From the Kenosha News on 1-9-05

Need information?  These Web sites useful

   It's amazing how we've come to rely on the internet for just about everything.  While there are times that the local phone book or a telephone call is a better source of information, here are some web sites that I've found to be very useful.  Some of them are of specific interest to Kenosha residents.   They are listed in no particular order.

1. Blue book values for a vehicle you want to buy or sell.

2. Reviews of hotels, restaurants and more.  Submit your own review.

3. Find the name or address for just about anyone or any business in the country.

4. Get a map and directions to a specific location, as well as the distance.

5. Check the forecast anywhere in the country, plus get average temperatures for vacation planning.

6. The most popular search engine around.  Use it to find information on the web when you don't know where to look.

7. Research medical conditions, medication side effects, etc.

8. A repository of huge quantities of shareware and freeware.

9. Use their virus encyclopedia, under "security response" to find out about viruses you may have, get fixes for them, and de-bunk hoaxes.

10. If you're searching the internet for an answer to a question (e.g. "Can skunks climb trees?" or "When is Chinese New Year?"), this will work better than Google.

11.,, or To do research on airline flights and prices, as well as car rentals and hotels, these are the top three.  Expedia is my favorite for air fares because you can quickly check other airports by selecting them from the drop-down menu at the left without starting your search over.  Beware!  These on-line sources often do not have the best prices.  While they're great for doing the research, I always follow up with a phone call to the airline, car rental agency, or hotel, and generally find they have lower prices.  Also, watch for added cancellation fees at on-line services.

12. If you haven't tried Ebay, it's probably time to take a look.  If you can't find something in a store, it'll almost certainly be here.  It's almost a culture in itself.

13. Kenosha Public Library site.  Check if they have the book you need, ask a librarian a question, and much more.

14. If you are or have a student in Kenosha Unified Schools, this site provides much useful information.

15. - The Wisconsin JobNet.  If you're looking for a job in Wisconsin, this site lists the postings from the job centers across the state.

16. When you don't want to actually go to the DMV office, see if you can find the info on-line here first.

By Carol Sabbar from the Kenosha News on 1-9-05