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a.MKE The List: Absentee Voting Open Over Memorial Day Weekend & Historic Milwaukee's Spaces & Traces 2012 : Today's Top Stories.

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Milwaukee offices will stay open for absentee voting over Memorial Day weekend. The City Election Commission recently announced that Milwaukee residents will be able to cast absentee ballots in person before the June 5th gubernatorial recall election. The commission’s executive director said she extended voting hours after requests from voters, and after learning Madison was also extending hours over the holiday weekend. Absentee voting will start Monday at the Zeidler Municipal Building on north Broadway. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through May 25th, then there are slightly different hours from May 26th through June 1st.

The Schlitz Park Office Community recently launched a free bike share program. The program uses a fleet of vintage Schwinn bikes restored by DreamBikes Milwaukee – which is a nonprofit bike shop on MLK Drive. DreamBikes will service the bikes once a week and will expand the fleet as demands go up. So to borrow a bike, tenants just leave a driver’s license or other form of ID then they return the bike by 5 p.m. The tenant bike share program is the latest in a series of initiatives to create a bicycle friendly Schlitz Park, focused on wellness and sustainability.

Tomorrow “Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee” is hosting its annual “Rebuilding Day”. Hundreds of volunteers will work on 10 different homes in Milwaukee and Waukesha, providing free repairs for low-income elderly homeowners and disabled homeowners. Since 2001, Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee has remodeled 120 homes, served 260 people and had over 2,800 volunteers dedicate their time to keeping Milwaukee neighborhoods safe and stable.

The Department of Natural Resources agreed to spend $17.3 million on a conversation easement for over 67 acres on former paper company land owned by a timber company in New Hampshire. These plans make it the largest land conservation purchase in Wisconsin history and the deal will protect that land from future development. The purchase will be known as the “Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest”. The land includes 80 small lakes and ponds and about 14 miles of streams. Conservation fund officials say, “It’s a vast landscape of nearly unbroken forest for as far as the eye can see.”

Dryhootch of America recently opened its 2nd Milwaukee location and will open its Madison location tomorrow. Dryhootch is a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans and their families get back on their feet – whether that’s through counseling, dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, family reintegration, or by simply offering a positive environment for vets and their families. The new location will focus on a coalition of community partners moving to address legal challenges that returning veterans are facing. Dryhootch is located on Brady Street and the new location is on National Ave.

Tomorrow Historic Milwaukee is inviting the public to attend its annual neighborhood open house event. It’s called “Spaces and Traces 2012”, and it’s a tour of Milwaukee’s historic Concordia neighborhood. During the tour, the public will see thirteen historically prominent residents, rich homes and businesses throughout the neighborhood. Guides include historian John Gurda and long time Concordia resident, Alderman Bob Bauman. The Concordia neighborhood is listed on the national register of historic places and is also a locally designated historic district by the City of Milwaukee. The tour runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.