Ahoy! February 2010

January 31, 2010

Asian carp has been a big story recently, locally, regionally, and nationally. We’ve got two angles this month. The first is by new contributor Kathleen Schmitt Kline who discusses methods that have been and may be deployed to avert the fish from invading Lake Michigan, and the feasibility of success. We have expanded our water science web, which in addition to the work of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Great Lakes WATER institute, now also includes the UW Sea Grant Institute in Madison. Michael Timm tackles the Asian carp policy disputes that have emerged pitting the Great Lakes states against Illinois, and which have reached as far as the Supreme Court and the White House.

Sheila Julson profiled Captain Luann Brandt, the first female commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan. Welcome to Bay View, Captain Brandt!

The new Bay View Hide House Community Garden is in the planning stages, as Jason Haas reports. The garden will be located in the land bordered by Deer Place, and Greeley and Burrell streets.

Another water-related story is Anna Passante’s account of three ships that were wrecked in the 19th century in the waters near St. Francis.

Cara Slingerland outlines the goals and strategies of the MPS Action Teams for Partnerships. Jay Bullock, penned a letter full of advice and encouragement to those about to enter a noble profession.

We continue to expand our new Arts & Entertainment section, which frankly could be many pages. That can happen, but we need local and city entertainment venues to support us with your advertising. It will happen! Cara Slingerland noticed that there’s a good amount of permanent art in Bay View bars and pitched that story idea. Mary Vuk Sussman contributed a review of the film Crazy Heart, and I introduce the food and chefs at the new Café Tarragon inside Future Green, and a photography exhibit, Foundry Work, at the Grohmann Museum.

The new Kinnickinnic Avenue BID #44 board nominees were selected last month, and we also note that the plug was pulled for the Eco-Bay development formerly planned for Logan Street on the site of the old Army Reserve base.

Michael Timm reports that 56 additional parcels were approved by MMSD for public acquisition related to the KK River reconstruction project in the corridor that borders Lincoln Village.

Senator Plale discusses a company’s efforts to convert fly ash from the We Energies plant in Oak Creek into bricks in nearby Caledonia. Fly ash is a byproduct of burning coal that contains toxic heavy metals. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been debating whether it should be labeled a hazardous substance.

I welcome Dan Gray to our group. Dan is a writer and will be contributing a story next month. In recent years, after his work at the Urban Ecology Center, he took a job managing one of the border collies who make Canada geese fret.

I also want to introduce you to Emily Bertholf, our new sales representative. Emily is a Bay View native. She attended Trowbridge and Bay View High School, and now lives with her husband and three children in nearby Cudahy, but she wants to move back to Bay View. Emily is a strong advocate of public education and Bay View, so she will fit right in.

Keep calling and writing with your suggestions for stories and your feedback about the paper and website, the pols, the community, and other things you share with us. I really like hearing from you, but to whomever you are, you, who calls me on occasion to ask for the phone number of the Journal Sentinel classifieds, I say, next time try the Riverwest Currents. Ask for Jan. She probably knows their number, too.

Katherine Keller


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