ICYMI: Recent performances around Kenosha

KENOSHA ⏤ Recently, I had the pleasure of catching the performances of my friends Would You Kindly?, Violet Wilder and Spirit Shakers, as well as stopping by Rustic Road Brewing's weekly mic. Would You Kindly? and Violet Wilder at Kenosha Creative Space On Feb. 18, the talented local musicians in Would You Kindly? and Violet [...]

Second Baptist Church to host free vaccination clinic Sunday (Feb. 20)

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KENOSHA ⏤ Second Baptist Church, 3925 32nd Ave., will host a free, open-to-the-public COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinic tomorrow, Feb. 20. The clinic will run from noon to 1 p.m. For incentive, the county is giving $25 Visa gift cards to those who receive a vaccine dose during the event, while supplies last.  What is available [...]

County: Public Health hosting vaccination clinic Wednesday morning (Feb. 9)

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KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha County Public Health will be hosting a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the ELCA Outreach Center ⏤ 6218 26th Ave. ⏤ tomorrow, Feb. 9.  Planned for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, the clinic not only offers residents a vaccination, but also a $25 Visa gift card while supplies lasts, according to [...]

A YAR grant, a KAC donation, and a reminder from Kenosha County

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KENOSHA ⏤ This past week's news in the Kenosha community you may have missed includes a Youth as Resources grant reminder, a donation to Kenosha Achievement Center and also a warning on depositing snow on roadways. Youth as Resources applications open until Jan. 14 Currently, youth groups in the Kenosha community can apply for a [...]

‘Framing and Sobriety’: An observation on how one affects another (podcast)

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KENOSHA ⏤ As of Jan. 1, 2022, I am officially five years sober from alcohol, after roughly also a decade of alcoholism/binge drinking. However, while that is a cause for celebration in my life, the milestone leaves me thinking about why it's so hard for many to reach that goal. Therefore, I've identified some things [...]

Jordan Pauley: A Real Stand Up Guy

  “After a year and a half, I just wanted to knock the rust off before producing and hosting again. You'd think it’s just like riding a bike. But there was definitely some social anxiety after that long break.”   Jordan Pauley is a stand-up comedian and the man behind Crimson Jester Productions.  “I always [...]

Jill Zgorzelski: Creating Community

“I'm still creating myself, still working on myself. I'm still working on my art. I'm still trying to become the best version of myself. I can't be this person or that person, but I can be me. And so that's kind of where I'm at now. And that's why it's so important to me to [...]

Jason Hedman: Kenosha’s Own Dickens is No Scrooge

My recent conversation with Jason Hedman was brief, but we did manage to cover his stint as a 6th-grade writer of Star Wars inspired fan-fiction, singing and playing in punk rock bands, and in-between all that was some talk of Christmas.  And what says Christmas better than a live program featuring a Kenosha-themed version of [...]

Carl the Kenosha Turkey: Feathered friend, fowl foe, or a fine family feast?

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If you live in Kenosha, Wis., chances are you're familiar with a local urban turkey that isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers: Carl.  He has over 5k followers on his Facebook, a viral song in his name, bumper stickers that read “I brake for Carl”, and he appears on yard signs throughout the community [...]

Stephanie Donoma Wants to Paint Your Pets

I first knew Stephanie Donoma as a young musician, playing acoustic at the Monday night open mic hosted Downtown by Chris Sipos and Rachel Young in the mid-2000s. It wasn’t until I returned to Facebook a few years ago that I learned about her visual art and Arbitrary Creations.  Between those two time periods Stephanie [...]

Brent Mitchell sings the blues

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When I sat down a few days ago to chat with Brent Mitchell, I knew a few things about him already. He is a poet, visual artist, theologian and activist. Brent Mitchell lounges in his home while discussing music and the arts with the Observer's Tammy Peacy. Photo property of Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer. His [...]

Thompson’s Take: A return to the Golden Rule concerning respect

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KENOSHA ⏤ We need to, as a society, go back to sticking to the Golden Rule in an unflinching and aggressively positive way when it comes to respect.  For the uninitiated, the Golden Rule is, in a nutshell: Treat others as you want them to treat you.  Golden Rule invoked to give up on people [...]

The Social Observer: Recent videos and posts by or with the Observer elsewhere

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KENOSHA ⏤ Over the last month, the Uptown Observer been very social. The Observer spoke with Kenosha County Sheriff candidate Tyler Cochran, viewed a presentation by Plywood People at the Vault and sat down with CUSH and Dr. Monica Cummings. In short, the Observer gets around in the Kenosha community. Therefore, please, take time to [...]

Kenosha County Opioid Task Force warns against wide presence of fentanyl

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KENOSHA ⏤ The Kenosha County Opioid Task Force is warning residents of the presence of fentanyl in “many illegal drugs and counterfeit prescriptions" locally. In a release Tuesday, the task force stated that a small amount is appearing in a wide variety of drugs. In fact, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Drug Operations Group told [...]

Observer Conversations (Video): CUSH, Dr. Cummings attempt to counteract racial bias through Common Read

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KENOSHA ⏤ What’s something we all have, but few admit to? The answer ⏤ or at least one of them ⏤ is bias.  As the Rev. Dr. Monica Cummings of Bradford UU Community Church puts it: Bias isn’t inherently bad. In fact, Cummings points out that our ancestors used bias in order to assess situations [...]

KPD investigating shooting on city’s north side; suspect believed dead

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KENOSHA ⏤ On Tuesday night, a 24-year-old man killed two people ⏤ and wounded two others ⏤ in a shooting in a home on the city’s north side. The shooter also died at the scene.  The Kenosha Police Department alerted the community to the incident early Wednesday morning, with a heavy police and also EMS [...]

Observer Captures Kenosha: Sept. 24 through Oct. 3, 2021

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Kenosha never leaves me wanting for scenes to capture with my camera. In fact, I can regularly photograph music, art or comedy events, as well as simply beautiful views along the harbor. Over the last week, I caught some writing I hadn't noticed before on the rocks along the lakefront. I've always found the different [...]

Thompson’s Take (Opinion): ‘You’re a good kid, buddy’

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Today, I had a moment that has led me down a rabbit hole of sorts.  Observer Founder Daniel Thompson I serve as a part-time elementary literacy tutor in the mornings now, and one of my students has had a tough week. And though he missed our session, I saw him standing in the doorway of [...]

Carthage students, All Energy Solar hope residents harness chance to go green

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KENOSHA ⏤ Carthage College junior Sophie Shulman’s journey into advocating for green energy and solar panels started with a thought: Why doesn’t Carthage have a wind turbine? Now, Shulman, a music and marketing major, has launched a project with solar panel company All Energy Solar to increase local panels. Shulman is currently working with the [...]

ICYMI: Organizers hold first-ever Kenosha Orgullo Hispano (Hispanic Heritage) Festival

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KENOSHA ⏤ For the first time, organizers hosted Kenosha’s Hispanic Heritage (Orgullo Hispano) Festival, which packed the area around Kenosha Creative Space on Sept. 17. Midwest DJ Productions, Lomeli Butcher Shop and also Kenosha Creative Space joined together to put the festival on. As a result, the inaugural Festival Orgullo Hispano filled downtown with dancing [...]