Posted inNeighborhood News

Clean Rivers Clean Lake

Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. (Sweet Water)
Eighth Annual Clean Rivers Clean Lake Conference on April 30, 2012 at Discovery World

by Vince Bushell 

What struck me first and foremost about this conference was Melanie Ariens’s art. It was on display and hanging in the window in the long entrance way of Discovery World. Expanding on her metaphor, hanging there in the window was the familiar, her blue jean baby. Recycled, maybe a little worse for wear, but still functional, indeed vital for life.


Posted inNeighbor Spotlight

Neighbor Spotlight: Tess Kenny

Neighbor Spotlight – Tess Kenney

by Sue Blaustein, photo by Peter DiAntoni

Theresa Kenney – Riverwest Neighborhood Association’s 2010 “Neighbor of the Year” – gets up early. Her morning routine includes brewing a cup of green tea and then surfing the listservs of activist organizations in Riverwest. She scans the latest chatter from the Riverwest Co-op, the RNA, and Riverwest Health Initiative, the Victory Garden Initiative, Transition Milwaukee, Milwaukee Urban Gardens and Concordia Gardens. 

Posted inNeighborhood News

Our Milwaukee: Laacke & Joys

by Catherine Jozwik, Photos Vince Bushell 

Milwaukee’s oldest retailer knows a little bit about providing quality and great customer service. For 165 years, Laacke and Joys has been Milwaukee’s main store for outdoor sporting goods and gear, and despite the economic downturn, business is still going strong. The store has four locations: downtown Milwaukee, Brookfield, and Mequon, along with an equestrian sports shop called Hall Saddlery in Sussex. It also has a manufacturing division on the two top floors of the downtown location, which produces fabric products such as parking meter hoods, bags, and curtains.