February 23, 2017
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Mindy McTernan, owner of Fiddlehead Yarns, stands in her shop. She has been knitting since 2002. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

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

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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?

A. In 2002 I took a class at Lemon Street Gallery because I was going back (to school) for my master's and was sitting in a lot of classes. I didn't sit still for my biology degree, but when I went back for my master's in education, there was a lot of sitting and talking. I picked up knitting. I loved it.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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 www.eisleycreative.com

Q. What is Eisley Creative?

Snapshot: He rides for veterans

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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.

Snapshot: Safe Harbor staffer keeps up with the cats

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Lori Smith has worked at the Safe Harbor Humane Society in Kenosha for 11 years.

On a recent visit to the shelter, she was helping a new arrival — Casper, a 2-year-old white male cat — with medication and grooming.

Snapshot: Local union representative carries on family tradition

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Life experiences and college curriculum converged to set Melanie Meyer’s course for becoming a union representative.

Meyer grew up in Saginaw, Mich., where he father was an United Auto Workers member until 2007 when he lost his job.

Snapshot: Never a dull moment

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From humble begins going door to door with a sharpening stone and some lubricant, charging 35 cents per knives, Jim Siebert has stepped it up. His HarborMarket booth, Blue Ribbon Edge Sharpening Service, is surrounded by several sharpening machines that can handle most jobs people bring to him.

Q. How do people find you?

Snapshot: The voice of the Kingfish

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If you’ve attended a Kenosha Kingfish baseball game since they came to town, you’ve met Aaron Sims.

He’s the voice that informs, entertains and lets you know when summer humidity hits 419 percent.

Snapshot: Steeped in iron tradition

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Learning from longtime Kenosha wrought iron artist Joe Riva, Frankie Rovella struck out on his own about eight years ago and started Rovella Ornamental Iron, where he makes custom railings, fencing and decorative pieces.

Rovella learned fast and became "very, very good," according to Riva, whom Rovella calls Maestro.

Snapshot: Putting around with Marcus Gallo

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Golf is Marcus Gallo’s game.

He coaches it at Tremper High School, where he is also a history teacher. And he works with area youths as the program director for the Caddie and Leadership Academy of Southeast Wisconsin, which sponsors complimentary caddies at Kenosha County’s Petrifying Springs Golf Course.

Snapshot: Training ‘safe and effective drivers’

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Seventeen years with the Kenosha Police Department reminds Detective Jason Melichar to appreciate the value of safe driving skills.

Each year, he and his staff at Just Drive educate 500 young drivers about the rules of the road. “I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my knowledge with young drivers and get them properly trained and ready to be safe and effective drivers on our roads,” he says.

Snapshot: The hunt for old stone

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Brian Schutzen, 35, of Bristol, has been hunting, finding and collecting arrowheads for the past 30 years.

He learned the skill from his father, who also enjoyed the pastime. Today, Schutzen’s collection has grown to hundreds of pieces, which also includes fossils and artifacts from early farming and settling.

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