Job applicants prepare for complicated interview process


    While heading to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, English major Sarah Towle was driving herself crazy with potential interview questions she might need to answer during a recent job fair on campus.

    “I was talking to myself, preparing what I would say if someone asked me different questions,” Towle said.

    A new study by found Towle’s job market slog might be longer than it would have been five years ago. The study shows the average interview process nearly doubled from 12 days in 2009 to 23 days in 2013.


Facility makes own prosthetics

Paramount Prosthetics is among only 16 facilities in the world that utilize the prosthetic technology known as an environmentally managed system. Ray McKinney opened a new facility in Mount Pleasant after passing his Gurnee, Ill., office to his son Michael in 2013.

Reworking former physicians’ office suites, McKinney provided for shallow steps from the parking lot to the building and quick snacks and juices in the waiting area for patients with diabetic issues. His team also designed wide hallways and latticed doors to rehab areas to give the facility an open feeling. “I have observed that amputees tend to be more claustrophobic than the general population,” explained McKinney.

The facility has everything needed to produce prosthetic limbs using EMS, from X-ray and casting equipment to a limb finishing lab. At the end of three hours a patient can walk out on his or her new limb. If a person is a brand-new amputee, the office also has rehab equipment including steps, a ramp and exercise machines.


Serving up creativity


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    Plants begin to battle back


    Now that the sun has finally come out, you might be wondering if the long winter left behind lasting damage to your yard. Kenosha-area landscaping experts say most plants and trees will be just fine, with a little help.

    “The only place that you’ll have problems is where there was dirty snow — snow along the street with fine-grain chunks of road and salt pushed up on it by the snow plows,” said Aaron Moravec of Somers-based A&R Complete Lawn & Tree Care.

    Frank Bilotti, owner of Kenosha-based The Doctors of Landscaping, agreed.


    Dance ministry relays God’s message


    Every third Sunday of the month, designated as Youth Sunday, members of the Followers of Jesus Dance Ministry gracefully move up the aisle of the Coleman Chapel AME Church in a dance of praise.

    Dancers communicate messages of hope and the unceasing love of God though movement, utilizing gestures that give meaning to gospel music lyrics.

    “The most important thing about our dancing is that we dance for God and it’s not really for our own applause: it’s for God’s glory,” Lakeisha (Chatman) Hurd, the group’s creative director, said.


    Boating season returns at Southport Marina


    Crews at Southport Marina last week began the process of moving boats from the storage building to the water.

    It takes a crew of five or six people to move a boat from the building to the marina. They begin by turning the boat around on a flatbed in a tight parking lot. Then the boat is hoisted by straps onto a traveler lift and lowered into the water.

    The weather affects when boats are put in the water. Cold weather can have an impact on the water pipes connected to the docks. If there’s any chance of the pipes freezing, Southport Marina pushes the launch date.



    Horsing around in Kentucky


    When the first Saturday in May arrives, at least 150,000 spectators fill Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, long referred to as the “greatest two minutes in sports” because that’s about how long the marquee horse race lasts. This year marks the 140th run.

    Mint juleps, the event’s signature cocktail, arrive in frosted souvenir glasses all over Louisville. Lots of ladies swank it up, wearing cocktail dresses and big, beautiful hats to the racetrack. It is customary to arrive hours before race time.

    Attending the Kentucky Derby also means paying premium rates for a hotel and jockeying for elbow room at area restaurants, bourbon bars and tourist attractions. Derby admission this year is $698 ($799 for covered seating); the two-day ticket includes Kentucky Oaks racing on Friday.

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