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In Hales Corners, Wisconsin, a small suburb of Milwaukee of about 7 and a ½ thousand people, a new salon has opened up

*NATSOT*

Sola Salons is a pretty unique place.  It’s a large building comprised of multiple salons, all individually ran and owned by the hair stylists themselves.

Today I’m at Coco Hair Salon, a salon that just opened up about a week ago.  I had a chance to catch up with a few customers who have followed Coco for the duration of her career and are so happy to see her here at Sola Salons.

First is Leslie Spencer, a southern Milwaukee native.

*Leslie SOT*

I asked Leslie how she feels about the new salon here at Sola, in comparison to Coco’s old salon in Milwaukee:

*Leslie SOT*

Relaxing under the dryer with a glass of wine and foil in her hair, is another happy customer.

*Kim SOT*

That’s Kim Davis, another Milwaukee native who has followed Coco from Milwaukee here to Sola.

It’s not hard to see why these ladies love Coco enough to follow her here to Sola.  She provides them with delicious snacks, wine, coffee, tea, and soda, as well as a very comfortable atmosphere.

Not to mention, everyone’s hair looks great!

*Leslie SOT*

*Kim SOT*

After hearing these customers praise Coco, and seeing the final results of her work, I couldn’t resist a chance to get pampered myself.

I ended up getting 8 inches of my hair cut off, and I now understand why these ladies love Coco so much!

I will definitely be making the drive up to Hales Corners again, and I recommend you do, too.

For WebHawk News, this is Miranda Perkins – signing off.

(PALO ALTO, CALIF.) “Stay hungry.  Stay foolish.”  These were the closing words of Apple Computers, Inc.’s founder Steve Jobs as he finished his speech at Stanford University’s commencement ceremony this afternoon.

The graduates and their families looked on with admiration as they listened to Jobs’ 15-minute address.  In his speech, Jobs summarized three stories about his life, all ending with a final wish for the new graduates.

“That was definitely the most inspiring speech I’ve ever seen in person,” says Stanford graduate Stephanie Taylor, “Stanford did a great job picking the speaker this year. And I got really lucky to be here.”  The majority of graduates seemed to agree with Taylor, as the crowd erupted in applause at the end of Jobs’ address.

In the commencement address, Jobs spoke of “connecting the dots,” encouraging the graduates to follow their heart, no matter what winding path it may take them on.  He said, “Have the trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”  Jobs related this to his own history of dropping out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon after six months.  He said that though this was a tough decision at the time, when he looked back ten years later, he realized it was the best decision he’s ever made.

Jobs also spoke about love and loss, specifically focusing on his widely-known firing from Apple Computers.  Jobs said, “Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”  He explained that following the loss of his job at Apple Computers, he went on to create one of the most successful computer animation companies, Pixar, and he realized how much he truly loved his work.  He used this realization as a reminder for the graduates to “never settle” when it comes to doing what they love.

Finally, Jobs spoke about death.  He shared with the audience his recognition that any day could be his last day. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” he said.  The words echoed through the outdoor football stadium, “Remember: you’ll be dead soon.”

50-year-old Jobs also spoke of his pancreatic cancer, of which he says he is “fine now” following a surgery.  Jobs revealed in the speech that he was fortunate enough to have a rare form of pancreatic cancer that can be cured through a relatively easy surgery.  Jobs was diagnosed with the disease in 2004.

Jobs co-founded Apple Computers, Inc. with Steve Wozniak in 1976.  The company has since grown to be one of the largest computer producers in the world.

(LAKE GENEVA, WI.)  Lake Geneva’s annual Oktoberfest celebration was held on October 8 and 9, and Lake Geneva Business Improvement District board member, Kevin Fleming, describes the weekend as, “perfectly perfect.”

“The festival went off without a hitch.  It seemed to us that everybody enjoyed themselves, even those working the event.”

The annual German-rooted festival attracts thousands of tourists every year.  The event boasts hay wagon rides, face painting, live music, pony rides, a craft fair, and more.

Most of the area’s restaurants even change their menus for the event, bringing in a set of German-inspired food and ales.

Andrew Milligan, the manager of Popeye’s, a popular lakefront restaurant in downtown Lake Geneva, boasted the new menu, showing off the new Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer on tap and the addition schnitzel and sauerkraut peppered throughout the menu.  Milligan says, “Oktoberfest is one of our best weekends, especially post-summer, so of course we cater to it.”

The restaurants, hotels, and shops in the quaint Wisconsin town all experience a boost in sales this weekend, a revenue that is the primary reason for the reoccurrence of the German celebration every year.

As for two of the participants, Tiffany Westbrook and Kate Chodak, both Wisconsin natives, they were just glad they didn’t see any clown appearances.  “This clown epidemic is insane, and I’m so happy they didn’t come here and ruin this event.  Especially because of the kids.”

Clown and worry-free, this year’s Oktoberfest in Lake Geneva was one of the best they’ve seen thus far.

(KITTATINNY, Pa.) Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, mayor of Kittatinny, Pa., has proposed a new budget for 2017 that has the city of about 17,000 people in an uproar.

One of the most discussed aspects of the mayor’s proposed budget is the call to raise the property taxes in the town – a price that some may not be able to afford.  After the Susquehanna Steel Corporation shut down one of its two steel units, the city and its inhabitants have been struggling to make ends meet.  The mayor even allowed room in his budget proposal for those who would not be able to pay their property taxes.

Mayor Petykiewicz has also proposed that the fees of garbage pickup become a user fee – a cost of $35 that homeowners will pay out of pocket each month.  In addition, the mayor proposed the layoffs of 2 AFSCME personnel, and 2 police officers.  The loss of these police officers could be devastating, as this means that from 4 a.m. to noon, emergency calls in Kittatinny will be handled by Schuylkill County sheriff’s deputies.  Roman Hruska, chief of police, said in a press conference on Tuesday morning that he opposes this plan: “I cannot stand idly by and watch a city of this size be deprived of regular police protection for a third of each day.”

In addition to the loss of two police officers, the mayor proposes a higher ticket revenue for the city.  This, too, the chief of police is unhappy with: “The mayor is adding insult to injury. He wants us to write more tickets with fewer officers. Police officers are not supposed to be money making machines for the city; that is not their role. Police officers are supposed to enforce the law and encourage people to obey the law.”

Among the higher proposed tax rates, higher ticket revenue, and the priceless loss of the city’s safety with the layoffs of two police officers, the mayor has made room in the budget for a few things that some may deem unnecessary.  The mayor’s proposal includes a $55,000 increase in the equipment budget, which will allow for a new riding mower, a dump truck/snow plow, and, most controversially, a drivable weed-removal vehicle.

As a new form of income that the city desperately needs, the mayor announced he would like to do more to promote tourism in the city, saying, “We’ve got to think of a way to rebrand ourselves.”  Kittattinny does boast quite an environment between the beach at White Deer Lake and the gorgeous views throughout the city.  The mayor plans to reach out to hotels, waterparks, museums, and other attractions.

As for the immediate need of money in the town, the chief of police announced on Tuesday morning that he has a plan.  He said, “I would challenge the mayor at this time.  I will take a 10% cut in my pay if the mayor does the same.”  This was a challenge that the mayor, in fact, accepted, saying, “If the chief is willing to take a 10% cut in pay, I will take a 10% cut in pay as well.  And I would challenge the other top elected officials and appointed officials to take 10% pay cuts as well.”  This began quite a landslide in the press conference, causing both the president of AFSCME (Martha Mittengrabben) and the president of the Pennsylvania Police Association Local 34 (Bjarne Westhoff) to consider a pay cut as well.

If the elected officials of Kittatinny do accept a 10% pay cut, this would certainly help with the budget woes of the city, however it would likely not solve the entirety of the problem.  The City Council will undoubtedly be receiving a lot of unhappy calls in the coming days, and we encourage you to express your opinions to them as well.  You can reach the Kittatinny City Council at (123) 456-7890.

(AMES, IA) Jennifer Caddell, originally a northeastern Illinois native, is making big moves in small-town Iowa.  Caddell is an Apparel Merchandising and Design major at Iowa State University, a major that isn’t exactly common at this Iowan university.

Among her fellow students, though, Caddell feels she stands out for a different reason.  “I’m a size 18.  That’s pretty rare in this industry,” said Caddell on a Thursday night, sitting in her apartment decorated with near-professional style.

Even more rare, though, is someone of that size studying fashion in college.

I asked her if she felt unique in this situation, “Of course I do!” she exclaims with a 100-watt smile, “I’m three times as big as most of the girls in my classes!”  My amazement ceases at her upbeat, positive attitude regarding her difference.  She doesn’t hint towards a single ounce of insecurity.  This girl is going places, I think to myself.

Caddell’s outlook on her size in this industry is extremely positive, but it’s safe to assume that things cannot always be so easy.  I asked Caddell what some of her biggest challenges in this industry are as a plus-sized woman: “The hardest thing for me is finding clothes that fit well and that are high-fashion enough to live up to my standards.  Learning about fashion all day every day has definitely raised my standards, and many plus-sized companies are slightly behind in this category.”

When I ask Caddell what it’s like to be in such a unique position: a size 16 fashion major in small-town Iowa, she says, “It’s very inspiring! I look around the room at my peers, or I look at the women modeling the clothing we learn about, and I can’t help but think, ‘They’re gorgeous, but give us [the consumers] something more!’”

Caddell says she thinks we need much more diversity in modeling.  She says, “We need to blend the plus-sized and the straight-sized [regular sizes] industries together.  There’s no reason that we need two separate industries of the same thing just because the sizes are different.”

According to Caddell, this is the one thing she would change about the fashion industry if she had the power.  “I don’t see why the straight-sized companies can’t begin to expand their sizes.  Half of the women in America are plus-sized.  Something has got to give.”  With women like Caddell in the running to control the future of our fashion industry, I have no doubt that the industry will change for the better.