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5:04 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Passport Designed to Transport Visitors to County Park Treasures

Heading south out of South Shore Park
Eddee Daniel

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hopes to lure visitors to the state’s natural spaces this weekend by offering open houses and “license-free” fishing.

The Milwaukee County Parks system is taking a different approach to highlighting its green spaces.

It will host a party Saturday at McKinley Park, kicking-off the parks system’s 105th anniversary.

The event will also launch a “passport” program designed to focus attention on the Oak Leaf Trail. It carries bikers and hikers to numerous county parks.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence hit a piece of the trail to witness one person’s approach to selling a parks system.

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Veterans
3:08 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Exhibit Turns Women Veterans' Stories Into Art

Veteran Carolyn Morgan and Artist Yvette Pino were paired for new exhibit.
Erin Toner

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, we’re going to hear from women veterans whose military service has inspired artwork. A new exhibit at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison features 20 prints that resulted from private conversations between veterans and local artists. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, several women say the project helps validate their service to the country.

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Environment
5:16 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Estabrook Dam: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Estabrook Dam

It’s safe to say Estabrook Dam – that spans the Milwaukee River where Glendale and Shorewood meet – is crumbling. It’s also safe to say the dam is a source of controversy. Milwaukee County is responsible for the structure and plans to repair it – while environmentalists continue to press that it be permanently dismantled.

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Health & Science
4:37 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Orangutans Hop on the iPad Bandwagon

Orangutans and iPads
Milwaukee County Zoo

Back in February, Lake Effect celebrated Primate week with a series of stories and features about our close cousins. One of those features considered the technological prowess of primates – and we’re not talking just humans. There was Albert II, the first rhesus monkey in space. Or the orangutans at the Milwaukee County Zoo, who, like their human counterparts, really enjoy iPads. It may not be what Steve Jobs had in mind, but it turns out that iPads have some practical uses at a zoo.

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Environment
5:21 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Creating a Bike Friendly Culture

Bike to Work Week commuters and coffe drinkers on the Oak Leaf Trail.

You MIGHT be noticing more bicyclist pedaling along trails and streets this week.

Some of the action could be attributed to fine spring weather.

Other cyclists are being nudged into motion by National Bike to Work Week.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence did a bit of biking and a lot of chatting to learn about the momentum behind creating a more “cycle friendly” city.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Turning Discarded American Clothes into Gorgeous Haitian Garments

What should we do with all our leftover textiles and clothing?
Credit Joost Nelissen/Flickr

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews art professor Carol Frances Lung about textiles.

We don’t often give a lot of thought to our clothes or where they come from.

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Arts & Culture
5:01 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Forty-five Years of Not Just High School Theater

Shorewood High School drama director Barb Gensler, stepping down after 45 years.
Credit John O'Hara

When the final curtain falls on the Shorewood High School Drama Department's production of "Aida" this weekend, it will mark the end of an era for the theater community there. Barbara Gensler, who has led the drama department for forty-five years, has announced this production will be her last "big show" at the school.

The show is expected to draw not just local school and community members, but some of the thousands of alumni whose lives Gensler has influenced over the years.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Sniffing Out Sewage Where It Doesn't Belong

Village of Shorewood is one of the communities that called on Sable and Logan to sniff out sewage.

Trained dogs assist with a variety of human endeavors.

Some guide people with vision impairments.

Police use other breeds to detect narcotics.

Now two trained dogs are busy in the Milwaukee area – sniffing out human waste in storm pipes.

The operation is part of the bigger effort underway here to prevent sewage from mixing with storm water.

The blend can end up in rivers and Lake Michigan during torrential rains.

However, scientists are finding sewage in storm sewers, even during fair weather – that’s where the dogs come in.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met the canine brigade during its first Milwaukee area mission.

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Environment
5:10 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Bike to School Day

a wet walk - and bike - to school in Bay View

WUWM's environmental reporter Susan Bence met some students taking part in the first-ever National Bike to School Day, which actually encourages kids to bike or walk to school. She caught up with the kids from Fernwood Montessori, located just east of the intersection of Kinnickinnic and Oklahoma.

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Election
1:41 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Democrats Press the Flesh in Final Days

Democratic hopefuls (from left): Tom Barrett, Kathleen Vinehout, Kathleen Falk and Doug La Follette

For the first time ever, Wisconsin voters will go to the polls today to decide which candidate will take of the governor in an recall election. Republican Incumbent Scott walker is only the third governor is U. S. history to face recall. Organizers launched the effort last winter after he pushed forward a bill to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports on how the Democratic contenders have been crisscrossing the state, each wanting their name opposite Walker’s on the June 5 ballot.

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