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Luckily, someone had the foresight to save the beautiful transom window from the entrance to Washington High School.
Luckily, someone had the foresight to save the beautiful transom window from the entrance to Washington High School. (Photo: Geoff Grohowski)

Washington High window restored

Luckily, someone had the foresight to save the beautiful transom window from above the entrance to Washington High School. Taken out of storage, the window was recently restored and put back into an entrance facing Sherman Boulevard, thanks to the efforts of a number of people.

The three stained glass window panels are in the southeast entrance near the school's auditorium. Enterprise Art Glass did the restoration work.

Though the glass had originally been installed above the center entrance, it was removed because of damage 54 years later and was put into storage because of high restoration costs.

"I and the Sherman Park Community Association approached MPS to see if the window could be reinstalled with protective glass," says Linda Durrenberg. "After almost a year of much checking to see if this could be done, I was given the okay back in February to have the stained glass window reinstalled.

"The restoration was done by Andrew Paremski and his staff at Enterprise, the original company that made the stained glass in 1930.  The company is 113 years old and still going strong."

According to Durrenberg, MPS tapped Gorden Construction for the framing and protective glass. The work was completed on Oct. 21.

"So many classes that attended Washington and walked under the stained glass window, plus the community, are happy to see it back in the school again," Durrenberg says. "At the same time, so many classes that never knew about the stained glass window, as it wasn't in the school when they attended, are anxious to see it beautify and identify the school.

"Then there are the present classes into the future that will have the pleasure of seeing it from now on.  The 2016 class gave as their class gift some money to support the re-installation of this wonderful window to help students remember the true spirit of their school as the June 1930 class always wanted.  Our current principal, Valencia Carthen, and previous principal, Tonya Adair – when the project to g…

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Playworks arrived in Milwaukee in 2011 and has already worked with 25 schools locally.

High five: BelAir creates a taco to support to Playworks Wisconsin

For the 10th straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2016."

Playworks, a 20-year-old national organization that arrived in Milwaukee in 2011, recently reported that via its commitment to bringing safe and healthy play to children, it has directly impacted 15,000 kids across 25 schools locally.

Most of those schools are in MPS and in the School District of Waukesha. Among them, in Milwaukee, are Hartford Avenue University, Brown Street Academy, Carver Academy of Math and Science, Elm Creative Arts, La Escuela Fratney, Hopkins Lloyd, Pierce, Siefert, Allen-Field, Rogers Street Academy, Neeskara, Curtin Leadership Academy, Milwaukee French Immersion, Hawthorne, Gwen T. Jackson and Story.

In Waukesha, schools include Bethesda, Blair, Hadfield and Hawthorne STEM Elementary Schools.

The goal for the nonprofit – which focuses on inclusion, respect, healthy play and healthy community – is to multiply that number by 10 over the next four years.

"Playworks for every kid has always been our vision. After 20 years of bringing safe and healthy play to hundreds of thousands of kids across the country, Playworks has attracted $26 million in funding to bring the power of play to 10% of the nation's elementary schools," reads the Playworks Wisconsin website.

"Play improves children’s social and emotional well-being and readiness to learn. When we make safe, healthy play a priority in 7,000 elementary schools, we can reach a tipping point of change in the education system."

Now, Playworks has a new partner in BelAir Cantina, which has been supporting local causes for three years via the Powered by Tacos program. Previous partners have included the Urban Ecology Center and the skate park in Wauwatosa's Hart Park.


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Malibu Moo's in Door County's Fish Creek knows a thing or two about custard flavors.
Malibu Moo's in Door County's Fish Creek knows a thing or two about custard flavors.

Custard flavors of our wildest dreams

For the 10th straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2016."

With so many flavors of day out there in the Milwaukee frozen custard landscape – did I mention the frozen custard book I co-wrote with Kathleen McCann arrives in shops Monday? – it’s hard to believe there are any untapped ideas anymore.

Heck, just Kopp’s and Georgie Porgie’s alone dish up more daily flavors each month than the mind – much less the GI tract – can process.

But, in fact, it seems to be the case. I’ve had a flavor idea for a while that’s anything but radical and still it appears no one has done one like it.

I decided, in the spirit of OnMilwaukee’s annual dining month, and that book I linked to up top, to ask my co-workers for the custard flavors they’d like to try, but that they’ve never seen.

Disclaimer: there are and have been soooooo many daily flavors, that I can’t promise some of these (or something similar) haven’t already been offered, but I know you guys well enough to know that you’ll definitely tell me if you’ve seen them before.

And, hey, take a moment, once you’ve finished your cone, to share you dream flavors using the Talkback feature or Facebook comments below.

Chocolate hazelnut: Chocolate custard with ribbons of Nutella and crumbled hazelnuts. How can this not have happened yet? –Bobby Tanzilo

Wisconsin old fashioned: Vanilla ice cream with chopped maraschino cherries and orange zest. A riff on the Purple Door ice cream flavor, but with eggs and no booze. –Bobby Tanzilo

Arnold Palmer: Rishi Tea and real lemon juice. And, launch it as a tribute flavor to help promote next year’s U.S. Open that will be played at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. And, of course, mix it up as a tribute to t…

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South Division High School is now displaying a complete set of 39 Milwaukee neighborhood posters, thanks to Historic Milwaukee Inc.
South Division High School is now displaying a complete set of 39 Milwaukee neighborhood posters, thanks to Historic Milwaukee Inc. (Photo: Robert Lang)

HMI donates the gift of neighborhoods to South Division High

Thanks to a donation from Historic Milwaukee Inc., students walking the halls on the third floor at Milwaukee Public Schools’ South Division High School now can take a mini-tour of Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Early last month, Robert Lang, social studies department chair at South, wrote to HMI director Stacy Swadish, asking for a set of the 15x22-inch neighborhood posters that have become so beloved in Milwaukee to be displayed to be displayed in the school’s 9th Grade Academy area.

"We have wonderful artwork and displays in most areas of the first and second floors," Lang wrote. "I'd love to be able to decorate the hallways (of the third floor) in a way that celebrates the culture and diversity of the neighborhoods of Milwaukee."

Lang also told Swadish that he always encourages students to attend HMI’s annual Doors Open Milwaukee event, which allows visitors inside a wide range of historic and interesting buildings and sites all across the city.

Swadish was quick to honor the request, donating a complete set of 39 posters to the school.

"I can't tell you just how much of a difference the posters have made for our building in the short time period they have been displayed," Lang says. "It is no secret that Milwaukee has faced some challenging events over the past few years. With the protests in Sherman Park this past summer and some of the crime that impacts our city, I felt that our students needed a reminder of just how great the City of Milwaukee is. Despite some of the challenges, our city offers a level of diversity that often goes unnoticed. Our neighborhoods have rich histories and each offer their unique story of Milwaukee history and culture."

Lang adds, "The posters that Historic Milwaukee Incorporated donated last month are now a daily reminder for our students that Milwaukee is a city that is truly great. Each neighborhood – from Sherman Park to Bay View – offers a unique culture and community. It is this sense of community that we hope to insti…

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