Creators, tinkerers thrive at Milwaukee Makerspace

April 30, 2016

By Sheila Julson

The construction of a wooden boat is one of the projects underway at Milwaukee Makerspace in Bay View. PHOTO Jennifer Kresse

The construction of a wooden boat is one of the projects underway at Milwaukee Makerspace in Bay View. PHOTO Jennifer Kresse

There is a hive of creative activity inside an inconspicuous red brick building on Potter Street near the library. Budding metal workers, woodworkers, ceramics artists, electricians, garment makers, silk screen artists, and others are intently at work. They savor the challenges of problem solving, the joy of accomplishment, and the teamwork required to bring projects to fruition. In short, they are satisfying our deep human desire to tinker and create.

Milwaukee Makerspace (MM), 2555 S. Lenox St., is a not-for-profit social club that provides shared workspace for creators, inventors, and tinkerers,  encompassing all ages and skills. It is a place to access tools, machinery, materials, and most importantly, knowledge and experience shared by other members. The 16,000-square-foot space, open to the 200-plus members 24/7, provides access to equipment and space that one may not have in a home or garage.

The building was constructed in 1962 for a Krambo Food Store and later housed DataShield, Inc. It is divided into several well-organized work areas, each resembling mini-industrial shop floors.  There are computers, 3D printers, a table saw, a welding equipment; a metal forge and casting area. There are mills and lathes and a room dedicated to computer numerical control (CNC) machines. “CNC machinists work with computer numeric controlled (CNC) heavy machinery from setup to operation to produce parts and tools from metal, plastic or other materials. Computer numeric controlled equipment is precision machinery that cuts, grinds, or drills into the material,” according to

There is a ceramics section with potter wheels and a kiln and a section where T-shirts are printed by silkscreen. In a separate dust/grease-free section of the building, there is a sewing lab.

Countless tools, supplies, and spare parts abound, supplying makers with elements they need to transform projects from an idea to reality.

Part of MM’s mission is that its members bring in their machinery and tools to share with other members. “Almost any tool you can think of, we have here at Makerspace,” said Carl Stevens, communications director and MM member. Some tools and supplies have been donated to MM.

Each work area has a “champion,” a member who stepped forward and volunteered to be the leader of that area. Champions ensure the area stays clean. Many have professional experience in their craft—the welding area champion is a welding inspector by trade.

“Champions are also in charge of checking people out when they use tools in their areas,” said Stevens. “For every tool that plugs into a wall, there’s a checkout process.” Champions make sure other members who wish to check out a tool are trained and capable of using the tool safely.

Introductory classes are also offered for the work areas.

During the weekly Tuesday evening meetings, there is show-and-tell session and a tour of MM that is open to the public. The tour offers a view of members’ projects. The night the Compass toured, there was an in-progress meticulously handcrafted wooden canoe; metal trivets and knives forged from scrap metal, robots and other radio-controlled vehicles with different functions, restored vintage Girl Scouts uniforms, mobile phone stands, a concrete and metal end table, and a poker chip wheel.

“The forge is a really active area, with people becoming interested in blacksmith art,” said Stevens, as he pointed toward neatly arranged railroad ties and scrap metal that would be transformed into makers’ projects.

Lance Lamont is Milwaukee Makerspace president.

Lance Lamont is Milwaukee Makerspace president.

MM president Lance Lamont said he has a smattering of skills. He showed the Compass an MM sign he crafted from metal and wood, using a CNC router and welding to make it. Lamont first became aware of MM in 2011 and has been actively involved since 2013. He’s in his second term as president and enjoys the interaction with members and educating those interested in joining.

Lamont explains that MM has a loose organizational structure, with a seven-member board of directors. Membership dues are $40 per month, which entitles the member to a key fob so that they may come and go as they please. “We have a very trust-based culture,” he said. “We trust you to be safe and understand the proper operation of a tool before you use it.”

Lamont added that MM values transparency. It posts its member handbook and rules on its website.

MM’s big event, Milwaukee Maker Faire, is held annually at State Fair Park on the last weekend in September. They partner with the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and other sponsors to showcase members’ creations and explain how the items were made. The fair is not exclusive to MM members. Any individual is welcome to show off projects.

Members also volunteer for other maker fairs in Wisconsin and the Midwest and at community events such as Bay View Gallery Night and Doors Open Milwaukee.

Beware! The Daleks have invaded Bay View. PHOTO Jennifer Kresse

Beware! The Daleks have invaded Bay View.
PHOTO Jennifer Kresse

The Members
The camaraderie among members is evident as they joke around, give advice, and applaud each other’s accomplishments in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Members sometime use their skills to help one another if someone’s car or bike breaks down.

MM members have backgrounds in computers, electronics, machining, fabrication, theater, and design. There are many jacks-of-all-trades who want to learn new skills.

Jon Hughett is champion of the jewelry-making area. He began a long-term project to break the Guinness World Record for the highest numbers of Daleks together in one place at one time—in Milwaukee. The British currently hold the record. Daleks are the fictional extraterrestrial villains from the Doctor Who television series. There are three nearly completed robotic Daleks in Hughett’s MM Dalek factory.

“Before I started making these, I had none of the skills that went into this,” Hughett said. He and others in his club, Dalek Asylum Milwaukee, used the CNC machine to make the fiberglass resin casing. The built the motorized controls found inside each Dalek that allow users to move them around.

Stevens said other groups have also formed within MM to collectively focus on a project.

Karen Pauli, the sewing guru, folds a garment in the sewing area. PHOTO Jennifer Kresse

Karen Pauli, the sewing guru, folds a garment in the sewing area. PHOTO Jennifer Kresse

Karen Pauli has a degree in theatrical costuming from UW-Milwaukee. She works on several types of sewing projects, including restoring historic Girl Scout uniforms for local troops, for display and Scout fashion shows. She will also help out MM members whose backpacks split or who need to repair torn garments.

“People join Makerspace for the equipment and the workspace, but then they discover the brain trust they have bought into,” Pauli said. “It is a collaborative mindset. I have a sewing area with all the tools and facilities I need at home, but I didn’t realize that I missed being around other people.”

Tom Gralewicz, a co-founders of Milwaukee Makerspace, was a member of robotics clubs throughout the country. His education and background lie in computer science and physics. When he lived in Dallas, Texas, he was a member of the Dallas Personal Robotics Group, where he enjoyed its casual, social ambiance. When he moved back to Wisconsin, he wanted to join a robotics club but the closest one was in Illinois. He and some fellow Wisconsinites made the drive, and they eventually decided to start a club in Milwaukee.

Gralewicz said the club members originally met casually at his home. Royce Pipkins, another MM co-founder, eventually discovered the NYC Resistor hackerspace (a term often used interchangeably with makerspace) in New York. Gralewicz and Pipkins were led to that provided advice about starting a makers club in one’s own city. In 2009, MM was born.

They met at Culver’s restaurant in West Allis for a year and brainstormed about how to attract more members. To get the word out, the club built motorized pot-of-gold parade floats for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2010, Gralewicz said. Soon another project developed that converted toy Power Wheels cars into racing vehicles.

That same year the group leased space at Chase Commerce Center. In 2011, its growing membership and other reasons prompted the group to look for a new location. Eventually Gralewicz’s real estate agent discovered that the Lenox Street building was for sale. Some of the members invested in the purchase of the building, forming the Milwaukee Makers Investors Group. MM moved into its current space January 2013.

“Within six months of moving into this space, membership grew to 140 members,” Gralewicz said. The move to a larger, cleaner space also attracted a new demographic to the group—women. “Until then, we had no women members,” he said.

He noted that while some MM members are aspiring entrepreneurs, most don’t aim to become millionaires or change the world. “They have a passion. It doesn’t matter what you want to do, Gralewicz said. “If there’s a skill you want to learn, and somebody here knows how to do it, they’ll do it with you.”

Other Creativity Hubs
The concept of a makerspace is international. “You can find makerspaces in most cities that are university related, or large enough,” Lamont said. “Some have fun names—Arch Reactor, and some are just Makerspace, but the common thread is an interest and passion for creativity.”

Makerspaces are independent of each other, with no overarching organization that controls them. They vary in size and uniqueness.

Milwaukee Makerspace
2555 S. Lenox St.

Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and contributor to the Bay View Compass.

Emerald ash borer damage in Milwaukee County Parks

April 30, 2016

By Sheila Julson

Green Emerald Borer (insect) PHOTO Zerene Stacker/U.S. Geological Society

Green Emerald Borer (insect) PHOTO Zerene Stacker/U.S. Geological Society

Nearly 3,000 trees have been removed in Milwaukee County Parks since 2009 because they were infested with the invasive emerald ash borer. Others were cut down as a prophylactic to prevent further infestation, said Gregg Collins, forestry supervisor for the Milwaukee County Parks system. The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive, wood-boring, metallic green beetle (Agrilus planipennis) originating in eastern Asia. It was first discovered in Wisconsin in August 2008.

The effect of the EAB is apparent in the defoliating Green Ash tree. PHOTO Wikimedia Commons/Bugwood Network

The effect of the EAB is apparent in the defoliating Green Ash tree. PHOTO Wikimedia Commons/Bugwood Network

“We are actively removing Green Ash trees (Fraxinus pennsylvanica), which are certainly infested and already debarked, and completely dead,” Collins said. “At the same time and often in the same park, we will remove Green Ash, which do not exhibit outwardly visible symptoms. We do this with the understanding that when EAB has infested an area, 100 percent of the remaining ash trees will become infested during the population explosion if not chemically treated with a pesticide.”

Lead Photo Culled Green Ash in HP

Two Green Ash trees were culled in Humboldt Park this spring. PHOTO Katherine Keller

Trees have been culled in many parks throughout the Milwaukee County Parks system, including Humboldt, South Shore, Bay View, and Sheridan on the South Shore. Collins noted that while they haven’t seen full infestation at Humboldt Park like in other parks, they did find EAB feeding galleries and the D-shaped exit holes in several trees near the tennis courts during the winter of 2014-15.

“We have confirmed EAB is present not only in our parks, but throughout the city of Milwaukee, other municipalities, and Milwaukee County in general,” said Guy Smith, chief of operations for the Milwaukee County Parks. “We have educated staff who know the signs, symptoms, and decline stages of trees that are victims of EAB infestation.”

An article published by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources states that “EAB larvae live underneath the bark of ash trees, feeding on the layer of the tree’s trunk that lies just below. When they do this, they cut off the flow of water and nutrients in the tree. Most trees die after about 3 years of infestation. The top of the tree begins to die first.”

When EAB symptoms are detected on ash trees in any region, they are subject to rapid decline. Because EAB larvae live and feed on the inside of ash tree bark, it is difficult to detect their presence until symptoms of damage occur.

Smith said Milwaukee County Parks prioritized park land into zones based on highest concentration of park patron use, focusing on playgrounds, picnic areas, and sections along roadways and bike trails. The practice of preemptive ash tree removal in high patron-use areas is a means to keep people safe from the falling limbs or trees weakened by the rapid desiccation caused by the EAB.

Green Ash trees. PHOTO Wikimedia Commons/Bugwood Network

Green Ash trees. PHOTO Wikimedia Commons/Bugwood Network

The staff of the Land Resources Division of Milwaukee County Parks also removes other tree species for specific safety or maintenance reasons. Some trees were removed recently along the west side of Lincoln Memorial Drive because they either possessed a defect that was going to lead to certain failure, were an undesirable species, or had a growing habit that was affecting vehicular, bicycle, or pedestrian use along the drive.

Green Ash tree leaves. PHOTO Wikimedia Commons/Bugwood Network

Green Ash tree leaves. PHOTO Wikimedia Commons/Bugwood Network

“The Land Resources Division of the Milwaukee County Parks Department puts a high value on trees and the benefit they are to each and every one of our parks and our environment overall,” Smith said.

During spring and fall, Milwaukee County Parks replants trees throughout the system, depending on available staffing and budgets. Smith said they try to replenish areas with trees where they would be most appreciated. “We plant a very diverse group of native tree species,” he said.

The mild 2015/2016 winter allowed the forestry staff to begin planting trees in February this year. The parks department partners with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to plant donated trees, along with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, the Park People of Milwaukee County (Milwaukee County Parks’ overarching friends group), and park friends groups for reforestation efforts. Smith added that Friends of South Shore Park and Humboldt Park Friends have been valuable partners helping with planting trees, organizing clean up projects, and other projects in natural areas.

How You Can Help Prevent the Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

Do not transport firewood across county lines. EAB can hitchhike on firewood and invade trees in EAB-free counties. Buy firewood near your planned campsite and from state-approved vendors. For a list, consult

Report ash trees showing signs on infestation to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Email or call 800-462-2803. Learn the signs of Emerald Ash Borer infestation at

Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to the Bay View Compass.

Paren(t)thesis — Digital footprints

April 30, 2016

By Jill Rothenbueler Maher

NEW Jill Maher Headshot Dec 2013We make mundane daily decisions about children’s sleep, food, and clothing. One of the small but longest-lasting parenting decisions may be how much we share about our children. Unless you’re a blogger writing a column about your child in the local newspaper, the most likely place to create a digital heirloom for your child is social media.

The digital heirloom probably includes photos and videos. Kudos to you, if you’ve pulled this one off, and extra points, if you’re printing out photo books as keepsakes. I’ve got two caches of photos—for a while I stashed them on a hosting site and I printed books, though that habit of creating books only lasted about two years. I’ve got another set on Facebook. Oh, yeah, and a third set stored primarily on my phone, where they are automatically backed up. If our daughter gets interested in pictures from childhood, which seems likely, I hope I can patch together a good biography.

Some people are bothered when other people post pictures of their children, especially with tags that identify them. Some are even annoyed when the child’s own grandparents post pictures, for fear of pedophiles or other criminals, or feeling that the poster violated a private moment inside a home. In researching this column, I read about “an unwritten rule of parenting that you don’t post pictures of other people’s children.” I haven’t heard of that rule and would have to scroll through my own history to see if I’ve been violating it.

Far-thinking parents try to rein in their child’s online identity by grabbing online names on sites like Twitter and Facebook and then prohibiting pictures of children or limiting the pictures to ones which wouldn’t be embarrassing or humiliating down the road. To me, it’s very challenging to determine what could be fodder for a bully or a teaser in 10 years—in my own childhood they were amazingly innovative and could even makes jokes about common American middle names—but it’s worth considering.

Then there’s the “words” part of a digital legacy. This one is more fraught with concern for many parents. How much should we be sharing about our kids for both safety and privacy?

Sometimes my daughter hangs out with me while I scroll through my Facebook news feed on our huge home monitor, where she can easily read over my shoulder. Should she be seeing what other parents post about her friends?

When we post, even if it’s banal, should we be using our children’s names? When we do so, we’re leaving behind a digital footprint that may live on indefinitely. I’ve partially addressed this by not using her first name online. Surely that’s not foolproof, but it seems like a logical step to take and one that a few friends employ. Perhaps it’s a tiny hedge against “bad guys” out to hurt kids or a hedge against embarrassment with future friends or even potential employers.

I often notice that it’s easy to feel uneasy in this new territory. Digital habits are one of the more difficult areas to navigate for ourselves, and now we need to guide our children as well.

The author is a freelance writer and mother of one. Reach her with comments or suggestions at

IN BALANCE — Getting lean

April 30, 2016

By Lisa Gibson

Small Lisa Gibson Head ShotThis month we are going to talk in practical terms about what it takes to get lean. This information comes to us from Dr. John Bernardi at Precision Nutrition. Dr. Bernardi addresses the two big myths of getting in shape and losing weight.

Please note that this article uses body fat percentages, not BMI (body mass index). When properly measured, body fat percentage can be a more accurate representation of body fat than the body mass index. BMI percentages below 18 percent are dangerous and pose health risks. By contrast a body fat percentage of 18 percent is at the very low end of the spectrum (the super lean) but it does not under normal circumstances pose a threat. Higher percentages are healthier but still allow for being lean.

Myth 1 “With a few small, easy, hopefully imperceptible changes to one’s diet and exercise routine, you too can have shredded abs, big biceps, and tight glutes, just like the magazine cover model.”

Myth 2 “Getting into shape or losing weight involves painful, intolerable sacrifice, restriction, and deprivation.”

Neither of these is true. So let’s look at some strategies to change our bodies, but in a healthy way, and at what the tradeoffs might be to achieve these.

Healthy body fat levels are 11-22 percent for men and 22-33 percent for women. The average American male is at 28 percent body fat and the average American women is  at 44 percent body fat. So if you want to get leaner, what will you have to do? Let’s use body fat percentages to break it down.

The following recommendations for the amount of sleep and rate of eating are included because one needs more sleep to recover from increased exercise intensity. Because it takes 20 minutes for the body to “realize” that the stomach is full, the rate of consuming food is a component of each regimen.

Regimen 1

People who want to reduce their body fat percentage to the high end of normal—for men 15-20 percent and for women 25-30 percent—would eat more slowly until satisfied at 60 percent of their meals. (Eating slowly is a tough one for me!)

Include one to two palm-sized portions of dense protein in one to two meals per day and exercise three to five times per week at any activity you enjoy. Get seven hours of sleep each night.

This regimen requires some planning, may require some sacrifices, like scheduling exercise instead of an after work cocktail, and might require some attention and effort to maintain this practice, but overall, pretty simple right? Let’s go to the next step.

Regimen 2

People who want to their reduce body fat percentage to the low end of the normal range—for men 13-15 percent and for women 23-25 percent—would need to eat more slowly until satisfied at 75 percent of meals, include one to two palm-sized servings of protein-dense foods at two to three meals per day. Include two to three fist-sized portions of vegetables at two to three meals per day. Exercise 30-45 minutes daily, include one to two exercise sessions per week that break a sweat, get at least seven hours of sleep a night, and practice stress management techniques.

The tradeoffs are that this regimen, like the first, will require more planning and more attention to diet. It requires a greater time commitment for a more consistent exercise regimen. It is harder, but still doable.

Let’s review. To get to the high end of the normal body fat percentage, all you have to do is include one to two palm-sized portions of dense protein for one to two meals daily. Eat slowly until you feel full at 60 percent of your meals, exercise three to five times a week doing something you enjoy and at a moderate intensity. Get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

To get to the low end of normal body fat percentage all you have to do is slightly increase the components of Regimen 1. And add vegetables. How cool is that?

The point is that there are different options to pursue depending on your leanness goal and the time, effort, and energy you have to put into achieving a healthy change. It is all about the choices you make, what you are willing to change, and what you are not willing to change.

I highly recommend Precision Nutrition ( as a resource. It is a science-based company with a strong foundation in change-psychology. Signing up for the newsletter is free and it is always full of terrific and understandable information.

Lisa Gibson is an ACE, AFAA, AEA, CAFS, and SCW fitness management specialist. Disclaimer: The diet and exercise information above is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before beginning a new health care regimen, any weight loss program, exercise, training regime, or any diet.

HALL MONITOR — Does WILL have a way to destroy MPS?

April 30, 2016

By Jay Bullock

Jay1headshotWhat if I told you the biggest threat to the future of the Milwaukee Public Schools was not declining enrollment, or endemic demographic challenges facing the community, or even restrictive revenue caps imposed by the state?

What if I told you the biggest threat to MPS was, instead, a handful of lawyers you’ve never heard of, holed up in a nondescript office suite on the city’s East Side?

I am guessing you wouldn’t believe me, but there’s no doubt in my mind this is true.

The lawyers work for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, or WILL. The group was founded shortly after Governor Scott Walker was inaugurated and the conservative movement discovered it needed a blunt legal instrument to beat opponents into submission to the new regime. That regime was exemplified by Act 10, Walker’s signature legislation stripping most public employees of their long-standing rights to bargain collectively over things like pay and working conditions.

WILL has repeatedly threatened and sued public entities in an attempt to enforce its conservative ideology. They’ve filed suits over everything from Obamacare (they’re against it) to street preaching (they’re for it).

But they hold a special place in their cold hearts for public schools. WILL has been involved in lawsuits against districts from Kenosha to Madison, from Brookfield to Appleton. They have sued the Milwaukee Area Technical College and they have already sued MPS.

Their latest attack is about who controls the fate of empty MPS buildings. These buildings are owned by the City of Milwaukee. Therefore, all of us who pay taxes and live here have a vested interest in what happens to them. My position was, is, and will forever remain, that these buildings are public property and should be put to the best possible public use, either as truly public schools or returned to the tax rolls as commercial or residential property.

WILL disagrees. It has repeatedly bullied MPS over its empty buildings. WILL led the public scolding, for example, when MPS refused to sell the Malcolm X building to the St. Marcus voucher program. Over the last few months, it turned its focus on the city, sending threatening letters to the Common Council in the wake of a new state law.

Last spring as the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee finalized the state’s budget, Republican leaders submitted the dreaded Motion 457. That motion provided for some high profile rearranging of Wisconsin’s public school systems, notably creating a statewide special education voucher system. And it established the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program that, as I have written here before, could by itself bankrupt MPS within a few years. The intent of OSPP, as expressed by its authors, was to empower an unelected commissioner to take both empty schools as well as schools full of children and staff—along with the attached funding—away from the control of MPS.

There is also a low-profile provision in Motion 457 that allows direct competitors of MPS to divide the district’s empty infrastructure the way conquering armies divide the spoils after war. Except there was no war; there was not even a public hearing or a poll or a referendum. Every representative from the city of Milwaukee voted against this measure, which mandates that empty or underused buildings would be sold by the city. Despite the city’s legislators’ opposition, it is now the law.

Among those who asked the Milwaukee Common Council for the right to use some of its currently-empty MPS buildings was Dr. Darienne Driver, MPS Superintendent. In the same section of the state budget establishing OSPP, power is given to Commissioner Dr. Demond Means, for a lack of a better phrase, to take over some of Milwaukee’s public schools and empty buildings. But it also explicitly grants Dr. Driver similar authority, which by my reading would include that same right to take empty MPS buildings.

Yet WILL wrote to the city in March and claimed that Driver had no right to ask for or use the buildings, saying she is “not an education operator.” Yes, you read that right—the superintendent of the largest school district in the state is not, apparently, in the business of education!

WILL threatened to sue if the city did not sell to voucher schools, and to sue if it did sell to Driver.

Means, in a plan unveiled at the April MPS board meeting, is seeking to partner with existing MPS schools. He wants to convert existing MPS schools into instrumentality charter schools run by MPS but with his oversight. He wouldn’t take empty buildings and start from scratch. In other words, he wouldn’t exercise the same authority that Driver attempted. Ironically, Means’s refusal to do so could result in WILL suing him, too.

WILL’s vice president wrote on its website in March that “the law does not give (Means) the power or duty to be an ‘ally’ or ‘partner’ to MPS.” Though he didn’t include the words “we have a lawsuit ready to file,” the threat was clear. I applaud Means for his position, but I am sure it will come at the price of a costly legal fight.

That is why WILL is really the biggest current threat to MPS. It will not rest until MPS is dismantled piece by piece and given to unaccountable private entities. And unlike, say, legislators who have to stand for election every once in a while, I fear there is nothing voters and taxpayers like you and I can do to stop them.

Jay Bullock teaches English at Bay View High School. Email him at

It’s official—Lions cancel 2016 South Shore Frolics Parade

April 21, 2016

By Katherine Keller


Spectators wait for the 2013 South Shore Frolics Parade to roll down Kinnickinnic Avenue. PHOTO Katherine Keller

Spectators wait for the 2013 South Shore Frolics Parade to roll down Kinnickinnic Avenue. PHOTO Katherine Keller

The Bay View Lions have canceled the 2016 Frolics Parade due to insufficient sponsorship funding.

In an email to the Compass last night, Bay View Lions member Dave Reszel wrote, “Unfortunately, despite many persistent attempts by the Bay View Lions Club led by parade fundraiser Les Johns, we also have faced a very difficult challenge that resulted in our decision. The silver lining is that Bay View resident Kathy Krause…was able to personally raise more than $1,700. She informed the Bay View Lions Club that since there will not be a Frolics parade, she is giving those dollars to the Humboldt Park 4th of July committee and has earmarked them for their 4th of July parade.”

Krause was part of a group of South Shore residents led by Sonia Hass, who formed an ad hoc committee to “save the Frolics 2016 parade” last year after the Lions announced the cancellation of the 2015 parade.

Krause staged two fundraisers. She held a tea and luncheon in November at the Wisconsin Club that featured a century of millinery history, and in December, a 50s dance at Club Garibaldi. Krause’s fundraising work was as an individual with no affiliation with a nonprofit.

Hass and her group were able to raise no funds. She attributed the failure to the group’s inability to find a nonprofit fiscal agent to receive parade sponsorships. The IRS deems donations to be charitable contributions when made via a nonprofit fiscal agent. Groups who are not themselves a 501(c)(3) often employ this method to encourage donations when fundraising.

The cost for city permits, barricades, and parade fees was $20,000, Hass said.

The parade, a six-decades-long tradition in the community, is beloved by South Shore residents.

The Lions canceled the paraded in 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014. However Bay View resident Patty Pritchard Thompson volunteered to help the Lions in 2013 and 2014 and secured sufficient sponsorship funding both years enabling the Lions to stage the parade.

This year the Bay View Lions hope to extend the traditional three-day festival by a day. It would be held Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17 from 11:00am to 10:30pm, according to information included on its application to the Department of Public Works.

Lyn Graziano, a Bay View Lions members and lead Frolics organizer, said that the additional day, Thursday, would be a “Family, Health, and Wellness Day.”

District 14 Alderman Zielinski has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the Lions’ request to extend the festival.

It will be held Tuesday, May 24 at 6pm in the South Shore Park Pavilion.

Representatives of the Bay View Lions Club will attend, Zielinski said.


Jah! You betcha! Celebrate some 4/14 flavors with an Outpost Natural Foods house-made bratwurst

April 12, 2016

Nothing says real hometown flavor like 4/14 Milwaukee Day and a classic brat on a bun. This Milwaukee Day, why not chow down on a delish Outpost brat? Dirndls and lederhosen not required, but, aww heck, feel free if the spirit moves you!

Our signature house-made hand-tied brats are made with all-natural, humanely raised pork, containing no antibiotics, preservatives, fillers or artificial anything. Our butchers use a time-tested family recipe to capture that Old World flavor.

Sink your choppers into one and see for yourself.

What: In honor of 4/14 Milwaukee Day, Outpost is offering a special one-day sale for a signature Outpost-made all-natural cooked bratwurst on a Miller Bakery Pretzilla bun, with a choice sauerkraut, mustard and even ketchup (if you must) for only . . . $4.14 each.

Where: At four convenient Outpost store locations

  • 100 E. Capitol Dr.
  • 7000 W. State St.
  • 2826 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
  • 7590 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon

When: On 4/14 Milwaukee Day, of course, from 10 a.m. until the last sausage is gone.

Why: 4/14 Milwaukee Day ( is about all good things Milwaukee. Outpost has been a part of the local scene since 1970. We’ve been serving up delicious, wholesome local, natural and organic food since day one and we’re still going strong. With 21,000+ active owners who live right here, we’re proud to be authentic Milwaukee local yokels.

Source: Outpost Natural Foods press release


Lions hope to extend 2016 South Shore Frolics festival from three to four days

April 12, 2016

Katherine Keller

A special event permit application filed with the Department of Public Works  by the Bay View Lions Club indicates that the Lions hope to extend the traditional three-day annual South Shore Frolics festival to four days.

The application states that the festival would run this year from Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17 from 11:00am to 10:30 pm.

District 14 Alderman Zielinski will hold a public meeting Tuesday, May 24 at 6pm at the South Shore Park Pavilion. Representatives of the Bay View Lions Club will attend, Zielinski said.

The application states that the estimated number of participants is 60,000.

The fate of the 2016 South Shore Frolics Parade is still unknown. Bay View Lions Club member Les Johns, who accepted the parade fundraising role this year, told the Compass today that he hopes he will have responses from potential sponsors by the end of next week. Until then, he said he cannot say whether or not there will be sufficient funds so that the annual parade will once again roll down Kinnickinnic in July.

The parade was canceled in 2015 due to insufficient funding.


Is Nothing to Be Done?

April 7, 2016

Is_Nothing_To_Be_DoneIs_Nothing_to_Be_Done by Jon Erickson

First Federal Bank Community Shred Day May 7

April 7, 2016

First Federal Bank is presenting a free Community Shred Day on Saturday, May 7 from 10am to Noon in the parking lot of its new Bay View location, 3974 S. Howell Ave.

“We are inviting everyone from the community to come out and shred their old documents. You do not have to be a customer of the bank participate,” said Alison Wiese of First Federal Bank. “This is a safe and secure way to destroy documents that contain your personal information.” 

Individuals may drop off one to three boxes of old documents to be shredded on site in the bank’s parking lot. Staples and hanging folders are permissible, but three-ring binders will not be accepted.
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April 1, 2016

Coyote vs. Fox Gang War Heats up in Bay View
Residents worried about collateral damage as raccoons, possums pick sides

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So what are we now, chopped liver? 

Nichole Williams Spotted Doing Nothing
Not one darn thing

Chris Abele Sells Chris Larson’s Home and Lot to Waukesha County 

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Donald Trump Stops for Rally in White Bread Section at Piggly Wiggly
Pillsbury Dough Boy punched down in melee 

Bay View Knitting Bombers Secretly Drape Afghans Over Pretentious Art 

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No Shoes, No Shirt, No Biggie
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Final Holman/Zielinski Race Comes Down to Crucial Waukesha County

Astronomers Retract Announcement of Second Black Hole Collision
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$320,000 Art Stop Voted Local Public Art Most Likely to Cause Cringing

Patty Thompson Rendered Speechless at
Chill On The Hill
Extra act added to fill gap

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District 14 Ald. Zielinski Maneuvering for Common Council President Slot

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Lone Bay View Hipster Spotted Still Sporting Soul Patch

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Cuban Urban Farming Cooperative Film April 3

April 1, 2016

Tierralismo graphicThere will be a free screening of Tierralismo (tranlsation: landism), a new film from Cuba about urban cooperative farming, followed by a discussion of urban agriculture, cooperative farming, and how cooperatives in general are a growing part of the social economy in Cuba and the U.S. The cooperative farm Vivero Alamar, featured in Tierralismo, offers a perspective to compare how urban farming has evolved in ways that are both similar and different from urban agriculture in Milwaukee. Sunday, April 3, 5pm, at the Riverwest Public House, 815 E. Locust St.

Sponsors include Groundwork Milwaukee, Riverwest Cooperative Alliance, Outpost Natural Foods, and Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba. More info:

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