BY KATIE MATTESON
If our magazine seems heavier this month, you’re not imagining things. It’s actually eight pages heavier. Yep, 40 pages packed with positive stories about Racine. More to read, more to learn and love about our hometown.
How did this happen? Simple. More businesses and organizations have discovered that our magazine provides a great advertising channel to reach local people who care about their community and want to patronize local businesses.
Many thanks to you, our loyal readers and those of you who have recently found us. You’ve picked up the magazine at a store, or at the library, or at the dentist office or read it online and talked about it to your friends or picked up an extra copy for your neighbor or clipped a coupon or told a shop owner where you saw their ad.
While we don’t tend to plan themes for each issue, somehow our stories seem to find a way to relate to each other.
This month, two of our stories share a common thread immigrants working hard to build successful local businesses.
You’ll read the inspirational story about the son of a Mexican immigrant and his wife from Argentina, who built a heating and cooling company from scratch and an 18-year-old man who immigrated to the United States not knowing any English and established his business as The Pizza King of Racine for 65 years.
Other stories seem to naturally circle around the joy of learning for students of all ages.
We learned that students can start as young as 2½ and continue well past retirement. Those with intellectual disabilities benefit from creative collaborations and you’re never too old to sing.
For another collection of stories, the takeaway has to do appreciation for different points of view.
While Millennials may look at life differently than Baby Boomers, the perspectives, behaviors and values also vary greatly in various parts of the country. Life seems richer when differences are viewed as interesting instead of infuriating.
And what about the people to know and remember? This month you’ll meet a gal who sees the potential in her Uptown neighborhood and learn about a local guy who was both an innovator and a humanitarian.
This month’s dose of history highlights an upcoming celebration of Calendona’s history and an innovative tool from the past that has ties to several local manufacturers.
And last, but not least, you’ll read about a local theatre group’s 27th season and an art auction that’s gone to the dogs (in all the best ways).
So sit back, relax and enjoy!