Are Kenosha County roundabouts safer?

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Intersections in Kenosha County that were reconstructed as a roundabout tend to have fewer traffic collisions reported, according to Kenosha County Public Works.

One recent Intersection to get a roundabout upgrade was Highway MB and Highway C in 2012.

“Before the roundabout was built, the intersection averaged 4.4 accidents per 12-month period,” Gary Sipsma, county highway director, said. “Since the roundabout was built, the intersection is averaging 1.3 accidents per 12-month period.”



Are Kenosha County roundabouts safer?

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Intersections in Kenosha County that were reconstructed as a roundabout tend to have fewer traffic collisions reported, according to Kenosha County Public Works.

One recent Intersection to get a roundabout upgrade was County Highway MB and County Highway C in 2012.

Police chief urges caution when crossing railroad tracks

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Pleasant Prairie Police Chief David Smetana is urging motorists to be vigilant when crossing railroad tracks in light of recent collisions.

On two separate incidents this summer, cars traveling on Highway H crashed into railcars that were stopped on the road at the spur crossing at night. In both cases, the railcars were black tankers that lead into an EMCO Chemical facility. The tankers were difficult to see and there were no warning lights.

Out of the darkness

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Carly Jackson lost her brother and mother to suicide six years ago.

Russell Jackson died March 16, 2008. He was 18 years old. Three months later, her mother died. She was 52 years old.

Warning signs of suicide

Things they might do:

— Increase use of alcohol or drugs.

Calling the crisis line

Dozens of calls come in each day to the local crisis line.

For 30 years, someone has answered the calls that come to 262-652-7188, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

National Alliance on Mental Illness provides support

Bringing mental illness out of the shadows is a huge challenge.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness works hard to do that. They provide support for people with mental illness and their families. Jack Rose, co-president of the local chapter, said the lack of awareness of mental health issues contributes to the problems, and to the stigma.

High-tech hide and seek

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You’re never too old to search for hidden treasure. And the real-world hunt is happening all around you.

New discoveries hide in the woods, under park benches and probably just a short walk from where you are right now. The possibilities are endless.

Types of caches

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A geocache is a hidden container that includes, at minimum, a log book for geocachers to sign. But there are many different types of geocaches hidden throughout the world. Here are five examples to get familiar with:

— Traditional cache

How to find a cache

— Create an account at geocaching.com. A basic account is free. The premium account is $29.99/year, which includes exclusive features, such as access to VIP caches, advanced maps and the ability to track your statistics, among other things. For more information on the upgrade, go to geocaching.com/premium.

— Download the app. (Not necessary if using GPS device). The official geocaching app is available for iPhone and Android. There also are premium, pay versions of the app, which include additional features. Apps are titled “Geocaching” or “Geocaching Intro” by Groundspeak Inc., or “c:geo” (for Android only).

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