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HEART WALK

Manny Rios, 13, the Heart Walk Hero, right, and emcee Paige Weslaski kick off the walk at UW-Parkside on Oct. 5. More than 600 participated in the annual Racine/Kenosha Heart and Stroke Walk. Rios was born with a severe congenital heart defect and given less than one week to live at birth.

LAUREL — To Manny Rios, known as “Mayor Manny,” who inspired everyone in attendance at last weekend’s annual Racine/Kenosha Heart and Stroke Walk at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Manny, a Lincoln Middle School seventh-grader, was born with a severe congenital heart defect and given less than one week to live. He has overcome a stroke, three open-heart surgeries and a heart transplant and wins hearts everywhere he goes.

DART — To the five months it took the Wisconsin Senate to confirm the first of Gov. Tony Evers’ cabinet nominees, including Peter Barca of Kenosha as state Revenue Secretary. The five nominees to gain formal approval last week did so by unanimous voice vote. Still other Evers’ cabinet nominees need Senate approval. Will we have to wait another five months for the Republican Senate majority to consider the rest of the Democratic governor’s team?

LAUREL — To Seth Bayles, football team manager at Central High School, for drawing up a special play for the homecoming game from his hospital bed at Froedtert Kenosha Hospital. Seth, a senior, has a rare autoimmune disease that causes his immune system to attack cells in his body. He has repeatedly rallied the community to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the Ronald McDonald House and the Samaritan’s Purse Children’s Heart Project.

DART — To the latest of continuing scams, this one a contractor scam reported in Bristol and Salem Lakes, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department warned this week. The scams typically involve an unsolicited home or property repair or, most frequently, driveway asphalt coating. “We are warning residents to be vigilant,” the department said on its Facebook page, noting that the scammers typically target elderly people.

LAUREL — To award-winning actor Daniel J. Travanti, a Kenosha native, who will be honored by the Italian American Society at its annual Columbus Day Banquet Sunday at the Italian American Club, 2217 52nd St. Each year the Italian American Society honors an outstanding community member of Italian descent at the banquet. Travanti won two Emmy Awards for his role as Capt. Frank Furillo on “Hill Street Blues” and has a long list of television and theatrical credits.

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