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Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News  
August 12, 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.

                                        Read  all about it - Articles #1, #2, #3                                                                                                                        

(with reference to article numbers for further information)
Now until October 31 - Clean Sweep Open, 2302 Fish Hatchery Rd., Dan Co. Hy. garage, #15
Wed., Oct, 17 - DMNA Annual Meeting, 6 pm, #1,#2,#3
Sat., October 23 - Disability Pride planning Meeting, 3810 Milwaukee Street, 1-3 pm
Sat., Oct. 20 - Compost Bin, Rain Barrel, Yardwaste Bag Sale, Fitchburg, #17
Sat., Oct. 20 - Electronics Recycling and Shred Day Event, Fitchburg, #17
Tues., Oct. 23 - Cannonball refuge island at Fitchburg Finance Committee, 7 p.m., City Hall, #9, #10
Tues., Oct 23 - Eco Book Group meets, Fitchburg. #17
Thurs., Nov. 1 - Fitchburg Green Thursday, 6:30 p.m. - City Hall. #17
Fri., Nov. 9, - Yahara Lakes Clean Up Conference, Monona Terrace, all day starting at 7:30 am, #18
Tues., Nov. 13, 7 pm - Cannonball refuge island at Fitchburg Public Safety Com., 7 pm , #9, #10
Tues., Nov. 27 - Cannonball refuge island at Fitchburg Common Council, #9, #10


1 - DMNA Annual Meeting, Wed., October 17, 6 p.m.
2 - Become a Member of the DMNA
(Attachment: “1-DMNA member form.jpg”)
3 - Recommended DMNA Bylaw Changes (repeated from Sept. 27 e-News)
Attachment: “2-bylaws revision 2012.doc”)
4 - Neighborhood Sign Gets Fancy Setting (Attachment: “3-pics sign planting.jpg”)
5 - Little Free Libraries Lurch Forward  (Attachments: “4-pics neighborhood colors.doc”)
6 - Welcomer’s Party a Resounding Success
7 - Want to Be a Welcomer?
8 - News from the Wettern Part of the Neighborhood
(Attachment:  “4-pics neighborhood colors.jpg”)
9 - Revised Cannonball Plan Progresses Through Fitchburg Committees
10 - Why is the DMNA Supporting a Pedestrian  Island on Seminole for the Cannonball?
11 - Open House Meetings for Verona Road (US 18/151) Project in Dane County

            IN GENERAL
12 - Health Reform Hits Main Street:  Video Explains ObamaCare
13 - Good Advice for Any Neighborhood

14 - Arboretum Offers Many Nature Activities
15 - Clean Sweep Closing for the Season on October 31st.
16 -
Fitchburg Green e-News Blast #11
Yahara Lakes: Implementing a Vision

18 - Using an Absentee Ballot?  Read these Cautions.
19 - Vote Absentee in Person at Your Clerk’s Office
20 - Voter Registration Applications Must be Mailed by October
17 (Attachments:  “5-Wis Voter Regis Application.pdf” & “6-GAB voter regis info.jpg”)
21 - Tips for Learning About the Candidates (Advertisements Aren’t Reliable) from League of Women Voters  
22 - Where to See the November 6 Ballot


1 - DMNA Annual Meeting, Wed., October 17, 6 p.m.

Do you think self-government and working on neighborhood initiatives and problems is boring or thankless or ineffective?  Think again.
Time and again the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association has proved that coming to meetings and working to improve the neighborhood can be stimulating, rewarding, and effective.
On that note, we invite everyone in the neighborhood to attend the Annual DMNA meeting this Wednesday, October 17, at Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive (corner of Whenona and Crawford).  Doors open at 6:00 pm and the business meeting starts at 6:30 sharp.

If you are wondering what might be in store, below is a sneak preview.
·     Starting at 6 p.m., half an hour to sign in and then roam around checking out maps, stopping at display tables, and visiting with neighbors and invited “dignitaries.” You’ll be able to study 3 large air photos of the neighborhood; learn more about Little Free Libraries from Rick Brooks who started this wildfire project; get ideas on how to save money through participating in MG&E’s Green Madison initiatives for your home; flip through past issues of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News; buy the neighborhood history book In Our Own Words:  The Best of the Dunn’s Marsh News; view several past awards to the DMNA; and probably more

·     Starting at 6:30, introductions to the people who have been representing you both in the neighborhood and in wider venues (Fitchburg, Madison, Dane County)

·     Brief mention of a handout listing 2011-2012 DMNA accomplishments, plus recognition of people who contributed the most to making them happen.  We’ve been very busy this year.

·     Opportunity for introductions all around and then half an hour of open discussion where everyone present can talk about their concerns and ideas

·     Consideration of whether to have mandatory dues for coming year (limit of 10 minutes for this discussion)
·     Bylaws revisions (See the article about bylaws in this newsletter as well as the attachment).
·     Election of Neighborhood Council for coming year.  This is a chance for you to get further involved and work for a year to make your dreams for the neighborhood come true.  Of course, you don’t have to become a Council member to be part of a committee working for the betterment of the neighborhood. (limit of 15 minutes for this final business of the meeting)

Please note that ALL neighborhood residents are invited to participate in the open discussion, but only signed-up members of the DMNA may vote on dues, bylaws revisions, and elections.  See the separate article on membership.
Snacks will be available to keep up your energy!
                                                                                    by Mary Mullen
2 - Become a Member of the DMNA (Attachment: “DMNA member form.jpg”)

It’s easy to become a member of the Association.   There are just 4 requirements:
1. Live in the neighborhood,
2.  Be age 16 or older,
3. Agree with the purposes of the DMNA which are to unite neighbors to solve mutual problems and to promote fellowship among neighbors, and,
4.  Fill out an application blank and pay any required dues.  Dues are currently suggested at $10 per person.
Get a jump on becoming a member by filling out the attached application blank.   Then bring it to the meeting. Additional application blanks will be available at the meeting.  
Dues go to DMNA expenses such as hardcopy newsletters, annual picnic expenses, annual report fees, and new initiatives of the DMNA such as the neighborhood sign which was this year’s major expense.
                                                                                    by Mary Mullen

3 - Recommended DMNA Bylaw Changes (repeated from Sept. 27 e-News)
Attachment: “bylaws revision 2012.doc”)

Bylaws are living documents that need revising to reflect changes in conditions and how an organization operates.  At its September meeting the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Council recommended two major changes to its bylaws that hadn’t been revised since 2009.
DMNA members attending the annual meeting on October 17 will vote on whether to accept these changes.  They are
     Remove provision for alternate chairpersons to vote on the Council

This change concerns committee leadership. The change is necessary due to previous changes in the bylaws.  The bylaws now state that committee alternate chairpersons can vote on the Neighborhood Council in the absence of the primary committee chair.
Well, committee chairs are no longer obligated to be on the Council at all as they were in the rather distant past.  The recommended change would remove the statement about alternate chairpersons having voting rights on the Council.  They simply don’t have those rights now, and the bylaws should be changed to reflect that.
     Expand our service boundaries to include Dunn’s Marsh
This truly major change would expand our service area to include the lands around Dunn’s Marsh in the DMNA service area.  Now our southern boundary is the Cannonball Path (except for a little extension below Allied Drive).  However, since its beginning in 1973, the Association has been very active in protecting the marsh.
For example, the Association worked very hard from 1975 to 1979 to get Lots 19 & 20 in public ownership.  We succeeded.  The City of Madison, Town of Fitchburg, Dane County, and the State and Federal governments all chipped in to buy the land. Now the Apache Pond stands on those lots rather than another set of apartments or condos.
The DMNA also was responsible for the provision in the  Dawley Park deed that  requires the DMNA to be informed if any of its provisions are change.  Dawley Park straddles Seminole Highway south of the first curve in Seminole.
From 1985 through 1988, the Association successfully lobbied Dane County to buy what was then the Schmidt apple orchard south of Dunn’s Marsh. That land is now proposed for a mountain bike park.
Throughout the years, whenever there’s an opportunity to protect the marsh, the Association is standing in the wings ready to support those initiatives. Many additional examples could be cited.
Because of continual interest in Dunn’s Marsh and because we take our name from the marsh, the Council recommends changing the bylaws to include all the public lands south of Dunn’s Marsh in our service area.  Consult the map on the attachment to see the extent of this area.
 Clean up the wording that describes our neighborhood sub-areas
In reviewing the descriptions of the different sub-areas of the neighborhood, we also found we could “clean up” the wording.  See the text of the bylaws to note these minor changes that are for clarification purposes only.
                                                                                       by Mary Mullen

4 - Neighborhood Sign Gets Fancy Setting (Attachment: “pics sign planting.jpg”)

Eight people gathered at the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood sign on the Beltline Frontage Road September 29 to kick off the planting party.  Four stayed to set, mulch and water the plants.  
In 2 ½ hours there were 95 native plants in the ground around the sign plus 4 big showy clumps of  chrysanthemums and 2 ornamental kale plants in front of the sign.
Present on a beautiful sunny Saturday at 1:30 pm were Susan Kilmer who designed the planting and led the party; planters Donna Sarafin, Dorothy Krause, and Mary Mullen; photographer Patty Stockdale; and well-wishers Sharon and Pam Flinn and Leatrice Hungerford.
Right now it’s the yellow and magenta chrysanthemums that take your eye, but next spring, the native wildflowers will put in their appearance to show off and symbolize the more natural features in and around the neighborhood.  
The planting culminates an effort that began in 2008, was thought to have expired in 2010, and was revived in 2012 when DMNA Council Member Thea Bach learned from Madison Staff member Linda Horvath that we still had the approved grant we thought had expired.
Kudos to all who helped at any stage.
                                                                                    by Mary Mullen


5 - Little Free Libraries Lurch Forward  (Attachments: “4-pics neighborhood colors.doc”)

With an application for permission to place a Little Free Library in Marlborough Park underway and contact with a Prairie Unitarian Universalist men’s group made, the actual appearance of two Little Free Libraries in our neighborhood lurched a bit closer to implementation.  They’ve been on the horizon since January.
Others may follow since there is talk of one at the Boys and Girls Club (Jenewein Rd.), another at Joining Forces for Families (Allied Drive), and some chatter on the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association’s Facebook page about locating one or more in the Fitchburg part of the neighborhood, especially down along Crescent Road.
On Sunday, October 7, DMNA Council member and Little Free Library advocate Thea Bach took another step toward two of the libraries.   
City of Madison permission is required for the LFL in the park.  It will be placed next to the bench that overlooks the east soccer field.  Late Sunday afternoon, an excited delegation of 2 adults and 3 kids trekked up to the park for the required photos of the location. Thea Bach came with a 4x4” post to symbolize the LFL.  Mary Mullen came with her camera.  The 3 little girls were just leaving the park with “gift bags” of what turned out to be sand and tire chunks from the playground - given to them by several unknown older boys.  They were happy to turn around and join the fun and learn about the Little Free Libraries.  By the time the photos were done, they were begging to join in painting one of the “birdhouse libraries.” See the photo that’s part of the attachment mentioned above.
That same afternoon, Thea had arranged for Little Free Library inventor Rick Brooks to speak with the Prairie UU men’s group about getting Prairie’s already-painted Little Free Library in the ground at 2010 Whenona Drive. Rick was also slated to talk to the Andersons who live on the corner of Lumley and Danbury about another LFL that may go on their property.
Things are movin’ right along.  Look for those LFLs in the next weeks and months.
Find out more about Little Free Libraries online at
                                                                                    by Mary Mullen

6 - Welcomer’s Party a Resounding Success

The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood was a good place to be Saturday night if you were either a newcomer or an oldie in the neighborhood.  About 25 of the invitees attended, a combination of neighbors who had moved here within the last year and DMNA Welcomer Committee members, Council members and their family members, and others who have lived in the Dunn’s Marsh neighborhood for some time - some time meaning anywhere from 5 to 50 years.
Gracious hostess Diane Schultz provided the meeting space in her large and homey garage.  We were surrounded by food and drink including four big pots of soup, heaping plates of appetizers, delicious salads, and platters of sweets.  It turned out to be much more than we could eat.  In the middle of the garage were coolers of various drinks.
The main feature of the evening was self-introductions.  We learned that a surprising number of our new neighbors work for Epic, the huge medical software company west of Verona or in a similar career, but at least one is a graduate student, one has her own independent home business, and another works for the Wisconsin Bike Federation.
Among those of us who’ve been in the neighborhood for longer, the career or employer list was more varied including accountant, machinist, retired teacher, retired daycare provider, massage therapist, and those employed by the Arboretum, WPS, MG&E, Mendota Health Center, and Johannsen’s.
As part of introductions, many of us mentioned how we happened to come to this neighborhood.  Perhaps not surprisingly, the lower cost of housing was one common denominator.  Some ew residents mentioned how they had wanted to get out of apartment living and had deliberately searched out a small house with a yard that wouldn’t occupy all their spare time. Several talked about how they had been attracted by a well-maintained or newly-remodeled house or simply its “cuteness.”  Most also said they were finding the neighborhood very friendly and were happy they had moved here.  The DMNA Welcomer Committee’s effort has to be a part of the friendliness they’ve felt.
All the new residents who attended this party were from the Marlborough section of the neighborhood within 2 blocks of Seminole Highway, specifically Whenona, Sheffield, Danbury, and Windflower Way.  We “oldies” hailed from the Marlborough, Crawford, and Belmar parts of the neighborhood.
Many thanks to all who came and to Diane for providing a pleasant place to meet.  The neighborhood is a warmer and friendlier place to be now that we’ve had a chance to become better acquainted.
                                                                                                            by Mary Mullen

7 - Want to Be a Welcomer?

Now that you’ve read about the great party sponsored by the Welcomer’s Committee, are you thinking you might want to become involved?  We especially need a couple of people from the Belmar (Fitchburg) part of the neighborhood, but ideally we would have a Welcomer Committee member on every street in the neighborhood.  (The Allied area, which is part of the neighborhood, has its own Welcomers.)
Joining the committee is a great way to get to know others on the committee as well as new residents.  It’s an easy way to get connected to the neighborhood
A Welcomer Committee member attends the monthly Committee meeting which just happens to include a delicious (free) meal prepared by Diane Schultz at her home.  At the meeting we put together Welcomer binders of information about the neighborhood and occasionally plan an event  like the party described in the previous article.  It stands to reason that Welcomers keep an eye out for new move-ins in their part of the neighborhood.  Welcomers then deliver the binders to newcomers and invite them to participate in the neighborhood association.
The purpose of Welcomers is to make new residents feel comfortable in the neighborhood and to invite them to participate in the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association.
Interested?  Contact Diane Schultz , 273-0086,
                                                                                           by Mary Mullen

8 - News from the Western Part of the Neighborhood (Attachment: “4-pics neighborhood colors.jpg”)

Three people associated with the west side of neighborhood received prestigious awards recently.
Michael Johnson, head of the Dane County Boys and Girls, was named Executive of the Year for the Midwest Region of Boys & Girls Clubs.  Prior to the presentation, 50 kids at the Boys and Girls Club were taped chanting their congratulations.   A handful of women from the group Mothers in the Neighborhood also gave testimony for the congratulations video.
On October 11, Selena Pettigrew and Sina Davis were honored with the “Someone You Should Know” award from WKOW and the Boys and Girls Club.  The two women have been very active in working for people in the Allied part of the neighborhood, and Sina has attended DMNA meetings and events.
WKOW taped the ceremony which included remarks from Michael Johnson, CEO of the Dane County Boys and Girls Club, Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff, and Fitchburg Alder and Co. Supervisor Dorothy Krause.
For pictorial coverage of these events, click on the attachment.
                                                                                    by Mary Mullen

9 - Revised Cannonball Plan Progresses Through Fitchburg Committees

Thanks to the efforts of Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff and Alder Steve Arnold, the Cannonball Path plan may include a pedestrian island where the ped/bike path crosses Seminole Highway.
While the Public Works Committee turned down the revised plan that would put in the island, the Public Safety and Health Committee postponed their decision until Alder Carol Poole’s questions could be answered by the Fitchburg Transportation staff.  
The Transportation and Transit Commission unanimously supports the revised plan.

The revised plan will be considered by the following committeesat the designated meeting times:
Fitchburg Finance Committee, 7 p.m., Tues., Oct. 23
Fitchburg Public Safety Com., 7 pm., Tues., Nov. 13
Fitchburg Common Council, Tues., Nov. 27
Families, dog walkers, bicyclists, and any others who use the path that runs along the south edge of the neighborhood are urged express their opinions at the meetings or to Fitchburg alders Dorothy Krause and Carol Poole who represent the DMNA area in Fitchburg.
            Dorothy Krause, 271-7532 <>     
Carol Poole, 273-3168
                                                                                                            by Mary Mullen
10 - Why is the DMNA Supporting a Pedestrian  Island on Seminole for the Cannonball?

These were the points made by the DMNA at recent meetings in which Fitchburg was considering the pedestrian island for the Cannonball Path crossing of Seminole Highway.
The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association voted at its September 5, 2012 meeting to ask Fitchburg to reconsider its rejection of the pedestrian island on Seminole at the Cannonball Path crossing.  In addition to the island there, the motion also requested that pedestrian-operated flashing yellow RRFB lights be provided at both the Cannonball and Capitol City Path crossings.  These lights have already been approved by the Fitchburg Common Council.  The DMNA asks that the Fitchburg committees recommend the lights and the pedestrian island.


1. Increasing traffic on Seminole Highway.  Traffic on Seminole is now heavy and the road will be much busier when the Verona Road project starts in 2014.  Construction will continue for THREE years.  Traffic is estimated to increase by 350-450 cars during the peak hours.  It’s often difficult to get across Seminole now.  It will be even harder with additional traffic.
2. This will probably be a more-used crossing than the Capitol City Path.  The Cannonball is flat as opposed to the hilly Capitol City Path. It will likely become a commuter path since it will cross the Beltline and bring bicyclists eventually to Fish Hatchery Road.

3. Safety.  An on-line brochure from the Federal Highway Administration called “Safety Benefits of Raised Medians and Pedestrian Refuge Areas” quantifies the value of pedestrian safety refuge areas:
Providing raised medians or pedestrian refuge areas at pedestrian crossings at marked crosswalks has demonstrated a 46 percent reduction in pedestrian crashes. At unmarked crosswalk locations, pedestrian crashes have been reduced by 39 percent.  Installing raised pedestrian refuge islands on the approaches to unsignalized intersections has had the most impact reducing pedestrian crashes.
Another statement in that article referred to an RRFB installed with a raised median in St. Petersburg, FL.  It notes that
In the first week after the raised pedestrian refuge area and RRFB were installed, over 900 crossings were reported with over 85 percent of motorists yielding to pedestrians.
(Source: <> )
4. Very reasonable cost for the benefit derived from it.   Fitchburg pays only 20% of the total cost if the island is installed as part of the Cannonball project.  Cost of the island to Fitchburg is set at $14,760 (1.52%) of a total capital budget of $973,651 (2012 CIP budget - The 2013 budget isn’t finalized, but presumably it would be around this amount).  Without going into all the calculations - although they can be provided on request - the island safety feature would cost the average Fitchburg homeowner $1.62 in property taxes.  If the island saves just one life, isn’t it worth $1.62 for each homeowner?
                                                                                                                                   by Mary Mullen

11 - Open House Meetings for Verona Road (US 18/151) Project in Dane County

Open house meetings will occur at two different locations during the next six months to promote public understanding of the Verona Road (US 18/151) Project.

The following meetings will be held at Upper Iowa State University, 4601 Hammersley Road, Madison:
  • Wednesday, October 17 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 21 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 12 – 5 to 8 p.m.

The following meetings will be held at the Boys and Girls Club, 4619 Jenewein Road, Madison:
  • Wednesday, November 7 – 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 5 – 5 to 8 p.m.

WisDOT representatives will be available at both sites to discuss the project on an individual basis and to respond to questions and feedback. Project maps, displays, documents and handouts will be available, including a copy of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). Construction to outlying intersections scheduled for 2013. Corridor construction scheduled for 2014.
Visit the project website <>  for more information about the Verona Road (US 18/151) Project.

If you are unable to attend the open house meetings, or would like more information, contact Mark Vesperman at (608) 246-7548. Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Project Manager Mark Vesperman, WisDOT, 2101 Wright Street, Madison, WI, 53704. Citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing and require an interpreter may request one by contacting Mark Vesperman at least three working days prior to the meeting.

For more information, contact:
Project Manager Mark Vesperman, WisDOT SW Region
(608) 246-7548, <>

Communications Specialist Steven Theisen, WisDOT SW Region
(608) 246-3818, <>
                                                           from Wi Dept. of Transportation website
[Editor’s note.  These meetings would be an appropriate place to tell the Wisconsin Department of Transportation what kind of aesthetic treatments you would like to see in connection with this construction.  Aesthetics include what the sound walls will look like, what the highway abutments and retaining wall will look like including under the roundabout and at the Verona Road/Beltline intersection, what the ped/bike tunnel should be like, and what other art or landscaping you would like to see.]


12 - Health Reform Hits Main Street:  Video Explains ObamaCare

Confused about how the new health reform law really works? A short, animated movie -- featuring the "YouToons" -- explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014.   See it at
Learn still more about how the health reform law will affect the health insurance coverage options for individuals, families and businesses with the interactive feature "Illustrating Health Reform: How Health Insurance Coverage Will Work." <>
                                                        from Health Reform Source, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

13 - Good Advice for Any Neighborhood
                                   by Sheri Swartz of the Meadowood Neighborhood
When I was living in St. Paul 20 years ago, I read an article about a neighborhood where crime was increasing and residents were moving out.  The article quoted a woman who had decided to stay and continue raising her children there.  She said, in effect, “If all the good people move out, of course the neighborhood will go downhill!  If I left, I’d be part of the problem. I’ve decided to stay and be part of the solution instead.”  That woman’s words have remained with me all this time, not only because of the simple truth she expressed, but because she was standing behind that truth with her own actions.
The recent reaction to the closing of Meadowood Ace Hardware has brought this quote back to me. So I want to challenge my neighbors in Meadowood and the rest of southwest Madison, to stay and be part of the solution.  
It’s hard to find time to be involved, but it would take a lot more time to move.   Here are some ideas on how to participate in strengthening our community, any of which could be accomplished for a fraction of the time and effort it would take to move away:
·     Get to know your neighbors.  Introduce yourself to those who live near you and who regularly walk by or wait at the bus stop.  Invite neighbors over for coffee or ice cream in the yard. Set up a neighborhood watch. <>

·     Send your children to our neighborhood schools and get involved in those schools.  If you have concerns, bring them to the principal and teachers and try to make the school better for everyone.  If you like the school, let parents of younger children know.

·     Contact Schools of Hope to tutor or read with kids at our neighborhood schools—especially if you don’t have school age children.

·     Take your preschool children to the park, and introduce yourself to other parents you meet there.   Or bring them to Play & Learn at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center on Friday mornings.

·     Pick up trash in your neighborhood streets and parks.

·     Support our local businesses.  Get your hair cut at the Meadowood barbershop, get your clothes cleaned at Best Cleaners, pick up some takeout at Chang Jiang or Thai Basil, fill your prescriptions at Walgreens, etc.  

·     Join your local neighborhood association. Attend the meetings if you can; even if you can’t, you’ll get e-mail updates on community events, safety concerns, and volunteer opportunities. <>

·     Get to know community members who aren’t your immediate neighbors.  Attend a Meadowood Community Supper (the next one is in January).  Get a community garden plot <;count=1349027473&amp;type=no%2Dmagic&amp;userinfo=f77e90e111078fb13f073e61f133462d&amp;count=1340074739&amp;cf=SP2&amp;randid=1373236890> .

·     Stop by the Meadowood Neighborhood Center. Take a class, teach a class, ask how you might be able to volunteer your time or donate needed items. <>

·     Join one of our neighborhood workgroups. Southwest side residents are currently tackling issues including housing <>  , economic development <;msgNum=00007HW0:001GPGsn00002t29&amp;count=1348795139&amp;randid=452072963&amp;attachId=0&amp;isUnDisplayableMail=yes&amp;blockImages=0&amp;randid=452072963> , hosting the southwest farmers market , <>  and planning our community suppers <>  .  The more people than join in, the more effective we can be in these efforts.

·     Be a mentor—sign up to mentor a child through Big Brothers and Sisters <> , Mentoring Positives <> , or Madison Urban Ministry <> .  Tell them you’re from southwest Madison and are interested in mentoring a child from this area.

·     Get involved in local government by contacting your alder <>  and offering your thoughts and suggestions for how to improve your neighborhood.

Police and city staff must be part of the solution, but we can't sit back and expect them to do it for us. A little effort, by many people, can make a big difference!
                                                                        by Sheri Swartz of the Meadowood Neighborhood


14 - Arboretum Offers Many Nature Activities

Where can you get a free education about nature at a world class institution close by our neighborhood?  Of course, at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum.  The Arboretum offers dozens of opportunities. Below are some coming up this month.

Ecological Restoration Work Party: Grady Tract  [The Grady Tract is the area just west of Seminole Highway on the border of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood.] Saturday, October 20 • 9 am – 12 pm. Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot at the corner of Seminole Highway and the Beltline Frontage Road.

Special Event: Trolley Tours, Sunday, October 21 • 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 pm.  Free tickets at the Visitor Center. Access the Visitor Center via Arboretum Drive from Seminole Highway a few short blocks north of the Beltline.

Walk: Woodlands, Sunday, October 21 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm  Enjoy what is usually the end of peak for fall color in the restored woodlands of the Arboretum.

Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie Saturday, October 27 • 9 am – 12 pm  Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Meet at the front steps of the Visitor Center.

Earth Partnership for Families: Whispering Trees, Sunday, October 28 • 12:30 pm – 4 pm Trees are full of colors, patterns, shapes and numerous other hidden treasures. There will be activities all about trees in the Visitor Center from 12:30-3:30 p.m. An exploration hike to Longenecker Gardens is from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Walk: Tour of the Lost City, Sunday, October 28 • 1 pm – 3:30 pm  While we always tour this area around Halloween, there is really nothing spooky about this abandoned dream of a Venice of the North. Learn more about this failed 1920s residential area and how understanding the land can be important for proper development. This tour starts indoors with a brief overview of the Lost City project.

Learn more at

15 - Clean Sweep Closing for the Season on October 31st

The Dane County / City of Madison Clean Sweep Program for recycling household hazardous waste will end its 2012 season on Wednesday, October 31st at 2 PM.  
Items that can be dropped off at Clean Sweep include oil based paints, pesticides, poisons, household products containing organic solvents, ignitable, aerosols, and non-automotive type rechargeable batteries.  
On the final day, all traffic will be routed to the Badger Road driveway behind the Dane County Highway garage.  Customers will be directed to drive through the facility and remain in their cars while the products are unloaded.
The Product Exchange will be closed during this period.  

Customers with large loads will be directed to a parking stall for unloading.  A large turnout is anticipated, so there may be delays.  The Clean Sweep staff highly recommends that you should avoid the last day rush and drop off materials before the 31st.
Normal hours of operation are on Tuesday – Saturday from 7:00am to 2:00pm.  The site is located at the Dane County Highway garage, 2302 Fish Hatchery Road in Madison.  

There is only a short time to make an appointment to dispose of very small quantity generator business wastes.  Appointment times are filling up fast, so make your appointment soon.  October 19th is the last day for business appointments during our 2012 season.

Prior to the last Saturday the site can be accessed from West Badger Road.  It is important to drop off household hazardous waste during the listed hours of operation.  Leaving materials at the site when it is closed is illegal and can lead to a $2,000.00 fine.
In early 2013, Clean Sweep will be moving to a new permanent facility which will allow the program to operate all year long.  More details about this will be announced later this year.
To find out more about any of the Clean Sweep programs, please visit our Web site at

16 - Fitchburg Green e-News Blast #11

1. Pellitteri Announces More Allowable Items for Fitchburg Recyclers
- Yippee! - Pellitteri Waste Systems (Fitchburg's Refuse and Recycling Hauler) has just announced several more items that have been added to the list of allowable recyclables.  The complete list is on Fitchburg's web page ( < <> > ) and can be viewed at: <> : however, here's a quick summary of the new items that can be added to your blue recycling carts or the recycling dumpsters at the Recycling Drop Off Site (effective immediately):
    a. paper milk and juice cartons or boxes
    b. plastic bags - if encapsulated in a see-through plastic bag smaller than a basketball
    c. metal pie plates, pots, and pans
    d. small metal appliances (toasters, blenders, etc.) smaller than a basketball, and
    e. small metal plumbing fixtures & pipes (faucets, valves, pipes 2"-12" long)
A video of Pellitteri's new Material Recovery Facility, located at Kipp Street in Madison, is available at: <>

2. Love Your Lakes, Don't Leaf Them Campaign, September to November - Fitchburg City Hall (5520 Lacy Rd) - Stop by Fitchburg City Hall to view a special display cabinet (created by Mac Olsen and Dan Fourness) describing tips on keeping leaves and grass clippings out of the street (and storm system) and using them as nutrients in your yard and garden areas.  FREE Yard signs, beverage coasters, and DVDs with information on the Love Your Lakes, Don't Leaf Them are available in the Main Lobby.

3. Compost Bin, Rain Barrel, and Yardwaste Polybags Sale - Sat., Oct. 20th (from 9-11am) - Fitchburg's Recycling Drop Off Site, 2373 S. Fish Hatchery Rd. - Earth Machine home compost bins ($45 - normally $100), Systern rain barrels ($55 - normally $110), Norseman compost turners ($15), Norseman Kitchen scrap pails ($7), and Dayton 50-gallon Yardwaste Polybags ($2 - normally $6) will be available for sale.  The supplies will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  Advance registration is recommended by contacting  Up to 2 FREE Yardwaste Polybags will be available for residents participating in Fitchburg's curbside refuse and recycling program. Visit for more information as the event approaches.  

4. Fitchburg's Fall 2012 Electronics Recycling (Surplus-IT's warehouse - 901 Watson Ave. - 7:30am-11:30am) & Shred Day Event (Oak Bank's Parking Lot - 5951 McKee Road - 7:30am-10:30am) - Sat., Oct. 20th - visit < <> >  for more information as this event approaches.

5. Eco Book Group - Tues., Oct. 23rd (from 6 - 7 pm) - Fitchburg Library (5530 Lacy Rd) -  Are you interested in reading about and discussing environmental issues like conserving energy, saving water, eating well and driving less? If so, join the new Eco Book Group! At the first meeting we will discuss "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan, in which he writes about the bad nutritional advice and foods being consumed today.  Check or contact Jamie Hernandez at or 729-1784 for more information as this event approaches.

6. Fitchburg Green Thursday - Thurs., Nov. 1st at 6:30pm (Free screening of "The Clean Bin Project" Movie.  Please contact or 729-1784 with any questions or comments on this or other Fitchburg Green Thursday events.  More information on Green Tuesday and Thursday events scheduled throughout Dane County can be found at: <> < <> >

17- Yahara Lakes: Implementing a Vision

Friday November 9, 2012, Monona Terrace, Madison, WI
Register now at < <> >

Join the conversation and learn how to get involved in the latest exciting work happening to clean up the Yahara chain of lakes (Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa)! At only $45 for the entire day (including meals and materials), you won’t want to miss presentations by local scientists, managers and conservation groups on successes and challenges of implementing water quality improvement strategies, including:

·       the action plan to implement Yahara CLEAN and reduce phosphorus inputs by 50% to clean up our lakes;
·       the partnership among area farmers, municipalities and the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District to install agricultural practices to control phosphorus;
·       how community manure digesters reduce phosphorus runoff; and
·       UW’s Steve Carpenter, one of the world's most influential environmental scientists, comments on the future of the Yahara watershed.

Starting at 7:30 a.m. with the Yahara Lakes Community Breakfast hosted by the Clean Lakes Alliance, the information-packed day also includes the full day of presentations, lunch, and a closing reception. The special one-day rate of $45 is supported by sponsors to enable maximum participation by local residents. You won’t want to miss the full day of presentations and discussion, so register now at < <> > !  After October 26, the Friday rate increases to $65.
                                                    from Susan Jones
                                                    Dane Co. Watershed Management Coordinator


18 - Using an Absentee Ballot?  Read these Cautions.

As we approach the November 6 election, campaigns are pushing people to “vote early. Broadcast ads, robocalls and mass mailings are bombarding us with information, some of which is confusing or even misleading. The following tips may save you time and help ensure your vote will be counted.
Don’t be confused by mailings. Many voters in our battleground state are receiving mailings from political campaigns and independent groups, some of which contain a form to request a voter registration application or receive an absentee ballot. These mailings may include your telephone number, birth date and voting record.
The organizations behind these mailings gather information from multiple sources. For example, your voting record is public information, and the state does sell voter lists to private organizations. However, your birth date is not public, and there is no record of how you voted in any given election. It is best to work directly with your municipal clerk’s office or a Special Registration Deputy with a trusted organization, rather than respond to a mailing by an organization which might not understand Wisconsin election law.
Register before Election Day if possible. There are four options:
  1. Start online at the Government Accountability Board’s voter information website  Fill out the form and print, sign and return it to your Clerk. Your information will be saved in the system waiting for the Clerk to receive your signed paper form. Forms postmarked by the close of open registration on October 17 do not require additional proof of residence. Forms received afterward will require additional proof of residence to be provided by you at the polling place.
  2. Register with a Special Registration Deputy (SRD) during the open registration period - until October 17.  [In the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood, call 298-0843 or 271-3958 to arrange to meet one of the SRDs who lives in the neighborhood.  She will have forms and will help you get registered.  Do this before October 17.]
  3. Register in person at your municipal Clerk’s Office by Friday, November 2.  Madison residents go to Clerk’s Office in the City-County Building on Martin Luther King Blvd.  Fitchburg residents go to the Fitchburg City Hall on Lacy Road just east of Fish Hatchery Road.  Take your driver’s licence and proof of residence.
  4. Register at your polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6.   Proof of residence will be required.  If you have a driver’s license, its number must be put on the registration form.

Follow the instructions for absentee voting. If you complete your absentee ballot or certificate incorrectly, your vote will not be counted and you probably will never even know it. To avoid this, carefully follow the instructions you receive with your absentee ballot. If you can, it’s better to vote absentee in person at the clerk’s office so that the envelope is filled out correctly.

Mail your absentee ballot back to the Clerk’s Office as early as possible. It must be postmarked by Election Day and received by November 9. Alternately, you may cast an absentee ballot at your Clerk’s Office between October 22 and November 2.
A final word of caution.  
 A law passed last year makes it a felony to vote at the polling place if you have already returned a completed absentee ballot.  Previously voters who cast an absentee ballot before the election, and then changed their mind or realized they made a mistake, could go to the polling place and vote on Election Day if their absentee ballot had not already been counted.  Their absentee ballot would not be counted.  This is no longer an option.
                                                from League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Network
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Network is a nonpartisan organization that advocates for informed and active participation in government.
19 - Vote Absentee in Person at Your Clerk’s Office

If you intend to vote absentee, it’s better to vote in your city clerk’s office than to get an absentee ballot and send it in by mail.
If you do or absentee voting in the clerk’s office, the staff will check whether the front of the envelope is properly filled out.  If you mess up the “certificate” on the envelope, election officials will have to reject your ballot on election day and you may never know it.
In Madison for City of Madison Voters, the Clerk’s office is is City-County Building, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. on the main floor.  Vote absentee there on
Weekdays: Mon, Oct 22 - Fri, Nov 2: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Weekend: Sat, Oct 27: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

                      Sun, Oct 28: Noon to 6 p.m.


In Fitchburg for City of Fitchburg Voters, the Clerk’s office is on the second (main) floor of City Hall at 5520 Lacy Road.  Vote absentee there on

October 22nd - 26th, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 27 - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

October 29th - November 1st, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 2nd, 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


20 - Voter Registration Applications Must be Mailed by October 17 (Attachments: “Wis Voter Regis Application.pdf” & “GAB voter regis info.jpg”)

To vote in the November 6 presidential election, you must be registered.  It’s pretty easy because now you can do this by mail.
Registration just got easier.  You can fill out a registration form on-line at and also attached here, then print it out and mail it by October 17.
The catch is that you must provide proof of residence if you are a first-time voter in Wisconsin and you are registering by mail.
The second page of the form lists all the types of proof of residence that are legal.  Common types are
·      a current and valid WI Driver License / ID card
·      an employee ID card with a photograph, but not a business card
·      a utility bill for the period beginning not earlier than 90 days before the day the registration is made
·      a bank statement
·      a paycheck
·      a check or document issued by a unit of government
·      a real property tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election
Junk mail or mail from a relative or friend DOES NOT constitute proof of residence.
It goes without saying that the proof of residence must contain the voter’s current and complete first and last name, the residential address, and is valid on the day used to register to vote.
The form also asks for a signature.  Find the “SIGN” options on the menu bar at the top of the pdf form.  You’ll get a choice of using a typed signature, of drawing your signature using the mouse, or of importing an image of your signature.
If you do register by mail, it would still be a good idea to take proof of residence with you to the polls just in case the “proof” you mailed in wasn’t an approved type or was invalid for some other reason.
Voters may still register at the polling place on the day of the election.
                                                                                                           by Mary Mullen


21 - Tips for Learning About the Candidates (Advertisements Aren’t Reliable) from League of Women Voters  
1.    Seek out debates sponsored by trustworthy nonpartisan organizations. The moderator and format should give all candidates an equal opportunity to speak and respond to questions. If the debate is televised, be aware of moderator comments, reaction shots, or other techniques that might bias viewers.
2.    Consider gathering with friends or family to watch and discuss the debate. Have a potluck with your family, book club or other group.
3.    Pay attention to how the candidates respond to questions. Do they answer them directly or evade them? Do they give specifics or speak in generalities? Do they speak about their own positions or mostly attack their opponents? Do their answers seem overly rehearsed or “canned”? Are their positions consistent from one question to the next?
4.    Be sure to seek information from other sources in addition to the debate. Campaign ads and so-called issue ads” that seek to influence an election are not reliable sources by themselves. Go to the candidates’ websites as well as those of nonpartisan organizations you trust, such as the League of Women Voters www.Vote <> or <>
                                                                                    from League of Women Voters Wisconsin

22 - Where to See the November 6 Ballot

Maybe you are curious about what the November 6 ballot will actually look like.  It has many more choices on it than you may be aware of, but it’s easy to get a preview.  

Whether you live in Fitchburg or Madison, an easy place to go is the Madison website:

If you live in Fitchburg, click on the Assembly District 47 link.  If you live in Madison, click on Assembly District 77.  You will see a scanned sample ballot.

Another super resource for voting information pertaining just to you at your address is

On that site you can find out if you are registered, find the address of your polling place, see a list of all the candidates in the up-coming election (though not a scanned ballot), find out who all your elected representatives are from the federal to the local level (although the state Assembly District representative is incorrect), look at your past voting history (Mine goes back only to 1986 although I started voting in 1964), get other information about voting in a Q & A format, and find other information as well.
Try it out.  It’s fascinating.                       
                                                                                    by Mary Mullen

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                                              Thanks for reading.