Saturday, September 1, 2012
Steph Davies gives solid representation to artists, deepens Shorewood experience with art.
"So, how ya doing here? Is it working out?" Proprietor Steph Davies of the Waxwing hears this question a lot. And the answer is a resounding "Yes," with a big smile. The warm, cheery and engaging Davies always has time to hear her customers and visitors, while managing 96 artists and their work, as well as creating her own pieces. Everything at Waxwing is handmade, largely by local artists, and everything changes out every two months. Starting Tuesday, you can expect a fresh look for Fall. Davies is making a difference in the creative community in her store that she describes as "A kind of Art vs. Craft that lasts all year and is always here. "Or a kind of Etsy shop in real life. You can come here and hold things in your hand first before…
Friday, August 3, 2012
The Whitefish Bay Community Band is made possible by the dedication of longtime members such as Fran Rundel, who took the conductor's baton with no prior experience.
As part of our recurring Q&A feature with people in the community, Patch talked with Whitefish Bay Community Band Director Fran Rundel. A former Whitefish Bay resident, she and her husband Jim Rundel moved to Germantown 15 years ago but remain connected to the community through the community band. The band's next concert is the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation's Ice Cream Social on Aug. 8. Patch: How long have you been the conductor of the community band, and how did you get into the role? Fran Rundel: This is my third season conducting the band. I've played trumpet in the band for quite a number of years, and we've had a variety of conductors along the way. The last conductor, Carol O'Brien, passed away in 2010. We (Fran and her husband Jim…
Thursday, July 12, 2012
A Whitefish Bay resident since 2008, Chancellor Lovell talks about his community, his career path and his vision to transform UW-Milwaukee into an international research university.
As part of Whitefish Bay Patch's recurring Q&A column with people in the community, this week we talked with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell. Read on to learn more about his involvement in the Whitefish Bay community, his transition from engineering to university administration and his vision to transform the university into an international research institution. 1. How long have you and your family lived in Whitefish Bay, and what brought you here? Our family moved to Whitefish Bay in 2008 shortly after I was hired by UWM to become the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. 2. Are you and your family involved in any Whitefish Bay schools or other community organizations? With four children …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Retiring high school music director Stan Luth fondly remembers his 27 years of teaching music, sharing memories and growing the music program. His next adventures await in retirement.
When Stan Luth first started as a band director at Whitefish Bay High School in 1984, he came home from work one day and told his wife, "Before I leave, I want to see a new facility." Now that Luth is setting down his conducting baton 27 years later, it is fitting that he spent his last year conducting in a state-of-the-art music wing. Although he wasn't able to enjoy the new facilities for long, Luth said his advocating for the new facility was a great achievement in his life and will be a tremendous resource for future generations. "For 24 years I pounded on everyone, and I never backed off. Finally a group of parents caught on and shared that vision," he said. "It's not that I built it, but I think I can say the vision was planted by me…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Rev. Seth Dietrich talks about how Christ Church is involved in the community, why he decided to become a pastor and why he chose Wisconsin weather over Texas heat.
Whitefish Bay Patch is launching a recurring Q&A feature with people in the community, and we are starting with Rev. Seth Dietrich from Christ Church of Whitefish Bay. How long have you been involved with Christ Church? In 2007 I came to Christ Church from the Washington, DC, area where I went to seminary. I have been the head pastor since 2009. Where are you from originally, and what did you do prior to coming to Christ Church? I was born and raised in Austin, TX, but I have parents from the Midwest, and my family would travel up to Evanston, IL every summer to spend time with my father's family. Coming from the Texas heat, the Chicago-area seemed like a paradise on earth. These summers helped influence my choice of college, and I …
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Ms. K, as she is known, has a long history of involvement in the schools and the community.
For anyone who has attended Whitefish Bay High School in the past 30 years, Gerry Kasik hardly needs an introduction. Ms. K, as she’s known at the school, is a living legend around these parts, renown for her strictness as a study hall monitor and her fanaticism for Blue Dukes athletics. And though she’s retired these days, she rarely misses a sporting event, and on occasion, she’s called in as a substitute teacher. She continues to love every moment. “Other than raising my two sons, it’s the best job I’ve ever had,” she said with a smile in the cozy confines of her 130-year-old Whitefish Bay home. “It’s been a hoot.” Kasik first got involved at the high school as a music parent in 1977 when her son Chris started singing with the choir …
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Courtney is a close friend of Gov. Scott Walker's and was a senior official in his successful gubernatorial campaign.
With tens of thousands of protesters at the Capitol, and national and international attention focused on Wisconsin’s budget battle, a Whitefish Bay man has taken the helm of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Brad Courtney was selected to succeed Reince Priebus as state party chairman after Priebus left the job to become chairman of the Republican National Committee. Courtney, a lifelong Bay resident, said he grew up attending Richards School, Henry Clay School and graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 1977. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he graduated with degrees in political science and business administration. After working in Memphis for several years, he returned home to work for the family business, …
Sunday, January 30, 2011
A Bay resident of 43 years, Lang shares stories of his family, his career and an innovative heart procedure that may have saved his life.
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Sunday, January 30, 2011
Editor's Note: Whitefish Bay residents are doing big things every day. In this column, "Faces of the Bay," we will shine a spotlight on these neighbors of ours and show what makes them special. We begin our series with Dr. Gordon Lang. Dr. Gordon Lang has lived in Whitefish Bay for 43 years. He spent 39 years as a pathologist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee, and at one time served as chairman of the Pathology Department and president of the medical staff. Whitefish Bay Patch took a moment to catch up with one of the village's renowned and loyal residents. Q: You’ve lived on Ardmore Avenue since 1967. Tell us what brought you to Whitefish Bay and what kept you here. A: We moved to Whitefish Bay mainly because of their public schools…