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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

DMN eNews-Alder forum, Garden, more...

                                                                                               March 14, 2017
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: Yannette (Janet) Cole,  332-7003
               News contact:  Mary Mullen
,  298-0843
             Website: < (for info about DMNA & the neighborhood)
              On Facebook:  Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (for up-to-date news)
All articles that are not attributed to others were written by Mary Mullen.


1 - It’s a busy week in the neighborhood: Marlborough Community Garden registration on Wednesday and Saturday at Prairie UU Society, a public hearing downtown on Wednesday at the City County Building, and on Thursday a Candidate’s Forum at Prairie UU Society for Madison and Fitchburg alder candidates who want to represent our neighborhood.  The first page of this eNews gives the times.  
See the attachments for more information on these events:  
·     1  3/7/17 DMN News.jpg - Contains some more details about the public hearing re. Rocky’s West.
·     2  Community garden - about.jpg - in English and español
·     3  Garden regis poster w map.jpg - in English and español
But there’s more coming up, in brief:
·     Saturday, April 1, 9:00-11:00 am -  Dunn’s Marsh waterway clean-up, starting at Apache Pond on Crescent Road, led by Fitchburg staff.  Come, bring your kids.  It’s fun!

·     Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 am-8:00 pm - the election of alders, school board members, a state school superintendent, and  judges. Fitchburg also votes for mayor and has several Verona Area School Referendum questions.  The Madison part of the neighborhood votes at the Revival Ridge Community Room on the corner of Allied Drive and Jenewein, while the Fitchburg part of the neighborhood votes at the Fitchburg Fire Staion #2, 5415 King James Way.  Find out exactly what’s on your ballot at <file://localhost/en-us>     Find out about some of the candidates from <file://localhost/candidates-answers-spring-primary-2017>

·     Thursday, April 13, 6:30 pm - Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Council meeting - Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive.  We’ll have a visit from a police officer and, and we may plan a general neighborhood clean-up, as well as take care of other business. Neighborhood residents are welcome to attend.  Let our DMNA president know what you want us to talk about.  See masthead for contact information.

·     Future meetings of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Council are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month: April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 - Prairie UU Society.

·     Wednesday, June 21, 4:00-8:00 pm - Make Music Madison - The DMNA and Prairie UU Society will again team up to provide 4 hours of free music outdoors on the grounds of Prairie UU.


2 - Summer is a-comin’ and it’s Time for MOST  (Attachment “4 MOST ad.jpg”)
           from City of Madison
MOST is the Madison-area Out-of-School Time website for finding hundreds of activities and programs for your kids this summer.  
Go to <>
 to start looking for what suits you and your budget.


3 - WE CARE - A Message from the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Council

There is a lot happening in the world, our country, and in our city. There is a lot of judgment and intolerance of others that are perceived as different from us.  The Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Council personally wants to send a message to everyone in the Dunn's Marsh neighborhood:

We hope you feel welcome and safe in our neighborhood. If you ever feel otherwise, please share your experience with one of us - listed below - or someone else in the neighborhood you trust. Then encourage that person to share it anonymously on your behalf on the DMNA Facebook page <file://localhost/permalink.php>  or on Nextdoor Dunn's Marsh <file://localhost/news_feed> . That way the rest of the neighbors will be aware of it and can be more watchful and protective of ALL of our neighbors.

We hope to never receive that request from you. But please be assured that if you do come to one of us, we will advocate confidentially on your and all of our neighbors' behalf.  Hatred is not acceptable in the Dunn's Marsh neighborhood.

4 - Dunn’s Marsh Council Contact Information
Marlborough Representatives (All phones are in 608 area code unless indicated otherwise.)

Yannette Cole (President) - <>   332-7003
Mary Mullen - <>   298-0843
Thea Bach, <>  274-7730
Dale-Harriet Rogovich - <>    274-6709
Sam Shesman - <>   (814) 806-2427

Crawford Representative
Faith Cholvin  - <>  213-3819

Belmar Representative
Elvice McAlpine - (608) 208-3819  (must use area code)

Allied Representatives
Shonita Roach - <>   509-1645
Peter Schmitt - <>  338-4519

 5 - Little Free Library Now Located Near Apache Pond

Thanks to DMNA Council member Elvice McAlpine, her husband Tom, their son Tom, and the Fitchburg Board of Public Works, there’s a Little Free Library located near Apache Pond on the path to the Cannonball Trail.  The LFL was relocated from its previous location on Lumley and Danbury.

6 - Dunn’s Marsh Book and Movie Club Schedule for 2017
           from Thea Bach, DMNA Council member
John and Thea Bach host the Dunn’s Marsh Book and Movie Club each month on a Saturday night at their home at 1905 Danbury Street.  Below is the schedule Thea provided several months ago.  This month’s selection is Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, with a March 25 discussion date. If you do plan to attend, please call them (274-7730) to be certain the calendar has not changed.  They highly  value your participation!

         Walk in the Woods April 22

         Walking Into the Ocean May 20

         Water for Elephants Friday, June 16*

         The Zoo Keeper’s Wife July 29

         The Girl on the Train August 20

         The Help September 23

         Change of Heart October 21

         No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency November 11

7 - MSCR Day Trips Announced  (Attachment: “5 MSCR 2017 Winter Day Trips.jpg”)

Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Saturday, March 18th, 7:30am-6:30pm
Attend educational and interactive workshops, cooking demos by top chefs, amateur photography displays, and cutting-edge ideas by leading interior and floral designers. Over 100 vendors of gardening, landscape and horticulture products and services showcase their products. Enjoy lunch at many locations at the pier on your own. All transportation and admissions are included. $53 Ages 18+

Kohler Factory Tour & John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Kohler & Sheboygan, WI
Thursday, March 2nd, 7:30am-6:00pm
Visit the Kohler Factory in Kohler, Wisconsin for a guided tour seeing behind the scenes of everything from vitreous china lavatories to the production of massive 6-foot cast iron tubs. Make your way through several Kohler buildings and learn about Kohler’s innovative Arts/Industry Program. Please note, the tour includes about two hours of walking and standing.  Following the tour, we travel to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, for lunch, a tour of the arts center’s unique exhibits and a hands-on pewter casting workshop using some of the methods seen at the factory tour earlier in the day. Fee includes transportation, admissions and lunch. $65 Ages 18+

For more information, contact 608-204-3000.
Register at < <> >

8 - A Message for Madison Recyclers!
by City of Madison Recycling Coordinator
The Madison Streets Division has two drop-off sites where residents and taxpayers of Madison can recycle cardboard, molded Styrofoam, electronics (including cell phones), household batteries, rigid plastic, and cooking oil.
The sites are located, as I’m sure you know, at 4602 Sycamore Ave. on the east side and 1501 W. Badger Rd. on the southwest side. The sites are open winter hours currently, which is 7:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday. The sites are closed during holidays. There will be times where the gate is open after hours because of snow and ice operations, but if it is after 3 pm or before 7:30 am the site is closed even if the gate is open. Please do not enter the site outside these hours.
For more information about the drop off sites, please call 608-246-4532 for Sycamore Ave. and 608-266-4681 for W. Badger Rd.
More information about the drop-off sites and all of our recycling and solid waste service can be found on the Streets Division’s website.
                   And Finally…Electronics Recycling
I’m sure by now we all know that the fee for television recycling is increasing to $15 at the beginning of 2017, but there was one other slight change to our electronics recycling program you may not have noticed.
Inside the electronics recycling container, there are five large cardboard boxes called gaylords. Those gaylords are where we put the electronics to be recycled. Above those gaylords, affixed to the wall, are posters that explain what should go into each box. That’s right – we’re asking people to sort the electronics when they drop them off. The signs are pretty big with images to help you know what is supposed to go into each box.
When you’re at the site, you’ll probably notice that sorting the electronics hasn’t really caught on yet as people are used to placing their item into the first box they can and leaving – but we’re hoping to fix that.
We hope that people begin minding the signage because every year we report the weights of electronics we recycle to the Wisconsin DNR. And without getting too deep into the weeds, this little bit extra step of putting your electronics in the correct box will help us give the DNR more precise numbers.
Let me be clear - if you put something into the wrong box it will still be recycled and that’s far more important. However, we’re hopeful that folks follow this extra little step in order for us to do just a bit better on reporting things. And thank you so much for your assistance.
Thanks so much for your time and attention.  If you have any questions, let us know.
Bryan Johnson, City of Madison Recycling Coordinator
9 - Possum Minds Her Babies on Local Woodpile

The other night when we looked out the window to check the thermometer, here’s what we saw, a possum that was very busy indeed licking in her pouch and scratching her itches.
As you may know, the mother possum gestates her babies for only 11-13 days.  Then they are born, so small that 20 could fit in a teaspoon.  Each is about the size of a honey bee.  Still, they can crawl up the mother’s fur into her pouch where they latch onto a nipple and stay there for about 2  months while they develop.
10 - Why Has it Been So Long Without a Newsletter?
You may have wondered why you haven’t received a Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood eNews since last December.  Here’s the reason.  Your editor has been madly and desperately working on a history book about Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society which will turn 50 years old on this September 17.

                     Thanks for reading the March 14, 2017, Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood eNews.