May 24, 2017
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Ron Saunders, aka London, grills onions, hot dogs, brats and burgers at Mary D. Bradford Stadium during a pair of soccer games last Friday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BILL SIEL )

Snapshot: London transplant brings his food cart to Kenosha


A bit of London can be found at various locations in Kenosha.

His name is Ron Saunders, and he’s a food vendor, just as he was in London about nine years ago where he and his sister owned 22 mobile grill carts throughout the city.

He’s a two-person show now with his wife Pat, and their enterprise is Pat and Ron’s Hot Dogs, but he answers to London in a pinch. Their cart features both gas and charcoal grills that cook hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, Italian beef and pulled pork.

Kenosha man finds his niche in aikido


Steve Miller is an aikido instructor at the Kenosha Aikikai Aikido dojo, 5016 Seventh Ave.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba in the late 1920s. Kenosha Aikikai also offers training in aido, a traditional Japanese sword art, tai chi and a meditation session.

Snapshot: All the world is a stage for UW-Parkside scenic designer


Stage fright is not in Keith Harris’ veins.

Step inside Main Stage Theatre or the Black Box Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on any given weekday and you’ll likely see one of the area’s longest running shows in action.

Snapshot: Owner of Kenosha cakery expands, offers classes


Robin Shiels owns and operates Robin’s Nest Cakery, 621 56th St., in downtown Kenosha, which is a custom cake, cupcake and pastry baking business.

The former mortgage loan officer decided to switch careers after the economic downturn in 2009.

Snapshot: She offers a smiling face in a sometimes scary place


Kathy Lovetro’s smile can’t be obscured by the thick bullet-proof glass she works behind at the Kenosha Police Department’s front desk, and it’s not the place you’d expect to see a smile, but there it is nonethless.

Lovetro’s title is office associate. It’s a multi-faceted job with a host of responsibilities involving parking tickets, police tow logs, false alarms, tavern incidents, subpoenas and background checks. There’s certainly nothing pleasant about those circumstances, but Lovetro is empathetic to those showing up at her desk.

After 47 years, Kenosha firefighter still burns for hockey


House Captain Daniel Radandt, 55, of Station 7 of the Kenosha Fire Department, has been a hockey goalie for more than 40 years. He learned the sport as a child and continues to play competitive hockey in Kenosha.

Q. How did you get into hockey?

Snapshot: Kenosha artist specializes in printmaking


Lisa M. Bigalke is a local artist and a Carthage College instructor who specializes in printmaking.

Bigalke is a University of Wisconsin-Parkside art graduate with a master’s degree in fine arts from from Louisiana State University.

Snapshot: Wheatland dairy farmer continues family legacy


Born into a family dairy farm, Gary Lois has spent his 65 years extending his family’s heritage that will mark 160 years in 2018.

As a fourth-grader, “I had to milk before I went to school,” he said.

Snapshot: Kenosha woman turns her passion for knitting into a business


Mindy McTernan, 40, opened her store, Fiddlehead Yarns, 7511 26th Ave., in 2006, just four years after discovering knitting. She immersed herself in knitting to keep her hands busy while pursuing a graduate degree.

Q. What got you into knitting?

Snapshot: Bovine signs at Benson Corners are ‘udderly’ delightful


Whether you find them moo-ving, or just hu-moo-rous, the Benson Corners Antique Mall signs at the corner of highway 45 and 50 wont't leave you cow-llous.

Bill Benson, who owns the building in Bristol on a property that has been in the family for generations, has been using a 1970s-era Chevrolet C50 to advertise the business in a uniquely Wisconsin fashion,

Snapshot: Stopping fires before they begin


Guy J. Santelli II is the division chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau for the Kenosha Fire Department and a state-certified fire inspector.

Since the bureau began in 1982, the number of working structure fires in Kenosha has dropped from 212 that year to 63 last year, Santelli said.

Snapshot: Outreach Center worker helps those in need


Danielle Nixon, assistant director of the ELCA Outreach Center, has embraced the center’s mission in many ways during her 10 years there.

But mostly, it’s about the sharing.

Snapshot: Kenosha man seeks to capitalize on unusual ability


Canhead, aka Jamie Keeton, 48, of Kenosha, is a "real live X-Man" who doesn't mind sharing his ability with anyone who asks to see it.

Keeton can place anything with a solid, smooth surface on his head and hands and have it stick.

Snapshot: He’s the best man for grooming


Following in the footsteps of his father Wayne, Craig Meredith is one of three members of the Bristol Drift Busters snowmobile club who grooms snowmobile trails.

"We take care of Brighton, Paris, Bristol and Somers." he said. "That would be maybe short of half of the Kenosha County (trails)."

Bell ringer enjoys giving back


Ronald Kramer loves to fish, especially at Geneva Lake, where he goes for pan fish. Kramer also fishes for donations for the Salvation Army.

Q. Ronald, how long have you been ringing the bell at the Salvation Army's red kettle?

Snapshot: Managing the Blood Center of Wisconsin


Aaron Deno has to balance many abilities while supervising Kenosha’s Blood Center of Wisconsin facility at 8064 39th Ave. plus the location in Racine — and that’s fine with him.

“I’ve always had a very strong predisposition for science and problem solving,” Deno said. “I get great fulfillment out of it.”

Snapshot: Longtime volunteer going strong at 96


Mary Bosman, 96, is a longtime volunteer and has helped for more than 14 years at the Shalom Center.

She coordinates a group from her church, St. Mary Catholic Church, each month to help cook and serve patrons of the center.

Snapshot: Galleries curator seeks to connect with community


Amanda Brown, a Providence, R.I., native, became the curator and director of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside galleries in February.

That position leads her to create visual learning experiences for the school as well as the community at large.

Snapshot: He dreams it and does it


Mike Schuster works at the Wilmot Mountain ski resort, fabricating jumps for snowboarders.

Schuster, originally from Palatine, Ill., worked in Vail, Colo., for eight years and returned to the area to work on the renovations for Wilmot under its new owners, Vail Resorts.

Snapshot: Christmas tree seller continuing long family tradition


Seventy-seven years of family tradition continued Friday when the Earl Gretzinger Christmas Tree lot opened at 2710 75th St.

John Frost began working on the lot 26 years ago and wound up marrying Earl’s daughter, Debbie, one year later. She is marking her 50th year in the business that is moving into fourth-generation status.

Snapshot: Podcaster revels in ‘nerdom’


Ryan Anderson, 28, of Kenosha takes his “nerdy” conversations with a select group of friends and gives them to the public in his “The Nerd Rage Podcast.”

Q. What is the podcast about?

Snapshot: Local firm helps businesses shine on social media


OJ Aguilar dabbled in a few different businesses before returning to his hometown of Kenosha as one of the partners at Eisley Creative, an audio and video production company. The company’s work can be seen at

Q. What is Eisley Creative?

Snapshot: He rides for veterans


Manuel "Manny" Salas is president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars motorcyle Riders Group with VFW Junker-Ball Post 1865 in Kenosha.

Salas, a U.S. Navy veteran who served five years on active duty and eight years in the reserves, has been a member of the VFW for 20 years. The Riders Group has 38 members.

Snapshot: Decorating for Halloween is her life’s passion


To Kenosha’s delight, Kathy Redlin puts her heart into Halloween.

An engaging interior designer, Redlin’s elaborate Halloween displays have been an entertaining mainstay at 6717 Third Ave. for more than 40 years.

Snapshot: Don’t ‘Count’ out this salesman


Count Copy-Fuller, formerly known as Jeff Pergoli, 64, has worked as a door-to-door salesman for more than 44 years.

His reach extends from the suburbs of Milwaukee to the suburbs of Chicago. He’s known for the outlandish costumes he wears while selling his goods along with a court case he won that challenged his name change.

Snapshot: Author! Author!


Robin Gold of Pleasant Prairie has found success as an author.

Her third book: “An Eclair to Remember,” is coming out next year, but was released in Germany last September under the title “Mein Stück vom Himmel.”

Snapshot: Postmaster keeps busy at Somers office


Lori J. Preston is the postmaster at the U.S. Postal Service facility in Somers. She has worked for the service for 21 years and was named postmaster in Somers in February.

Q. There looks to be quite a history of postmasters in Somers, going back to 1870. That would make you what, the 17th?

Snapshot: Fan’s enthusiasm is off the chain


Rodney Nixon isn’t your average football fan.

Besides bringing three sons into the football program and another who played basketball and volleyball at Indian Trail High School and Academy — Edward, Louis and Daviyon Nixon and Jheveon St. Julien — he introduced a simple yet effective cheer that rouses the Hawks’ fan section at every game, except on home games when Nixon works as the announcer in the booth.

No strings attached (usually)


Jill Frederickson, 44, is a puppeteer and a puppet maker.

She performs largely in Chicago and owns and operates The Little Puppet Company, a Kenosha business that focuses on puppet shows.

Snapshot: Local man makes tracks in his yard


Harry Benn is putting long-gone trains back on their rails, only at about 1:45 scale, and in his backyard where the chugga chugga of an Electroliner replica is only briefly interrupted by the voice of the conductor announcing stops in Chicago.

About five years ago, fulfilling a childhood dream, he started landscaping his backyard to fit two O scale tracks.

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