To keep Between the Bars – and you – up-to-date, this weekly post provides a compilation of both the amusing and the significant (mostly the amusing) local stories from the last few days that I've found by keeping a sharp eye on the local newswire. Enjoy the wealth of information, dear readers. You deserve it.
• It's officially spring! Well, not officially. But, for baseball fans it sure feels like it. Pitchers and catchers have reported for spring training in Arizona as the remaining players will continue trickling into sunny Maryvale Baseball Park up until March 2. Countdown: 46 days to Opening Day, April 6 vs. St. Louis at Miller Park!
• Milwaukee lost a favorite local eccentric last week, as OnMilwaukee reported, Frank “Pepperoni Cannoli Guy” Pecoraro passed away. He was an East Side fixture for years and brought joy, sausage and pastry desserts to hungry drunks. Read about my memory of Frank, here. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21 at St. Rita’s Church (1601 N. Cass St.) at 4 p.m.
• Milwaukee's unique character and vibrant community took a big hit today. The Journal Sentinel reports, independent cinemas the Rosebud and Times will close after almost a century of business.
Original photo from Flickr.com (Creative Commons) by Jeramey Jannene