Inside the Mind: ‘Where have you been?’

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KENOSHA ⏤ It has been a long time since I've let you inside my mind, my friends. For that, I do sincerely apologize. However, I'd just like to say to everyone who has continued supporting the Observer and me while I've taken some time off, thank you. Sincerely, from the bottom of my heart. I [...]

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 [...]

Around the Scene: Get out to Public Craft and Kenosha Creative Space (playlist)

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KENOSHA – While musicians have a chance to start off their week at Rustic Road and Kenosha Fusion on Monday nights, Public Craft Brewing and Kenosha Creative Space have the rest of the week covered. Today, and every Wednesday, local musicians can hang out and also share their talents with two Spirit Shakers at Public [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]