“The Promise” by Ann Weisgarber, c. 2013, 2014, Skyhorse Publishing, $24.95, 310 pages
Believe it or not, winter might actually be over, and it’s time to get out in the yard. Even if you have a very small space, you can spiff it up. Growing vegetables and flowers, building something interesting for your yard or garden or creating art to beautify your outdoor space are all activities the library can help you get started.
“Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden” by Niki Jabbour is loaded with fun food garden plans including ones that supply your favorite cocktail ingredients, one that you plant on a balcony and one that grows 24 kinds of chili peppers. “Straw Bale Gardens: The Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier and With No Weeding” by Joel Karsten shows how to raise veggies using a bale of straw as a container. “Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces” by Rhonda Massingham Hart is one of many books at the library that teach small-space gardening. Flower gardeners might want to try “The Cutting Garden: Growing & Arranging Garden Flowers” by Sarah Raven.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. The “war to end all wars” was a turning point in world history and would have far reaching effects into the 20th century; including what some believe would act as a prelude to the greater war that followed.
There has been much written about this war and in this anniversary year that trend will not be changing any time soon.
“The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style” by Nelson George, c.2014, William Morrow, $27.99, 256 pages
They should have called you Super-Fly.
“Noggin” by John Corey Whaley, c.2014, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 352 pages
People in love do goofy things.
This summer marks the centennial of the beginning of the First World War.
The United States didn’t join as a combatant until 1917, by which time the war had already done major damage in Europe, spurring revolutions, toppling governments and killing millions. It was the largest war in world history up to that point, but it has been rendered relatively obscure by the subsequent superlative conflict of World War II.
“The Public Library: A Photographic Essay” by Robert Dawson, foreword by Bill Moyers, afterword by Ann Patchett, c.2014, Princeton Architectural Press, $35, 192 pages
“Dog Gone, Back Soon” by Nick Trout, c.2014, Hyperion, $15, 325 pages
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us dragons are real, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman.
Sometimes the best way to talk about tough subjects is to introduce a little fantasy.
The City Council Monday voted down a proposed ordinance change that would have allowed the city’s licensing committee to scrutinize a license applicant’s whole history of drunken driving.
SALEM — The Salem Town Board got an earful from townspeople Monday night for and against any new ordinance that would allow all-terrain vehicles on certain town roads.
Work to repair a damaged floor at Kenosha Fire Station No. 5 will soon be bid out, now that the city has received an engineer’s report that says one portion of the floor needs to be repaired and eventually reinforced if it is to safely house fire trucks and other vehicles.
CNP-Technology Water and Biosolids Corp., the newest corporate member of the Business Park of Kenosha, is bringing a specialized wastewater treatment processing equipment to North America.
Workers began to move dirt Monday at Kenosha Fire Station No. 4, where crews will build an addition that will house the department’s administrative offices.
Come on in, the water’s fine — for today at least.
Authorities have identified the man killed in a skydiving accident Sunday in Yorkville.
When three North Chicago, Ill., men were taken into custody for a recent, disturbing rash of home invasions, Pleasant Prairie Police Chief David Smetana described the investigation as an “incredible team effort” involving multiple agencies from Wisconsin and Illinois.
Crews collected groundwater and soil readings Monday at the former Chrysler Engine Plant property, 5555 30th Ave.
There is a shortage of foster parents for two families of boys, ages 12-15, in Kenosha County.
A Kenosha man has sued Kenosha Joint Services over a redacted accident report.
KENOSHA — The Robbie Wilde Memorial Blood Drive will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the BloodCenter Mobile Bus at Shirl’s Custard, 7943 Sheridan Road.
The Kenosha Rotary Foundation’s 2014 charitable grant application form now can be requested. Awards will be announced in fall.
One man died and another was hurt in a skydiving accident Sunday afternoon at Sylvania Airport in Yorkville.
Michelle Franklin always wanted to be a nurse. Then too, she always wanted to be an artist.
They came from as far away as Toronto. There were 9-year-olds and 60-somethings. There was even a whole family suited up for a day of pedal-powered racing Sunday at the Washington Park Velodrome.
It's not every day you get to hear what family and friends really think of you, but it was nothing but good news Sunday as Kenosha artist H. June Pomatto was honored as the 2013 Lifetime Achievement winner at the Anderson Arts Center.
SALEM — A manga drawing class begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Community Library, 24615 89th St., Salem.
Leslie and Victor “Alex” Olano are owners of Olano's Empanadas, a food vendor at HarborMarket in Kenosha. They’ve been running the business for seven months.
Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.