Ahoy! December 2009

November 24, 2009

What do turkeys in space say?

Hubble, Hubble, Hubble.

That joke is for the young-uns. And so is Historic Bay View this month, page 11, which is Anna Passante’s account of a steam locomotive that was formerly on display in Bay View. Also page 11, Jill Rothenbueler Maher recounts the terrifying story of a recent trip to the ER with her toddler and the concomitant sensitivity to a world infested with viruses and germs that she, as Mom, copes with to protect her daughter. This issue includes a short essay, page 6, by St. Thomas More student Natalie Schmidt, about a Veterans Day ceremony at STM where four WWII vets, David Wick, Francis Schouster, Bernard Perszyk, and Bob Makowski, recounted their roles in this nation’s armed services.

Our news and business brief section, pages 4-5, is full of information, as always, and this month includes news about a new café under construction inside Future Green, further city budget reductions that will affect the Humboldt Park Fourth of July, Anodyne’s connection with a Wisconsin family farm, and a new dance studio on Kinnickinnic Avenue. 

We are gratified to launch an entertainment section this month. New contributor Cara Slingerland profiles the bourgeoning indie music scene and venues in Bay View, page 1. Sheila Julson introduces readers to a Russian dance troupe, page 15, whose members rehearse at the Marian Center, and to a new comedy spot in Bay View, page 14. Michael Timm spotlights two holiday satires, a play and a puppet theater production, page 14. Beware, the puppet production is intended for adults.

I stepped in for food writer Chris Christie this month and cover the new microbrewery and pub, Horny Goat Hideaway, page 15.

Mary Vuk Sussman tells readers the story, page 1, behind the colorful garb for sale at Sven’s Café. The clothing is a cottage industry in Tanzania started by Fond du Lac’s Sister Stella Storch. Her project teaches sewing to villagers who in turn use their skills to create and sell garments to support themselves and their family.

Melissa Tashjian, a recent “emigree” to Bay View from Riverwest, is one of the organizers who created the Milwaukee Community Compost Network, page 1, and who is working with the Hide House owners, Alderman Zielinski, and the Victory Garden Initiative, page 4, to establish a community garden plot in Bay View. They’ll start digging garden plots at the corner of Burrell Street and Deer Place this spring.

You will find our annual wish list on this page where you may find ways to assist local charities that serve those in need. Also on this page is one more call for your nomination for Person of the Year. Thank you to everyone who has already made a nomination.

I draw your attention to the announcement, this page, that you are invited to place an ornament on the Compass‘ community holiday tree that will be displayed outdoors at Sven’s European Café. Steve Goretzko invited us to decorate one of his holiday trees. I accepted and decided that instead of commandeering it solely for our paper and website, I would open it to the entire community, to you, our readers. Help us bedeck the tree with holiday color and spirit. Donate an ornament to honor your customers, a family member, friend, librarian, teacher, your students, or, maybe your pet. Use your imagination and create something from scratch or customize an existing ornament. If you have questions about the ornament, call our office, (414) 489-0880. If you have questions about decorating the tree, call Steve Goretzko at Sven’s, (414) 483-2233.

Be sure to consult our calendar, page 13, to find out when and where Santa will be appearing.

The best of the season to you and yours from all of us, who create the Compass for you each month,

Katherine Keller

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