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Courtesy of Robert Cohen

On That Note contributor Robert Cohen often joins Lake Effect from remote locations around the world. But this month, the professional cellist was back in Milwaukee for a concert with the Fine Arts Quartet. 

This was a particularly noteworthy concert for Cohen, because he had a chance to play with a former student. Musicians often inhabit a unique world in which they're both students and teachers at the same time, so it isn't unusual for him to have an opportunity to work with his former students. 

Lauren Groh

Contributor Lauren Groh has been through-hiking the Appalachian Trail this spring and summer.  So far, she and her hiking companions have hit several major milestones - including reaching 400 miles on the journey.

Groh checked in from the trail just recently and reflected on the day-to-day challenges of surviving such a major undertaking:

It's day 42 in the Appalachian Trail. We left Erwin, Tennessee three days ago, and our next stop is Hampton. We will hit the 400-mile mark tomorrow, if we push it!

Gianofer Fields

If you happen to be walking through some Madison neighborhoods, you may notice a peculiar anomaly: poetry embedded in the sidewalk. It’s part of a project aptly named “Sidewalk Poetry.”

Jack Kear is a board member and Chair of the Arts Committee of the Marquette Neighborhood Association, who inherited the project when he joined the association 4 years ago. He says “Sidewalk Poetry,” was inspired by similar installations in Minnesota. The idea is to connect people to their neighborhoods, create a sense of place.

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Don’t look now, but we’re already into June and into that fleeting period in Wisconsin known as summer. Maybe you have big plans for the summer - but even the busiest among us have those summer days, or nights, where we’re considering how to spend our time.

"The best part of summer is that it always revives that child-part in us, and here in Milwaukee I think it really does that," says Milwaukee Magazine editor-in-chief Carole Nicksin. 

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It’s hard to overstate how irregular the news cycle is at the moment. With new allegations about the Trump Administration’s Russian ties coming out seemingly on the hour - it can be difficult to make sense of what’s really going on, even for journalists.

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This week marks the 150th anniversary of the facility that is known today as the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. It was established in the wake of the Civil War and was one of the first in the country to serve convalescing veterans.

"Folks in this country have always been very patriotic and very supportive of those who, candidly, we put in harms way to protect our freedoms," says Dr. Dan Zomcheck, the medical director of the Zablocki VA Medical Center. 

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This Friday evening the streets of Bay View will be filled with jazz. Now in its 4th year, the Bay View Jazz Fest promotes both jazz itself and the musicians who make it. The Fest takes place at venues along the intersection of Lincoln and Kinnikinnick avenues tomorrow starting at 5pm.

Women of color in Milwaukee will be disproportionately harmed by a provision in the American Health Care Act ending Medicaid reimbursements for abortion providers, such as Planned Parenthood. This could result in severely limited services such as gynecological exams, STD testing and treatment, and contraception.

Until she was 20, Tiferet Berenbaum, 34, had never seen a gynecologist. She had never had a Pap smear, or even heard of one.

Maayan Silver / WUWM

As diverse as music is, music-makers come from equally wide-ranging backgrounds - spanning gender, ethnicity and age. Leaders of the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra (WIO) say their mission is to connect players in that last category, in order to bring listeners fresh takes on classical masterpieces.

Artistic director of WIO, Anne Marie Peterson, speaks about working with such a diverse group including Julliard-bound viola player Tabby Rhee and her 16-year-old brother Julian.

Audrey Nowakowski

A typical group exercise class is lead by an instructor in a studio or gym. However one Milwaukee start up has partnered with a local gym to bring participants an immersive virtual reality experience that does not require a instructor to lead the class.

Bonnie North

Wisconsin Avenue has become a temporary sculpture garden courtesy of galleries, artists, and curator Russell Bowman. 'Sculpture Milwaukee' is an installation of 22 pieces that line Wisconsin Avenue from Sixth Street all the way to the lakefront. After their time in the limelight, Bowman hopes the pieces will be sold to support annual 'Sculpture Milwaukee' projects.  

David Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hosted Across the Divide: New Realities for Immigrants, an event at Carroll University in Waukesha. On Monday, May 22, panelists shared their thoughts and experiences with community members about an issue that is as complicated as ever.

Meet the panelists:

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For most of us in the US, Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer, but the holiday itself is one of solemnity. 

Shortly after the end of the American Civil War, a day in May was designated as Decoration Day: a day to honor and remember those who died in service to our country. After the first World War, the holiday has been known as Memorial Day. 

Although nearly a century has passed since the end of World War I, there are still some people who died in battle who haven't been identified. Waterford resident, Robert Laplander, is hoping to change that.

Audrey Nowakowski

Memorial Day observations started early for some in Milwaukee with the official dedication of the Captain Lance P. Sijan Memorial Plaza in front of the General Mitchell International Airport on May 26th.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

On Lake Effect, we’ve looked at various issues surrounding mental health such as trauma, substance abuse, and the need for mental health nursing and other professions to help the Milwaukee community. Many assume mental health concerns are those of grown adults, but one psychologist is encouraging parents, teachers, and caretakers how to look out for a child’s mental health.

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