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Need a lift? Services on radar


It took fewer than 10 minutes on a recent weekday morning to find people who have used, liked and want to see so-called “ride-hailing” or “ride-sharing” services like Uber and Lyft available in the Kenosha area.

Domenick Tirabassi IV, Christi Leshock, Amanda Ratkovic and Tyler Sterling, all Kenosha residents, respectively have ridden with Uber drivers several times while in Chicago. In addition, Ratkovic said she has used Lyft drivers on trips to Denver.

None was aware that Uber already operates in Milwaukee and Madison. But they welcomed the news pending legislation in Wisconsin could soon make it legal for such “transportation network companies” to operate statewide, including in Kenosha.

There’s no denying it, spring is here


Damp and rainy days.

The smell of flowers, emerging from their seasonal slumber.

Swerve! Bump! Repeat.


Kenosha News readers recently submitted their favorite — or, shall we say, least favorite? — springtime bumps in the road in our first-ever Kenosha News Worst Pothole Contest.

Among those we received:

Easter traditions


Easter is upon us, and time marches on toward spring, even if it is, at times, stumbling.

Last weekend, the fourth annual Easter Bunny Parade, led by a dapper John Fox sporting bunny ears and a pastel tuxedo, was a resounding success. It stretched for five blocks through downtown Kenosha in spite of the chilly weather.

5 ways to try spring’s fashion forward trends on a budget


From flare leg pants to rock festival chic, spring’s big fashion statements are daring and fun to wear. But since these trends may only be sticking around for a season, don’t break the bank when trying them. Turn to wearable (and affordable) versions that incorporate the hits, without the splurge or lifelong commitment.

So long, skinnies! Flares and wide-leg pants are spring’s new silhouette. Old Navy Rockstar High-Rise Flare-Leg Jeans, $32, oldnavy.com

Nerves, music and chaos


Brian Passino captured the essence of the day at the annual Solo and Ensemble competition earlier this month.

A tuba, resting on the floor, casts the only steady lines in the middle of a flurry of blurred activities as participants run around rehearsing their musical piece at Indian Trail High School and Academy.

‘Dream’ house


A few weeks after moving with sons Nicholas, 6, and Landyn, 5, into the first home she has ever owned, Jennifer Bixby still swirled with genuine gratitude, profound happiness and joyous disbelief.

The same can be said for long suffering and fearful neighbors, who watched this past fall as a community project marshalled by Land-Quest turned the dilapidated, two-story frame house — a venue for drug dealng, street gang activity and gunfire — into a model home for the McKinley Elementary School neighborhood.

Lakefront ice show


Natural ice sculptures reminiscent of European cathedrals by their height and fluted icicle columns can now be seen at Kenosha’s lakefront, due to the arctic weather enveloping the area.

George Leshkevich, a physical scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explains that the wind direction and wave action creates what are called “ice dunes” on the shore. As ice forms at the surface of the lake, wind and waves break up the sheet and push the ice toward shore, where it cannot go anywhere but up.

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