Shorewood Historical Society

A Ghost Train is Coming to Shorewood

In 1935, Fred Astaire’s Cheek to Cheek was the most popular song in America. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president. A new house cost around $3,500. And between Chicago and Minneapolis, racing right through Shorewood, what was then the fastest train in the nation started its daily trips.
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Thousands of pensioners in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest could soon see their benefits slashed. The U.S. Treasury will decide by the end of this week whether Central States Pension Fund can cut retirees’ benefits by up to 60 percent. The possibility could cause a lot more people to worry about their pensions.

Most people never imagine that they might end up working through retirement age.

Nicole Beilke

Every few days during the school year, a class of MPS 4th graders spills into the lounge of the Milwaukee Ballet School.

They drop off their backpacks then hurry to change clothes. In a few minutes, the 20 students reappear- the girls dressed in leotards and tights, the boys in white t shirts and shorts- and all are wearing ballet slippers.

Nine-year-old Karena Hurtdo-Reyes explains the program’s name.

“Relevè means to rise up,” she says.

After translating the French word, she demonstrates “relevè” by pressing up on her tiptoes and holding her balance.

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Faculty leaders at the University of Wisconsin System's flagship campus approved a no-confidence vote Monday. 

Bonnie North

Once a month, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into Lake Effect's performance studio to play and chat.

For May's The Monthly Beatdown, Sieger is joined only by his alter ego to perform I'm A Big Boy Now.


Music and love have long been interconnected. And even if a piece or a song is not directly about love, the person performing it has to approach it with an open heart - along with technique and skill.

It’s a familiar refrain for our On That Note contributor, cellist Robert Cohen. 

"From a musician's point of view, we're in that incredible, fortunate position of dealing with this every day of our lives," he says. "But we're equally able to forget how much that love is 90% of what we're doing."

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As Great Lakes delegates take another look today at Waukesha’s application to divert Lake Michigan water, they may consider an unsettled issue.

Two weeks ago, the so-called Regional Body held a marathon session in Chicago and seemed to agree that Waukesha should trim down its proposed service area closer to the city’s boundaries. During the discussions, one question arose intermittently.

Human Waste Pollutes Some Wisconsin Drinking Water

May 2, 2016
Courtesy of the Door County Sanitarian's Department

Manure has been blamed for much of the bacteria and viruses that pollute Wisconsin drinking water, but contamination from human waste is a problem, too.

Failing septic systems, leaking public sewer pipes and landspreading of septic waste can introduce dangerous pathogens into both rural and urban water systems.

In June 2007, 229 people were sickened by a norovirus in Door County while eating at a restaurant. Seven were hospitalized as a result of the pathogen, which is known for spreading illness on cruise ships. The source: a leaky septic system.

Aside from the White House race, there's another important battle this November that shouldn't be overlooked — the fight for control of the U.S. Senate.

Bacteria in Wisconsin's Drinking Water is a ‘Public Health Crisis’

May 1, 2016
Kate Golden / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Late on a winter night in 2004 in Kewaunee County, six-month-old Samantha Treml was rushed to an emergency room, violently ill from bathing in water poisoned by manure spread on a nearby frozen field that seeped into the home’s private well. The rest of her family got sick, too.

In 2014, seven people visiting Door County were sickened after manure from a large farm made its way into a home’s private water well.


Earlier this week, the new owners of the Shops of Grand Avenue unveiled their plan to redesign the space in downtown Milwaukee. Plans include adding office space, a possible grocery store and moving restaurants and food stalls into the first floor. They hope the new plans will revitalize the urban mall, which has faced a laundry list of problems over the last decade.