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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.

Questions about Humboldt Park 4th of July celebration

                                     HUMBOLDT PARK 4TH OF JULY ASSOCIATION

                                              INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

                                          2009  Theme:  "America,  a Land of Beauty"

                             -- 9:00 a.m. -- Morning Parade ( Parade route:  Starts at 9:00 a.m. on KK and

                                 Lincoln Ave.-- to KK and Logan Ave.--south on Logan to Idaho -- east on

                                 Idaho to Humboldt Park)

                            -- 10:30 -11:00 a.m. -- Rainbow Randa's Patriotic Clown Show (tennis court area)

                            -- 11:00 a.m. -- Old Time 1860's Style Baseball Game ( Keltner Field)

                            -- 11:00 a.m. -- Children's Games (in front of tennis courts)  (Ages: 1-4; 5-6; 7-8;

                                9-10; 11-12 -- Prizes for Everyone

                            -- 12:30-1:00 p.m. -- Registration at Park (bicycle, tricycle, doll buggy, coaster wagon

                                contest (next to tennis courts)

                            -- 12:45- 1:15 p.m. --Entertainment -- "Dancers with Woofs" (next to park pavilion)

                            -- 1:00 p.m. -- Judging -- Bicycle, tricycle, coaster wagons, doll buggies-- Prizes for

                                Winners -- (Coasters: ages 3-19) (Bikes: ages 7-12) (Trikes: ages 3-7) (Buggies:

                                ages 2-8) (next to tennis courts)

                             -- 1:30 p.m. -- Bicycle, Tricycle, Coaster and Doll Buggy Parade ( march to chalet)

                             -- 2:00 p.m. -- Chicken Dance Contest (adults and children) (at park chalet)

                             -- 2:30-5:00 p.m. -- ** talent show cancelled

                             -- 2:00-7:00 p.m. -- Live music at Parade Reviewing Stage

                             -- 6:45 p.m. --  Presentation of Colors, National Anthem, and Presentation of Awards for

                                 the day's activities.

                              -- 7:00 p.m. -- Evening Program at Chalet:  "Becca and the Boys" (Soul, Country, Rock

                                  music -- 10 piece band with a 5 piece percussion section)

                               -- 9:15 p.m. -- Fireworks


                              ** Talent Show was cancelled due to City Hall's Budget cuts. We went from $150,000

                              Milwaukee 4th of July Commission Budget in 2007 to $105,000 Budget this year.

                             If you will check all of the parks with the Milwaukee 4th of July Commission, you will see

                             greatly reduced park programs, including one park that folded its Independence Day

                             activities and is having a picnic instead.  Next year they are forcasting an even bigger budget cut and possible

                             elimination of the Milwaukee 4th of July Commission and more severe cuts to the park's

                             remaining programs. It seems to me  that the City of Milwaukee does not believe in

                             celebrating our country's Independence  Day.  We as American citizens should be able

                             to continue our celebrations into the future. Maybe some patriotic politicians could be

                             elected to office that are loyal to the United States of America, and are willing to celebrate

                             its Independence Day again. You are the voter. You must choose who you want to serve

                             us in our local government.  We should support them like they support us.  Notify Mayor

                             Barrett and your alderperson and let them know how you feel about this matter. Do you

                             want to see Independence Day celebrations cancelled in Milwaukee?  Do you feel

                             patriotic enough to support our Milwaukee 4th of July Associations?  Do you want

                             politicians who do not support our country's Independence Day enough to provide

                             funding for its celebration in Milwaukee?  You are the voter. You make the decision.


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