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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.

Making it his mission to pass his passion for fishing to his grandkids, Schweizer has booked more than a dozen trips with boat captain Al Johnson. This year alone, he has twice made the two-and-a-half-hour drive from his home in Cornell, Ill., to take one of them in turns on the waters off of Kenosha.

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.

Retiring from pets? Baby boomers deciding whether new lifestyle will include a dog or cat


LOS ANGELES — Denise and John Stevens have had pets their whole lives — then they retired.

“After our last dog passed away, we decided not to get another one. We like the freedom from worrying about her,” Denise Stevens, 63, said of the Long Island, N.Y., couple whose Jack Russell terrier died last year. “We tend to treat these dogs like children.”

The ocean is their office


Business ebbs and flows.

When Margo Adamson-Sanchez finds something that clicks with her, she dives in deep. Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to scuba diving.

Kite flight was outta sight


Over its 14-year history, it’s doubtful weather and wind conditions for the Outta Sight Kite Flight have ever been better than they were for last week’s event.

Clear blue skies and sunny warmth cooled by a steady breeze from the northeast assured that every kite tossed up would climb upward and add to the colorful mosaic.

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