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 [...]

In the Kenosha Crowd: Photos in the city June – August, part 1

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If you've noticed a green hat bobbing through a crowd at a local music, government or creative arts event, you've seen me take photos of our city life. And, in the past few months, I've found myself all over our home. I found myself at the Juneteenth celebration near Regimen Barber Collective. I spent a [...]

County public health, Grace again offering incentives at Thursday clinic

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Editor’s note: Daniel Thompson has volunteered at previous Grace Welcome Center pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics. He also received his COVID-19 vaccination at the center. This is simply a disclosure of that past relationship. You can read about his personal vaccination experience here.  KENOSHA ⏤ Grace Welcome Center, Kenosha County Public Health and the state are [...]

Kenosha County to celebrate 101 years of women’s right to vote Sept. 8

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KENOSHA ⏤ Next week, the Kenosha County Suffrage 100 Committee will be holding its celebration of 101 years of women’s right to vote on Sept. 8.  The event ⏤ previously delayed due to inclement weather last month ⏤ will kick off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. The Anderson Arts Center, 6603 Third Ave., in [...]

County Public Health, Grace hoping incentives increase vaccinations

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KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha County Public Health officials and Grace Welcome Center are hoping incentives will increase turnout tomorrow at their COVID-19 vaccination clinic.  The pop-up clinic ⏤ located at Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St. ⏤ will start at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 2). The clinic will end at 9:15 a.m. Cash, gift card vaccination incentives [...]

Kenosha Uptown’s Days of Healing kicks off today with ‘Spirituals United’

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KENOSHA ⏤ Beginning today with a prayer walk event, and over the next several days, Uptown Kenosha will be focused on one thing: healing.  The result of a collaboration between several local organizations and business ⏤ including Bellissima’s Boutique, Hot Mess Studios LLC, Kenosha Beauty Supply, Jockey and S’Lush Daiquiri Lounge and Grill ⏤ the [...]

Kenosha History Center pays tribute to photojournalist Al Fredrickson

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KENOSHA ⏤ As of today, Kenoshans and visitors alike can experience the life and work of photojournalist Al Fredrickson via an exhibit at Kenosha History Center.  From now until mid-October, the center at 220 51st Place will be hosting “Through the Lens of a Photojournalist: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Al Fredrickson.” [...]

Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: ‘As long as my community is well fed’

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KENOSHA ⏤ Since I've taken on the role of a community, independent journalist, I have known much encouraging and, frankly, needed support ⏤ both for the Observer and "Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson". However, people have also pressured me to put down other independents, like Koerri Elijah, and treat them as competition. While I [...]

Observer on the Scene: Live at Kenosha COR, city meetings

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KENOSHA ⏤ The Observer has been on the scene of government meetings and also a few announcements recently ⏤ including the move of the Great Lakes Brew Fest. Kenosha COR debut (July 7, 2021) Last week, Kenosha Coalition Organizing for Resolution hosted its initial press conference introducing itself to the community.  During the conference, leaders [...]

KCOR hoping to help stop violence before police intervention

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KENOSHA ⏤ A new community group ⏤ Kenosha Coalition Organizing for Resolution (KCOR) ⏤ hopes to de-escalate situations before they reach the point of violence and police involvement in the city. On Wednesday, KCOR held a press conference in Civic Center Park to introduce themselves to the community. Watch the full conference below. https://www.facebook.com/theuptownobserver/videos/397053485079759/ What [...]

Local leaders praise Evers for signing AB 374, opioid settlement bill into law

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Kenosha County officials Wednesday expressed gratitude after Gov. Tony Evers signed AB 374 into law. The move frees up settlement funds for opioid addiction mitigation and abatement efforts. 2021 Assembly Bill 374 addresses settlement of the multidistrict opiate litigation. In this specific instance, it addresses the multidistrict litigation titled In re: National [...]

Thompson’s Take (Opinion): The wrong people are excited about Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood

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Lately, when I think about the Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood project near Uptown Kenosha, I return to the same thought: The wrong people are excited about this. See, I’ve obviously been following developments on it, and recently, I attended the public input session on the project at the old Brown Bank Building. Now, I acknowledge the [...]

Observer Walk: Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill

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HUBERTUS, Wis. ⏤ The Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill is maybe the most pleasant walk/hike you can take in the local region. The peaceful spot, tucked in 435 acres of woods, is located about 70 miles northwest of Kenosha in Hubertus, Wis. The three-layer hill is centered around [...]

Thompson’s Take: We need to know each other, so we can listen to each other again

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“Now is the time to come together.” There is no doubt in my mind that you’ve heard those words a lot in 2021.  I’m also fairly certain that they have hit with different degrees of sincerity based on who has said them to you.  As I walk around Kenosha, I know that the city fractured [...]

Kenosha Pride holds ‘most successful benefit ever’ (photos)

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KENOSHA ⏤ Saturday, Kenosha Pride and supporters filled the Rhode Center for the Arts to benefit the group's August festival. The event ⏤ Pride's first since COVID-19 hit ⏤ turned out a success, according to the group's social media. In fact, in a post on its Facebook page, the group called the event its "MOST [...]

Observer Walk: Petrifying Springs Park trails (video)

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This morning I got up and decided that I would go on a walk/hike around the trails in Petrifying Springs Park right here in the local Kenosha area. I hadn't in a while. However, exercise and mental health are linked together in ways. Therefore, I thought it might be peaceful and beneficial for everyone to [...]

County Executive: Pride flag to fly over Kenosha County for month of June

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Today, Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser announced that the Rainbow Pride flag will fly outside of the Kenosha County Courthouse throughout the month of June. The Kenosha County Board declared June as LGBTQA+ Pride Month at its last month. Sup. Zach Rodriguez brought the resolution to do so forward. . In ordering [...]