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Consumer Reports’ Top 10 car picks of 2015

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These are the cars that ignite the gasoline in Consumer Reports’ testers’ veins. They also happen to score high in its reliability Ratings and shine in automotive crash tests. So if you corner a Consumer Reports auto expert at a party and ask, “What car should I buy?” these cars will be the answer.

— Green Car: Toyota Prius. The purity of the Prius’ functional excellence dictates that it remains atop Consumer Reports’ list as the best green car. Sure, there are other hybrids, and even plug-ins, but nothing can touch the sweet-spot combination of the Prius’ affordability, stellar fuel economy, smart packaging and blue-chip reliability. That’s why it has been a Top Pick for 12 years in a row.

— Midsized Sedan: Subaru Legacy. Most sedans are excellent appliances — they do their job, but few people wake up excited to drive them. The Legacy exceeds those drab, rental-car expectations, providing a quiet, comfortable and roomy package that also has the best ride among its peers. It’s simply a great car with mainstream appeal and impact.


Up in the air: Skies filled with migratory birds heading north

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Early spring is a great time to see a wide variety of birds in Kenosha. The warmer weather makes it more enjoyable to watch native birds, and excitement builds as migratory birds return to their nesting grounds in northern Wisconsin and Canada.

“May is the main month when the neotropical (South and Central American) birds are migrating,” said Rick Fare, education committee chairman for the Hoy Audubon Society.

Honor Blankets: Kenosha knitters lend hand to veterans home

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When a veteran dies at one of the nation’s veterans hospitals, often those present take part in a final salute.

Volunteers are gathered — scores of them — from hospital staff to military and civilian visitors, to line the halls outside the veteran’s room and receive the procession of family, clergy and funeral home staff, bearing the body of the deceased.

An eye in the sky

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The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle industry is in full expansion. From toy helicopters to military-grade drones, these aircraft are used in many applications ranging from farming to search and rescue or commercial inspections.

Adam Andrews, who has been a pilot since he was 18, has been involved in the industry for several years. He started his Kenosha company, Aeroworks Productions, three years ago, doing photo and video production (which he is sharing on this page). At that time, a lot of his business came from photographers and videographers wanting him to build custom drones.

Need a lift? Services on radar

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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.

There’s no denying it, spring is here

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Damp and rainy days.

The smell of flowers, emerging from their seasonal slumber.

Swerve! Bump! Repeat.

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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

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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.




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