Cold Nights, Warm Lights: Photos from recent open mics 

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KENOSHA ⏤ Over the winter months, it sometimes seems as though musicians, like certain other types of life on Earth, hibernate.  However, while cold weather has never been a friend of musicians, there are still plenty of local talented bands and songwriters hitting your local venues and open mics. The stage at Public Craft Brewing [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Thompson’s Take (Opinion): A confession, a new community perspective, a new start

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KENOSHA ⏤ I remember my first day covering any government meeting in any community.  In October 2012, I walked into the Kimball County Courthouse in Kimball, Neb., a 23-year-old recent college grad wearing a black fedora and whatever the hell business casual is supposed to be. I sat down, and City Clerk Cathleen Sibal, a [...]

Observer Captures Kenosha (photos): Spirit Shakers, Lunar Lizard and Earthmother at Fusion

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KENOSHA ⏤ Fusion hosted one of the best music lineups possible in the city last Saturday, Oct. 30: Spirit Shakers, Lunar Lizard and Earthmother. The show, well attended during the Halloween weekend, not only provided entertainment, but a welcome sense of community in the local scene. Below, please find a gallery of photos from Saturday's [...]

Update: KCSD names suspect in Bristol deputy-involved shooting

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BRISTOL ⏤ The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has identified the suspect in a Thursday deputy-involved shooting in Bristol as Allen M. Brown, 33, of Countryside, Ill. On Thursday, Brown allegedly fled deputies after they initiated a traffic stop at the Benson Corners gas station near Highway 50 and US 45 in Bristol. Brown drove a [...]

Deputies shoot suspect after he shoots sheriff’s department K9

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BRISTOL ⏤ Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department deputies shot a fleeing suspect after he shot the department’s K9 officer at a gas station in Bristol Thursday.  According to Sgt. David Wright, the department responded to Benson Corners gas station, 19942 75th St., at the corner of Highway 50 and US 45 around 11:16 a.m. Thursday. There, [...]

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 [...]

UPDATE: KCSD identifies Milwaukee driver killed in I-94 crash

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department (KCSD) has identified the driver killed in a Tuesday I-94 crash as Dr. Mirza Ahmad, 35, of Milwaukee.  Ahmad drove a 2019 Volvo XC40 northbound in the 7100 block of I-94 when it crashed into a parked semi. The semi was stopped in the northbound lanes at [...]

Sheriff’s department investigating fatal crash on I-94

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a fatal crash that took place on Interstate 94 Tuesday. According to a release from Sgt. David Wright, deputies, detectives and fire and rescue personnel responded to the 7100 block of I-94 at 7:52 p.m. Tuesday. At the scene, they found a 2019 Volvo [...]

County Public Health hosting COVID-19 booster dose clinic Friday

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Kenosha County Public Health will host a COVID-19 booster dose clinic this Friday, Oct. 8, at the Kenosha County Job Center. The clinic at the center ⏤ located at 8600 Sheridan Road in Kenosha ⏤ will run 9 a.m. to noon. County officials stress the clinic is “intended to serve eligible individuals [...]

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 [...]

Wilmot, Pleasant Prairie COVID-19 testing sites open in Kenosha County

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ The Wisconsin National Guard will offer free, drive-through COVID-19 testing Thursday, Sept. 30, and Friday, Oct. 1, in Wilmot. The testing site ⏤ active from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days ⏤ will sit on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds, 30820 111th St. Organizers ask that residents seeking testing enter through the [...]

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 [...]

Observer Conversations: James Simmons for Kenosha County Sheriff

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Editor's note: As the Observer wishes to be fair to all candidates, if there is another sheriff candidate who would also like to sit down for an interview on camera, I am more than happy to oblige. Please email me at dthompson@theuptownobserver.com. KENOSHA ⏤ When Kenoshans think of Kenosha County Sheriff candidate James Simmons, he [...]