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.
I can remember when we got our first television set. I used to go to neighbor's houses to watch TV before that. We had one TV channel, Channel 3, WTMJ-TV. We used to watch boxing on Friday nights and football on Saturdays. All of our housework had to be done before we had permission to watch TV. Many of our favorite radio shows started to be on TV. When we were younger, we all used to get near the radio to hear our favorite shows. Old cowboy movies were shown on TV. Some of our favorite shows had old time movies, some from the silent days of movies. Commercials became more and more present. For us children, we had Howdy Doody and other children's shows. We had a lot more local shows than now. The national shows came on mostly at night. Adult shows tried to come on after 8 pm when many of the children had gone to bed. We used to go to the playgound at night, but now stayed home more to watch TV. Educational shows came to TV later in time.
This will be the first Saturday, since June, that I will not have to go to the South Shore Farmers Market. The market has been a great asset for the Bay View community. Where else can you find so many people of so many different backrounds in one location without any arguments or problems. We have had the best farmers market in Milwaukee. It will be strange to wake up at 6 am and know that I won't have to go to the market this day. I will miss all of the people and their dogs. The good food at the market spoiled me. Now I will have to search for the best fresh food and miss my kettlecorn, egg rolls and bakery. I will be looking forward to next June when the market reopens again.
The Wisconsin Badgers and the Green Bay Packers have both won their football games. Congratulations to the both of them. It is always good to hear about a great victory like the Packers had over the Miami Dolphins. That football game came close to a loss. Hard work and good teamwork created this victory. The Wisconsin Badgers had an easier victory over Illinois on Saturday. Be glad that we have both of these teams in Wisconsin.
The Polonez Restaurant, at 4016 S. Packard Ave. in St. Francis is an excellent restaurant. The food inside reflects the tastes of Polish and German guests. The atmosphere is very relaxing, and on certain days there is music to listen to. You tend to feel at home when you arrive. You are greeted with a smile and shown to a table. The food is very good. Where else can you get pork hocks, blood soup, pickle soup, Polish mushroom soup and many special types of Polish meats on the menu. This is an excellent place to take your family or girl friend. Relaxation is the theme of the place and excellent service come with it. Come down and visit the Polonez Restaurant. You will be rewarded with excellent service and good food.
Now is the time to get out your warmer clothing and put away your shorts and summer gear. It is not winter yet, but I can be wrong. You should dress according to the weather outside. Sudden drops in temperature are common at this time. You won't need a fur coat yet, but a warm coat will do. You are better off to dress too warm than to get caught in a sudden temperature drop when you will freeze your butt. Football is in full action during this time of year, so being indoors is not that bad. Plan ahead and you will be all right.