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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.

The Crystal Rebekahs and Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church --- by Mary Becker

  The year is 1930, and a few Bay View men are organizing a Lutheran congregation at the Odd Fellows Hall, a three story building the lodge shared with their sisters, the Rebekahs.  The address as South Kinnickinnic and East Potter avenues.  Less than ayear later,  these Lutherans bought a little white house at 3103 South Herman Street and remodeled it into a chapel.

   The Unity congregation was on its way.  Now, the Lannon stone building at 1025 East Oklahoma Avenue houses not only two worship services but an every-Wednesday soup kitchen and the Open Door Clinic that same evening.

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County Bus Service is coming to Lake Express Car Ferry Dock

Milwaukee County Bus service to the Lake Express high-speed car ferry will start June 14, 2009, the County Board has decided.

Supervisors voted 16-3, on May 22, 2009, to extend Milwaukee County Transit System Route 53 (Lincoln Ave.) to S. Lincoln Memorial Drive to meet the ferry's 6 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. departures and its 11:45 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. arrivals on a trial basis, through August 30th.  The bus service would not run to the car ferry's 12:30 a.m. arrival, which is after Route 53 has shut down for the night.

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Bay View Historical Society dedicates Delaware House as Historic Landmark

   The Bay View Historical Society will dedicate Delaware House, 2499 S. Delaware Ave., as a historical landmark on Saturday, June 27th, at 2:00 p.m.    The brief dedication ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Delaware House during an Open House that day from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The program includes presentation of a plaque to the current owners, Kevin and Kathy Howell, and a brief history of the landmark.

   Delaware House is located on the northwest corner of Russell and Delaware Avenues. The Milwaukee Iron Company originally built this structure in 1870 to manufacture miner's helmets for the steel mill workers. Not long afterwards, it became Lenck's Hardware Store and was operated by Henry and Charles Lenck for more than 65 years.  The Lencks made equipment for the Bay View Rolling mills and Bucyrus-Erie manufacturing Company.  Their building was once the Republican Party's headquarters where the Civil War draft was handled for the Town of Lake. It was also home to Company C of the Bay View Light Artillery under the leadership of Captain Theobald Otjen, Captain William Donahue and First Lieutenant Henry Lenck.  Henry Lenck and Theobald Otjen were both early aldermen from Bay View, and the store was a popular gathering place for local people to discuss politics.  Henry Lenck's son,  Fred Lenck, who was the last family proprietor, ran the business for more than 35 years.  The building remained in the Lenck family until 1941, when it became Bay View Sheet Metal and House of Heat. In recent years it was purchased and remodeled by the Glaspey family, who ran a fabric store named the Cutting Table.  The current owners, Kevin and Kathy Howell,  did further remodeling and now operate the location as a community of independent businesses offering dancing, yoga, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, skincare and personal training.

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A letter concerning the City of Milwaukee's 4th of July Commission

   Recent years have brought about serious disconnects between the City of Milwaukee and the needs of its Fourth of July Associations.  These disconnects have caused a relatively small, yet serious shortage of funds allocated to the Associations for their 2009 Fourth of July celebrations.  Whether you are a government official or office holder or not we request your support to have the needed funds restored to this year's program.  The amount of needed to be restored for all 15 parks involved in the celebrations is a total of $25,000.  That's it.  It is not just the money, but also the needed support and services  ended because of this lack of funds. It is not just that, but also the attitudes of City Officials who brought about these cuts in the first place.  Let the mayor, aldermen, your friends and neighbors, everyone know of your wish to have these funds restored now, immediately, not just next year or a decade from now.  The Associations have to have their programs in place and ready to go July 4, 2009.

   It is the responsiblility of the City of Milwaukee to finance the basic 4th of July celebration. Any money collected by the individual Association through donations, hot dog sales, etc., are for Association programs above and beyond the basic celebration. The City is not to pass on the expenses of the basic program to the Associations.  In the past for all 15 parks the basic program cost the City about $150,000. Last year the City cut that amount to about $130,000.  This year even that bare bones budget was cut down to $105,000.  Elements of the basic program that were cut by the City this year include all talent shows, badges, and trophies.  At the same time the City increased from our park allowance the cost of ice cream and the City band. Last year the cost of flags increased.  Although the overall budget this year was cut 20%, our Humboldt Park allowance was cut by 28%.

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A Special Day at Bay View High School

   On Thursday, June 4, 2009, Bay View High School had its Honors Program.  The Class of 2009, had its members receive their honors for their hard work at the school over 4 years.  The day began with a breakfast for the graduates, teachers parents and award  presenters.

   The award presenters, parents and special guests were seated in the audience.  The Class of 2009 entered the school auditorium in a processional by class.  The audience stood while the students marched in.  Then the Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Jeffrey Geil, a math teacher, announced what what was going to happen that day.  The entire audience then stood for the National  Anthem.

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Bluegrass Allstars Play in Sheridan Park !

                                    THE BLUEGRASS ALLSTARS PLAY IN SHERIDAN PARK

                                                                Thursday, June 18, 2009

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The South Shore Farmers Market will open on June 20, 2009

   Here is the news that you have been waiting for.  The South Shore Farmers Market will open its 11th season on June 20, 2009 and run until the middle of October.  The market is open on Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. until 12 Noon.  There will be an educational program early followed by a musicial presentation afterwards.  There will be over 40 vendors on site.  Come early, buy coffee or a liquid refreshment and some bakery and sit at a picnic table, if one is available.  Enjoy the day's activities and relax with your family  You can bring your dog along, providing that it is on a leash and you clean up after it.  The South Shore Farmers Market is one of the best in the Milwaukee area.  Everybody is welcome to come and enjoy themselves.  The food is always fresh.  Hot foods are also available at certain locations at the market.  There is no cost for coming, but parking spaces are scarce. The first come, first served on the parking spaces.  You can always park near the park and walk to the market, since it is located near the center of South Shore Park,  located at 2900 S. Shore Drive in Bay View.

Questions about Humboldt Park 4th of July celebration

                                     HUMBOLDT PARK 4TH OF JULY ASSOCIATION

                                              INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

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Plan your outdoor cooking

Check out your barbeque supplies to see if your grilling equipment is clean and usable for this season of outdoor cooking.  Scrape your grill and scrub it out.  Clean your grilling tongs and forks. Make sure that you have enough propane gas or charcoal for your needs.  Get rid of any old grease that is on your grill. Test your grill to be sure that it is in working order when you will need it.  Do not have your grill close to children. They could easily be burned by it.

Go to Klement's Sauage Company Store at 2650 S. Chase Avenue.  Purchase the amount and style of the sausages that you want to grill.  Go to a grocery store to purchase fresh steaks or ground beef for grilling.  Buy any buns and condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, chopped onions, steak sauce, etc.) that you will use.  Buy some paper plates or plastic plates and plastic knives, forks and spoons to use that you can dispose of afterwards. If you want potato salad, go to Country Maid, 1919 S. KK Avenue, for inexpensive salads to eat.  Remember, potato salads can easily spoil in hot weather and cause food poisoning.  You can roast potatoes on the grill. Also you can roast corn.  Some vegetables can also be grilled. Chicken is very good on the grill.  Fish are also.

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Plan your outdoor cooking

   Check out your barbeque supplies to see if your grilling equipment is clean and usable for this season of outdoor cooking.  Scrape your grill and scrub it out. Clean your grilling tongs and forks.  Make sure that you have enough propane gas or charcoal for your grill.  Get rid of any grease that is on or near your grill. Test your grill to be sure that it is in working order when you will need it.  Do not let your children get too close to the hot grill, as they could get burns from it.

   Go to Klement's Sausage Company, 2650 S. Chase Avenue, company outlet store.  There are available many varieties of sausage at a reasonable price to purchase.  Choose the style that you want to grill.  Go to a grocery store to purchase fresh steaks or ground beef for grilling.  Also, buy some buns, plates. plastic forks, knives and spoons. Then get your condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, chopped onions, steak sauce, etc.) that you will use and later dispose of afterwards.  Go to Country Maid, 1919 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue,  for inexpensive salads (including many varieties of potato salad) to eat.  Remember, potato and mayonase  salads can easily spoil in hot weather and cause food poisoning.  You can roast potaoes, corn and some vetables on the grill.  Chicken and fish are also good on the grill.

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Keeping dogs under control

 Until recently, I used to let my daughter's dog,  Bella,  roam freely on her leash.  I then found out that she was making too many people afraid of her.  My daughter, Mary, Bella's owner, told me to place her bark collar on her to shock her anytime she started to bark at people or other animals.  She also told me to use her choke collar at the same time to keep her close to me at all times and not straining at the leash. With these two collars on, Bella stays close to me and does not surge anymore.  With this in effect, she has stayed much more closer with me when she stays at my place.  Wherever I go, she wants to be near me.  She is a very affectionate dog.  She like to be aware of everthing that goes on around her. If she starts to bark at the window, I first warn her, then place the bark collar on her. 

At her own house, she has a fenced in yard to roam in.  She is very close to BoBo, an Alaskan Malmute, living next door. A small dog also lives next door and used to harass her all of the time.  BoBo both protects the small dog and lets it lie on top of or at the side of him.  BoBo mediates any possible problems between Bella and the small dog. Bella is fun to be with.  She and BoBo both like dog biscuits and will cry if I don't give them both an equal amount of them.  Since BoBo arrived at the house next door, Bella has not barked as much as she used to.  The two dogs are very close friends. Both dogs are loved very much at home and are not mean.  Bella's bark is such that it will scare the dickens out of you, if you do not know her.  At heart she is very gentle and loving.

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Honor the graduates of our schools

   This is the time when many of our children go on the stage and receive their diplomas. It is a great feeling to know that you have completed one phase of your schooling. You should plan ahead to take the next step in your education. From elementary school to middle school to high school to college and then on to a higher degree in learning. The more education that you receive, the more advanced work  that you can obtain. Determine if it is best for you to go into military service, learn a trade, work in either a blue or white collar job,  or to go into higher education at a college or university. It will be hard work any way that you look at things.

   When you graduate high school or college, you must cut the apron strings and do more things by and for yourself.  Self confidence is very important. You must be willing to try many things before you settle down to your lifetime career. Working as a fireman, policeman, forest ranger, state highway patrolman, mailman,  postal clerk, bank clerk, secretary. etc. are some of the jobs out there. Deciding what is in your future is up to you. A good income will help you raise a family. Getting health insurance is very important to your future family.  Plan ahead, and if you can, save up some money to purchase a car or home in the future. All life has its ups and downs. You must be able to adjust to changes throughout your life. Don't be afraid to take a chance, when opportunity knocks. You might be able to move ahead in life.  I wish all of you the best of luck and happiness in your life adventures.

Reminder of Bay View Historical Society Landmark dedication --- Delaware House

This is last minute reminder of the new Bay View Historical Society Landmark dedication to honor the Delaware House at 2499 S. Delaware Ave.  The landmark dedication will take place between 2 and 3 p.m., on Saturday, June 27, 2009.  The brief dedication ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place during an Open House at the Delaware House from 1 - 4 p.m.  The program includes a presentation of a plaque to the current owners, Kevin and Kathy Howell., and a brief history of the landmark.

Delaware House is located on the northwest corner of Russell and Delaware Avenues.  The Milwaukee Iron Company, later known as the Bay View Rolling Mills, originally built this structure in 1870 to manuafacture miner's helmets for the steel mill workers.  Not long afterwards, It became Lenck's Hardware Store and was operated by Henry and Charles Lenck for more than 65 years. The Lencks made equipment for the Bay View Rolling Mills and Bucyrus-Erie Manufacturing Company.  Their building  was once the Republican Party's headquarters where the Civil War draft was handled for the own of Lake.  It was also home to Company C of the Bay View Light Artillery under the leadership of Captain Theobald Otjen,  Captain William Donahue and First Lieutentant Henry Lenck.  Theobald Otjen and Henry Lenck were both early aldermen from Bay View to Milwaukee,  and the store was a popular gathering place for local people to discuss politics.  Henry Lenck's son, Fred Lenck, who was the last family store proprietor, ran the business for more than 35 years.  The building remained in the Lenck family until 1941, when it became Bay View Sheet Metal and House of Heat.  In recent years, it was purchased and remodeled by the Glaspey family, who ran a fabric store known as the Cutting Table. The current owners, Kevin and Kathy Howell, did further remodeling and now operate the location as a community of independent businesses offering dance, yoga, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, skin care and personal training.

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Reminder that Bay View Historical Society Designates "Delaware House" as a Historical Landmark

  On Saturday, June 27, 2009, from 2 - 3 p.m., the Bay View Historical Society will do a landmark designation at the "Delaware House",  located at 2499 S. Delaware Ave. ( on the corner of Russell and Delaware ). This building was originally  called " Lenck's Tin Shop". It was later called Lenck's Hardware Store. It later was called "House of Heat" and" Bay View Sheet Metal Shop". It then became the "Cutting Board".  Finally it is called the "Delaware House".  Extensive remodeling was done on the building, but its front portion is still the same as when it was built. Lenck's  built and sold helmets with lights on them for the workers in the Bay View Rolling Mill and Bucyrus-Erie to work in the evenings. The Republican Party ( the Party of Abraham Lincoln ) had its Town of Lake headquarters at Lenck's. Most of the gossip and political talk took place in this store. Company C of the Bay View Light Artillery had its headquarters at Lenck's. Company C was part of the Wisconsin State Militia that fired upon the strikers in the Massacre of 1886 in Bay View. The building started up close to the same time that the Bay View Rolling Mill.

  As the years went on, Lenck's sold gasolene and repaired automobiles on loacation. As House of Heat, they sold heating oil to customers. The Bay View Rolling Mill workers would frequently stop at Lenck's to talk, if not to buy things. This building is tied into the history of the Town of Lake and the Village of Bay View. It is well deserving of a landmark designation.

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Schedule for 2009 South Shore Frolics

                                                            2009 SOUTH SHORE FROLICS

                                                    HOSTED BY THE BAY VIEW LIONS CLUB

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Schedule of Events for Humboldt Park 4th of July celebration

                                             SCHEDULE OF EVENTS -- HUMBOLDT PARK

               TIME:                                                   EVENT:

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Concerning Milwaukee County Parks

   Thank you Scott Walker for finally sending enough toilet paper for the parks to use this year.  It is too bad that you decided to cut the hours of the park staff so they do not have enough time to check on their multiple park sites to check on needed supplies for the restrooms as the day goes on.  We have some of the best parks in the country, but also have the worst restrooms in the country.  Humboldt Park and South Shore Parks have some restrooms that have labled unfit for human use by the Milwaukee Health department.  If you continue with your usual policies, all of the restrooms in the parks in Milwaukee County will be condemned by the Milwaukee Health Department.  Thanks to your staffing policies, Milwaukee County Parks are becoming the laughing stock of the United States.  Where else can we find such beautiful parks being destroyed by lack of proper staffing and maintenance?

   Under the present County Executive, it is best to bring your own toilet paper, hand soap and towels if you want to use the park restrooms and be able to eat any food.  If you do not bring your own materials, you may have to use your left hand to wipe and avoid eating  or shaking anybody's hands.  The Milwaukee Health Department has declared that many of Milwaukee County Parks restrooms are unfit to be used.  Add to this the lack of toilet paper and hand soap ( due to lack of park staffing and short hours) and lack of towels you may regret using the restrooms in the parks.  Take the time to thank Scott Walker for his efforts in destroying our parks.  Also send to him a sample of toilet paper so he knows what it is that is needed in the park restrooms.  Our County Supervisors have had to override most of his vetoes in order to try to protect our parks and their staffing.  Their efforts have been in vain.  Do not blame them. Blame the person who is responsible for this mess.  You voted for him.  Now you can suffer the consequences.  Please bring back responsible government to Milwaukee County.

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