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Waukesha Alderman Aaron Perry on the Independence of Politics

Representation is defined as “the action of speaking or acting on behalf of someone or the state of being so represented.” One thing you may notice in that definition is there is no designation of Republican or Democrat or any other political party. We as an American society have taken on the freedom of democracy and we have the choice to support a particular political party we see fit. The beauty I’ve found in my over 6 years of being a Waukesha Alderman is that we are non-partisan. We knock on doors, we get our message out and make...

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Sentinel from 1903 remains on guard over Milwaukee’s fallen soldiers and sailors

Wood National Cemetery dates to 1871 when it was established as a final resting place for veterans who died while living at the Northwestern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Milwaukee. The Northwestern Branch was established to care for disabled Union veterans of the Civil War, and the first designed and built specifically for the purpose of housing and caring for veterans. The cemetery contains more than 30,000 graves, including members of the first Union unit of African American soldiers and several recipients of the Medal of Honor. In 1903, a 60-foot soldiers and sailors...

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Sixteenth Street mural commemorates 50 years as integrated member of the neighborhoods it serves

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers unveiled artist Mauricio Ramirez’s commemorative mural on an exterior wall of its Chavez Clinic on May 9. Sixteenth Street began in a converted jewelry store on the south side of Milwaukee with a few passionate individuals who came together to provide health education, information and referrals to people of the community. 50 years later, Sixteenth Street is one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers in the state. With four full service bilingual clinics, a satellite geriatric clinic, five in-school clinics, the largest WIC clinic in Wisconsin, the...

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Emmanuel Blair: Milwaukee native provides vital weather services to Pacific Naval commands

Most Americans rely on weather forecasts to plan their daily routine. The U.S. Navy is no different. With numerous ships, submarines and airplanes deployed in the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s area of operations, sailors stationed at Fleet Weather Center San Diego, make it their primary mission to monitor weather conditions in support of the fleet’s daily operations. Petty Officer 1st Class Emmanuel Blair, a 2002 William C. Horlick High School graduate and native of Milwaukee is one of these sailors serving at the Fleet Weather Center, providing full-spectrum weather services to shore-based commands and afloat naval units. As a Navy...

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William Pelkofer: Wisconsin Air National Guardsman takes home-grown path for pilot training

There are many different ways to earn aviation wings in the Air National Guard, but one avenue has proven to be the most popular choice for many personnel who pursue the esteemed position of becoming a pilot: the “home-grown” path. It can be an arduous journey to becoming an aviator but the route is fairly simple. An individual enlists in the Air National Guard, earns a college degree, applies for pilot vacancies, gets accepted, attends officer training school, and finally attends upgrade pilot training. For Staff Sgt. William Pelkofer, a boom operator with the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin...

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Urban Anthropology celebrates a 20-year road trip and local heroes found along the way

During the late 1999 a group of cultural anthropologists in Milwaukee began meeting to discuss ways that they could make contributions to the city, using skills acquired through the study and practice of anthropology. That group, now known as Urban Anthropology (UrbAn), celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The volunteer anthropologists from this organization have conducted interviews over the years with just under 1,800 Greater Milwaukee residents. The interviews have resulted in studies of 60 local ethnic groups and 102 neighborhood oral histories. With the help of over 100 anthropology interns, this ongoing “road trip” has placed UrbAn representatives...

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