Question: I can’t believe it! I was getting ready to make Christmas cookies and the canister of flour had little dark brown bugs in it. I threw the flour away, scrubbed out the canister and wiped out the cabinet. Is there anything else I should do to get rid of these bugs? H.M.
Answer: Sounds like the flour was infested with a type of grain beetle. Merchant grain beetles and sawtoothed grain beetles are 1/8-inch long, slender, flat, and dark brown with yellowish larvae. Drug store and cigarette beetles are 1/10- to 1/8-inch long, cylindrical, reddish-brown with whitish, c-shaped larvae.
The snowfall the other day brought to mind one of the essential elements in an oriental garden, snow flowers. This is a fundamental concept in which plants are actually placed to hold little tufts of snow, making them resemble plum blossoms, a quintessential Oriental design element.
I left my coneflowers and black-eyed Susans standing for the winter and they all have snow flowers sitting on top of the seed pods. What a wonderful addition to the snowy landscape.
If you’re reading the evening newspaper by the light of your television set, or if the lighting in your family room reminds you of your doctor’s office, it’s time to find the perfect illumination for your home.
Not just any indoor lighting, mind you. There’s task lighting, accent and mood lighting, up lighting, down lighting, reflected lighting and, well, the list goes on.
This is the season when the florists, greenhouses and even groceries are filled with beautiful holiday plants. With a little attention to the details of plant care, you can keep your holiday plants looking great for a long time.
The very first thing you should do before bringing a new blooming plant into your home is check it over carefully for pests. All it takes is a few whiteflies on a new poinsettia to infect the rest of your houseplants.
Question: Someone told me there is a way I can be notified if someone is spraying pesticides in my neighborhood. Can you give me any information? S.M.
Answer: You must join the Wisconsin Landscape Registry before Feb. 1 to receive notice of pesticides that will be applied to lawns, trees and shrubs by professional lawn care and landscape companies near your home. The registry is maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
When the holiday season comes around each year we are fortunate to have friends and family who invite us into their homes for celebratory dinners and gatherings. If the typical gift of wine, potpourri or holiday tea towel does not work for your particular host or hostess, consider a gift of a living plant to brighten the interior of their home during these cold, gray days.
Having plants inside is beautiful and healthy. Plants clean our air, provide oxygen and their green beauty alone has been shown through much research to make us feel better, emotionally and physically. A healthy plant may be just the gift to brighten someone’s day.
About seven years ago, Kenosha resident Steve Schneider held a family vote to determine whether he should keep or sell his 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, which he had owned for more than 30 years.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Ever since his childhood, John Serzynski has been a big fan of John Deere tractors and riding mowers.
“My stepfather (George Paulausky) owned a landscaping business, and I used to play out in the sandbox all the time, all day long, with my cousin,” said Serzynski, a Waukegan, Ill., native who moved to Kenosha County in the late 1990s.
A bit of nostalgia prompted Peter Wenglowsky to obtain his 1961 Rambler Classic about 20 years ago.
BY JEREMY REEVES
If there’s anyone who appreciates having a luxurious car like a black 1999 Mercedes-Benz S420 more than David Gregorski, good luck finding him.
Gregorski, 56, was a local barber for 28 years who was forced to retire about a decade ago because of back problems. He’s since had eight back surgeries.
Jim Masi, his older brother Jeff Masi, Dennis Curnes and Butch Funk were all Kenosha teenagers in the early 1960s. And their passion was cars.
Whenever John Munson gets behind the controls and lifts off in his 2006 AMD Zodiac CH601XL factory-built, special light-sport aircraft, he experiences emotions unlike any other.
“As soon as the wheels leave the ground, it’s exhilarating,” said Munson, 66, a Kenosha resident. “You’re airborne, and it’s a whole different feeling. It’s the most enjoyable recreational activity I’ve had. I like it a lot.
KENOSHA — What started as a gift for his wife, Mary, more than 30 years ago has evolved into a type of extended relative for Kenosha resident Jim Hawkins.
Kenosha resident Jason Beiser, 30, has been welding for about seven years and started his own business, “Skully’s Welding,” a couple years ago.
SALEM — It took Mike Vandeville about 25 years but he finally made true on his pledge to himself.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — When it came to his first car, Eric Nelson Jr. didn’t have many options.
Kenosha resident Florian Kreft, 84, has owned about 25 cars in his lifetime, covering most American manufacturers (Chevy, Ford, Buick, Chrysler and Dodge).
Whether on Lake Michigan, inland lakes or even the Gulf of Mexico, Jeff and Mary Albrecht have been boating enthusiasts since they were kids.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Wayne Walker isn’t the type of person you’d immediately expect to own a Mercedes Benz, especially one imported from Germany.
SALEM — Judy Grasser said her husband of 26 years, Mike, isn’t much of a sentimental type.
A vintage 1950s Pepsi machine appeared to be the target of gunfire late Monday or early Tuesday, according to a police report.
PARIS — An open house recongnizing Paris Town Chairman Virgil Gentz for 35 years of public service will be 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Paris Town Hall, 16607 Burlington Road (Highway 142).
TWIN LAKES — A boil order was issued for Meadowview Village Apartments, a senior citizen complex in Twin Lakes, after coliform bacteria was detected in two samples.
Commuters driving on Green Bay Road might have noticed that it takes a little longer to turn left onto 75th Street.
Safe Harbor Humane Society is raising fund for a shelter makeover.
The suspects arrested after two major crimes last week have yet to be charged.
Kenosha Unified School Board President Rebecca Stevens hopes to name an interim superintendent next week.
Navigating the complexities of health-care options in the Affordable Care Act can seem overwhelming.
The bitter cold can not only make outdoor activity unbearable but can create havoc inside your home, as well.
Teams from Wilmot High School swept the top spots in the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl regional Dec. 3 at Gateway Technical College in Racine.
SOMERS — Dormant several years due to the poor economy and flagging condominium sales, a plan has reawakened to develop a mixed-use retail and residential subdivision in Somers.
It’s beginning to look a lot like a Ye English Olde Christmasse Feaste as 200 Kenosha Unified High School student musicians and actors converge to warm the cockles of every heart over four days at Tremper High School beginning Thursday night.
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A Lake County judge has given a 110-year prison sentence to a Kenosha man convicted in the 2007 killing of a suburban Chicago woman.
There are only a handful of days left for people to finish taking their General Educational Development tests at Gateway Technical College without having to start over.
With alternate-side street parking in effect in Kenosha, vehicle owners are reminded to check their calendar daily when parking overnight on city streets.
A man has been charged with stealing copper pipe and other items from several places throughout the city.
Visits to the emergency room for injuries from falling on ice and snow are up.
An error is causing a delay in the suit filed by a conservative group seeking to block implementation of new Kenosha Unified School District labor contracts.
BRIGHTON — When Betty Houtz recently found herself faced with making interment plans for the cremains of her brother Dave Meyer, she had a request: to have him buried in the same grave as one of their parents.
KENOSHA — Bridges Community Center, 5718 Seventh Ave., will host a holiday open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
An Oshkosh man who is due in court next month for visiting the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus in violation of a restraining order has been arrested for the same thing in Stevens Point.