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Holiday hiring


Tis the season ... to hire seasonal workers.

As many companies, especially retailers, prepare for the upcoming holiday crush, they may find the pool of workers smaller this year. And it may take companies longer to find the right person for the wage they want to pay.

While the Kenosha County and the southeastern Wisconsin labor markets have been described as robust, increased competition from some of the larger, more well-known companies, such as Amazon, may make it tougher for smaller companies, according to experts at local staffing firms.

North side gets a bit sweeter


It took a little patience, but folks on the north side who have been waiting a long time for a bakery of their own finally had their wishes fulfilled.

Sweet Eats Traditions Bakery & Cafe opened its doors on Sept. 10 and the cupcakes and doughnuts have been streaming out the door as fast as partners Robyn Ferraton and Jenny Tilot can make them.

The Ladder: Design Partners hires Nick Heyerdahl


Nick Heyerdahl has joined Design Partners as account manager.

For the past two years, Heyerdahl has worked for the Kenosha Kingfish in the operations area. Heyerdahl holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in organizational communications and marketing.

The Ladder: Former Jockey, CNH HR exec joins Aurora

A former Jockey International human resources executive, Michael Grubich, has been named senior vice president of learning and development for Aurora Health Care.

In his new role Grubich will provide overall strategic direction for identifying, developing and implementing organizational development initiatives, including executive and leadership development, employee development, performance management and succession planning.

Festival Foods to add Somers store


Festival Foods is finalizing plans to build a new supermarket in the village of Somers, the company announced Wednesday.

The 85,000-square-foot store will be larger than the 2-year-old Kenosha store and is to open in summer 2016. Construction is to begin later this year, pending rezoning and site plan approvals.

The Ladder: Johnson Financial Group names Andrew new CIO


Johnson Financial Group has appointed Brian K. Andrew as chief investment officer. Formerly president and chief investment officer of Cleary Gull in Milwaukee, Andrew was responsible for managing the organization’s investment banking and advisory businesses, including investment management research, portfolio management and trading for the $3 billion institutional and private client investment advisory firm. Andrew will oversee the bank’s investment process.

“Appointing Brian to this important leadership position for our wealth team not only broadens our expertise, it enhances our capacity to meet the needs and goals of our clients and is reflective of the growth of the wealth business,” said Thomas M. Bolger, President and CEO of Johnson Financial Group.

Kenosha Beef probing cause of recall


Kenosha Beef International, the manufacturing partner for the marketer of Johnsonville Grillers, is reviewing production video and undergoing a thorough inspection of its production equipment in the wake of a recall of more than 89,000 pounds of pork sausage patties that were contaminated with extraneous materials.

President and CEO Dennis Vignieri on Thursday said Kenosha Beef was also examining footage from cameras in the production area to determine how the contaminant — believed to be small pieces of metal — got into the pork patties that were produced for Johnsonville on May 13.



If a pizza with arugula and onions at Villa D'Carlo was part of your weekend dining fare, you probably didn't realize that the greens had a very short trip from the farm to the table — about 30 feet. It was grown in a garden plot behind the downtown restaurant.

“My brother has been sending me all kinds of articles about the farm to table movement, or about restaurants with their own gardens on roof or on walls,” said Rob Greskoviak, owner of the nearly 60-year-old iconic Italian eatery at 5140 Sixth Ave. “I thought we should give it a try, too.”

Straka honored for business growth

Christopher Straka, owner of the local Fish Window Cleaning franchise, was recently recognized for top sales at the company’s annual convention in St. Louis. Straka was recognized for adding more than 500 accounts to his customer base in 2014. He was also recognized for increasing his annual production at least $100,000 over the previous year. This is the second consecutive year that Straka received both recognitions.

“The top sales award recognizes franchise owners who are committed to growing their business,” said Randy Cross, President, Fish Window Cleaning. “Success doesn’t happen overnight, and meeting people daily and building relationships in the community is what makes Fish owners so successful.”

The Agenda: Not just coffee and books


Odds are when you visit Thirst Edition for the first time, you will find one of the owners on hand. Or you may find all of them.

The recently opened coffee shop and used bookstore at 5000 Seventh Ave. is not just as a place to enjoy a cup of coffee and browse for books, it was also created as a way for a tight knit family to be able to work together.

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    Holiday hiring


    Tis the season ... to hire seasonal workers.

    Radio performers bring ‘Mockingbird’ scenes to life


    SOMERS — Sometimes hearing a story is better than seeing one.

    News briefs: Search continues for wanted man

    The search continued Saturday for a man wanted in connection with the death of Tywon Anderson of Kenosha.

    History comes alive during cemetery walk


    A blustery afternoon didn’t deter local history lovers from the 12th annual History Walk at Green Ridge Cemetery.

    That History Column: New-found glass plate negative shed light on Chicago river disaster


    Finding glass plate negatives is like finding a delicate treasure box. The images they contain are fragile jewels, and with one bump, the receptacle breaks, essentially disintegrating the jewels.

    Artifact of the Month: abacus


    The Kenosha History Center’s Artifact of the Month for October is an abacus.

    Walk raises awareness of domestic abuse


    To mark National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, dozens of people marched with open umbrellas Saturday as part of the “Shelter them from the Storm” Awareness Walk presented by Women and Children’s Horizons.

    What’s happened, what’s next in Jensen case


    Last week, the Wisconsin Department of Justice decided it would ask federal appeals judges to reconsider a decision made in Mark Jensen’s favor in an appeal of his murder conviction.

    Cyclists brave blustery conditions for annual ride


    Hardy cyclists braved chilly and blustery conditions to take part in the sixth annual Fall Wheel Ride Saturday.

    Event briefs: Forum on prophecy slated at Parkside

    SOMERS — A forum on “What Happens When Prophecy Fails”? Exploring ‘End of World’ Cults” begins at noon Monday in Room D-139 of Molinaro Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road.

    Fire damages Kenosha home


    Twelve people were temporarily displaced after fire broke out in their multi-family home Saturday morning.

    Authorities hunt ‘dangerous’ suspect


    UNION GROVE — Deputies are combing the area for a person of interest in a Paris homicide who led them on a high-speed chase throughout Kenosha and Racine Counties Friday afternoon.

    ‘There is power in hopefulness’


    Author and public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson wanted to make one thing clear during his Big Read keynote speech Friday evening: the battle for truth and justice is not always easy, but it must be fought.

    New director to take over Miss Kenosha Pageant


    Unlike Joya Santarelli, who grew up in the pageant scene, the new director of the Miss Kenosha Scholarship Pageant admittedly has no prior pageant experience.

    A medical mystery


    Kenosha police said a local woman who was believed to be dead earlier last month walked into the Public Safety Building on Wednesday to pick up a document and claim her bicycle.

    New store will add to grocery options downtown


    The retail food desert that is downtown Kenosha will see some relief Oct. 16, when Harbor View Grocery opens in the Virginia Towers building.

    Child sexual assault charge to go to trial

    A Pleasant Prairie man intends to take to trial a charge that he molested a girl who was friends with his daughter.

    Police still investigating crash at state line


    The injuries that occurred in Thursday’s two-vehicle accident at 128th Street and Green Bay Road are believed to be non-life threatening, according to the Pleasant Prairie Police Department.

    News briefs: Two hurt in crash on 75th Street

    Kenosha Police Department ticketed a man for inattentive driving and operating with a suspended license following a two-car accident at Highway 50 and Pershing Blvd., around 2:15 p.m. Thursday.

    Experiencing floral artistry


    The Pike Creek Horticulture Center at Gateway Technical College hosted a hands-on workshop with floral artist Mike Hollenbeck on Wednesday.

    Event briefs: Paul Ryan to host listening sessions Monday

    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will hold listening sessions in and around Kenosha County on Monday.

    Twin Lakes subdivision deal may be found in default

    TWIN LAKES — Village officials will discuss Monday a resolution deeming the Fairway Woods developer’s agreement to be in default for failure by the developer to complete the subdivision’s infrastructure.

    Leigh Presley: Farmers, ranchers are key to soil conservation

    Production is a top priority for most farmers and ranchers, but as the stewards of 363 million acres of cropland and 406 million acres of rangeland in the United States, they also play an important role in the conservation of our soil and natural resources.