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Monday, July 28, 2014

DMNA Picnic & more

July 28, 2014
Picnic notice is first.  Then go on to the masthead, the article list, and the rest of the articles.



                             BRING FOOD TO SHARE  


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 & News contact:  Mary Mullen,  298-0843
             On Facebook:  Look for Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association
Articles & attachments in this issue  (All articles are by Mary Mullen unless noted otherwise.)

1 - Are you on Facebook?
2 - Make Music Madison  - A Good Time in Spite of Rain

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3 - Crawford Area Folks Know How to Celebrate the 4th (Attach: “3 pics Crawford gathering.jpg”)
4 - Reader Responds to June Newsletter
5 - Turtle Talk Continued
6 - Childcare Job Offered
7 - ABL - Common, Treatable Condition Reducing Quality of Life for Older Americans
8 - Research Participants Wanted - Women with ABL
(Attachment: “4 ABL recruitment ad.jpg”)

1 - Are you on Facebook?

If you are on Facebook, think of dropping in on the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association Facebook page.  It’s the place you can see lots of photos, access the newsletter online, and post your own comments.
Photos are posted quite often as are upcoming neighborhood events and reports of just-past events.            
Access the DMNA Facebook page  by simply typing “Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association” into the Facebook search box.      

2 - Make Music Madison  - A Good Time in Spite of Rain

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If you weren’t home on Saturday morning, June 21, you missed the enthusiastic and loud beginning to Make Music Madison, held at Prairie UU Society and co-sponsored by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association and the church.
Total Challenge Drumline opened the 9-hour music festival in our neighborhood at 11:15 a.m. with a literal bang.   Then they marched up Crawford to Helene, down DeVolis and up Axel back to Crawford.  People jumped out of their front doors to see what was happening, and a swarm of neighborhood kids wheeled around on their bikes like moths around a lightbulb in front of the golden clad group from Chicago.
Rain drove the musicians and most of the audience at Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society inside at 1:30, but nothing could dampen the spirits of the many musicians who performed at this venue in the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood that continued without a break until 8:15 p.m.
The sprinkles came and went while the audiences swelled and shrank according to the number of groupies and folks from the neighborhood, but always a festive atmosphere reighned for the marathon of music on the longest day of the year.
If you didn’t make it up to the all-day music, you can yearn for what you missed by clicking on the two collages of the groups that performed.  If you enjoyed this event, look for yourself in the pictures.

3 - Crawford Area Folks Know How to Celebrate the 4th
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They’ve been celebrating for decades.  Well not every day, but every 4th of July.  
View the collage of photos taken this July 4 of the parade around the block - DeVolis to Helene to Crawford to Axel to DeVolis - and the potluck afterward in the DeVolis Parkway.  It was a colorful and copesetic event.

4 - Reader Responds to June Newsletter

As usual, a very interesting news letter.
We also have a Cat that will catch Bunnies if we let her. I have a neighbor on one side of me that says, “They eat my garden…let her catch them.  On the other side is my son, and he says “keep your Cat in”, I have a Bunny living under my porch”.   I don’t want her to eat them, they have many parasites that can make your Cat sick.   So, when she’s outside I try to be out there with her.   
And.. of rain barrels….Keep covers on them….we have enough mosquitoes,…they are like swarms of bees.
About the Turtle… I think  it’s wonderful that they are still down at the Pond.   But, I don’t think I would have let that person take him (or her) away.   If it was a female she could have been going by the Pond to lay eggs.   
Also, people do still eat Turtles…..sorry, but I still doubt some peoples “good intentions”.  We use to see them crossing the road all the time, but don’t see that many any more.
                                                                        from Mary Melvin

5 - Turtle Talk Continued

I noticed your article about helping the snapping turtle across the road.  I’ve had pet turtles all my life, so I thought I’d chime in…
Never pick up a snapping turtle by the sides of its shell.  It can reach around and bite you as it has a very long neck, and it won’t let go!  If you need to move one, the best thing to do is pick it up or drag it by the tail.  
You have probably also seen a lot of Painted turtles laying eggs this time of year as well.  They are basically harmless and it is perfectly safe to pick them up by the sides.  
As with most wildlife, it is better to leave them alone if possible as being picked up for a wild turtle is stressful and they will most likely not lay their eggs that day, meaning that they will do it all over again sometime soon.  That said, helping them across the road is definitely better than not!

from Andy Lanz, Crescent Rd
Editor’s note:  Andy reports that he has had turtles since he was a little kid, and he currently has 7.                                                                                                 

6 - Childcare Job Offered

Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society, on Whenona Drive, is looking for an experienced individual to provide child care. Our nursery population has been growing and we need a second child care provider during the Sunday morning programs.
We are looking for someone at least 14 years of age with relevant experience and references.  Knowledge of CPR is a bonus but not required.  The starting salary is $8.50 an hour and the minimum time commitment is an hour and forty-five minutes--from 9:45 to 11:30. Extended hours are often available during social events and meetings before and after the service.
If you are interested in applying, please contact:
Paula Pachciarz
Co-chair, RE Committee
Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society
                                                                                    from Paula Pachciarz (pah-charz')



7 - ABL - Common, Treatable Condition Reducing Quality of Life for Older Americans

Accidental Bowel Leakage (ABL) affects tens of millions of older Americans, but almost no one talks about it. ABL, also known as fecal or bowel incontinence, is the accidental loss of liquid or solid stool from the rectum.  It is often unpredictable and symptoms may occur without warning. Common conditions associated with ABL include irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or loose stools, urinary leakage, older age, childbirth, prostate treatment, diabetes, and obesity.  
ABL can be treated and cured through dietary changes, pelvic floor muscle exercises, medications, office procedures, and surgery. However, most people with ABL are unaware of these solutions because they do not discuss their symptoms with a healthcare provider.
Dr. Heidi W. Brown, a urogynecologist with the University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is working to improve access to treatment for urinary incontinence and accidental bowel leakage. Her research examines factors that make it difficult for people to talk to a healthcare provider about ABL.  
Brown urges people to speak to their doctors if they are experiencing symptoms of ABL.
“Patients and healthcare providers can work together to reduce and improve symptoms of ABL,” Brown said. “If we identify and treat ABL early, we can improve not just ABL symptoms, but also the quality of life of millions of older Americans, enabling them to stay active and healthy and helping them sustain their independence.”
More information about symptoms and treatments for ABL is available at
<> , a non-profit website to which Brown and other interdisciplinary experts contribute.
                                                from UW Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology

8 - Research Participants Wanted - Women with ABL (Attachment: “4 ABL recruitment ad.jpg”)

Accidental bowel Leakage (ABL) is the accidental passing of solid or liquid stool or mucus from the rectum.  ABL affects 1 in 5 women over 45 years old, but most women do not talk to a health care provider about this issue.
Women with ABL can earn $50 for participating in a focus group or one-on-one interview with UW researchers about this topic. Please e-mail or call (608)265-5664 to learn more
                                                                                from UW Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology
----- End of the July 28, 2014 DUNN’S MARSH NEIGHBORHOOD E-NEWS ----
                                      THANKS FOR READING.
Look for another newsletter soon.  This one is small so I can get it out in a timely manner before the August 1 picnic.  SEE YOU FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 5:30 p.m. at the MARLBOROUGH PARK SHELTER!!

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