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The Hop marks major milestone for end of Streetcar construction with ceremonial last weld

Hundreds of Milwaukee residents, business owners, Kiewit construction workers, streetcar operators, and children from nearby Ebenezer Child Care Center, joined city leaders and staff on July 2 for a “last weld” ceremony to mark the completion of construction for The Hop’s Main Line. All of the guests attending the historic event at 2nd Street and St. Paul Avenue had the opportunity to sign their names to a commemorative piece of rail, which will be put on display along the route later this summer. Streetcar route construction began on St. Paul Avenue in April 2017, and the completion ceremony was...

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Generations share 4th of July tradition at Lake Park with John McGivern

Since 1911, the Lake Park Fourth of July Celebration has filled the day with festivities, and hearts with gratitude, by commemorating what it cost to secure freedom for the country and the community. Each year more than 2,000 people from the area gather at the park in celebration. The traditional festivities included ice cream, bike and buggy decorating contests, and various games. Nicole Teague-Howell, lead artist with Milwaukee Ballet, was on the judging panel along with former member of The Ghillies, Timothy Schmitz, and singer and songwriter Twila Bergeron. Master of ceremonies for the talent contest was the PBS...

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Civil War veterans honored with historical marker on Gettysburg anniversary at Calvary Cemetery

The Milwaukee County Historical Society dedicated a special marker on July 1, the 155th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Gettysburg, to commemorate the three hundred Union Civil War veterans buried at Milwaukee’s Calvary Cemetery. The historical sign was placed at the landmark 1897 Gothic Revival gatehouse, at the entrance to the cemetery at 5503 W. Bluemound Road. Archbishop Jerome Listecki delivered the dedication invocation. Listecki is also a retired United States Army Reserve Chaplain, lieutenant colonel. Calvary is a Milwaukee Archdiocesan cemetery that was consecrated in 1857, by the Most Reverend John Martin Henni, first archbishop...

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Milwaukee residents shutdown highway near Trump fundraiser to protest family separation

Hundreds of people marched and blocked streets around a fundraiser Donald Trump held for Wisconsin Republicans, in protest of his plans to intern tens of thousands of immigrant families in border camps on June 28. Marchers called for ICE and Customs and Border Patrol to be abolished and replaced by institutions that support and welcome immigrants, and demanded ICE close the case of Franco Ferreyra, a Waukesha father of 4 currently imprisoned by ICE. A dozen community members blocked an interstate off-ramp into downtown, backing up traffic for miles. “Our movement shut down streets and a major highway today...

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Denis Sullivan offers lakefront seats at Discovery World for Summerfest’s Big Bang

The World’s Largest Music Festival kicked off its 2018 opening day on June 27, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to watch the annual fireworks show in spite of snarling traffic made worse due to a poorly timed Presidential visit. No tickets were required to watch the Big Bang fireworks along the Lakefront, but choice vantage points were in high demand. With its direct proximity to Henry Maier Festival Park and Lakeshore State Park, Discovery World again offered front row seats to Summerfest’s explosive display. Prior to the fireworks, the Sailing Vessel (S/V) Denis Sullivan hosted a special trip...

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March For Our Lives: Road to Change Tour brings Parkland and Milwaukee students together

“My Mom’s name was Joyce. Do any of you know if she was Republican or Democrat? Neither do I, she died before I was old enough to speak. The bullet that exploded her head did not care either. The bullet that shot and kiIIed 10-year-old Sierra Guyton didn’t care if she would grow up to be a Republican or a Democrat. A bullet does not care. It is the one thing that we can think of that as apolitical. Your zip code doesn’t shield you from gun viоIеncе.” – Khary Penebaker Survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School mass...

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