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.
Over the holidays, when my wife's family had our get together, I was amazed at one little child. He was the grandson of my wife's brother, Paul. His name is Andrew. He is almost 2 years old. He has been going to a pre-school at the YMCA near his house. Because children at that age cannot communicate with their voice very good, they are taught sign language. He thought that I was Santa Claus because of my beard. He would point to a picture of Santa Claus on a zip-lock bag and then point to me. He was given a piggy bank as a gift. He went around to many of the relatives, and indicated that he wanted coins for him to place inside of his bank. His method of communication was sign language. I could not believe that a child at that age could could use sign language as well as he could. Instead of words, he would sign his requests to us for anything that he wanted. I am really amazed to see a child who is less than two years old being able to use sign language. I feel that he will have a bright future ahead of him. I am proud of his parents and grand-parents. It is great to see somebody that gifted in the family.