Lake Effect

Essay
12:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

If You Had Dementia, What Songs Would Be on Your Playlist?

Wisconsin's Music and Memory program is providing personalized music playlists for dementia patients in 100 nursing homes across the state to aid with memory retrieval and behavioral issues.
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Lake Effect essayist Dr. Jung Kwak talks about her research into the use of music therapy with dementia patients, and describes what playlist she would create for herself.

A UW-Milwaukee gerontologist looking at the impact of music on patients with dementia finds an unexpected connection:

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Environment
10:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

5th Graders Leave Something Tangible & Growing Behind at Hawley Elementary

5th graders Caroline Vandervest and Eli Ross feel sense of accomplishment in bringing Hawley's aquaponics club and system to life.

Thursday will be bittersweet for some Hawley Environmental students. They’ll celebrate completing 5th grade, but leave behind a fledgling club and a project they helped create.

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

What Is It Like to Grow Up Living in a Work of Art?

Carousel, 2011 Courtesy of the Artist
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Artist Leo Saul Berk, INOVA Director Sara Krajewski, and Third Coast Percussion member Robert Dillon talk with Bonnie North.

“Can a house make you who you are?” That’s the central question of The Uncertainty of Enclosure, the newest exhibit from Seattle-based artist Leo Saul Berk. 

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Arts & Culture
11:26 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Young Pianists Vie for Top Prizes at Milwaukee Competition

Pianist Lydia Artymiw is a judge for this year's PianoArts competition for young musicians.
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Pianist and PianoArts juror Lydia Artymiw talks with, and plays for, Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

Piano Arts is bringing together the cream of the crop of young pianists this week for its biennial North American Piano Competition, one of the most prominent competitions for these musicians.

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Politics & Government
6:18 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

PHOTOS: Remembering Milwaukee's General MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur visits Milwaukee in 1951.

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Chas Mulcahy, Deanna Alexander, and David Black about the General MacArthur Statue rededication ceremony.

While today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, 2014 also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of another World War II icon – with strong ties to Milwaukee.

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Dining
6:05 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

5 Great Milwaukee Spots to Imbibe the Perfect Summer Drink

Refreshing alcoholic drinks can be found around Milwaukee this summer. Claire Hanan has the scoop on the drink that hits the spot.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci speaks with Claire Hanan.

Each summer, Milwaukee Magazine compiles its list of what’s what in town, and among this year’s offerings is a guide to the best places for a refreshing – and alcoholic – drink this summer.

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Arts & Culture
5:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Milwaukee Man's WWII Collection Now on Display Focuses on Jewish Fighters

Milwaukee collector Wim Leydes wants to tell the story of the Jewish Brigade and the Jewish Partisans who fought in WWII.
Stephanie Lecci

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci speaks with Vim Leydes and Steve Daily.

A new exhibit opening today in Milwaukee, in time to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, is focusing on some lesser-known moments of valor during WWII.

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Arts & Culture
11:01 am
Fri June 6, 2014

New Bucks Owners Want to Connect with Community and Fans to Better the Team

The Milwaukee Bucks will have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft, and the team’s new owners have made a big effort to connect with the city’s fan base.
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The NBA Finals are underway, and not surprisingly, they don’t involve the Milwaukee Bucks.  But there’s still some buzz about basketball around town.  The Bucks will have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft, and the team’s new owners have made a big effort to connect with the city’s fan base.

"They seemed very very comfortable – not just with Milwaukee and Milwaukee fans, but with selling their vision of the Bucks to those people," says Magner.

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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Dentist Goes into Deep Thought, Inspired by the Problems his Patients Face

Do you ever overthink? Paul, a dentist, thinks about life's simplest and deepest questions while working on his patients.
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There are a lot of human inventions, like philosophy and religion  that attempt to answer the big questions: Why are we here?  Do we have a purpose?  Why are we so unhappy so much of the time?  What does it mean to be a Boston Red Sox fan when they actually win the World Series?  And do we have the capacity to change?

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Regional
3:51 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Neighborhood News Service Effectively Informs Milwaukee Communities

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (NNS) is an award-winning online source for objective, professional multimedia reporting on urban issues in 15 Milwaukee communities.
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The online media source Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service has been operating for three years, with support from places such as the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee, and Marquette University.

Among outlet’s missions has been to cover hyperlocal neighborhood stories that are often missed by larger publications with broader scopes.

But has that ambition been realized?  And how does the Neighborhood News Service itself figure into the work of community building?

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