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Monday, July 18, 2011

Verona Rd., lost pets, neighb. celebrations: DMN e-News

Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News  
                                                                        July 18, 2011

The DMN e-News and an occasional hard copy DMN News are published by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) on an “as-needed” schedule.  The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association, Inc. has been working to unite neighbors to solve mutual problems and promote fellowship among neighbors since 1973.  Our neighborhood is in Madison & Fitchburg.
                President, Bob Hague,   218-7060
               News contact, Mary Mullen,  
or  298-0843
                Website: <>  
              On Facebook: <>
Some great neighborhood celebrations and a chance to comment on the Final EIS for the Verona Road project are coming up soon.  Check out the articles.   (Unless noted otherwise, articles are written by Mary Mullen.)

- Sat., July 30, noon - 5 p.m - Allied Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association Festival
, Belmar Park, Jenewein &    Red Arrow Trail
- Wed., August 3, 7 pm – DMNA Council meeting.  Prairie UU Society, corner of Crawford/Whenona
- Fri., August 5, 5 p.m.-dark  - Annual DMNA potluck picnic, Marlborough Park basketball court.  Bring a potluck dish to share, anything you want to grill, your own beverages, picnic-ware, and a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.  This is a low-key, friendly gathering for all people in the neighborhood.
- Mon., Aug. 15  – Deadline for comments on the final Verona Rd project Environmental Impact Statement.  (See articles 3-5.)

        Coming Up in the Neighborhood
1 - DMNA Potluck Picnic, August 5, 5 p.m.
2 - ADMNA Asks for Donations to Fund July 31 Allied Festival
(Attachment:  “1 ADMNA $ form.jpg”)
3 - Final Verona Road Impact Statement Received:  Comments Due August 15
(Attachment: “2 FEIS Exec Summary.pdf”)
4 -Read the Verona Road FEIS in Many Libraries or On-line
5 - Neighbors Invited to Join Committee to Respond to Verona Road Impact Statement
6 - Pond “Grand Opening” and Planting Events to be Scheduled
(Attachment:  “3 col Belmar pics.jpg”)

        Neighborhood News
7 - E-News Wins Gold Level Award
(Attachment: “4 NUSA award.jpg”)
8 - Runaway Corgi Found
9 - Kitten Gets Offer of Home
10 - DMNA Garage Sales and Yard & Garden Walk Revisited
11 - Help Sought to Beautify Belmar
Median  (Attachment:  “3 col Belmar pics.jpg”)
12 - More About the DMNA Neighborhood Council
13 - Arboretum Corps of Discovery Art Exhibit on Through August
        From Our Representative
14 - State Rep. Terese Berceau Explains Concealed Carry Law
15 - Editor’s Editorial Note


Coming Up in the Neighborhood
1 - DMNA Potluck Picnic, August 5, 5 p.m.

After skipping a year, the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) is on track for holding its annual potluck picnic in Marlborough Park, on Friday, August 5, from 5 pm until dark.  Don’t miss it!
 It’s a friendly, low-key event to which people from the entire neighborhood are invited to show up and meet neighbors.  The neighborhood is bounded by Verona Road and the Beltline, Seminole Highway, Dunn’s Marsh, and Allied/Carling Drives.
This is an event for long-time and new residents.  In fact it’s a great opportunity for people new to the neighborhood to get to know their neighbors.  
Bring the kids, your partner, grandma, the next door neighbors, and any other friends who happen to be visiting you.  Also bring a potluck dish to share, your own beverages, items to grill, tableware, and a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.  If you have some outdoor games for kids, they would be welcome too.
The DMNA will provide friendly, down-to-earth people, the grills with hot coals, tiki torches for “atmosphere,” horseshoes so you can try out our state of the art horseshoe pits, and a few entertainments for kids.  
If the weather is good, the picnic will be on the basketball court on the east side of the park near the kids’ playground.  If it’s rainy, we’ll be in the shelter in the middle of the park.
See you there.

2 - ADMNA Asks for Donations to Fund July 31 Allied Festival
(Attachment:  “1 ADMNA $ form.jpg”)

Our sister neighborhood association, the Allied Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (ADMNA), has scheduled its festival for Saturday, July 31, from 12 noon until 5 pm at Belmar Park, 4600 Jenewein Road.  
A tentative budget estimates the festival will cost about $3,000. Costs are for bounce rides, an obstacle course, generators, tents, set up and breakdown expenses, food, port-a-potties, folding chairs, sound permits and closing of Jenewein.
Organizations and individuals may wish to donate.
Selena Pettigrew, ADMNA president, states in her fundraising letter that “with residents’ participation our goal is to raise the money and other items needed.  We are trying to be creative in building community resilience and pride among families that struggle daily.”
She also noted that “Allied Community has approximately 4300 residents, many being children.  It has diverse ethnicity, with significant population of Latinos, African-Americans, Caucasians, and Southeast Asian residents.  ADMNA tries to improve the quality of life for families while trying to meet their daily needs and being their advocate as needed.”
“Help us to help the children of Allied have a festival they can be proud of and remember for years to come,” she concludes.
Donations can be made to the Allied Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association and sent to Barry Hayes, 4605-H Crescent Rd., Fitchburg, WI 53711. General donations of any size and from anyone are welcome, but organizations wishing to have an information table at the festival are asked to give $25 per table, and the “Funding Sponsor Donation” is $300 minimum.
Donors should fill out the attachment “1 ADMNA donation sheet..jpg” and send it in to the address on the form.
For more information, contact Selena Pettigrew, 4613 Atticus Way #103, Madison, WI 537ll, 773-515-7916 or at
                                                                based on documents from Selena Pettigrew
3 - Final Verona Road Impact Statement Received:  Comments Due August 15
                  (Attachment: “2 FEIS Exec Summary.pdf”)
A big box arrived at my door on Monday, July 11.  It was 2 copies of the FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT and FINAL Section 4(f) Determination for the Verona Road project.  These copies are for the use of the neighborhood.
The Verona Road project includes adding lanes to Verona Road and the Beltline, changing access across Verona Road, wiping out the Beltline frontage road businesses between Verona Road and Whenona Drive, taking some residences, and many other modifications to the street patterns.
Comments on the statement are due August 15.  Only written or e-mail statements will be accepted. There will be no public hearings on this document.  E-mail responses can be directed to Larry Barta at  Questions can also be referred to Larry at (608)246-3884.
Written hard-copy comments should go to
Joe Olson, Regional Director, WisDOT, SW Region
2101 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704-2583
Any neighbor wishing to borrow the impact statement   should contact Kim Zinski, 608-271-2436, or Mary Mullen, 608-298-0843,  
Although the complete FEIS is 3 ½ inches thick and weighs about 5 pounds, the 24-page Executive Statement at the beginning of Volume 1 gives a nice overview.  
The overvew is attached. Please take the opportunity to read and study it.   The quality of the cover page is miserable, but all the rest is fine.
4 - Read the Verona Road FEIS in Many Libraries or Online

The Verona Road FEIS is available to read in many libraries around the area and also online.
Find it at these branches of the Madison Public Library:
Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street                 
Alicia Ashman Branch, 733 North High Point Road          
Meadowridge Branch, 5740 Raymond Road                      
Monroe Street Branch.1705 Monroe Street                         
Sequoya Branch, 4340 Tokay Boulevard (at Midvale)         
South Madison Branch,  2222 South Park
It’s also available in adjacent cities:  
Middleton Public Library, Main Branch, 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton
Verona Public Library, Main Branch, 500 Silent Street, Verona
McFarland Public Library, Main Branch, 5920 Milwaukee Street, McFarland
Fitchburg Public Library, Main Branch, 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg
An electronic copy of the FEIS is available on the web at the following address: <>


5 -  Neighbors Invited to Join Committee to Respond to Verona Road Impact Statement

Neighbors are urged to join the DMNA committee that will be developing a response to the Verona Road Final Environmental Impact Statement from the neighborhood association.
Interested residents should call or forward their contact information to Kim Zinski, 608-271-2436,


6 - Pond “Grand Opening” and Planting Events to be Scheduled
(Attachment: “3 col Belmar pics.jpg)

We’re getting close to finishing up the Apache Drive Pond project and are in the process of scheduling a special Grand Opening event either in July or August as well as a "rain garden and wet pond edge" planting party with the Boys and Girls Club and any interested, available residents from the Allied and Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood area.  
Joining the planting party is a super way to learn about rain gardens and about the other plants that grow well in wet areas.
If you want to be a part of the planting party, contact Fitchburg’s Environmental Engineer Rick Eilertson. Check out the attachment for July 1 images of the pond area.
        from Rick Eilertson 270-4264 direct, 235-0412 cell,

Neighborhood News

7 - E-News Wins Gold Level Award
(Attachment “4 NUSA award.jpg”)

“You and your organization are to be congratulated on your newsletter and its goal to inform your residents of what’s going on in your community.” Those words came in a letter from Neighborhoods USA (NUSA), which announced that the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News has won a Gold Level award for excellence in neighborhood newsletters.
This is the second time that the DMNA has won a top NUSA Award. In 2007, the Association won first place in the category of “Social Revitalization/Neighborliness - Single Neighborhood.”
The 2011 newsletter award was made by Neighborhoods USA at the recent Neighborhoods, USA Conference in Anchorage, Alaska.   It was based on submission of an application which included 2 consecutive issues of the e-News from the 2010 calendar year.  The February 3 and February 12, 2010 issues were submitted.  
While the average size of the e-News is about 10 pages not counting attachments, the 2 issues submitted represent variations from the average.  The February 3 issue consisted of 20 text pages and 4 pages of attachments. The February 12 issue was 3 pages long and had one attachment.
The letter from NUSA noted that  
There were a total of 38 entries in this year’s Newsletter Competition, 11 entries in the electronic category and 27 in the printed category.
The Newsletter competition was not set up to pick one winner; it was designated to evaluate each newsletter entered against a set of criteria and present awards based on each entrant’s merits.
Each entry was evaluated against the same set of criteria and based on its total scare earned either a gold, sliver, or bronze level award.
The criteria included layout, consistency, content, relevance, and overall appearance.

The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association was in the company of 5 other gold level winners in the electronic category.  They include the cities of Phoenix, AZ and Arlington, TX, neighborhood associations in Pasadena, CA, and Portland, OR,  as well as the East Madison (WI) Community Center. Three other organizations received silver level awards and 2 received bronze awards.
For more information about NUSA and these awards, see


8 - Runaway Corgi Found

I want to thank all of you for spreading the word about Piper.  She has been found and is safe at home snoring away as I type this.  
I want to thank all of the citizens of Fitchburg from the bottom of my heart.  I loved the people of your community already, but the support for the search for Piper has been overwhelming.  Please feel free to call for details at 843-5757.

                                                                                                                Best regards,
                                                                                                               Megan McGuire

9 - Kitten Gets Offer of Home

The tiger kitten making the rounds of the neighborhood brought several responses.  Two other people besides Kent Seeker had seen this kitten, and a third made an offer to adopt it if it is still available.  
That’s the good news.
The less than good news - perhaps - is that the kitten hasn’t been seen since the offer of adoption.  Maybe someone gave it a home.

10 - DMNA Garage Sales and Yard & Garden Walk Revisited

June was an activity-filled month for the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association.  On Saturday, June 11, a number of families held garage sales, and two Saturdays later a dozen people participated in the Yard and Garden Walk.
Garage sale day, unfortunately threatened rain, holding down the number of customers.  However, it did allow participants the opportunity to donate unsold items to Goodwill and thus get them out of the house.  There’s definite value in that beyond the tax deduction.
There were several highlights of the Yard and Garden tour which was attended by folks from a few months old up into the 80s.  First of all, the day was sunny and not overly hot.  
Besides the nice weather and exercise, participants also got the benefit of learning in depth about some plants thanks to Dr. Galen Smith, a botany professor and member of Prairie UU Society where the tour began. Later, Donna Sarafin and Susan Kilmer explained how they are turning their back yard into a sustainable and edible landscape.  We were lucky to benefit from Susan’s knowledge.  She manages the Arboretum’s native plant garden.
Next, the tour participants had a chance to admire a number of well-managed and pretty yards on Windflower Way.
At the end, when only 4 hardy people were left, Ron Johnson gave a nice presentation about his wooded yard that had been designed by a former member of the DMNA, Steve Christy.  Ron described his management style as  “benign neglect.”  Nevertheless, the design qualities were quite visible, and it was pleasant to be in the shade at noon while we looked at the plans developed by Steve and enjoyed the rocks that had been added to the yard in the past couple of years.
Finally, the last 2 of us walked back to the east side of the neighborhood through Marlborough Park.  The prize was getting a number of free plants from Dorothy Krause’s garden.
11 - Help Sought to Beautify Belmar Median  (Attachment:  “3 col Belmar pics.jpg”)

Believe it or not, it’s a woman from Seminole Hills - not our neighborhood - who has used her green thumb to beautify the median at Sentinel Pass where it comes out on Seminole.  That median, with its pretty pink  roses, bright orange lilies, light green foliaged bleeding heart, and lavender spires of a plant I don’t know, will gladden the eye of any passerby.
Why did someone who doesn’t even live in the neighborhood plant and tend “our” median?  Well, she says, as a regular user of Seminole Highway, she wanted to see something beautiful every time she passed by.
Our Seminole Hills benefactor would prefer that a Dunn’s Marsh resident take over the job of maintaining this little spot of color now that she has it thriving.  If you think you might consider being the gardener of this pocket flower garden, contact Mary Mullen or 298-0843.  She’ll refer you to the current gardener who will be glad to give you tips on what needs to be done (not too much).
See the attachment “col Belmar pics.jpg” for the contrast between this Sentinel median and the boring lawn grass median a few dozen feet away at the intersection of Crescent and Sentinel.
12 - More About the DMNA Neighborhood Council
In the last newsletter which announced that our new DMNA President is Bob Hague, we should have mentioned that we also have a new vice president.
When Jeff Glazer resigned the presidency due to moving out of the neighborhood, Vice President Bob Hague automatically became president. The Council then elected a new Vice President.  
The new Vice President is JoAnn Kelley.
Both Bob and JoAnn live in the Crawford part of the neighborhood which is west of Whenona Drive.
The article about the need for additional Council members and representatives to the Allied Wellness Coop and the Allied Task Force brought a couple of inquiries.  There may soon be some new faces in the neighborhood leadership.

13 - Arboretum Corps of Discovery Art Exhibit on Through August

Treat yourself to appreciation of the Arboretum in the form of a multi-media exhibit at the Arboretum Visitor Center all this month and next. Photos, drawings, paintings, quilts, physical journals, and more will help you appreciate this world-class nature sanctuary even more than you do now.
This display was produced by the Arboretum Corps of Discovery, a group of about 40 local people who participated in a 4-day training back in October and November 2009 and then documented a host of wondrous things they saw in the Arboretum over the past year and a half.  The Corps of Discovery is modeled on the work of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. which took place from 1804-1806.
From a physical journal - an actual collection of twigs and nuts - and small poster you can learn how to tell what animal has browsed on these items in nature’s pantry.  Other large posters document the different ferns in the Arboretum and introduce some of the ephemerals  - flowers that bloom and then disappear.  Other posters demonstrate the skills Corps members were taught and show that any person can learn to better communicate nature through words, drawing, photography, and other methods.
A definite favorite will be the rocking chair that was painted to resemble a pond and a tree.  A model duck sits on the pond (the seat), a bird crawls up a painted tree trunk (the back of the rocker), and another model bird perches on the top of the chair. This writer has several works in the show including 4 photos of the “duck pond” on Nakoma Road during the 4 different seasons.
The Visitor Center, accessible from Seminole Highway just across the Beltline and down the hill, is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and weekends from 12:30 to 4 p.m. (excluding holidays).

For more information and a map, go to <>

From Our Representative
14 - State Rep. Terese Berceau Explains Concealed Carry Law

Special Edition - Concealed Carry
As you know, the governor signed the concealed carry bill into law today.  Because of the interest this bill has generated, I am sending out a special edition of my e-newsletter with details about the bill.
As you also know, I have been and continue to be opposed to concealed recently.  The argument that the constitution guarantees this right is to me, specious.  Taken from a letter in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “The framers of our constitution had no concept of the technology we would have today. In the 1790s, a muzzle-loaded rifle weighed 10 lbs., was 60 inches long, and even the most proficient marksman could fire only two to three shots in one minute.”  Contrast that with the weapon used by Jared Lee Loughner to shoot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, which could fire at least 30 rounds in 10 seconds.
I am also not swayed by the opposition saying that concealed carry is in effect in 48 other states and there has been no noticeable increase in gun violence.  The firearm homicide rate in the United States is almost 20 times higher than in 22 other populous, high-income countries that have similar crime and violence rates.
When the Assembly was debating the concealed carry bill, I spoke about my concerns that allowing concealed weapons would increase the danger for individuals in violent domestic relationships.  (You can watch my floor speech here.) Several of my colleagues raised other inconsistencies and problems with the bill.  Unfortunately, concealed carry supporters did not address those concerns before they passed the bill.
I know that the majority of my district does not wanted concealed weapons, but that there is a small percentage that does.  In either case, I think you will be interested in the details of the bill.
Terese Berceau

Now that concealed carry will be law in Wisconsin, the primary questions from many of my constituents are logistical in nature.  Where can people carry concealed weapons? Where are concealed weapons not allowed?  Are there any people who may not obtain concealed carry licenses?  How can I stop people from carrying concealed weapons on my property?
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (and general answers) about Wisconsin's new Concealed Carry law:

 Q1. What types of weapons may be concealed?
·     Handguns
·     Electric weapons (such as Tasers)
·     Billy Clubs
·     Knives (other than switchblades)
 Q2. Where are concealed weapons specifically prohibited?
·     Any portion of a building that is a police station, sheriff's office, state patrol station, or the office of a Division of Criminal Investigation special agent of the Department of Justice (DOJ)
·     Any portion of a building that is a county, state, or federal courthouse, or that is a municipal courtroom, if court is in session
·     Any portion of a building that is a jail, prison, house of correction, or secured correctional facility
·     Secured mental health facilities (Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, the WI Resource Center, Mendota Mental Health Institute)
·     Airports (past security checkpoints)
·     In school buildings or on school grounds
 Q3. Where are concealed weapons specifically allowed?
·     Your own residence or business or on land you own, lease, or legally occupy
·     Public areas, such as streets and roads
·     In vehicles that are being driven or are parked (including vehicles parked on an employer's property)
·     State parks and fish hatcheries and wildlife refuges
·     Grounds or land owned, occupied, or controlled by state or local government (i.e. parks, the Capitol lawn, the land around the Alliant Center, etc.)
Q4.  Where may concealed weapons be prohibited voluntarily?
·     Personal residences (with notification)
·     Common areas of multi-family residences (with posting by the owner of the building)
·     Non-residential buildings, grounds, or land (with posting)
·     Special events (with posting)
    • A special event is one that is open to the public, for a duration of not more than three weeks, and has designated entrances.
·     Buildings owned, occupied, or controlled by any unit of state of local government (with posting)
·     Publicly- or privately-owned buildings on the grounds of a university or college (with posting)
Q5. What does "residence" mean exactly?

·     For single-family residences: it does include the residence building itself and the parcel of land on which the building is located.
·     For multi-family residence: it does include individual apartment units, but does not include common areas of the residence building or of the parcel of land on which the building is located.  Examples of common areas include: entryways, shared laundry facilities, pool areas, etc.
Q6. What are the posting and notification requirements necessary to prohibit concealed weapons?

·     If posting is required, signs that measure at least five inches by seven inches must be used to notify people that concealed weapons are not allowed on the premises.
·     Signs must be located in prominent parts of the building to which the restriction applies.
·     Signs must be posted in prominent places near all probable access points to the area in which concealed carry is restricted.
·     If you don't want to allow the concealed carrying of weapons in your personal residence, you must notify* all visitors to your residence not to enter or remain at your residence while carrying a firearm.  (*The law is silent about what action homeowners must take to fulfill this notification requirement.  It is not clear whether verbal notification will suffice or if posting a sign is necessary.º
·     You may specify that you don't want certain types of weapons to be concealed, but that other types of weapons are acceptable to conceal.
Q7. Can I carry a concealed weapon at work?

·     If you have a license to carry a concealed weapon, then the answer is "yes," with certain exceptions:
·     Exception: if you work in a location where concealed weapons are not allowed by state law (See Q2.)
·     Exception: if your employer states in your employee handbook that concealed weapons are not allowed on work property.
·     If you do not have a license to carry a concealed weapon, then the answer is "no."
Q8. What is required for me to get a concealed carry license?
·     You must be a minimum of 21 years old.
·     You must be a Wisconsin resident.**
·     You must not be prohibited under federal or state law from possessing a firearm.
·     You must not be prohibited by a court from possessing a dangerous weapon as a condition of bail or parole.
·     You must provide proof of approved training.
**The law is not clear how one qualifies as a Wisconsin resident for the purpose of obtaining a concealed carry license.  The word "resident" means different things in different parts of the law.  Since SB 93 did not define the word "resident," this may result in confusion.
Q9. What constitutes adequate training for a concealed carry license?
·     the hunter education program established by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
·     a firearms safety or training course that is conducted by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors
·     a firearms safety or training course that is available to the public and is offered by a law enforcement agency
·     a firearms safety or training course that is offered to law enforcement officers or to owners and employees of licensed private detective and security agencies
·     a firearms safety or training course that is conducted by a firearms instructor who is certified by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors or who is certified by DOJ
·     No matter the type of training an individual receives, completion of training must be proven by a copy of a document indicating that the training was completed or by a sworn affidavit from the instructor who performed the training.
·     The bill explicitly bans mandatory “hands-on” training with firearms.
Q10. Will my Wisconsin concealed carry license be honored in other states?

We don't know yet.  While Wisconsin will have a "licensing system," the training required to obtain a concealed carry license in Wisconsin is not nearly as rigorous as the training required in many other states.  So, it is likely that Wisconsin's concealed carry licenses will not be honored in most other states.  But, this hasn't yet been tested, so we don't know either way.
Q11. Will my concealed carry license from another state be honored in Wisconsin?
Probably yes.  DOJ will create a list of states whose concealed carry licenses will be honored in Wisconsin.  Because Wisconsin's concealed carry license requirements are much less rigorous than other states, it is likely that most other states will be on this list.  If you possess a valid concealed carry license from a state on the DOJ list, you are considered a concealed carry licensee in Wisconsin.
If you have more specific questions about Wisconsin's new concealed carry law, feel free to contact me or contact the Department of Justice for additional information.

Please don't hesitate to contact me to share your concerns or opinions about any issue facing the state legislature.  Terese Berceau, Representative, Wisconsin Assembly
Phone: (608) 266-3784


Mail: Room 127 West, State Capitol, P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708
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15 - Editor’s Editorial Note:

It doesn’t take much time for someone to take advantage of new laws.  This morning I noticed a sign at the Verona Road entrance to our neighborhood.  It was an advertisement for a concealed carry class for women along with a phone number.  
Personally, I don’t think it is all that safe for people to be armed to the teeth, and I don’t relish the idea of wondering if people strolling the neighborhood might have pistols in their pockets whether they are women or men.  
Maybe this sign in our neighborhood just indicates that someone wants to make a quick buck from our new law, but I can’t help but think that it also makes it seem like we live in such a dangerous world that we should be willing to shoot to maim or kill at any moment.  
I don’t want my neighborhood to be a war zone.  For me it’s more than enough to read and see the daily news about wars in other places.  I want my home to both feel and be safe.

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