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Heating up, cooling down


As festivals roll into town, bringing with them musicians from near and far, so do thunderstorms.

Summer weather in Wisconsin makes for stunning cloud formations, as lightning splits the dark skies. Photographers Sean Krajacic and Bill Siel both captured stunning clouds moving over Pleasant Prairie and Lake Geneva.

The weather kept people away from the opening of the Kenosha County Fair, but as weather improved, attendance swelled at all events from the pedal tractor pull to the final auction.

The rise of the sneaker: Brooklyn museum exhibit retraces steps of iconic shoes


NEW YORK — The sneaker is a force in fashion, music and sports, but where did it all begin?

With the rubber tree, of course, and that’s where senior curator Elizabeth Semmelhack ventured for a new exhibit, “The Rise of Sneaker Culture,” at the Brooklyn Museum.

What makes a car ‘American’?


It has been almost 40 years since the first U.S.-built Volkswagen Rabbit rolled off an assembly line in Westmoreland, Pa., forever changing the definition of “American car,” according to Consumer Reports.

During those four decades, the automotive industry has increasingly become a global enterprise, with automakers and their suppliers grabbing parts from all over the world, then building and selling those polyglot vehicles in as many countries as possible.

Out for the big one


With the eagerness of a child, 77-year-old Bill Schweizer heads down the channel from the Simmons Island Marina to Lake Michigan more than an hour before the sunrise on a recent morning.

The avid fisherman is aboard the charter fishing boat Rainmaker IV with grandson Eric Schweizer and his son-in-law’s father, Lynn Dameron.

A new kind of Slingshot: Head-turning 3-wheel motorcycle hits target: fun


Like a lot of boys, Jim Matzur owned a slingshot.

“A state-of-the-art one. It was plastic. You loaded a pouch with BBs and pushed a button to shoot it,” recalled Matzur, whose thick curly hair has grown white over his 69 years.

In the company of a good cigar: Smokers relax, enjoy camaraderie at Andrea’s events


They smoke ’em because they’ve got ’em: cigars of various nationalities, textures, sizes, shades and flavors.

Twice each month from April through August, dozens of smokers — mostly men — gather on the outdoor patio of Andrea’s Gifts, 2401 60th St., to light up and enjoy cigars in the company of others who appreciate the qualities of slow-burning tobacco.

Prize-winning pup


Mon Ami is not a typical name for a male dog. But then again, Lori Scharneck’s 3-year-old Belgian Sheepdog is anything but ordinary — from his international heritage to winning Best of Breed in this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, this prize-winning pooch is taking the dog show world by storm.

“Male dogs in his breed normally don’t come into itself — maturity-wise or growing out their coat — until they’re 5 or 6 years old,” said Scharneck, 54, a We Energies gas inspector. “But he won it just this year. I just couldn’t believe it. He’s really going to be something when he reaches that age.”

Summer fun just beginning


Elvis is alive! And he is working at historic Simmons Field for the Kenosha Kingfish.

The Northwoods League baseball team has returned for its second season, and the games are a blast.

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