Lake Effect

Environment
5:12 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Walking in Wisconsin for Clean Water Around the World

Andy Stenz is walking across Wisconsin, starting on Monday.

A Wisconsin photographer will soon set out on his latest project - but it doesn't involve apertures, zoom lenses, or F-stops. Andy Stenz of Waukesha will leave on Memorial Day to walk across Wisconsin in an effort to raise money for and awareness of the plight of people around the water who lack ready access to clean water.

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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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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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