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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

DM Picnic Aug. 3, much more

Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News  
July 31, 2012

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,   218-1760
               News contact, Mary Mullen,  298-0843
               Website: <>   (under construction)
               On Facebook:  Just type Dunn’s Marsh into the Facebook search box.
CALENDAR (# denotes the articles with more information)
Thur., Aug. 2 - Madison Eat and Greet, 5-7:30 pm - #18  
Fri., Aug.3, Neighborhood picnic , 5 pm-dark - #1
Sat., Aug. 4 - Arboretum  night walk, 8-9:30 pm - #23                                               
Wed., Aug. 8 - DMNA Council, 7 pm - #3                                                      
Wed., Aug.8 - Assembly Candidate Forum, 7-8:30 pm - #14
Thur., Aug. 9 - Fitchburg Green Thursday, 6:30-7:30 pm - #15
Sun., Aug. 12 - Ride the Drive, 10 am-3 pm - #24
Tues., Aug.14 - Primary Election, 7 am-8 pm              Tuesdays - Freshmobile,10 am-1 pm - #2
Sun., Aug. 26 - Women’s Equality Day - #29               Fridays - Freshmobile, 3-6 pm -


1 - Annual Neighborhood Potluck Picnic, Friday, August 3, 5 p.m.-dark
(Attach: “1 picnic flyer.jpg”)
2 - Freshmobile Comes to Neighborhood Tuesdays & Fridays to Relieve Food Desert
(Attachment:  “2 Freshmobile stops.jpg”)
3 - DMNA Council Meets August 8
4 - First Bird in Dane County Tests Positive for West Nile Virus
5 - Dunn's Marsh Water Levels Were Lowest in Memory
(Attachment: “3 pics dry marsh.jpg”
6 - Water Your Trees!
7 - Use Water Wisely in Heat Wave and Dry Period

8 - Apache Pond Signs Installed
9 - Red Arrow Pond Design/Construction Underway
10 - Dunn’s Marsh Sign Is Progressing  (Attachment:  “4 Dunn’s Marsh sign.jpg”)
11 - Mountain Bike Park Proposed South of Dunn’s Marsh  (Attachment:  “5 mt bike trail.jpg”)
12 - DMNA Reps Meet With Verona Road Planners About Design Details

13 - Fitchburg Is Under Mandatory Sprinkling Rules
14 - State Assembly Candidate Forum - for Fitchburg Constituents - August 6
                     (Attachment:  “6 Assembly District 47.jpg)
15- Fitchburg Green Thursday Walk & Free Movie on Thurs., Aug. 9
16- Join the Fitchburg Green e-News Mailing List
17 - Fitchburg Public Library Wins Gold on its 1st Birthday!

18 - Madison Eat and Greet, Thursday, August 2, Meadowood Shopping Center Parking Lot
19 - Free Swimming Trips Every Wednesday
20 - Free Lunch for Youth  at Meadowood Community Center           
21 - Middle/High School Basketball Offered at Toki Middle School Gym
22 - Boys and Girls Club Offers Activities
23 - See the Arboretum in a Different Light, August 4
24 - Ride the Drive-Northside – Sunday, August 12
25 - $250 Bike Reward

26 - Become an Elder Friend
27 - Volunteer by Packing Lunches For Youth
28 - Food Pantry Needs Donations of Many Kinds

29 - Women's Equality Day --- August 26th Proclamation
30 - August Highlights in US Women's History
31 - Famous Women’s August Birthdays


1 - Annual Neighborhood Potluck Picnic, Friday, August 3, 5 p.m.-dark
    Everyone is invited!  Come and meet your neighbors.
(Attachment:  “picnic flyer, jpg”)
(Please print out and share the Spanish version of the flyer with your Spanish-speaking neighbors.)

Place: Marlborough Park
            Basketball court if it’s nice, Shelter if it’s rainy

Who:  For everyone in the neighborhood: families, singles, young, old, new or long-time residents, whatever your color, race, language.  Bring yourself, your family, neighbors, and friends.  The neighborhood includes the area south of the Beltline & Verona Road, west of Seminole Highway, north of Dunn’s Marsh, and including the Belmar and Allied Drive areas.

The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association will provide:
·      friendly, down-to-earth people
·      gas grill
·      ice water to drink
·      tables for your potluck offerings
·      acoustic live music, 7-8 p.m.

What to bring:
·      food to share
·      something to grill if you like
·      beverages if you want something other than ice water
·      your own tableware (plates, eating utensils)
·      blankets or lawn chairs to sit on
·      a friendly attitude
·      a volleyball, soccer ball, horseshoes, or anything else that helps you have a good time
Sponsored by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association.

2 - Freshmobile Comes to Neighborhood Tuesdays & Fridays to Relieve Food Desert
(Attachment:  “2 Freshmobile stops.jpg”)

Maybe you didn’t know it, but our neighborhood is what the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls a “food desert.”  A food desert is a low income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store.
Once upon a time, we had a grocery story just across Verona Road from the neighborhood.  It was in walking distance from the neighborhood.  Now all you can do where the Cub store used to be is rent a truck.  The nearest grocery stores are Aldi’s and Target way down Verona Road and up PD, the Copp’s store down the Beltline and up Whitney Way, and another Copp’s clear over on Fish Hatchery Road.  Most of these are 3 miles away.  If you don’t have a car, it’s a hassle to get to a full service grocery store.
Jeff Mauer, of Madison Fresh Market, decided to do something about food deserts in the Madison area. He developed the idea of the Freshmobile, a mobile grocery store that could bring fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and dairy products, and other healthy food to food deserts.  A major interest was to do this at affordable prices for people who buy groceries.
Now his idea is a reality, and the Freshmobile comes to the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood twice a week. Or people can also access it down near the Beltline and Todd Drive or across from the Meadowood Shopping Center at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  The schedule follows:
Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood, 4619 Jenewein, near Boys & Girls Club & Belmar Park
·      Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
·      Friday, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Arbor Hills Neighborhood (down the Beltline Frontage Road from DM Neighborhood) in the 2700 block of McDivitt Road, near the intersection of Todd Drive
·      Friday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Meadowood Neighborhood, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Road, across from the Meadowood Shopping Center
·      Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
To see a map that shows local food deserts and these nearby Freshmobile stops, click on the attachment “Freshmobile stops.jpg”
To learn more about the Freshmobile, go to the website at
To learn more about food deserts, go to
                                                                                                            by Mary Mullen
3 - DMNA Council Meets August 8

The DMNA Council will meet on Wednesday, August 8, 7 p.m. at Prairie UU Society, corner of Crawford and Whenona.  As is often true, the Council will be having a special guest.  This month’s guest will be giving us a half hour presentation about the Energy Service Corps.  
The Energy Service Corps offers free home energy assessments and energy efficiency tips to help homeowners and renters save money on their energy bills.
Any resident may attend the Council meeting to learn about issues and initiatives in the neighborhood.  Often, when there’s a presentation, residents are invited to ask questions of the presenter or express opinions, but normally only Council members participate in discussions that will lead to Council decisions.  Only Council members may vote.
The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association holds its annual meeting in October, and that is the time that residents are urged to bring up their concerns and ideas and elect a new Council to serve for the year.
                                                                                                by Mary Mullen

4 - First Bird in Dane County Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Officials Encourage Precautions Against Mosquito Bites Despite Low Mosquito Activity

MADISON – Earlier this month state and county health officials announced that a bird recently tested positive for West Nile virus in Dane County, the first to do so in Wisconsin this year.  Although very few mosquitoes actually carry West Nile virus, infected birds serve as an early warning by indicating the virus is present in the area and people should be more vigilant in protecting themselves against mosquito bites.

West Nile virus is spread to people and horses through the bite of an infected mosquito. People must be bitten by an infected mosquito in order to contract the virus. Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile virus by feeding on infected birds and then potentially transmit the virus by biting other animals or people.

Despite the current drought conditions and low mosquito activity, the positive West Nile virus finding emphasizes the ongoing need to take precautions against mosquito bites.  Follow these measures to help reduce exposure to mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus infection:  
·     Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
·     Apply insect repellant to clothing as well as exposed skin because mosquitoes may bite through clothing.
·     Make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.
·     Properly dispose of items that hold water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or discarded tires to prevent mosquito breeding. Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats and canoes when not in use.
·     Clean roof gutters and downspouts for proper drainage.
·     Change the water in birdbaths and pet dishes at least every three days.
·     Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
·     Trim tall grass, weeds and vines because mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.
·     Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.

The chances of a person becoming infected with the West Nile virus are very low and most infected people will not have any symptoms. Those who do become ill typically develop a fever, headache, and rash that lasts a few days. Symptoms may begin between three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.  Older adults and people with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk of severe disease from the virus and can develop neurologic illness such as meningitis, seizures, and paralysis. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus other than to treat symptoms. If you think you have a West Nile virus infection, contact your healthcare provider.

Statewide surveillance activities for West Nile virus began May 1st. People who find a dead bird in their yard or who have a question about a dead bird should call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610. Horse owners should contact their veterinarian to get their horse vaccinated or if they suspect their horse is ill.

The Department of Health Services has monitored the spread of West Nile virus since 2001 among wild birds, horses, mosquitoes and people. In 2002, the state documented its first human infections, with 52 human cases. In 2011, three human cases of West Nile virus were reported throughout the state but there were no cases in Dane County.  

For more information on West Nile virus:

- from Beth Kaplan, Department of Health Services, (608) 266-1683 and Jeff Golden, Public Health Madison and Dane County, (608)243-0302

5 - Dunn's Marsh Water Levels Were Lowest in Memory (Attachment: “3 pics dry marsh.jpg”)

As many who've become familiar with Dunn's Marsh over the past years and decades have noticed, the marsh has seen dramatic highs and lows especially in the past 4 years.
Normal water elevation = about 941.5 over the past decade
Highest instantaneous water elevation = about 944.5 (flowing over Seminole Highway) on June 9, 2008 after about 5.75" of rain during the previous day
Highest sustained water elevation = about 943 (due to several beaver dams) from June 2010 to January 2011 before Madison coordinated clearing of the channel leading to Seminole Highway
Lowest water elevation = about 938.5 (nearly completely dry) on July 17, 2012 following ~1 month of drought conditions.  The marsh was reduced to 2 large puddles (about 200' x 150' each) by July 12, 2012, one in the center of the marsh and one in the NE corner. By July 17th, the center puddle had entirely dried up leaving only a ~150' x 100' puddle in the NE corner of the marsh. Several local residents who've lived in the area all their lives said this is the lowest they've ever seen the marsh.  One resident is about85 years old.  
The rains from July 17 and 18 filled Dunn's Marsh back up to its normal elevation and water again began flowing out through the Seminole Highway culvert.
                                                                        by Rick Eilertson, Fitchburg Environmental Engineer

6 - Water Your Trees!

The Fitchburg Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department is asking for your help to preserve the health of our trees (including trees along the street) by watering them during hot, windy, and dry weather conditions, especially small trees planted within the past 2 to 3 years and those with damaged or confined root systems.

Of course, Madison trees are suffering just as much as Fitchburg trees.  So water your trees!

About 10 gallons a week - two  5-gallon pails - is considered sufficient

7 - Use Water Wisely in Heat Wave and Dry Period

Although Madison is not experiencing a water shortage, the Water Utility advises residents to be smart about how they use water in their homes and yards during the current heat wave and dry conditions.

Water demand typically rises in the summer months, according to Water Supply Manager Joe DeMorett, so the utility is always alert to increased pumping requirements during periods of excessively high temperatures and dry conditions. "We will continue to closely monitor water demands and coordinate with neighboring water utilities as needed," he said.

"People need to keep themselves well hydrated by drinking plenty of healthy tap water, but they can conserve water in other ways," DeMorett said.

DeMorett offers these tips for using water wisely:
• Water your garden and flower beds early in the morning or later in the evening to prevent excess evaporation.

• Water the lawn only when needed. Step on the grass; if it springs back up when you move your foot, it does not need water. Established, healthy lawns can survive several weeks of dormancy during summer with little or no water.

• If you must use a sprinkler, adjust it so you're not wasting water by sprinkling the house, sidewalk, or street.

• Use a broom rather than a hose to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios.

• Wash cars and boats with a bucket and a sponge, using the hose only for the rinse.

• In the house, repair leaks in faucets, shower heads, and toilets to avoid wasting water.

• Install water-saving devices: aerators for kitchen and bath taps, flow regulators for shower heads and toilet tanks, and high-efficiency toilets to reduce the amount of water used in every flush. The Water Utility offers a rebate for high-efficiency toilets.

• Turn off the tap when you're not actively rinsing (toothbrush or razor as well as in the kitchen) or washing hands.

• Use the most efficient settings for dishwashers and clothes washing machines. Full loads are often the most efficient. Consider shorter showers to conserve water.
                                                                                   Madison Water Utility

8 - Apache Pond Signs Installed

This past week, Fitchburg staff was able to install 14 signs designed to educate area residents on stormwater throughout the Nine Springs Creek Watershed.  Three of these signs are located at Apache Pond.
Other Apache Pond news:  Ongoing vegetation management, performed by Stantec, will continue through 2013 to encourage native vegetation and cull out invasive/non-native vegetation.  Memorial benches are currently being planned in the area recognizing Dr. James Zimmerman and Dr. James Bloodworth.
If you have any feedback on Apache Pond and/or the Nine Springs Creek Stormwater public information signs, please contact
                                                                        by Rick Eilertson, Fitchburg Environmental Engineer

9 - Red Arrow Pond Design/Construction Underway

Fitchburg received a $75k grant from DNR to construct a stormwater pond near the intersection of Red Arrow Trail and Crescent Road.  The clearing and forestry mowing was conducted in March 2012, wetland delineation, topographic surveying, and soil pit profile were completed between April and June 2012.  Design and bidding will be finished by Fall 2012 with construction anticipated between Winter 2012/13 and Summer 2013.
                                                                        by Rick Eilertson, Fitchburg Environmental Engineer

10 - Dunn’s Marsh Sign Is Progressing  (Attachment:  “4 Dunn’s Marsh sign.jpg”)

If all goes well, the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood sign will be a reality before the end of the summer.   In the next few days utilities will be marking the right of way on the frontage road in front of Midwest Financial . This will allow for deciding the exact location of the sign, and soon all will be set for putting the sign in.
At the July Council meeting, the Council approved the final design as submitted by Susan Cary of Cary Signs LLC.  The approved design is attached.
Since then, neighborhood resident Susan Kilmer has been working on the planting plan for the sign. Susan’s plan features perennial native plants with a space for a few annuals in the front.  Twenty-one different kinds of grasses and forbs are on her planting plan.
Once all the required maps are turned in for a permit, and the permit is granted, the only thing left is for Cary Signs to complete the actual sign and set it.
The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood sign will be located 8 feet back from the curb of the Beltline Frontage Road in front of Midwest Financial and west of fire hydrant.  To make it more visible to those coming across the Seminole Highway bridge, it will be slanted somewhat toward bridge. Back on May 15, the City of Madison Common Council approved locating the sign in that area.
Neighbor Kent Seeker has volunteered to help install the plantings and then care for them later. Other volunteers would be welcomed to help with planting and maintenance.  Contact one of the people listed on the masthead of the e-News to volunteer.  Due to the trying conditions of summer, plantings probably won’t be added until fall.
                                                                                                by Mary Mullen

11 - Mountain Bike Park Proposed South of Dunn’s Marsh  (Attachment: “5 mt bike trail.jpg”)

Dane County recently revised its Five Year Plan for Open Space and Parks.  Dane County has seen a major increase in park visits in those parks that permitted mountain biking and has worked closely with the Capital Off Road Pathfinders (CORP) to build and maintain trails in Cam Rock County Park.  One of the major issues that have limited mountain biking is distance from downtown Madison. Cam Rock is 25 miles away.  
Dane County asked CORP to identify any other parks that would be suitable for single track mountain biking.  One of the areas that were submitted was County property adjacent to the City of Fitchburg’s Dawley Park on S. Seminole Highway.  The area once had a cross country ski trail, but it is now abandoned. The sloping terrain would be suitable for mountain biking.  The area is overgrown with buckthorn, box elder and wild parsnip and is effectively useless now.
The major appeal of the proposed mountain bike area is its location and accessibility to existing/planned bike trails.  The area is 8 miles from the State Capitol.  It is bordered by the Capital City Trail and Badger State Trail.  Those trails intersect at the Badger Trestle with the Southwest Commuter Trail and the new Cannonball Trail.  
Another CORP-maintained mountain bike trail at Quarry Ridge (definitely not a beginner trail!) is just 2.5 miles away along the Military Ridge Trail.  The City of Fitchburg has proposed to expand parking at Dawley Park and build a shelter to promote bicycling, making this an ideal trail head.
CORP volunteers have visited the site and developed a preliminary plan for a beginner/intermediate trail.  Once the invasive species have been removed, the International Mountain Biking Association will send its trail building team to develop the final design based on its sustainability and erosion control criteria.  IMBA has donated $5,000 for this service.  
CORP’s 500+ members have volunteered to remove the invasive species in cooperation with the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area.  CORP has indicated that it would also solicit funding from the Madison biking community to invest in any infrastructure needs.
The Madison biking community is very supportive of this new “kid-friendly” park area.  This park is less than two miles from the world headquarters of Saris Cycling Group and Pacific Cycle (Schwinn).  Dream Bikes, a 501(c)3 charitable organization devoted to teaching bike maintenance skills to inner city youth, is one mile from the park and is very excited about teaching clinics.  The Friends of the UW Arboretum have also agreed to support this park as a way to reduce pressure on its environmentally sensitive trails.
Dane County will schedule a public hearing this summer to obtain input on the park layout and address any neighborhood issues.  Dane County will coordinate with City of Fitchburg and City of Madison to obtain any required approvals.  A formal agreement will be negotiated with CORP.  A schedule will be developed and posted on numerous websites to encourage volunteers.  For more information, contact Chris James, Dane County Parks, 608-224-3763, or Bruce Lindsay, Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, (608) 729-1872 office, (608) 335-1026 mobile, <>
                                                            from Capitol Off Road Pathfinders (CORP)


12 - DMNA Reps Meet With Verona Road Planners About Design Details

Concerned about some Verona Road design details they learned at the public presentation on May 17, Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association representatives met with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Strand Associates on July 23.
Below is the list of discussion items and some of the things we’ve learned about the design stage of the reconstruction of the Verona Road/Beltline intersection. Construction on intersections outside of the main intersection will be done in 2013.  This will include work on the intersections on Seminole Highway at Sentinel Pass and at Co. Hy. PD.  Major construction on Verona Road will probably begin in 2014 and continue for 2 or 3 years.
1. Concerns about the Seminole Highway Bridge.  
            The space between the Beltline pavement and the bottom of the bridge must be increased from the substandard 15’3” to today’s standard of 16’3” to 16’9”.  We learned that the bridge will be out for 75 days while it is rebuilt with girders that are 36 inches rather than 45 inches tall.  
            We wondered why all the increased clearance couldn’t have come from lowering the Beltline since we were told the Beltline would be lowered just 6 inches.  The authorities told us that the Seminole bridge dates from 1958, has wood pilings, and it is about to reach the end of its projected life.  
            The new bridge will match today’s width, but the sidewalks will be widened by a half foot to 6 feet.  
            This reconstruction will happen after work on Verona Road, the eastbound lanes of the Beltline, and probably after the work on the westbound Beltline lanes or at the same time the westbound lane work. This is several years away.
2. Concerns about increased traffic on Seminole Highway adjacent to the neighborhood.   
           We were concerned about whether Seminole Highway would be signed as an alternative route during Verona Road reconstruction. That would direct more traffic to Seminole.  
            The authorities reassured us that the only signed alternative route would be Highway M starting in Verona. Highway M runs parallel to the Beltine but further south. A new roundabout will be built in Oregon to make it easy for motorists to get onto M at that end of the road.  
            However, it is projected that during Verona Road construction, 350-450 more vehicles would be using Seminole during peak hours.  That will create a BIG problem for Dunn’s Marsh neighbors who have get out of the neighborhood using Seminole.
            One idea to slow traffic is to give visual cues to motorists that Seminole isn’t just a speedway for cars but is a local street where bikes should be safe.  It may be possible to widen the white stripes that separate the bike lanes from the motorist lanes, but this was not promised.  Since then, at least one of us has seen that solution on another local street.  Epoxy reflective paint will be used.  The idea of increasing the width bike lanes - and thus narrowing the motor traffic lanes and slowing traffic - was turned down.
            Another concern was for bicyclists who will be crossing Seminole on the two bike trails that span Seminole - the Capital City Trail and the Cannonball.  We were told of a possibility of having a median refuge island at the Seminole bike crossings, but again this is not a promise.  However, striping like that now at the Capital City Bikeway crossing will also be used at the Cannonball crossing which is closer to our neighborhood.  The authorities said they were not considering caution lights at these crossings, something the DMNA would like to see.
            We also learned that Fitchburg is creating a new truck restriction in its ordinances.
            We already knew that a traffic light will be added on Seminole at Sentinel Pass.  This will allow motorists to exit from Sentinel and will make for a gap in traffic that will allow cars from Clover, Daisy, Lilac, Milford, and Sheffield and the Seminole driveways between those streets to get into the flow of traffic.  Regardless, for neighborhood drivers who have to use Seminole, there will be several years of congestion and frustration.
3. Noise concerns.
We learned that there will be 42-inch tall concrete barriers along the Beltline. They should considerably cut down on the tire soound that makes up a lot of the racket of traffic noise.  If we understood correctly, there will be similar barriers on the Beltline overpass of Verona Road.  This was a concern because the Beltline will be considerably raised above its current height there.
            Another feature to lessen traffic noise is the orientation of the grooves in the pavement.  Now they are crosswise, and tires beat against them.  The new Beltline pavement, starting at Pacific Cycles, will have grooves running parallel to the direction of the road. This will quiet tire noise.
            We had already learned that all the proposed sound walls will be built because the majority of “receptors” voted for them. This means there will be a very tall wall along the Beltline where the Highlander Motel was.  It will extend east to Niemann Place.  This is the only noise wall that will protect the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood.
            What about the noise-deadening berms (small hills of earth) that had been mentioned as a protective feature along the Beltline frontage road in the block extending east to Whenona?  Apparently, there won’t be much in the way of berms because of the relocation of the pedestrian overpass.  Today’s overpass is aligned with Whenona Drive.  The new one will cross further to the west. Bikers and pedestrians will be able to access the new overpass from both Niemann Place and Whenona Drive. Some retaining walls - not noise walls - will be associated with construction of the overpass.
4.  Pedestrian/Bike underpass safety concerns.
The DMNA had heard nothing but concerns about WisDOT’s plan to construct a ped/bike underpass under Verona Road at the Beltline.  Both the DMNA and ADMNA had requested an overpass.
            During the discussion on July 23, the authorities emphasized that the standard underpass is 14 feet wide while this one is slated to be 20 feet wide.  It will be 8 feet tall.  By comparison, the pedestrian underpass near the Kohl Center is 12 feet wide and 9 feet tall.  They pointed out that there will be a 8x20-foot skylight in the middle of the underpass.  This underpass will be 300 feet long.  
            They noted that there can be on-going discussion about safety issues in the tunnel.  DMNA reps suggested bright lighting and mirrors since one won’t be able to see through the tunnel due to the fact that it dips well below the entrance level.
5.  Community Input into art and aesthetics of the construction.
Neighborhood attendees at the May 17 public information meeting were surprised to hear that WisDOT had already selected a “Driftless Theme” for the concrete work associated with the Verona Road reconstruction and that there was no allusion to the art and murals that authorities had previously emphasized would be planned with neighborhood input.  The issues brought up by DMNA reps at the July meeting were 2-fold:  community input and the art/aesthetics itself.
            We learned in July that “Driftless Theme” means that concrete “form liners” would give a limestone-like texture to the concrete walls of underpasses and overpasses.  A stain would give the yellowish color of limestone to the texturized walls.  Stain could be various shades to more accurately mimic real limestone, but only a single color is in the works.
            By contrast, the rebuilt Seminole bridge will display the “Capital Theme” that is already seen in some overpasses on freeways east of Madison.
            At this July 23 meeting with DMNA neighborhood reps, authorities claimed that murals and art were not stated in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).   They seemed to imply that murals and art had perhaps never been mentioned even orally and certainly didn’t need to be implemented since they were not named in that official document.
            A later check - after the meeting - found no specific mention of murals in the FEIS, but there was a statement that WisDOT would “involve residents to a considerable degree developing context sensitive features, aesthetic treatments and landscaping during the design phase of the project.” (p. ES18) To the authorities at the July meeting, the phrase “context sensitive features” apparently means the concrete and the landscaping that provide the aesthetics or appearance of the project, and not murals or public art.  We learned that there is a $1,000,000 budget for context sensitive features. The planners did not respond favorably to considering examples of art treatments on freeways in Ohio and New Mexico.
            Another sentence from the FEIS states that “WisDOT will establish a budget for context sensitive design and work closely with communities to develop appropriate treatments that address both views of and views from the facility.” (p. 4-44)  A later statement says that “WisDOT will incorporate aesthetic features into the interchange bridges and retaining walls.  Other features will be incorporated as determined by budget and local community preferences.”  (p. 4-65)  Still later FEIS statements noted that WisDOT would address City of Madison Park staff concerns and this would include “extensive landscaping and public art in the open areas.”  (p. 4-212)
            As far as we could tell, the only input sought from Dunn’s Marsh residents was from those who had been allowed to vote on sound walls - just a select few from one apartment building on Niemann Place and the subsidized housing on Britta Parkway.  As far as we known, the wider community hasn’t been consulted on aesthetics or “context sensitive features” at all during this design phase.
            This issue will probably be pursued by the DMNA.
Attending the meeting were Donna Sarafin and Mary Mullen from the DMNA; Mark Vesperman and Katrina Feltes from WisDOT; Joe Bunker and Eric Hanson from Strand Associates; Chris Petykowski from City of Madison; Paul Woodard from City of Fitchburg; and Ken Saiki and Nik Swartz from Ken Saiki Design.
                                                                                                            by Mary Mullen
FITCHBURG EMPHASIS                                                 
13 - Fitchburg Is Under Mandatory Sprinkling Rules
Due to the dry weather the Fitchburg Utility District is restricting sprinkling. This is to insure there is an ample supply of water reserved for fire protection and domestic use. Outdoor water use will only be allowed as indicated below:

If you live on the odd numbered side of the street, sprinkle your lawn on odd numbered days.

If you live on the even numbered side of the street, sprinkle your lawn on even numbered days.

If it is necessary for you to sprinkle you lawn please do so before 9:00 am or after 9:00 pm as indicated above. Newer trees may be watered as needed.

Please note, placement of new yards is not advised. We do advise you water newer trees (including street trees between the curb and sidewalk) and plants that are susceptible to damage from this dry period.
The Fitchburg Utility District appreciates your cooperation throughout the summer months. Any
questions pertaining to the Press Release should be directed to Paul Q. Woodard, Director of Public Works, at 270-4260.

The Fitchburg part of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood includes all or part of these streets:  Sentinel Pass, Crescent Road, Pawnee Pass, Aztec Trail, Jenewein Road, Belmar Circle, Thurston Lane, Rosenberry Road, Equity Lane, Unity, Renaissance Drive, New Freedom, Apache Drive, and Cochise Trail.
                                                           mostly from a July 13, 2012 Fitchburg Press Release

14 - State Assembly Candidate Forum - for Fitchburg Constituents - August 6
                     (Attachment:  “6 Assembly District 47.jpg)

United Fitchburg announces an Assembly Candidate Forum on August 6 for the upcoming 47th and 80th Assembly races.  Both Assembly districts represent parts of Fitchburg and both have a Democratic primary on August 14th.  (The Republican primaries for these districts are uncontested.)  Donna Rosinski, co-chair of United Fitchburg states, “We have set up this forum because it is important for the Fitchburg community to have the opportunity to learn more about the candidates before voting”.
The Fitchburg part of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood is part of District 47.  District 80 includes most of the southern part of Fitchburg.
Candidates for the 47th district, Amanda Hall and Robb Kahl have been invited to participate.  Candidates for the 80th district, Representative Sondy Pope-Roberts, Charlie Uphoff and Joe Wineke have been invited to participate.    The forum will be moderated by a member of the Dane County League of Women Voters.
The forum will take place on Monday, August 6 at the Fitchburg City Council Chambers in Fitchburg City Hall, 5520 Lacy Road, Fitchburg.  The forum will run from 7-8:30pm and will also be televised live and subsequently rebroadcast by Fitchburg Community Access Television (FACTv).
About United Fitchburg: United Fitchburg is a grassroots organization, founded in 2011, to advance progressive political causes in the city of Fitchburg, Wisconsin
For more information on the forum, please contact:  Paul Fieber, 608-271-8265,

15- Fitchburg Green Thursday Walk & Free Movie on Thurs., Aug. 9

The next Fitchburg Green Thursday Event (Thurs., August 9, 2012, 6:30 -7:30pm) will highlight many of these "green" features (e.g. rain gardens, geothermal field, etc.) during a family-friendly walking tour
followed by a screening of "The Story of Stuff" at the library starting at 7pm.
"The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.  It exposes connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues,
and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever."
Please contact or 729-1784 with any questions or comments on this or other Fitchburg Green Thursday events.

16- Join the Fitchburg Green e-News Mailing List

Our "Fitchburg_Green" E-News Mailing List is up and running. All blind copy recipients will be excluded from future "Fitchburg_Green" E-news Blasts unless you subscribe to the "Fitchburg_Green" Mailing List
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                                                                        Rick Eilertson, P.E., Environmental Engineer
                                                                        City of Fitchburg
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17 - Fitchburg Public Library Wins Gold on its 1st Birthday!

Library Director Wendy Rawson announced that the Fitchburg Library won the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification on June 29, 2012 (The Library's 1st Birthday).

18 - Madison Eat and Greet, Thursday, August 2, Meadowood Shopping Center Parking Lot

You’ve no doubt seen it covered on the TV news, but here’s your last chance this summer to actually experience Madison Eat and Greet.  Read more to learn what it is.  Then go to the Meadowood Shopping Center this Thursday, August 2, to enjoy a variety of foods from food carts and mingle with neighbors from a neighboring neighborhood.

Madison Meet and Eat is unique event that brings a collective of Madison’s food cart vendors right to a neighborhood and encourages the community to connect and enjoy a fun night out.  Attendees have the opportunity to purchase and enjoy delicious and diverse menu items while enjoying the company of friends and neighbors. Madison Meet and Eat is a City of Madison planned event.  
The final Madison Meet & Eat of the summer will be held on Thursday, August 2 from 5:00-7:30pm.

The summer 2012 Meet & Eat events will be held in the lot adjacent to and near Meadowood Shopping Center at 5800 Raymond Road <,+Madison,+WI&amp;hl=en&amp;sll=37.0625,-95.677068&amp;sspn=52.020054,78.662109&amp;oq=5800+Raymond+Road.&amp;hnear=5800+Raymond+Rd,+Madison,+Wisconsin+53711&amp;t=m&amp;z=16> .

Meadowood Madison Meet and Eat Participating Food Vendors
Banzo – Classic Mediterranean Fusions
Caracas Empanadas – Empanadas
Electric Earth – Soups, Salads and Sandwiches
Ernies Kettle Korn – Fresh popped Kettle Korn
FIB’s – Chicago-style Hot Dogs and Sandwiches
Hibachi Hut – Japanese Hibachi and Stir Fry
Luangprabang – Traditional Thai
Natural Juice – Smoothies and Spring Rolls
Tea Garden – Bubble Tea
Teriyaki Samurai – Japanese Hibachi
Wei’s Food to Go – Asian Food at Drink

  • Bathrooms:  There will be portable toilets on site.
  • Picnic tables will be available for seating

Guests are encouraged to walk, bike or bus to the event as there is limited parking on site.  Please park on neighborhood streets or limited parking will be available at the Meadowood Shopping Center.

19 - Free Swimming Trips Every Wednesday

Join us for a neighborhood trip the Goodman VERONA swimming pool every Wednesday night from the Meadowood Neighborhood Center.  Free admission and free transportation!!  Destinations will change from week to week.   Bus loads at 5:45pm and returns shortly after 8pm.  

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER by calling 467-8360.
 You must have a purple registration form on file to attend.  You can stop by and fill one out and register at the same time.  Great opportunity to cool off on these hot days!
The Meadowood Community Center is in the Meadowood Shopping Center at 5734 Raymond Road about a mile from the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood.

                                                                                    Cristine Reid, 608-467-8360 or 8918
                                                                                    MSCR Adult Arts Specialist/
                                                                                    Meadowood Neighborhood Center Director

20 - Free Lunch for Youth  at Meadowood Community Center

The Meadowood Neighborhood Center will be serving FREE LUNCH for Youth ages 2-17, M-F from 12-12:30.  Youth under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult.  The free lunch program runs through August 17.  Tell your neighbors!

                                                               Cristine Reid, 6-8-467-8360 or 8918
                                                                                    Meadowood Neighborhood Center Director
                                                               5734 Raymond Road, Madison, WI 53711

21 - Middle/High School Basketball Offered at Toki Middle School Gym

Just wanted to let you know that we have added a Middle/High School basketball program to our summer line up.  We are offering a drop-in basketball program at the Toki Gym on Tuesday nights from 6-8pm. There is no charge to participate. Please enter the doors off of the parking lot.  

Coach Tharpe and Mr. Michael are leading it.  The program will run until the end of August.  If you are interested in participating or know of someone who would be interested, please forward this to them.  

                                                            Cristine Reid, 608-467-8360 or 8918
                                                            MSCR Adult Arts Specialist/
                                                            Meadowood Neighborhood Center Director

22 - Boys and Girls Club Offers Activities

The Boys and Girls Club in our neighborhood offers many programs.  To find out about them and how to participate, stop by the Club at 4619 Jenewein  Road.  Kids must be members to participate, but membership is pretty easy to achieve.
23 - See the Arboretum in a Different Light, August 4

Each month, the Arboretum offers a free night walk, thanks to support from the Friends of the Arboretum. Join the naturalist on Saturday, August 4 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and enjoy the sounds and sights of Arboretum nightlife as the naturalist points out items of interest that may not be apparent to the casual observer.
This is nearly a full moon night.  As the Arboretum on-line postcard puts it:  “Walk by the light of the moon and get to know the creatures of the night.”
                                                from online UW Arboretum News Postcard

24 - Ride the Drive-Northside – Sunday, August 12

The City of Madison and Madison Parks are pleased to host Ride the Drive - Northside, presented by Trek, on Sunday, August 12, from 10am-3pm. Ride the Drive is a community event that transforms some of Madison's streets into a public promenade. During the event, roads in the five mile route are open for participants to bike, skate or walk through some of Madison's signature streets - including Sherman Avenue, Warner Park, and Troy Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Along the route, there will be activities, informational booths, musicians, food vendors and a drawing for prizes.
Ride the Drive is more than just going out for a bike ride! Along the route, there will be five activity villages and stopping points. The five activity villages will be located at Warner Park at the Mallards Stadium, Troy Gardens, Warner Beach, Sherman Ave, and St. Paul’s Church. Each stopping point will have an information tent, water, bathrooms, but also an abundance of activities, music, food, and vendors.  For a full list of events, vendors, locations, and volunteer opportunities please visit the Ride the Drive website.
This event will be similar to the six events that have been held downtown, but will also showcase the uniqueness of the northside. The success of the event is thanks to our sponsors and supporters:  Trek, Triple M 105.5, Charlie FM, WOLX 94.9, Northside Planning Council and UWSP Adventure Tours.
A Ride the Drive informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 pm at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive.  The meeting will include information about the event, details for residents, safety, and alternative traffic routes.
Volunteers are also still needed for the event on August 12. Various volunteer roles are available including volunteers for intersection guides, merchandise tents, set up and much more.  Shifts are 2 hours long and are located at various locations along the route.  All volunteers get a great t-shirt.  Feel free to invite a friend and make it even more fun.  All volunteers can sign up online at the Ride the Drive website:

We hope everyone comes out on August 12 to Ride the Drive!
                                                                                                from City of Madison

25 - $250 Bike Reward

A 16" Raleigh Mojave 8.0 mountain bike was taken from the Dunn's Marsh side of the Cannonball Path, ~halfway between Badger Trail and Seminole Highway on Wed., July 18, 2012 between 9:25am and 9:35am. The bike is black.  The owner is offering up to a $250 reward if the bike is returned to the owner in good condition. Contact Rick at 235-0412 for further details.

26 - Become an Elder Friend
Looking for an opportunity to give back to your community? Elder Friends are needed to provide friendly home visits to seniors Madison.
The Elder Friends Program through Peer Support of Dane County connects older adults (60+) with a trained Elder Friend.  The program gives homebound or isolated seniors a chance to connect with a warm listener, and provides volunteers with a meaningful way to give back to their communities.  In most cases, long lasting and mutually rewarding friendships develop.
No experience needed, training provided.  This is a flexible volunteer opportunity. To learn more about the Elder Friends program or request an application packet, please contact Anita Brown-Huber @ 608-846-9469 or
27 - Volunteer by Packing Lunches For Youth

Here is a quick and easy volunteer project for anyone wanting to help with meal distribution near the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood.

We need volunteers to help pack brown bag meals for the Meadowood Park Program.  This entails making 30-40 sack lunches at a nearby church, which will be given to the kids before they leave the Meadowwood Park program.  If you are interested, please contact Sherri at < <> >  or 273-1743.  She can provide additional information and days/times where help is needed.  You can choose how many days you wish to help.  We do have some help, but are definitely short on certain weeks.  

Thank you for considering!                   from Christine Reid, Meadowood Neighborhood Center Director

28 - Food Pantry Needs Donations of Many Kinds

The Helping Hands Food Pantry located in the High Point Shopping Center at 7475 Mineral Point Road, Suite 35, needs many kinds of donation items.
They include
·      personal items such as toothpaste, shampoo, toothbrushes and the like
·      non-perishable food items
·      clothing items
Drop your donations off at the pantry location on the corner of D’Nofrio and Mineral Point Road next to Pedro’s Restaurant, 608-446-2718.
29 - Women's Equality Day --- August 26th Proclamation

Designated by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1971, Women's Equality Day commemorates passage of the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution in 1920, guaranteeing women the right to vote.

This recognition of women's Constitutional rights was the culmination of a massive, peaceful, national movement by women that had its formal beginnings in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848.

Here is the document Congress passed
Joint Resolution of Congress, Designation, August 26 as Women's Equality Day
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and
WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women's Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women's rights took place.

The National Women's History Project lists a wide-array of materials to celebrate this historic event on our webstore Women's Rights and Women's Equality Day Resources < <> > This includes a new Women's Equality Celebration Kit < <> >.  Everything a person would need for an educational, entertaining and successful Women's Equality Day program in one convenient kit. This kit makes it easy to present an informative one-hour program at your workplace, community group, or civic organization.

Women's Equality Celebration Kit < <> > include:

Women Win the Vote Poster
Inspiring 15-minute Women's Equality Day speech
50 Generations Moving History Forward placemats
30 Writing Women Back into History bookmarks
12 Votes for Womengold balloons
25  2012 Women’s History Gazettes
Women Win the Voteelectronic logo for your programs or announcements   

Voting is the foundation of our democracy.  Let’s honor and celebrate the 92nd Anniversary of women in the United States winning the right to vote.               
                                                from National Women’s History Project

30 - August Highlights in US Women's History
  • August 6, 1965 - Voting Rights Act outlaws the discriminatory literacy tests that had been used to prevent African Americans from voting. Suffrage is finally fully extended to African American women
  • August 8, 1969 - Executive order 11478 issued by President Nixon requires each federal department and agency to establish and maintain an affirmative action program of equal employment opportunity for civilian employees and applicants
  • August 9, 1995 - Roberta Cooper Ramo becomes the first woman to hold the office of president of the American Bar Association
  • August 10, 1993 - Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sworn in as the second woman and 107th Justice to serve on the US Supreme Court
  • August 12, 1972 - Wendy Rue founds the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), the largest businesswomen's organization in the US
  • August 14, 1986 - Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper retires from active duty in the US Navy. A pioneering computer scientist and inventor of the computer language COBOL, she was the oldest officer still on active duty at the time of her retirement
  • August 23, 1902 - Fanny Farmer opens the "School of Cookery" in Boston, MA
  • August 26, 1920 - The 19th Amendment of the US Constitution is ratified granting women the right to vote Celebrate August 26th Anniversary of Women in US  < <> >
  • August 26, 1970 - Betty Friedan leads a nationwide protest called the Women's Strike for Equality in New York City on the fiftieth anniversary of women's suffrage
  • August 26, 1971 - The first "Women's Equality Day," instituted by Bella Abzug, is established by Presidential Proclamation and reaffirmed annually
  • August 28, 1963 - More than 250,000 gather for a march on Washington, DC, and listen to Martin Luther King Jr's famous "I Have a Dream" speech
  • August 30, 1984 - Judith A. Resnick is the second US woman in space, traveling on the maiden flight of the space shuttle Discovery

31 - Famous Women’s August Birthdays

August 1, 1923 (2006)
- Beatrice Medicine, Standing Rock Sioux anthropologist, focused on the roles of Lakota women in changes facing their cultures in areas including bilingual education, alcohol and drug use, abuse, socialization of children, and identity needs, author of Learning to Be an Anthropologist and Remaining Native
August 2, 1902 (1997) - Mina Rees, supervised Applied Mathematics Panel contracts that developed electronic computers in World War 2, urged women to enter scientific research, honored by Great Britain and US
August 3, 1904 (1983) - Dolores Del Rio, made movies for 20 years, played mothers to Elvis Presley and Sal Mineo, later established day care facilities for actors
August 4, 1890 (1976) - Barbara Armstrong, architect of U.S. Social Security program, championed a living wage, health care, disability and unemployment insurance
August 4, 1920 - Helen Thomas, former member of the White House Press Corps for United Press from the Kennedy to Obama administrations
August 6, 1903 (1999) -Virginia Durr, worked with Eleanor Roosevelt for civil rights for Afro-Americans, aid to the poor and abolition of the poll tax, aided Rosa Parks
August 6, 1911 (1989) - Lucille Ball, comedian and television executive, starred in TV series "I Love Lucy" from 1950 to 1960, first movie was "Roman Scandals" in 1933  
August 9, 1919 (1986) - Leona Libby, only woman on Fermi's team that helped build the first nuclear reactor and then produced fuel and plutonium for the bomb, later wrote books advocating nuclear power and environmental issues
August 11, 1941 - Elizabeth Holtzman, Democratic Congresswoman from New York (1973-81), on Judiciary and Budget Committees, secured extension for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and encouraged legal action to expel Nazi war criminals
August 12, 1889 (1981) - Zerna Sharp, called the "mother of Dick and Jane," advised Scott Foresman in the 1930 creation of the popular series for new readers based on theories of John Dewey, with controlled vocabulary, bright action picture stories, and little phonics
August 13, 1893 (1986) - Eva Dykes, first African-American to earn a Ph.D. (in English at Radcliffe in 1921), taught English and Latin for eight years in Dunbar High Public School in Washington, D.C., then joined Howard University's faculty
August 14, 1899 (1990) - Caroline Ware, pioneer in the "cultural approach to History," was very articulate in lobbying Congress for the American Association of University Women, United Nations, the Pan American Union, League of Women Voters, and UNESCO
August 14, 1911 (1991) - Ethel Payne, joined Army Special Services, became hostess in Japan, wrote of life for black troops (not integrated until 1961), named "first lady of black press," was second Afro-American woman to be White House Press correspondent (1951-73)
August 15, 1903 (1984) - Ellen Winston, first federal commissioner of welfare (1963-67), advocated public welfare programs that emphasized prevention, protective and rehabilitative services
August 15, 1913 (1998) - Aurora Castillo, community activist, co-founded Mothers of East Los Angeles that worked against a proposed prison and hazardous waste dump in East Los Angeles
August 15, 1918 (1995) - Fay Knopp, pacifist and feminist, prison reformer, member of Women Strike for Peace, pioneered more humane treatment of prisoners based on compassion and a belief that people can change themselves
August 17, 1891 (1980) - Marion Kenworthy, advanced the adoption of psychodynamic concepts into the theoretical training and clinical practice of psychiatry and social work
August 17, 1893 (1980) - Mae West, appeared on stage from age 7 and in Broadway revues at 18, wrote scripts in Hollywood and acted, was highest paid woman in America during the Depression (over $480,000)
August 17, 1906 (1998) - Hazel Bishop, chemist for Standard Oil (1942-45), developed aviation fuel for jet engines, created a "kiss-proof" lipstick, and then lectured on how to establish good business practices
August 18, 1893 (1982) - Ragini Devi, American specialist in classical and folk ethnographic dances, won acclaim from dance critics passing as a Kashmiri Hindu from 1922 to 1930, wrote Dance Dialects of India in 1972, later performed with her daughter and granddaughter
August 18, 1902 (1991) - Leona Baumgartner, prominent in public health science, campaigned for the Agency for International Development (AID) to distribute birth control information and discourage teenage smoking
August 18, 1927 (1997) - Elaine Hedges, urged the establishment of the Commission on the Status and Education of Women at the 1968 convention of the Modern Language Association, served as chair, 1972-73
August 18, 1927 - Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady, walked with her husband President Jimmy Carter to the White House after he was sworn in, as Jefferson had done, worked on mental health and early childhood issues
August 19, 1895 (1987) - Vera Weisbord, interest in Industrial Workers of the World led to involvement in civil rights struggles, active in Congress of Racial Equality in the 1940s and the women's rights movement, wrote A Radical Life in 1987
August 19, 1920 (1999) - Donna Allen, founded the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press to publicize and research women's issues including pollution of milk from nuclear fallout
August 22, 1883 (1984) - Ruth Underhill, anthropologist, studied with Ruth Benedict who encouraged traveling with native women to learn their history, wrote of the Papago culture and then taught their history to children in Bureau of Indian Affairs schools
August 22, 1912 (1996) - Coya Knutson, first Congresswoman from Minnesota, (1954-58), authored legislation dealing with farm bills, education, and health but was defeated after a "Cora, Come Home" letter in 1958
August 23, 1899 (1999) - Grace Chu, emigrated from Shanghai in 1920 with a scholarship from Wellesley College, taught Chinese cooking from 1960, wrote Madame Chu's Cooking School in 1975
August 26, 1898 (1979) - Peggy Guggenheim, started buying modern art in 1939 and introduced these artists in major shows in the 1940s, supported Djuna Barnes for years
August 26, 1908 (1986) - Cynthia Wedel, sought leadership roles for women in her work with the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches, published pamphlets urging people to acknowledge change
August 26, 1935 (2011) - Geraldine Ferraro, New York Congresswoman, first woman to run for Vice President of the U.S. on a major party (with Democratic candidate Walter Mondale)
August 29, 1913 (1991) - Sylvia Kaye, wrote scripts and lyrics, penned dialogues for Danny Kaye, donated a million dollars to Hunter College Playhouse
August 30, 1907 (1992) - Luisa Moreno, emigrated from Guatemala in 1939, created first national Latino civil rights assembly, worked with the Food, Tobacco, and Allied Workers of America (FTA), deported on charges of her radical past in 1947
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