The Fourth of July weekend celebrates community, local as well as national. Parades featuring people in uniform - scouts, firefighters and police as well as the military – traditionally are a fixture. Military uniforms remind us of the role of war in our history – and present. The current Veterans Administration scandals remind us of how serious related problems can become.
Update, 8:30 p.m., July 3: Big Bend native Bill Kolinske successfully advanced out of the qualifying round and will play in the main draw this weekend.
The Milwaukee Brewers are out of town over this long weekend, but sports fans have another – unique option to scratch their pro sports itch. The Association of Volleyball Professionals professional beach volleyball tour makes a full stop in Milwaukee this weekend for the first time since the late ‘90s.
Summer is here as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, go to the beach, have picnics, and plan road trips. For many in the Midwest, summertime and Six Flags naturally go together. This year a brand new roller coaster – Goliath – breaks not one, but three world records.
John Krajnak, Six Flags Marketing Director says, “this might be the best ride in our park right now…it’s the tallest and steepest drop on any wooden coaster on the planet, and it is the fastest wooden coaster on the planet at 72 miles per hour. It is a phenomenal ride.”
Throughout most of the country, funerals are a time of grieving for family members, mourning the loss of a loved one. New Orleans is the exception: they celebrate the life of the loved one, often accompanied by loud brass instruments playing down the street.
Philanthropist Sheldon Lubar made headlines in the last few years for his outspoken views on reforming Milwaukee County government. Many of the changes at the board of supervisors level influenced by Lubar are going into effect - though their effects are yet to be measured.
Despite Lubar's public political stances, he never pursued elected office for himself - though he served in the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter.
The start of July means we are roughly four months away from Election Day, the first Tuesday in November. Wisconsin’s race for Governor will be among the most closely watched in the country, with Scott Walker facing his second challenge since he was elected four years ago.
Walker, who dispatched a recall challenge in defeating Tom Barrett two years ago, will likely face businesswoman and former state Commerce Secretary Mary Burke.