Back to Blogging: Catching up on the Past Week or So

From the South Milwaukee Fire Department Facebook page … “SMFD Chief Joe Knitter and Lt. Kurt Egner were on hand this morning to receive a generous donation in the amount of $860 from our good friends at the Milwaukee Sausage Company, 1200 Milwaukee Avenue. These funds were raised from the sale of 430 pounds of their specially formulated Firehouse Sausage . . . that’s 1290 sausages sold!!! Along with another $45 in cash donations they received, these funds have been earmarked to support our Stop the Bleed initiative that will provide training and special bleeding control kits initially in all public-access municipal buildings. SHOP LOCAL – SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES”

Quite a bit going on recently, and I’ll start with some budget news from Milwaukee County.

County Executive Chris Abele released his executive budget on Tuesday, and, in addition to “saving” bus routes 48 and 52, it calls for the closure of Grobschmidt Pool. More details here.

I’ll blog about the county budget more in coming days, but this is disappointing, but not surprising news, especially given the water damage done to pool mechanicals in August, declining usage, the facility’s small capacity, and a lifeguard shortage.

Some other news of note …

  • We received about 2.75 inches of rain in the past day or so in South Milwaukee, as measured by the Wastewater Department.
  • The South Milwaukee football team moved to 4-2 with a 24-0 victory over Milwaukee Lutheran, their third shutout win this fall. The game began Friday night, was stopped due to lightning at halftime, and resumed Monday. Next up: Brown Deer at 7 p.m. on Friday at Spaltholz Field. Go Rockets!
  • “South Milwaukee Spooktacular: A Citywide Halloween Party” got some great publicity this week. Mark your calendars to attend … and if you’re a business or organization wanting to be a part of this, please email me ASAP at
  • Here is a heartwarming story about the generosity of strangers.

And here are some other recent Shore headlines, including some follow-ups on Da Crusher vandalism I had not posted yet …

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