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Downtown Kenosha plans first fall decorating contest, and other business updates

Downtown Kenosha plans first fall decorating contest, and other business updates


From left, Gene McMulen, Del Faust and Deb Gantner, all of the Wisconsin Giant Pumpkin Growers, measure massive pumpkins during the Kenosha Fall Festival on Saturday.

Downtown Kenosha plans first fall decorating contest

Downtown Kenosha Inc. has announced its first fall decorating contest for its business district.

The “I Love Fall Most of All” storefront decorating contest will kick off voting on Oct. 25 and run until midnight Oct. 27.

Voters can visit the Downtown Kenosha Inc. website — — to nominate their favorite business display.

Businesses can also enter the contest by posting pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tagging @downtownkenosha and using #fallfordowntownktown.

Winners will be announced via website and social media at 4 p.m. Oct. 31. The winner will receive the $250 People’s Choice Award.

For any businesses still needing to sign up, the contest link is

To learn more, visit Downtown Kenosha Inc’s website with the live event page launching Tuesday:

Ribbon-cutting set for Water Integrated Treatment Systems

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Water Integrated Treatment Systems, 4719 70th Ave., begins at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22.

The ceremony will be followed by tours and refreshments.

Water Integrated Treatment Systems provides nonhazardous liquid waste treatment, laboratory analytical testing, waste characterization and profiling and transportation in a new, modern facility.

The company provides EPA-compliant stewardship to recucle millions of gallons of liquid waste into clean water.

Wisconsin has one of the lowest health uninsured rates

Wisconsin has one of the nation’s lowest health uninsured rates in the country, according to a report based upon data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Badger State ranked 10th in the nation with a 5.46 percent rate. It was behind only Minnesota (fifth) and Michigan (ninth) for lowest rate in the Midwest.

Massachusetts had the lowest rate in the nation at 2.77 percent.

Texas was last with an uninsured rate of 17.71 percent, according to WalletHub, a personal finance website that tracks consumer financial information.

Eye Centers seeks nominees for LASIK eye surgery help

Do you or someone you know have a circumstance that could benefit from a life-changing surgery?

The Eye Centers of Racine & Kenosha would like to give back to the community by helping four people see the world more clearly with LASIK eye surgery.

Those interested should like and follow the firm on Facebook and submit a story with a photo of recipient by Nov. 1 to

Local firm helping repair dam in northern Wisconsin

A local firm has stepped up to help repair a dam in northern Wisconsin.

Hanna Cylinders, 8901 102nd St., Pleasant Prairie, just completed 14-inch bore by 272-inch working stroke to be used in the Little Falls Dam at Willow River State Park in Hudson.

The cylinders will be used to control the lake levels by lifting and lowering the four sluice gates.

A draw down of the lake began in June 2015 after inspections called into question the structural integrity of the dam. Major issues included malfunctioning gates, seepage through the dam and cracks in the concrete.

Some $19 million in state funds have been earmarked over the years to replace the dam.

“This is a significant project that is expected to last several years,” said Kimball Bradley, president of Hanna Cylinders.


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