Bay View’s Hide House is for sale

March 24, 2015

By Katherine Keller

General Capital partner Sig Strautmanis has announced that it has placed its Hide House property on the market. The Hide House, a multi-building complex at 2625 S. Greeley Street and 2612 S. Greeley Street in Bay View, houses a community of more than 60 artists and creative businesses, and it has served has a rehearsal space for local musicians and bands.

The property is listed with Siegel Gallagher, a Milwaukee-based real estate firm. General Capital purchased the building in 2006 with its partner Robert Joseph for an undisclosed amount. Strautmanis said the asking price is $2.9 million.

Strautmanis said the partners purchased the property with the original intent of developing affordable condominiums and studios for sale, but when confronted with the economic turndown of 2008, they shifted focus from redevelopment to stabilization.

“We invested significant dollars in stabilizing the property, increasing energy efficiency, and building new studio spaces,” Strautmanis said in the memo announcing the sale to Hide House tenants. He said they decided to sell the property because “it is time for someone with a fresh perspective to buy the property and take over the vision.” The “pool of interest” in the property has “mostly been investors with similar buildings,” and thinks it likely that the new owner will be someone who will keep the spirit of the Hide House intact and add value with new space and ideas, he said.

The adjacent Hide House Lofts, a 60-unit affordable housing apartment building, 2615 S. Greeley St., constructed in 2010, is not part of the sale.

Neither are the two vacant lots on the property, one at Deer Place and Burrell Street — the site of the Hide House Community Gardens, and the other lot at Dover and Burrell streets.

“I feel we’ve been great stewards of this property and with that, have had a stabilizing effect on the surrounding neighborhood. The interest we had to date has been from groups with experience operating historic loft-style properties who clearly understand the benefits of maintaining the creative vibe we’ve established at the Hide House,” Strautmanis said in email correspondence yesterday with the Compass.

The current assessed value of the 2612 S. Greeley, a three-story brick building constructed in 1934, is $556,000. The assessed value of the larger cluster of buildings at 2625 S. Greeley is $943,000. It consists of a series of buildings constructed between 1898 and 1925. The first occupant was Joseph Bach, who operated Western Hardware and Manufacturing, and who made stoves. In 1912, the building was owned by Edwin A. Oliver, who operated Milwaukee Patent Leather Company, a manufacturer of shoe leathers.

In 1923 Jonas Greenebaum purchased the property and began operating J. Greenebaum Tannery, and expanded the property with additional buildings. It went out of business in 1958. Oscar Kaiser of Kaiser Properties purchased and moved into the property in 1958 and leased space to various businesses.

In 2001 Alton Bathrick purchased the property and began to develop it with his son Gibson, as a center for artist studios and rehearsal spaces for musicians.

Strautmanis anticipates that General Capital will sell the property this calendar year.


Wisconsin State Senate unanimously supports bill to reduce microbead pollution in state’s waters

March 17, 2015

Senate Unanimously Supports Microbeads Bill

Bill would reduce microplastic pollution in our waters; heads to Assembly for vote

With unanimous support in the state Senate this afternoon, Wisconsin’s waters, especially our Great Lakes, are one step closer to being protected against the growing problem of microplastic pollution after legislation was passed that would phase out the manufacture of personal care products containing microbeads.

“We’re happy that our state legislature is tackling this emerging environmental issue and moving it forward,” says Tyson Cook, director of science and research at Clean Wisconsin. “Legislation like this is critical to protecting our water, our wildlife and our health, here and around the nation.”

Microbeads are small pieces of plastic added to products like body scrubs and toothpastes. Due to their small size, they can work through water treatment systems and into our waterways, aquatic life and our own bodies. Once there, the microbeads keep adding up, since they don’t easily break down in the environment.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Rob Cowles and Rep. Mary Czaja, would stop the manufacture and stocking for sale of personal care products that contain microbeads. The bill is based on Illinois’s 2014 law to ban microbeads and is supported by the personal care products industry. It now heads to the state Assembly for a vote.

“While many leading manufacturers have already stopped or are removing plastic microbeads from their products, others have not, leaving many potential microbead-containing products on shelves,” says Cook. “Because a single bottle of microbead face scrub can contain over 300,000 plastic particles, this bill is a crucial next step to reduce unnecessary pollution of our waters.”

In addition to polluting the water we enjoy, this plastic gets in the fish we catch, where it can harm their digestive systems. Chemicals in the plastic or soaked up by microbeads can also cause other problems, such as  kickstarting the process of biomagnification, which causes much greater concentrations of chemicals in animals higher up the food chain.

“It’s imperative that we do all we can to protect our waters and reduce the use of unnecessary microbeads,” says Cook. “Today’s unanimous, bipartisan support of this bill shows the Senate’s commitment to keeping our waters healthy and we hope the Assembly will do the same.”

Friday Night Fish Fry at Polish Center

March 3, 2015

The Polish Center of Wisconsin Lenten Friday night fish fries run through April 3 from 4:30-8:00pm. The fish fry is served buffet style and includes fried and baked fish, pierogi, coleslaw, French fries, rye bread, and coffee, tea, or milk. The cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-12 years. Children 5 and under eat free. Sales tax is included in the cost. Carry-outs are available and a cash bar will be open. Specialty desserts are for sale at an additional charge.

After dinner, guests can stroll the halls of the Polish Center. The gift shop and library will be open, and the gallery will feature a special exhibit by local Polish artists.

All proceeds from fish fries help support the Polish Center of Wisconsin that houses the nonprofit Polish Heritage Alliance, Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting an understanding of Polish heritage and culture.

The Polish Center of Wisconsin is located at 6941 S. 68th St. in Franklin.

For more info or reservations: 414-529-2140;

Alzheimer’s Memory Café at Bay View United Methodist

March 3, 2015

Bay View United Methodist Church, 2772 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to offer a monthly Memory Café.

The café is aimed at individuals with early to moderate Alzheimer’s and their care partners, as well as those who struggle with memory problems. This is not a support group, but rather, it is a safe place and time to have fun, share stories, and socialize with others who have similar worries about their memory. Being active physically, socially, and mentally is good for the brain!

The Memory Café events are held on the third Monday of each month from 1pm to 2:30pm.

The next is March 16.
More info:  Wendy Betley of the Alzheimer’s Association at 414-479-8800.

Online Buyers/Sellers Offered Safe Place for Transactions

March 3, 2015

The St. Francis Police Department is offering the use of its the police lobby and parking lot as safe places to conduct transactions that are arranged through classified advertisement websites like Craigslist.

The initiative is called “Find a Safe Place.” The police hope that conducting transactions on its premises will help reduce potential dangers to buyers and sellers.

Members of the community are welcome to utilize the police lobby and parking lot from 9am to 8pm daily. They ask that you call ahead of time so they will be aware of the transactions being conducted.

Contact the police clerk at 414-316-4432.

Meet “Street Names” Author

March 3, 2015

Carl Baehr, author of Milwaukee Streets: The Stories Behind Their Names, will speak at the St. Francis Historical Society in the St. Francis Civic Center, 3400 E. Howard Ave., on Thurs., March 26, at 6:30pm about Milwaukee and St. Francis street names.

The public is invited.

Refreshments. Free admission.

Humboldt Park Easter Egg Hunt is March 28

March 3, 2015

Easter Egg Hunt The Humboldt Park Friends and Milwaukee County Parks Department will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sat., March 28, at 11am.

The event is open to children ranging from toddlers to age 12. It will take place on the west side of the pavilion. The hunt will be divided into three age groups: Ages 3 and under; Ages 4 to 7; and Ages 8 to 12.

Look for the golden egg! There will be one very special golden egg for each age grouping.

Participating children are to be accompanied by parents or guardians.

More info: Humboldt Park Friends’ Facebook page or

Your Guide to Bay View…27 years ago

March 3, 2015

By Katherine Keller

Mike McKeough needed to employ artistic license to fit all the advertisers on his hand-drawn 1988 map of Milwaukee’s South Shore. In order to showcase business storefronts, he rotated some buildings 180 degrees. An example of that above is the section that includes Calico Cat Antiques and the Commodore Bar on Delaware Avenue, just north of Oklahoma. In reality, those buildings face west.

Mike McKeough needed to employ artistic license to fit all the advertisers on his hand-drawn 1988 map of Milwaukee’s South Shore. In order to showcase business storefronts, he rotated some buildings 180 degrees. An example of that above is the section that includes Calico Cat Antiques and the Commodore Bar on Delaware Avenue, just north of Oklahoma. In reality, those buildings face west.

Much has changed in Bay View in the 27 years since Bud Endries and Bill Doyle published their South Shore guide, a brilliantly illustrated, hand-drawn map, rendered in primary colors.

Hans Billerbeck is still providing tailor services on Kinnickinnic. And Stemper’s, R-K Woodwork, Hair Experience, and a number of other businesses one finds on the 1988 map can still be found in Bay View.

But do you remember Grandma Emma’s, Mr. Wilson’s Skateboards, Reel Videos, Balfanz Flowers, Ritz Restaurant, Warner’s Lakeside Bakery, Triangle Tavern, Butch’s Place, Franciso’s Italian-American Dining, Milwaukee Family Chiropractic Care, Costco, Builders Square, Cub Foods, Bay View Malt Shop?

Or George Webb’s, Kay’s Tap, Roge Band Instrument Service, Crown Music Company, Bay View Marine and Harbor, Collectiques, Strehlow’s True Value Hardware, The Children’s Exchange, Pipia’s Upholstery, Dinner Bell, Dan’s Hair Center, Tuna’s Bar, the Commodore, Continental Savings & Loan, Bay View Florist, Lakeside Personnel Service, O’Brien’s Call Box, Marino’s Sportsman’s Tap, Homestead Restaurant, and Kern’s Phillips 66?

The map provides a glimpse of the commercial landscape of Bay View and the South Shore as it was two-and-a-half decades ago.

The map, 36 inches by 24 inches, entitled “Your Guide to the Bay View, St. Francis, Cudahy and Airport Area — Milwaukee’s Fabulous Southeast Side,” was produced in 1988 by Bay View business owners Bud Endries and Bill Doyle. It was entirely hand drawn by Mike McKeough (mc key-oh),who was a Bay View resident and a recent graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical School’s commercial art program. His illustrations are colorful and engaging, and the map he created is a tour de force.

Title Section of Map SMALLOrigin Story 

The inspiration for the South Shore map was a similar map of Milwaukee that was published in the 1980’s, according to Endries. “Bill (Doyle) and I conceived the idea to do our version of it. The idea was to promote the businesses. The idea was making a map for people looking for entertainment and businesses so someone would look at the map and say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know there was a restaurant there.’”

Their sales and marketing strategy was to tap into their existing business network and to make an offer that would allow map advertisers to earn back their entire investment.

The map’s role was first and foremost to promote South Shore businesses. To finance it, Endries and Doyle charged a fee to each business owner  who wanted to be represented on the map. Endries said he didn’t remember the exact price they charged advertisers who wanted map placement, but he thought it was $25. In addition to map placement, each advertiser received an allotment of maps that they in turn sold to their patrons, therefore earning back the cost of their investment. Endries said he thought the maps were sold for $5 a piece. “I think they each got five maps,” he said.

In 1988 Endries owned Bud E’s Filling Station, a “parlor restaurant” that he operated in Al Kujawa’s former gas station, located in triangle at Delaware and Oklahoma avenues. He sold frozen custard, sandwiches, soda, and candy, and offered a catering service that supplied sandwiches, and veggie, fruit, and meat platters.

In a separate section of the Bud E’s building, Endries had a second business, Franklin Distributing. He sold candy, tobacco and other supplies to bars on the near south side. “That’s why most of the businesses on the map were bars and restaurants,” Endries said.

Additionally, his brothers Jerry and John each owned a business. Jerry owned Milwaukee Tobacco on Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue, and John owned Hair Experience on Kinnickinnic. Bill Doyle bought and rehabbed residential and commercial real estate and then rented it out. Collectively the four men knew many of the business owners on the near south side and pitched the map to them.

Map illustrator Mike McKeough included a portrait of himself and his wife Carol. They are depicted strolling in Sheridan Park near the statue of Patrick Cudahy.

Map illustrator Mike McKeough included a portrait of himself and his wife Carol. They are depicted strolling in Sheridan Park near the statue of Patrick Cudahy.

The Art

Mike McKeough, a commercial artist, lived near Bud E’s in 1988. His family moved to Bay View when he was five years old. He attended elementary school at Xavier in St. Francis, went on to Bay View High School, and then earned an associate degree in commercial art from MATC.

Endries and Doyle knew he was a commercial artist and “we asked him one day when he was in the store if he’d do it,” Endries said.

McKeough agreed to take on the project, he said, but he was utterly naïve about how difficult creating a map would be.

He said that he had no training or experience making a map and had accepted the project just as he started his first full-time job as a commercial artist. As he began to tackle the map, he realized the work would demand far more time than he had estimated. He had to sandwich the map work into his free time. “It kept me up a few nights,” he said ruefully.

In the section that features Bay View’s Little Italy neighborhood, artist Mike McKeough included the Pryor Avenue Well and Beulah Brinton House.

In the section that features Bay View’s Little Italy neighborhood, artist Mike McKeough included the Pryor Avenue Well and Beulah Brinton House.

The challenges were manifold. The map covers about 7.7 square miles, stretching from Layton Avenue on the south to Bay Street on the north, and from Fourth Street on the west to the lake on the east.

Had his task been merely laying out a street grid on his 36-inch by 24-inch canvas, placing the streets would have taken planning and research, but it would have been relatively straightforward.

Instead, McKeough’s map is like a giant cartoon panel, populated with about 160 buildings — apartments, some homes, schools, churches, and storefonts. There are also trees, cars, a train, a bus, the Hoan Bridge, boats, ships, planes, a helicopter, trucks, armored vehicles, a submarine periscope, birds, cats, dogs, people, even a marching band. As if that were not enough, there are scores of hand-lettered text fields that identify municipalities, buildings, some parks, and monuments, including the Pryor Avenue Iron Well and the Bay View Massacre Historical Marker. Text fields with a yellow background indicate the names of advertisers’ businesses, while those with a caramel background identify churches, schools, neighborhoods, etc., or convey historical and interesting anecdotal information. McKeough said that Milwaukee historian John Gurda supplied some of the history text.

McKeough was not content to draw a simple three-dimensional rectangle to represent a building. Instead he drew little caricatures of each building.

When one studies the map, one will easily recognize many of the buildings because of the detail he included. He captured those details by making a trek to each of the buildings to make a photograph. Remember, that was 27 years ago, when making a photograph meant loading film into a camera, winding it into its cassette to avoid ruining the film by exposing it to light, developing it, and then making  a print.

Because it would have been impossible to fit all the buildings onto his canvas, McKeough included those of the business-owners who invested in the map, but he also drew in some of the churches and schools, along with a few homes and apartment buildings.

McKeough wrangled with making decisions about how to include the major thoroughfares and the streets that were required for each of the businesses. “Making it all fit and fitting in all who wanted to be on it was challenging,” McKeough said.

This detail illustrates the section of Kinnickinnic Avenue between Lincoln Avenue and Becher Street. Many of the buildings were not drawn on the map in order to showcase the advertisers’ storefronts.

This detail illustrates the section of Kinnickinnic Avenue between Lincoln Avenue and Becher Street. Many of the buildings were not drawn on the map in order to showcase the advertisers’ storefronts.

In order to show the facades of all the buildings, he rotated many of them 180 degrees. For example, west-facing buildings on Kinnickinnic are rotated and face east on the map so viewers are able to see the storefronts.

He drew the map on smooth illustration board and used markers and watercolors.

“It was very time-consuming and difficult to put it together,” McKeough said.

While he doesn’t remember how much time he spent on it, he said it was weeks and weeks. When it was finally completed he said, “I vowed never to do it again, and I haven’t.”

McKeough now works for Blast Craft Service, where he creates images that are etched on gravestones. Sometimes fitting all the images a customer wants within the confines of the space on a headstone can be nearly as challenging as making the 1988 map, he said with a chuckle.

It is evident in this detail that many buildings were not included on the map. An obvious omission in this section of Bay View is St. Lucas Lutheran Church, which is located on the northwest corner of Kinnickinnic Avenue and Dover Street.

It is evident in this detail that many buildings were not included on the map. An obvious omission in this section of Bay View is St. Lucas Lutheran Church, which is located on the northwest corner of Kinnickinnic Avenue and Dover Street.

Local Color

There are personal touches included on the map such as portraits, along with colorful dashes of history and anecdotes. John Endries and Bill Doyle are on a boat. Near the intersection of Delaware and Oklahoma, Becky Doyle is riding her bike. The couple strolling in Sheridan Park near the statue of Patrick Cudahy is Mike McKeough and his wife Carol McKeough. Judy Stuber, who would become Bud Endries’ wife, is sunbathing on South Shore Beach.  Joey and Nichole Rondone, the children of Sam and Mary Jo (Endries) Rondone, are portrayed with their dog Rex. So are Ryan and Mercedes Endries, the children of Alan and Noreen Endries. The man with the clipboard looking  up at Bay View Terrace is a city building inspector.

There are miscellaneous text blocks that inform or evoke. One reads, “Anyone remember swimming to Texas Rock?” and another, “Anyone remember playing in slag caves as a child?”

Slag caves? According to third-generation Bay View resident John Ebersol, the slag caves were located where the Coast Guard station is now. That area of the shoreline once served as a dumping site for slag from Bay View’s rolling mill. The “caves” were orifices carved out by the action of waves.

Endries said in 1988 there was a flagpole  on the concrete triangle at KK and Lincoln, where Art Stop bus shelter now stands. It is depicted on the map with a text block that informs, “The nautical flags at Lincoln and Kinnickinnic on the pole under the American Flag spell out Bay View. The flags and pole were donated by area businessmen.” McKeough drew all 8 flags on a flagpole that resembles a mast. Another reads, “This section of Delaware Ave. was originally Deer Creek. Deer Creek now runs under Delaware Ave.”

There have been many changes in Bay View’s business district in the past 27 years. Builders Square, Costco Wholesale, and Cub Foods were in business in 1988 in the in the area bordered by Holt, Chase, and Oklahoma. Today Home Depot, Pick ’n Save, and Piggly Wiggly occupy that area.

There have been many changes in Bay View’s business district in the past 27 years. Builders Square, Costco Wholesale, and Cub Foods were in business in 1988 in the in the area bordered by Holt, Chase, and Oklahoma. Today Home Depot, Pick ’n Save, and Piggly Wiggly occupy that area.

The map’s legend was placed in the upper left of the map, and instead of using addresses to indicate where a business was located, an X-Y axis system was used. Alpha characters run vertically in the left border and numeric characters run along the horizontal border at the bottom of the map.

Endries thought the print run for the map was 2,000. It was not reprinted. McKeough, who had possession of the original map, said it deteriorated over the years, and he thinks he disposed of it.

Endries said the map was a good example of a collaborative business project, especially between himself and Doyle. “Bill had the idea. He often had the ideas. I was the one who put legs to them,” said Endries. He said it was also a good collaboration with the business owners who invested in the map because, in addition to the promotional value of the maps, the advertisers only needed to sell a handful to earn back the money they had invested.

Bud Endries studies the map he and Bill Doyle produced in 1988.  PHOTO KATHERINE KELLER

Bud Endries studies the map he and Bill Doyle produced in 1988.

Looking Back

Although Bud Endries now lives in Mukwonago, his ties to Bay View go back 45 years. He grew up in Milwaukee’s Merrill Park neighborhood. His mother moved her family of seven children to Bay View in 1970, when he was a senior at Juneau High School.

When he was 20 or 21, Endries ran for alderman, hoping to represent Bay View. He lost the race, however, in 2002 he was elected to serve on the Milwaukee County Board, representing District 19. He served with Tony Zielinski who represented District 12. He said he ran to reduce the number of districts/representatives on the board, which at the time, was 25. The board reduced its number to 18. Endries left when he completed his two-year term in 2004.

By the mid 70s, Endries had partnered with Bill Doyle, working in real estate when Bay View was in the midst of a slump. He and Doyle began to buy commercial real estate on Kinnickinnic Avenue in the late 70s. They rehabbed buildings and rented them out. At one time, Endries said they owned most of the buildings on both sides of the block between Ward Street and Lincoln Avenue.

When Endries reflected on the changes he’s seen since 1978, he said he witnessed two influxes of young professionals to Bay View, the first about 1988-1989 and the second that began in the mid-2000s.

Two decades ago, business owners took better care of the area in front of their stores, he said, because back then, more of the business-owners owned their building, rather than leased space in a building. “Business owners used to be more involved. You would see them out cleaning up the front of the store. When you are an owner, you treat it more as an investment. Now many of the business owners lease their space. I wish these business proprietors would take that on and do more to keep the street clean but they expect the landlord or someone else to do it,” Endries said.

His one concern about the vibrancy of Bay View’s contemporary business district is sustainability. He sees the preponderance of new businesses concentrated in three sectors: restaurants/bars, hair salons, and tattoo studios. “I don’t know how they sustain themselves,” he said. “Without parking, how will they sustain it? But they seem to be thriving.” 

Commenting about the high snow banks between the curb and the sidewalk that make it difficult for customers to climb to get to and from their cars, Endries opined that the Bay View Business Improvement District (BID #44) should spend its money on snow removal, not on what he calls  “the Art Flop,” the new bus shelter.

“They should use it to hire someone to remove the snow from the sidewalks and curbs. I’m not against art,” he said. “I love the arts. But that Art Stop is not art. There should be more arts than sports. That money should have been used on something nicer, something that is community service. As human beings we have to have more of a service attitude. Business’s role should be community service. Everyone can win if it’s done like that.”

Howell Avenue road construction begins in April

March 3, 2015

Milwaukee Dept. of Public Works Howell Avenue Construction Notice
Reconstruction of South Howell Avenue from West Howard to West Layton avenues is scheduled to begin April 2015, after Easter. Construction will be done in two stages:

1. Two-way traffic will be maintained in the existing southbound lanes while work is done in the northbound lanes.

2. Two-way traffic will switch over to the newly completed northbound lanes as work continues in the southbound lanes.

Pedestrian access will be maintained to abutting properties and businesses during construction with the least amount of inconvenience. On-street parking will not be available during construction. After the project is completed, on-street parking will be restored.

Note: Tippecanoe Library, currently under renovation, is located in the ballMPL officials indicated that Copper Kitchen’s ballroom, 3933 S. Howell Ave. Its parking lot, open to library patrons, is on the south side of its building leads to an alley that exits on Howard Avenue (north) and Norwich Street (south). Therefore patrons will be able to avoid Howell to access the parking lot from Norwich or Howard via the alley behind Copper Kitchen.

LETTER — Report from Humboldt Park Friends

March 2, 2015

On January 31, the Humboldt Park Friends (HPF) group held its first community listening session as part of a multi-step process in formulating a strategic plan for Humboldt Park. Over 30 people attended, including adults, children, and seniors who all enjoyed lunch provided by HPF. The group anticipates that recommendations from this process will eventually be taken up into the Milwaukee County’s master plan for the park. Notably, Mr. John Dargle, County Parks Director, was present during the entire session and was very positive about HPF’s focus on making the park an increasingly dynamic part of the fabric of Bay View.

Because of the importance of the park to Bay View over many decades, group feedback was sought on the history of the park and of developing an understanding of key historical features of the park that need immediate attention and repair, as well as thoughts about rebuilding features and activities that have long since disappeared. The latter included the original boathouse on the lagoon, the past glory of the lily pond, the original Hollywood-Bowl-style band shell that was lost to fire, ice skating rental services, and organized summer activities for children.

The group also discussed the state of the park’s current infrastructure and programming. The discussion included “nice to have” potential future developments, such as an exercise/obstacle trail, dog waste stations, better shade at some key locations including the Ken Keltner baseball field and the wading pool, self-guided walking tour information, better park accessibility for seniors and disabled patrons, better bathrooms, and bike share/rental station. Many major assets in the park were also noted, including the sledding hill, tennis courts, playgrounds, World War I Memorial, and large open spaces that allow for tranquility and unstructured use. The group spent some time talking about the need to balance the desire for increasing activity at the center of the park with the need to maintain the peaceful, open feel for the rest of the grounds.

Some issues were also identified, including traffic concerns within the park, difficulty crossing into the park for residents who live south of Oklahoma Avenue, trash and the lack of recycling, and occasional vandalism. Constraints to creating improvements were also discussed briefly, including the expense of creating and maintaining new park features and programs. Prioritization of investment will be a major focus of an upcoming meeting, with dates to be announced soon.

Not surprisingly, the fun-loving spirit of Bay View also came through loud and clear, with widespread support for more elf doors for trees (whimsical features made by Bay View Middle & High School students), geo-caching, ice-fishing tournaments, and luminescent walkways. There was strong support for the ideals of cross-cultural inclusion; tailoring park activities for different age groups of children, youth and adults, affordability of programming, and accessibility for all.

Throughout the meeting, residents, Milwaukee County Parks representatives, and the board of HPF expressed deep appreciation for the resource that Humboldt Park offers to residents of Bay View and the City of Milwaukee. Cliff Hale, unit coordinator for Humboldt Park, was recognized for his years of service as the County Parks groundskeeper. Looking to “next steps,” the group expressed its commitment to identify new ways to integrate our schools, businesses, and nonprofit partners into a long-term vision for Humboldt Park as a cornerstone for a flourishing, vibrant community.

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LETTER — Help the Bay View Area Redcats 

March 2, 2015

Bay View Areas Redcats Youth Sports is a youth sports organization open to children in K-8. We need financial assistance tremendously or James Swanagan, the president fears that he will have to close his doors.

This nonprofit organization has been around for over 60 years getting youth involved in baseball, football, and cheerleading and the last thing we need in our community in today’s society is to close the doors on our youth, our future.

Our organization’s motto is “Keep ’Em in Sports, Out of the Courts,” and at this time we have committed volunteers who take time out to keep this program going everyday but we are still in need of volunteers every season to serve as coaches, work with concessions, and become members of the parent committee.

We are looking for sponsorships and donations from local businesses and individuals that want to help keep our youth active in sports so we can keep this nonprofit organization moving forward.

Currently we are getting the board and parent committee together to launch a new and improved organization which will become more involved in the community by bringing the kids in the programs out to the local community events to help volunteer so they can give back to all those who helped them out and kept the program alive.

We have an upcoming silent auction and raffle launch party that will be in March. We look forward to becoming more than just a business in the area but a family to the community of Bay View.

Corina Buck

LETTER — Humboldt Park 4th of July Volunteers Need Your Help!

March 2, 2015

This past year has been a hard one for us. Our group president passed away. The wife of the person who runs the Talent Contest passed away. We are getting old and need some new blood in our organization.

We have a fine new president, Matt Mazur, who is doing great. We need more young and active People, plus interested older people to help us in our need. Our organization has been in existence for 105 years, since 1910. We have a strong group but need more energy and the input of others to lead  us into the future. Here is a chance to rebuild an organization into what you want it to be.

Many children have enjoyed having a full day of activities: a morning parade; children’s games; the bike, trike, coaster wagon, and doll buggy contests;  the donut eating contest; dance contest; talent contest; and the evening program. It takes many volunteers and time to set these things up.

We meet the first Wednesday of every month in March, April, and May and every Wednesday in June. The result of this work can be seen by all. We would like the local schools to send representatives to our meetings. The more input, the better the result. If any church group would like to join us in our work, you are very welcome to do so.
We also could use more sponsors to finance our program. It takes money to pay for this event, which is free for all to enjoy. We can use your support to continue this great special event for future children and adults to be able to relax and enjoy the activities.

Please consider joining and volunteering with our group so we many continue to celebrate Independence Day in the way that we all love.

Follow us on Facebook and find us at our website, humboldtpark4thofjulyassociation or call 414-304-5039.

H. John Manke
South Milwaukee

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