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    4 things to consider when choosing a new cellphone


    NEW YORK (AP) — Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hit shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there’s likely to be a lull in new releases until next spring. So why wait?

    Here are some things to consider before hitting stores. If you’re upgrading from an older model, you can skip the first part aimed at first-time smartphone buyers.

    Maybe you’ve been doing fine with just a basic cellphone, but many people who get smartphones discover things they never thought they could do. You can install a museum’s app to get a map or learn about the current exhibits, or you can catch up on e-books with a reading app. You can also check email and Facebook more easily and take great pictures and quickly share them.


Treating overactive bladder


Karen Dinse is not the kind of woman who gets Botox treatments to chase away wrinkles on her face. She is, however, the kind of woman who gets Botox treatments to alleviate the urgency of her overactive bladder.

In the past year and a half, Dinse has found that Botox injections have eradicated symptoms of OAB in ways that oral medication could not.

Approved for OAB treatment by the federal Food and Drug Administration in 2012, Botox is one of two non-oral medication alternatives currently in use by local urologists. The other, percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation, has been in use since 2007, but only recently has been re-approved for coverage by Medicare in Wisconsin.


Toasting the season


With Christmas and New Year’s fast approaching, Kenosha-area bars are luring customers with a variety of holiday-themed cocktails, incorporating traditional flavors like cinnamon, cranberry, pumpkin and white chocolate.

Bull & Bear Eatery and Tavern, 4017 80th St., is serving nearly a dozen warm and iced cocktails until the end of the year, with creations like the popular Candy Cane Martini or Winter Sunset.

“I do a lot of cooking, so I know what flavors work really well together,” said owner Nick Gochis. “These drinks are always really popular. I think because it makes people feel welcome and in the season.”

Your Home

    Keep the home fires burning — safely


    Throw another log on the fire.

    That’s a common request this time of year if you have a fireplace in your home. A wood-burning fireplace can bring years of comfort and joy — and cozy warmth — to your family throughout Wisconsin’s bone-chilling winters as long as you play it safe.

    When it comes to fireplace safety, maintenance is the top priority, says Patrick Ryan, division chief of the Kenosha Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau. A build-up of creosote, the residue that results from burning wood, can lead to chimney fires, he says, and less commonly, fire can seep into decayed areas of older fireplaces that haven’t been adequately maintained.


    Hanukkah events, menorah lighting ceremonies planned

    Beth Hillel Temple, 6050 8th Ave., will be lighting a solar-powered menorah on the front steps of the synagogue on each of the nights of the holiday, and the public is invited.

    The Menorah will be kindled according to the following schedule:

    In addition, on Sunday, before the holiday begins, there will be a gathering to celebrate the menorah’s set-up for the holiday at 11:50 a.m. Beth Hillel’s religious school families will lead the celebration.


    Running his way to a record-breaking career


    The Wisconsin Badgers season is all but over, and it has been fun to follow the progress of Kenosha’s own Melvin Gordon.

    While his number, 25, has remained the same since his high school career, it has been amazing to watch him grow and see his commitment to the sport.

    Spending time at the gym has transformed him from the scrawny kid on the Bradford team, to a force to be reckoned with running down the Camp Randall gridiron. However more muscular he has become, his smile has remained the same: warm, friendly, taking his record-breaking college career in stride.


    Bookworm recommends the perfect book for any readerThe gift of reading

    Some of the newbies on your list are also new to the family. Some are friends to whom you’ve grown close. There’s that neighbor who’s so awesome, the new supervisor at work, an uncle who’s visiting this year, your child’s new teacher, and a Secret Santa program you’ve joined. And usually, you’re able to keep up with your list and know exactly what to give ... but then there’s that one person who’s so hard to shop for.

    Why not give a book? Books never run out of batteries, they don’t have to be turned off before bedtime, and they’re totally calorie-free. Take a look at these suggestions…

    If historical fiction is of great interest to someone on your gift list, then look for “Desert God” by Wilbur Smith. This novel, set in ancient Egypt, includes a hero who is very close to the Pharaoh ... almost too close. Magic, love, war — what else could your giftee want?


    ‘Winterful Wisconsin’: Top places to visit in Madison


    Dreams of a white Christmas usually come true for us in Wisconsin, but there’s a quick skid of difference between picturesque wintry weather and an avalanche of discontent.

    A new exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison, gently reminds us that the modern-day pleasures and pitfalls of winter are gentle when compared to what our forefathers experienced.

    “Tis the Season: Winterful Wisconsin” dips into photo archives, artifacts and amateur home movies to show how we historically coped and celebrated the harshest of seasons.

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