Question: I have a problem with a tree by the street in front of my house. In summer the tree is full of bugs. Some of the bugs are red and some are black with orange-red. I?ve sent photos so you can see how the bugs covered the tree trunk late last summer. What can I do? Should I cut the tree down? — N.A.
Answer: Your photos show boxelder bugs on a boxelder tree. Adult boxelder bugs are about three-quarters of an inch long, black with conspicuous red markings on their backs. The young, or nymphs, are wingless and solid bright red, similar in shape to the adults. Large populations of boxelder bugs are most common in late summer and fall following a hot, dry summer. Boxelder bugs do not bite, nor are they harmful to humans, animals or plants.
I’m going for fragrance. And for food. So, I’ve just begun exploring all the wonderful fruits you can grow indoors. There’s something mesmerizing about the scent of an orange blossom, and it is possible to grow oranges, tangerines and many other fruits on the windowsill.
Most of the fruits that will thrive indoors won’t bear huge amounts of fruit, but even one or two is exciting and fulfilling. If you are willing to hand-pollinate the flowers, you may get a reasonable harvest.
A year ago, menswear-inspired decorating was wildly popular. Interior designers hung sharply tailored draperies alongside furniture covered in pinstripes. Sophisticated shades of gray were everywhere, as was navy blue.
But “since the pendulum always swings, we’re starting to see fresh feminine spaces,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, “regardless of who lives in them.”
Do you have favorite blooming trees or shrubs that you can’t wait to see in spring? Why not judiciously prune some branches now and bring them indoors to force into bloom? Bright blossoms really do help get through this difficult transition time as we slide into spring. It is only a couple of weeks until the vernal witchhazels start blooming, a good prompt to bring in some flowering branches to force.
It is too early to try this in December and even January is pushing things, since the buds may just not be far enough along to open properly. February and March are the perfect months.
Question: I love lavender and would like to grow it in my garden. I?ve heard many types of lavender won?t grow here. Do you have suggestions on which lavender would be best for Kenosha? I?d like to try growing it from seed. — J.H.
Answer: Fields of lavender are scarce in the Midwest, but many backyard gardeners and farm market growers cultivate the herb. Lavender is easy to grow as long as you choose a hardy variety and provide the right growing conditions.
Television may make home renovations look like a 30-minute project, but taking on more than you can handle can turn your dream home into a nightmare.
Local homeowners and home improvement experts express a variety of opinions on when to do it yourself and when to call the pros.
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.
TWIN LAKES — The addition of a Burger King at the BP gas station on Lake Avenue got a favorable recommendation from the Review Board and Plan Commission Wednesday.
Kenosha resident Glen Gotsche, 89, lived through a month of hell on Iwo Jima seven decades ago.
A 41-year-old woman was taken to St. Catherine's Medical Center after suffering a severe hand injury at Kenosha Beef, 3111 152nd Ave., in Paris about 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department.
Abrupt dismissal this week of complaints filed against them prove the city Ethics Board is being used politically to attack individuals’ reputations, two Kenosha aldermen said Wednesday.
A resolution opposing a state budget proposal that calls for countywide assessments is expected to be introduced at the Kenosha County Board meeting Tuesday.
Several people have been arrested in connection with a Monday night drive-by shooting in which a window of a car carrying five people was shot out.
Kenosha County real estate agents sold fewer homes in January than in 2014, but sale prices were higher this year partly because they are selling homes with more amenities.
Black History Month was celebrated with a bang Wednesday at Bradford High School.
Kenosha firefighter Tom Heiring turned in a typical day on the job, battling smoke and flames and ultimately putting his life on the line for the safety of others.
With temperatures in the teens and occasional snow blowing around, signs of spring are imaginary.
We take pizza seriously in Kenosha.
KENOSHA — The Carthage College Society of Physics Students and the Tremper High School Astronomical Society will host observation nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Griffin Observatory on the Kemper Center campus, 6501 3rd Ave.
MADISON — Republicans on the state Senate’s labor committee ended a public hearing on contentious right-to-work legislation early and sent it on to the full Senate Tuesday, enraging dozens of people who had been waiting all day to speak and sparking a demonstration in front of the Senate chamber.
State Sen. Robert Wirch, D-Somers, called Tuesday’s hearing over proposed right-to-work legislation a “sad evening for democracy,” after dozens of people were shut out of speaking before the Senate Labor Committee.
After two consecutive tough winters, the Kenosha Unified School District is adding an extra built-in snow day to the 2015-16 calendar.
With a referendum on Somers incorporation just six weeks away, officials are preparing for what needs to happen if the voters approve it.
Roger Clark of Silver Lake was among the Kenosha County residents in Madison Tuesday to protest proposed right-to-work legislation.
A Kenosha man was taken into custody after reportedly trying to commit “suicide by cop” early Sunday morning in the 6600 block of Fifth Avenue.
The agreement to save historic trees along Uline property on Highway U just south of Highway Q may be in jeopardy.
KENOSHA — A discussion of “sundown towns” will take place Friday as part of the Black History Month lecture series at Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive.
The accused shooter in the April 2014 murder of Anthony Edwards is on trial this week.
Pleasant Prairie Police are seeking two suspects in a reported theft and battery at Ulta Beauty, 10033 77th St., on Feb. 15.
Kenosha Police are seeking a man believed to have stolen a package from an apartment hallway on Saturday.
Although the scoreboard showed a loss in their last home game of the season, the final moments of Friday’s Central High School boys basketball team game against the Union Grove Broncos was the highlight of the season.
Police arrested a registered sex offender after three girls reported Friday they had been chased by a man.