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 is a tribute to Bob Roepke. He and I were classmates at Bay View High School. He was into sports and I was into other things. He was always a calm commen sense guy. He always had a smile on his face. With his calm way of doing things, the last thing that I expected was to see his death notice. We exchanged many e-mails over the years. He was into umpiring and supporting sport activties for our youth. He was active in supporting the history of South Stadium. He had a wonderful wife Carol, who used to work with my wife at MPS. I will miss him very much. Rest in peace, Bob.
Tonight we get to turn our clocks ahead one hour. Daylight savings will allow us to have one more hour of daylight in the evening. Maybe with a longer day, we will melt some of the snow on the ground. Soon spring will be here. I hope that winter will finally be over. We need to get some rest from all of that shoveling and ice removal. Hopefully, driving will become better too. Remember to set your clocks tonight.
With all of this snow and cold weather, it almost seems to be dog sled weather. During a recent snow storm, dog sleds would seem to be usable. The cities are running out of salt and prices on a bag of salt have increased very rapidly. When you drive your car now, watch out for potholes. Repair shops are doing a booming business on pothole damage. Supply houses are running short on tires and steering parts for cars today. It is possible to have over $ 1,000 damage on your car. If a sinkhole develops from a pothole, you could have your car fall inside and have major damage. If we had a decent governor, he could release some of his funding surplus to help our cities out with their pothole problem. He only seems to look into his mirror and see how great he looks to himself. I am happy that an election is coming soon. Maybe then we will get some help for our cities and people.
If you are like me, you are really getting tired of all the snow and cold weather we have had this winter. As a church bulletin has stated:" If you have been praying for snow, you can stop now!" It has been many years since we have this kind of a winter. I feel sorry for my neighbors who used to spend 6 months in Florida, and 6 months here. This winter has been very unkind to them. All of their normal winter activities have changed and they are unable to go shopping as they used to do. I hope that spring is coming soon so that they can resume normal activities.
You are all wecome to attend the March meeting of the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association at 7 pm in the park pavilion. We could use some interested people who could add some input to planning of the Independence Day celebration at Humboldt Park. Since 1910, our Association has planned and done all of the work for a July 4th celebration. It was originally called the "Safe and Sane" 4th of July Association. It was organized to provide a full day of activitiies that ended with a professional display of fireworks for all to enjoy. Too many people were being injured or blinded by playing around with fireworks. A safe and sane method of providing a full day of entertainment would eliminate most of the injuries. Throughout the years many methods were employed to keep the day's activities fun and safe for everybody. The games and entertainment has changed over the years. The purpose has remained the same.