manor. There is a great group of people at the senior center. The senior center was started in September of 1968. Ceramics, crafts, educational programs, nurse visits, and day trips to various locations are part of this center's programs. There is always a need for new members to join in the activities..All interested seniors are invited to join the center. Kaye Karcher is the current director. If you would like any more information about this senior center, please call her at 414-489-9035. Judy Wagner contacted me to inform me about this event. Her father, the late Nick Wagner, served for 65 years with the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association and almost as may years on the Milwaukee 4th of July Commission. He was instrumental in getting the flag holders for S. KK Ave. to be used for the holidays. He was also very active at the South Shore Water frolics and the Bay View Inter-Organization, which ran the frolics. His service to the Bay View community is well established. Judy Wagner, herself, is on the Milwaukee 4th of July Commission. Nick Wagner was honored on a special plaque at Humboldt Park for many of the things that he did. His outstanding work should be honored by a greater plaque than the small one inside of the park pavilion. Both father and daughter have served the Bay View community for many years. This church has done a lot for the Bay View community. The address of the church senior center is 1025 E. Oklahoma Avenue in Bay View.