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.

Meanwhile, Bill Siel attended the annual Music on the Border event, capturing the glittering brass of the instruments, the athletism of the color guard and vibrancy of the colorful uniforms.

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.

Collection of quilts


Iola Rosenbaum loved craftmaking — knitting, quilting, crocheting, you name it — her entire life.

Shortly before her death in February 2013 at age 98, Rosenbaum — who lived in western Wisconsin but has several family members in the Kenosha/Racine area — was still going strong.

Molding a community


Some words just won’t accurately represent what or why Elizabeth Harris does what she does.

You may label it her hobby or creative outlet, even her way of making cheap, yet thoughtful gifts.

Teacher, writer inspired by grandmother’s medallion


Why does a 105-year-old, gold-colored medallion with a black cross in its center — that belonged to a woman she never met — mean so much to Kenosha resident Jean Preston?

Because it helps Preston imagine what her maternal grandmother, Mary (Borgerding) Broermann, was like.

‘Go fast and have fun’


John Gregory never pictured himself turning 80.

“No,” he says, before pausing momentarily, and laughing. “Not until I was 79.”

On this farm, ‘B’ is for cow


When Bob Crane was a teenager back in 1969, his family bought a neighbor’s herd of milk cows.

Each cow in that herd had a name that started with the letter “B.” That’s when the tradition began at Crane Farms, located in Brighton: Just about all of the cows produced by the farm have been given “B” names since 1969.

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