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Bright colors, sweet story make truck book shine

“Buster the Little Garbage Truck” by Marcia Berneger, illustrated by Kevin Zimmer

c.2015, Sleeping Bear Press, $14.99, 32 pages

Rolling Stones fan? These books may give you some satisfaction


When the Rolling Stones were formed in 1962 no one could have anticipated that in the year 2015 they would be one of the biggest rock and roll bands in music history. But that is exactly what happened.

The band’s longevity adds to their mystique and makes them the subject of endless fascination. They have become rock and roll icons not only for their music but their personal lives as well. As with all icons they have been the subject of much scrutiny.

Enjoy international cuisines with these slow-cooker recipes


A slow cooker is one of America’s favorite appliances. They come in many sizes and have more features than they did decades ago but still offer cooks energy efficient, time-saving ways to prepare flavorful meals while engaged in other activities.

Their popularity is reflected in the size of the library’s collection for this type of equipment: over 90 books and over 30 free e-books in Wisconsin’s Digital Library.

Read along as city celebrates Kenosha native Orson Welles


The month of May will be a great time to be in Kenosha! For the entire month, the city will celebrate the 100 th anniversary of the birth of one its most famous native sons, Orson Welles.

Welles’ creative genius contributed to many facets of American culture, including theater, radio, and film. To join in the celebration, visit www.citizenwelles.org to see a full list of events coordinated by the Citizen Welles Society of Kenosha, and check out some Orson Welles books and DVDs at your local public library!

Enjoyable book about rain is sprinkled with surprises


“Rain: A Natural and Cultural History” by Cynthia Barnett

c.2015, Crown, $25.00, 368 pages

Enjoy an audiobook on your next road trip

Planning a summer road trip? Then don’t forget to bring the entertainment. Audiobooks are a fun and enthralling way to make the drive, long or short, a great part of the overall vacation experience.

There is really no wrong way to choose an audiobook, but here are a few suggestions to consider when selecting a great audio book. Try choosing a book set in your destination location, a great series in your favorite genre, a book the whole family will enjoy, an Audie Award winner or that classic novel you always meant to read but never had time.

Worried about your weight? This book may help you stop


“Body of Truth” by Harriet Brown

c.2015, DaCapo LifeLong, $25.99, 274 pages

Western game warden has his hands full in new mystery


“Endangered” by C.J. Box

c.2015, Putnam, $26.95, 384 pages

Latest Gaus mystery gets bogged down in the details


“Whiskers of the Lion” by P.L. Gaus

c.2015, Plume; $15; 256 pages

In ‘Stealing the Game,’ Kareem Adbul-Jabbar has a winner


“Stealing the Game” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

c.2015, Disney Hyperion $16.99; 293 pages

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    Construction zones will slow Memorial Day weekend travel


    Highway construction work along Interstate 94 and elsewhere in Wisconsin will be halted during the busy Memorial Day weekend, but motorists will likely encounter delays on some major roadways, transportation officials said Thursday.

    Town still weighs on Village of Somers


    The cost of doing business as the Village of Somers is starting to prove more costly as some residents had feared prior to the incorporation referendum.

    Somers Fire Commission focus on internal candidates for interim chief


    Former Somers Fire Chief Thomas Smith left his job for the last time May 8 but more than a week later Somers officials are one step closer to hiring an interim chief.

    County Board members heated in discussing compensation study findings

    A meeting to allow the consultants of a compensation study to defend their findings turned heated as some Kenosha County Board supervisors sought answers to the processes and data used in assembling it.

    Uber in Kenosha? U bet


    A quick pick-up, a smooth comfortable ride, no ticking meters and a timely direct route to my destination.

    DOT scraps roundabout plan in Paris

    PARIS — A roundabout at highways 45 and 142 is no longer the state Department of Transportation’s preferred option for the intersection, slated for improvement as part of the 2022 Highway 45 reconstruction project.

    History Center to open new veterans exhibit


    To be powerful, an exhibit doesn’t have to be enormous.

    Unified still concerned about state budget fallout


    Although public education cuts proposed by Gov. Scott Walker were rolled back by a legislative committee, Kenosha Unified School District officials remain concerned about the impact of the state budget on the district.

    News briefs: More salmonella cases confirmed

    Salmonella with a matching DNA fingerprint has now been found in five patients, according to Kenosha County Division of Health.

    Fix It: City pledges fix for vertically challenged flagpole


    This week’s problem: Katy Hall contacted Fix It regarding a damaged flagpole near the Sesquicentennial Bandshell in Pennoyer Park.

    Today’s event briefs: Memorial Day ceremony slated at Navy Memorial Park

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    Kenosha woman pleads guilty in $1.5M Medicaid fraud case


    A Kenosha woman has admitted she submitted fraudulent claims for Medicaid payment, pleading guilty to medical assistance fraud and forgery.

    Local Memorial Day ceremonies set


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    Silver Lake ponders lease agreement for library building

    SILVER LAKE — Village officials got their first glance Wednesday at the draft lease agreement that will be presented to the Community Library Board in hopes the village-owned building on Second Street will become a library after all.

    Tougher barriers placed at harbor’s edge


    After several crashed involving wayward vehicles, the concrete bollards protecting Navy Park at the east end of 52nd Street have been improved.

    Group forms to support beach house


    A group committed to preserving the Southport Beach House is having its inaugural meeting Thursday.

    Man who stole car, dog gets seven years


    A Kenosha man arrested in November after police said he stole a dog and an elderly woman's car was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison.

    Salem School Board member steps down


    SALEM — Jack Niccolai, who won re-election to the Salem School Board in April as the highest vote-getter, resigned from the board Tuesday, effective immediately.

    Former Kenosha County sheriff was dedicated to law enforcement


    Dan Piencikowski had a passion for helping people and trying to make a difference as a law enforcement officer — so much so that as a deputy he decided one day he’d run for sheriff.

    Former Packer stresses importance of learning


    Though his profession was playing football, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman said he has always loved learning.

    Kenosha not the target of GOP school plan

    A Republican plan to remake the way a neighborhood school is represented should not affect the Kenosha Unified School District.

    Salmonella cases jump to 60

    The number of cases of salmonella exposure has now tripled.

    More than 700 miles of interstates in Wisconsin to be 70 mph


    The speed limit will be going up soon on more than 700 miles of rural stretches of interstate in Wisconsin, including Interstate 94 in Kenosha and Racine counties.

    News briefs: Alleged drug dealer charged with six felonies

    A Kenosha man busted during a drug raid was charged on Wednesday with multiple felonies for manufacturing and delivering heroin.

    Former officer to face obstruction, misconduct charges


    Former police officer Kyle Baars appeared in court Wednesday on a charge that he obstructed officers while he was participating in an investigation while he worked for the Kenosha Police Department.

    Snyder: Summer’s calling; are you listening?


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    Probation ordered for man shot by Kenosha police


    Wracked with guilt over what he did during the Vietnam War, a Kenosha man became suicidal in March. He went into his garage, intending to kill himself, and came out having been shot by police.