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Franklin Pierce Elementary sheds name of pro-slavery president, reinvents itself as Riverwest Elementary

by Melanie Lawder For years, teachers and staff at Franklin Pierce Elementary School had pondered why their school name celebrated an anti-abolitionist president who continually bowed to pro-slavery interests in the years leading up the American Civil War. A one-term Democrat from New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce is often considered to be one of the least […]

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Neighbor Spotlight: Sarah Zahner

by Lee Gutowski Sarah Zahner (pronounced “ZAYner”—and she goes by her last name) was downright giddy to be featured in this space when I asked her if she’d participate. As you will learn—unless you already know Zahner, and in that case, it’s no surprise—the woman is an enthusiastic, active community member who’s been involved in […]

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Milwaukee’s Gotta Brand New Bag

Milwaukee’s Gotta Brand New Bag  By Geoff Marshall   Nick Costanzo needed a backpack, so he made one. The 26-year-old Milwaukee resident is the founder and owner of Vessel Workshop, a company that specializes in industrial grade backpacks and accessories, specifically designed in collaboration with bike messengers. In early 2011, Costanzo desperately wanted a job […]