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Volume 4 • Issue 10

October 2007

Bay Viewer in the outfield U By Jeremy McGovern

to endure the entire 2008 season. nfortunately, the Milwaukee Brewers fell short of making the Although he spent this past spring and 2007 postseason. Most of the summer traveling the Atlantic seaboard players have left the area for warmer winin the New York-Penn League, Nowicki’s ter destinations. Despite the exodus of the baseball career began at the south side’s Brewers’ boys of summer, you still may Wilson Park with various Little League run into a professional baseball player in teams and the Lakeside Warhawks travBay View this off-season. eling team. Even then, he stood out as strong hitter with a hard-throwing left Bay View resident Joe Nowicki played arm. His Little League days helped mold this last season for the Aberdeen IronBirds, Nowicki into a quality player. a Maryland-based affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. With the IronBirds’ season over, “Playing at Wilson Park helped me learn he has returned to Milwaukee. the game and develop the fundamentals that make good players,” said Nowicki. “I really miss Milwaukee in the summer, with the festivals and so much to do,” said Beginning in 1997, Nowicki attended Nowicki. “It is tough being away from evThomas More High School (now St. eryone for six months, so I spend a lot of Thomas More), where he continued to time catching up with peoexcel at baseball. Here, he deple when I’m home.” veloped his skills and became a commanding pitcher with a But Nowicki won’t spend sweet swing from the left side the entire off-season visiting of the plate. An injury to his loved ones. He works at a left elbow during his junior golf course and is preparing year forced Nowicki to give himself for next season. He up his high school role as a will train with the Universipitcher. With his experience ty of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at both positions, Nowicki’s baseball team, working on transition from pitcher to defensive skills and taking outfielder was not difficult. swings in the batting cage. In addition, Nowicki will lift After graduating from high weights and run, developing Minor leaguer Joe Nowicki. school in 2001, he went to the conditioning necessary UWM to study criminal jus-

Nowicki and his sweet left-handed swing.

tice and play baseball. Despite Nowicki’s elbow injury, the Panthers intended to use him as a pitcher. However, the elbow problem worsened. Eventually Nowicki needed Tommy John surgery, a procedure in which a tendon from elsewhere in the body is used to replace an elbow ligament. This officially ended Nowicki’s career as a pitcher and UWM redshirted him, allowing him to retain four years of playing eligibility as an outfielder. He made the most of his opportunity and became a powerful hitter for the Panthers. Nowicki earned All-Horizon League First Team honors his junior and senior years. His strong play and lethal bat caught the eyes of a Baltimore Orioles scout. Impressed by his potential, Baltimore signed Nowicki during his

~courtesy Erin Kolb of the Aberdeen IronBirds

senior year. Because he was a fifth-year, redshirted player, the Orioles were able to sign Nowicki to a minor league contract outside of the draft. Although Nowicki was playing professional baseball, the lifestyle of a minor leaguer is a far cry from the astronomical salaries and pampered amenities that major leaguers enjoy. Nowicki and his teammates played for small but devoted crowds, lived out of an old hotel, and traveled from game to game aboard a cramped bus. His first stop in the minors was in the Appalachian League with the Orioles’ affiliate in Bluefield, a small town of a few thousand in southern West Virginia. Although Nowicki was playing professional baseball, SEE PAGE 9

Finding funding for Seminary Woods

By Michael Timm

Richards said he was told that $3 million could be obtained from the state. However, another uncertainty is how much money the state Legislature will provide DNR for the grant in the final state budget. The grant program is currently funded to $60 million, the level both the governor and Democratic-controlled state Senate have recommended. But the Republican-led state Assembly has recommended funding the program to $25 million. At the $60 million level, $45 million is available for land acquisitions; at the $25 million level, $15 million is available, according to the DNR website. If the new budget includes the current $60 million level, then roughly up to $8 million could be available for Seminary Woods, Kaemmerer estimated.

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he political momentum to preserve Seminary Woods is growing, but the future of the urban woodland at the Milwaukee/St. Francis border is far from certain. The current funding scenario to protect the Woods depends upon a complicated series of interlocking financial mechanisms at federal, state, and local levels. Much hinges upon a land appraisal of the property, which has not yet been performed because of its expense. City of St. Francis Mayor Al Richards estimated the cost of the appraisal at $80,000. Ironically, even though the archdiocese has indicated it does not intend to sell the Woods on the open market, this full narrative appraisal is necessary to determine the land’s fair market value before the application for state and federal funds to acquire and permanently preserve it can be made. “The seminary and the archdiocese are not marketing these woodlands and remain committed to preserving Seminary Woods. If a conservation entity presented a proposal which preserved the woods, contributed positively to regional water management, and was also being financially attractive, the seminary and the archdiocese would consider such an offer,” wrote Kathleen Hohl, archdiocesan communications director, in response to various Compass questions. “Such consideration would follow the canonical requirements of the Catholic Church. There is no asking price or appraisal for the Seminary Woods because there is no marketing or sale

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INSIDE ~photo Michael Timm

listing of such a property. In the absence of an offer to purchase, we cannot speculate on the many, various scenarios with this area.” Its intrinsic value no longer politically in question, at least publicly, Seminary Woods’ market value is. “The question is: What is the value of the land?” said Dan Kaemmerer, Wisconsin DNR community services specialist.

He described Seminary Woods as one of the larger projects considered for the Wisconsin Knowles-Nelson Stewardship grant, which could pay for up to half of the cost of land acquisition—and more importantly, legally encumber the property with a restricted deed that would effectively preserve it in perpetuity. “It is a priority, and we are committed to provide funding for Seminary Woods,” Kaemmerer said.

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