February 23, 2017
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Behind the Lens

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To give our readers insight into the work that photographers do at the Kenosha News, we present Behind the Lens. Every second Friday of the month, each photographer will pick his favorite photo of the previous month and talk about the process behind getting that photo. We hope you enjoy this behind-the-lens perspective.

— Kenosha News Chief Photographer Kevin Poirier

Putting down roots in Kenosha County: English farmer writes book about family’s journey to settle here

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In a remote corner of northwestern Kenosha County stands a living monument to the area’s earliest settlers.

It’s Wisconsin’s second largest bald cypress tree, a species not usually found in a northern climate. It came from somewhere else and so did the settler who planted it.

Caring for animals: Programs emphasize the importance of teaching kids to be kind to pets

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The Kuerner brothers, John, 4, and Will, 6, had fun last summer gathering branches and leaves for bird nests, touching real bird feathers and gathering nuts and berries for wildlife — all as part of a Backyard Buddies program at PAWS in Seattle.

But the experience wasn’t just fun, it was also meant to teach the kids about respecting animals and treating them humanely.

The Pussyhat Project: Nation’s knitters use their skills to make a statement

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SEATTLE — Pussyhat. It’s a smirk of a name for a bright pink, knitted cap with little ears poking up from either side. Meow.

But don’t be fooled. All over America, knitters are casting on with a vengeance, making enough Pussyhats for an estimated 200,000 women who will gather in Washington, D.C., on Saturday — the day after Donald J. Trump’s inauguration — to march in support of women’s rights.

Behind the Lens

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To give our readers insight into the work that photographers do at the Kenosha News, we present Behind the Lens. Every second Friday of the month, each photographer will pick his favorite photo of the previous month and talk about the process behind getting that photo. We hope you enjoy this behind-the-lens perspective.

— Kenosha News Chief Photographer Kevin Poirier

Dressing the first lady: Michelle Obama loves fashion and the fashion world loves her

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NEW YORK — The morning after Michelle Obama’s big speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, in which she argued passionately for a second term for her husband, designer Tracy Reese’s phone was ringing. And ringing.

Mrs. Obama’s powerfully delivered speech had attracted much attention — but these phone calls were about her dress. A shimmering sleeveless sheath in rose and silvery gray, it was pretty universally considered a fashion slam dunk. And customers wanted it.

These boots were made for walkin’ ... on ice: In Alaska, footwear options abound to stay upright

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Darrell Bachmann doesn’t wear ruby slippers, but when he clicks his heel, something magical happens.

Bachmann invented KickSpikes, a boot designed to walk on ice. Kick a button on the heel and 7mm steel cleats pop out. Kick the button again and the cleats retract, allowing the wearer to walk inside without tearing up floors.

Hunting the elusive Hatchimal: Parents embark on quest for this year’s hot toy

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SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. — Tiffany Thomson saw a “gazillion” Hatchimals at the South Elgin Toys R Us back in October. She didn’t think her kids would want one and worried it would be another Furby-type toy.

But the South Elgin woman found herself camping out at the same store early this month hoping to get one of the elusive Hatchimals — which have become the one of the hot toys of Christmas 2016.

Behind the Lens

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To give our readers insight into the work that photographers do at the Kenosha News, we present Behind the Lens. Every second Friday of the month, each photographer will pick his favorite photo of the previous month and talk about the process behind getting that photo. We hope you enjoy this behind-the-lens perspective.

— Kenosha News Chief Photographer Kevin Poirier

‘Toys of the Year’ guide is here just in time for holidays

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Introducing the 2016 Toys of the Year! These 20 kid-approved picks are squeal-inducing, happy-dance-launching hits

that left our testers begging for more. Talk about holiday must-haves!

All shapes and sizes ... Toy companies break down barriers to be more inclusive

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NEW YORK — Toy companies are working harder to think outside their usual box, offering more-inclusive items like dolls with disabilities, female superhero figures and characters with a range of skin tones.

Many of the products breaking down the barriers started with smaller businesses, but big names like Mattel and Hasbro are getting into the game and offering lots more options this holiday season.

Fashion bloggers’ must-have fall trends

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Fall is arguably the best season for creating a statement look.

This season’s bomber jackets, oversize knits and velvet everything are all statement-makers ready for that “outfit of the day” Instagram post. But fashion “It” bloggers Nadia Aboulhosn and Julia Engel aren’t focusing, for fall, on trends embraced by fashion fanatics. Instead, they went back to what they really love, essential classics that are always Instagram-worthy.

Behind the Lens

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To give our readers insight into the work that photographers do at the Kenosha News, we present Behind the Lens. Every second Friday of the month, each photographer will pick his favorite photo of the previous month and talk about the process behind getting that photo. We hope you enjoy this behind-the-lens perspective.

— Kenosha News Chief Photographer Kevin Poirier

A musical high note: Unified’s ‘West Side Story’ becomes one man’s theater awakening

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There’s a classic scene in the movie “Good Will Hunting” where Robin Williams tells Matt Damon about the night he slept on the sidewalk to get tickets to Game 6 of the 1975 World Series — one of the greatest games in Boston Red Sox history — only to slide his ticket across a bar table shortly before the first pitch so he could “see about a girl.”

While he never witnessed Carlton Fisk’s legendary 12th-inning home run that night, he did meet the love of his life.

Burning leaves: Photographers capture the fiery colors of fall

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As leaves turn to the warm hues of fall, I never cease to be amazed at the fiery display that they put on.

Photographers at the Kenosha News captured some of the colorful autumn scenes around town. While Bill Siel was driving, he was stopped in his tracks by the blazing glow inside a window. Was it a fire? No, the embers he saw were only the reflection of thousands of leaves across the street.

Here comes the fashionable bride

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NEW YORK — Here comes the ... march of the wedding gowns for Bridal Fashion Week.

From boho chic to traditional ball gowns, models dressed as smiling brides took Manhattan this month for a trade show of their very own following the fall cycle of womenswear runways around the globe.

Behind the Lens

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To give our readers insight into the work that photographers do at the Kenosha News, we present Behind the Lens. Every second Friday of the month, each photographer will pick his favorite photo of the previous month and talk about the process behind getting that photo. We hope you enjoy this behind-the-lens perspective.

— Kenosha News Chief Photographer Kevin Poirier

‘Guardian angel’ is always on call: Kenosha Fire Department retiree travels the globe as rescue nurse

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Most retirees travel for pleasure. Rich Meeker travels to save lives.

Some 85 percent of Meeker’s rescue nurse cases take him abroad to care for patients and bring them back to the United States for care closer to home.

Pokemon Go-ing, going, gone? Fervor has cooled, but the game isn’t dead yet

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NEW YORK — Does Pokemon Go have a second act?

The mobile phone app was an instant hit when it debuted in July. Crowds stampeded after a Vaporeon in Central Park and people fell off cliffs playing it in California.

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