A major change in perspective

Returning to the states after studying in Ireland for three and a half months, college student Megan Jekot realized she didn’t want to go into social work — she wanted to be a plumber.

Plumbing, for Jekot, translates as an undergraduate degree in political science. Experiences in Northern Ireland shifted her perspective on the best way to effect change for socially and economically disinfranchised people.

“I had an epiphany,” said the 20-year-old St. Joseph Catholic Academy graduate. “Social work is like a leaky floor; you get on your hands and knees to cover up the leak, and there’s another social worker doing the exact same thing. Well, I want to be a plumber; I want to fix the pipes.”

Telling their stories


The following excerpted biographies and photos are from from Megan Jekot’s self-published booklet, “Stop, Look & Listen: Homelessness is HERE.”

Sights of summer


While we wonder when those hot summer days will finally get here, the season is slowly ticking away.

One sure sign is the end of the baseball season. Local newcomers, the Kingfish, held their last games of the season before sellout crowds earlier this month. Fans have given them rave reviews, and if you have not gone to a game this year, make sure to do so next year and enjoy the beautifully updated historic Simmons Field. Go, Fish!

A well-decorated family history


RACINE — To say that Kenosha native Pat Becker comes from a unique family, at least historically speaking, would be a major understatement.

(Aqua)nuts about the water


Athletes performing with the Aquanut Water Shows have graced the water of Lake Mary since 1972. Today, the water ski show team consists of 135 members, 80 of whom are in the senior group that performs each week through the summer at Lance Park in Twin Lakes.

The team competed last month at the Wisconsin State Show Skiing Tournament in Wisconsin Rapids, taking second place in Division 1. The group is slated to perform in the 40th Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships in Janesville on Saturday.

A room with a view


It may sound like a dream come true, especially if you love the water as much as John Burhani does, but when the bidding on the Kenosha Pierhead Lighthouse exceeded what he was prepared to pay for it, Burhani thought that would be it.

On a whim, he checked it again, decided to place one more bid and ended up owning a lighthouse.

A summer state of mind


Midwesterners will tell you, this is what we live for. Summer is finally here, and people are out enjoying the outdoors, concerts and festivals, gardening, biking and, of course, construction.

Photographer Brian Passino captured all these activities in the past few weeks, giving our readers a beautiful look at what people in the area have been doing, as well as an interesting perspective on the harbor dredging project in which the crane seems to dwarf the HarborPark condos.

Kenosha from the air


On the few occasions when I get the chance to get inside a small aircraft and fly over the city, I am always struck by how this change of perspective really affects me. The whole geography changes. Places appear so much closer to each other as you see over roofs and trees. Your perspective broadens. Details get lost. Even people become smaller and less noticeable as they get lost in the landscape, the gridlock of streets and roofs.

Other things that go unnoticed on the ground jump out at you, like the white wake left behind by boats plying the water. They appear as white brush strokes against the dark water.

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