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Money

    Good deal! When new cars are unveiled, prices can fall on old models

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    DETROIT — When auto companies roll out exciting new models like they did at the recent New York auto show, the unveilings can sometimes push down the price of cars already on sale.

    Usually the immediate impact is small, according to industry analysts, but the deals can get a whole lot better once the new models hit the showrooms and the automakers try to clear the old models from dealer lots. And the extent of the impact depends on whether the latest models are significantly more appealing than the old ones because of new features or styling changes.

    April 1 in New York, Honda unveiled a new Civic compact that looks like a European sports car, and Chevrolet showed off a new Malibu midsize car that looks like a coupe, with more legroom better gas mileage and other features that one-up the current model. Analysts say it’s too early to tell if prices will drop on the current Civics and Malibus.

Health

Mental gymnastics

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They are said to improve your memory, sharpen your attention and help pick up the pace of mental processing, but can computer software, online games and phone apps actually train your brain to be a more efficient thinking machine?

At this point, “cautiously optimistic” might be the best way to describe the position of some experts.

Concerns range from products that utilize a “one size fits all” mindset to gains being limited to game performance situations only.

Food

The onion: A lily by any other name

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They have so many tasty uses, it makes you just want to cry.

Or maybe that’s just the onions talking.

Although locally grown onions won’t be poking up their shoots for a while yet, in-store availability abounds and dishes to make from them are abundant.

Your Home

    It takes a community to raise gardens

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    Ann McKem had always wanted to garden, but with no yard at her Kenosha condominium she had few options for digging in the dirt.

    “There is no space for tomato plants or anything,” she said of her home. “I’ve always loved gardening. It’s always been something that I wanted to try. I always wanted to grow flowers, just happy, cheery things.”

    So when she learned last year that Down to Earth Gardening in Kenosha offered plots to the public, she signed on to give it a try. She rented space in the garden and got to work.

Faith

    FAITH: Lasting Impression

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    Baptisms are a time for family celebration and when Aiden Cain is baptized Sunday at Salem United Methodist Church, all eyes will be on him and his heirloom baptismal gown.

    Little Aiden, who was born Sept. 29, 2014, will be the 19th baby in the Edward Sacco family to receive God’s blessing of baptism while wearing the gown.

    The gown was made in 1925 by Edward’s mother, Erma Sacco, for her son’s baptism. The late Edward was Aiden’s great-grandfather.

Life

    Need a lift? Services on radar

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    It took fewer than 10 minutes on a recent weekday morning to find people who have used, liked and want to see so-called “ride-hailing” or “ride-sharing” services like Uber and Lyft available in the Kenosha area.

    Domenick Tirabassi IV, Christi Leshock, Amanda Ratkovic and Tyler Sterling, all Kenosha residents, respectively have ridden with Uber drivers several times while in Chicago. In addition, Ratkovic said she has used Lyft drivers on trips to Denver.

    None was aware that Uber already operates in Milwaukee and Madison. But they welcomed the news pending legislation in Wisconsin could soon make it legal for such “transportation network companies” to operate statewide, including in Kenosha.

Books

Travel

    American pie: Wisconsin well-represented in national championships

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    Twenty years ago, Caroline Imig’s world started crashing. Her husband was killed in a farm equipment accident, leaving her as a single mother with five children. She tried to sell 350 acres and a herd of 120 cows, only to have a land contract buyer abandon the property without her knowledge.

    “They left me in a mess,” she says, adding that the farm was sold three times before the deal was complete. She carries a wallet-sized photo of the acreage as she knew it. Then, a shrug. “I got through it,” she says, and Wayne’s Restaurant in Oconto gets credit for helping to make that happen.

    When owners Jim and Karen Thompson needed a pie baker, Imig applied, and this month she earned her 21st and 22nd blue ribbons at the National Pie Championships in Orlando.




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