Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
It happens every year about this time, only increasingly worse -- homecoming night is capped with trash being strewn all over Oak Creek Parkway along the north side of South Milwaukee High School from 15th Avenue to beyond the railroad overpass toward Chicago Avenue.
It seems the children have way too much time and toilet paper-expense money on their hands.
And some of their parents think it's funny. One who was turning into the school parking lot Thursday morning chuckled and said that at least they didn't spray paint the school. Oh, please. Don't give them any ideas! Both that man and a woman driving a car along the Parkway who grinned as she stopped periodically so a boy riding with her could take pictures of the (his?) handiwork, said the perpetrators will come back and clean their mess up.
They didn't last year, I said. They didn't, both the man and the woman said? No, it blighted the Parkway until rain several days later finally washed it out of the trees and turned it into a hardened mess that coated the ground for who knows how long.
And even if any of them had tried to clean it up, they couldn't have. While they could throw it up, there's no way they could reach the tops of the trees and the railroad overpass to pull it down.
The police were there, according to the South Milwaukee Police Department. They chased hundreds of students and confiscated rolls of toilet paper. But the department had no record of anyone being arrested.
Why not? The Parkway is county property, not irresponsible juveniles' private septic field to be trashed for their own amusement.
It seems to me that with the county's parks going to weed and seed and ruin, thanks Milwaukee County Executive Officer Scott Walker slashing the Parks Department budget practically to oblivion, parents should be encouraging their children to help keep park property clean, not chuckling at how kids will be kids.