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Steep concrete


But for a small area to allow construction vehicles to get access to the infield, the track at the Washington Park Velodrome is finished. But keep your bikes on the road, because it is not yet ready for the races.

Up next is more standard concrete work: the curbs on the north side of the track, the inside track along the oval and the smaller asphalt warm-up track. There will also be additional grading and construction of a retaining wall and fencing before it is finally ready.

The steep embankment that new racing standards demanded was an unusual job for the crew of Kenosha-based Rasch Construction & Engineering. A specialized piece of equipment 25 feet in length called a roller screed had to be used to pour the concrete track.

Automobile appellations, anyone?


Today, and every Oct. 2, we celebrate National Name Your Car Day. We name our boats; why not our cars?

As I’ve never been obsessed or enamored of any car I’ve owned, I’ve never named my cars. Yet I know some who have chosen apt designations for their four-wheeled conveyances. The names chosen vary.

Harvesting the last of summer: Change (of seasons) is in the air


Crops are ripening in the fields. There is a hint of a chill in the air. Fall is sneaking in.

Enjoy the last of the outdoor festivals while our Indian summer lasts. Saturday may be your last chance. Head to downtown Racine for its “Party on the Pavement” live music and food festival.

Ease those worries: Parents can help teens cope with stress at school


For high schoolers, back-to-school anxiety is normal, but sometimes teens worry excessively and for a duration way beyond the first days of school. Maybe it’s not so surprising.

“Kids aren’t coming off the summers we used to have, with one or two books for summer reading,” said Beth Dorogusker, an adolescent psychologist in New Jersey and New York City. “Instead they’re doing an internship, (on) a sports travel team, building homes in a foreign country or practicing for standardized testing.”

Wishes for fishes


There was a time when Wayne Lowis spent nearly all of his free time hunting and fishing in Northern Wisconsin and Canada.

The 83-year-old tells stories of how he once shot a 300-pound bear and regularly caught his limit of crappies and bluegills. Then there’s the one about a 5-foot sturgeon that swam up the Menomonee River with his fishing pole.

Where fashion meets fitness: Entering the athleisure movement


From the runway to retail, fashion-inspired fitness apparel (affectionately known as athleisure wear) has become a trend to be reckoned with.

In just a couple of years, dozens of designers — Stella McCartney, Rebecca Minkoff, Betsey Johnson, Alexander Wang, Vivienne Tam, etc. — have dabbled in it, while several department stores have carved out special sections just for clothes that are suitable for the gym but stylish enough for the street. Also, sneaker and activewear sales were up the first quarter of 2015 compared with the same time last year, according to a recent NPD Group report.

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 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.

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