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DNR announces first winter season free-fishing weekend

Residents, nonresidents invited to try winter-time fishing without a license    

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wisconsin’s first winter free fishing weekend, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 19-20.

Bob Manwell, DNR spokesman in Fitchburg, said residents and nonresidents are invited to fish Wisconsin waters without first purchasing a license.

Wisconsin has had a similar free fishing weekend in June for many years but Manwell said the mid-January free fish event offers the chance to  try "hardwater" fishing.

Manwell also said loaner tackle is available at some sites.

DNR to conduct aerial survey of deer through February

DNR to conduct aerial survey of deer through February

Snow-covered ground helps biologists to tally in chronic wasting disease zones    

Helicopter teams will conduct aerial deer counts throughout Dane and Iowa counties and near Baraboo from Wednesday through mid-February, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

DNR biologists are conducting aerial deer counts in portions of the chronic wasting disease management zone.

Regional spokesman Bob Manwell in Fitchburg said in a news release Wednesday that completion of the deer count operation is dependent on the presence of several inches of snow, which helps deer stand out on the landscape from the air.

Areas in western Dane and eastern Iowa counties and in the Baraboo area by Devil’s Lake State Park are scheduled for survey flights, officials said.

The DNR said about 260 square mile sections will be surveyed.

Documents shredded for cyber security month


The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will sponsor a community shredding event Saturday.

As part of Cyber Security Month, the event will take place in the Access Information Management building located at 3700 Commerce Dr.

Community members can shred up to 10 boxes or 200 pounds of documents at the event, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Shredded materials will be recycled.

The event is free, but donations of food and money will be collected for the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, said a press release.

"Identity theft affects nearly 10 million Americans each year, often because their personal information is stolen from unsecured documents," said Sandy Chalmers, Division Administrator of Trade and Consumer Protection. "Shredding personal documents is the first step in protecting your identity or your consumers' identities from theft."

Local lighting manufacturer wins award for green light

Local lighting manufacturer wins award for green light


A local Middleton lighting manufacturer is leading the way in green innovation.

ETC, Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc., has developed new Source Four LED spotlights that won the Award for Sustaintbility at the PLASA 2012 tradeshow in London.

The spotlights excelled in efficacy, with at least 30 lumens per watt, said a press release.  The light saves energy while still performing for stage, television, film and architectural applications.

“The Source LED is another green light within our Source Four line. We engineered it to be an addition to the lighting-design toolbox and to blend beautifully with the different light sources in today’s lighting rigs,” said ETC CEO Fred Foster.

For more information visit www.etcconnect.com.

Green homes tour highlights sustainability


The Middleton Sustainability Committee will host a free green homes tour Sunday.

The event will take place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Local experts will showcase environmentally friendly practices and technologies to help residents save natural resources and money, said a press release.

Topics covered at the green homes tour include solar energy, geothermal, green construction and environmentally friendly decorating.  Water and electricity conservation, air quality, sustainable landscaping and even backyard chickens will also be discussed.

The tour will begin at the Willy West Co-Op located at 6825 University Ave.  Seven Middleton homes will be features with a wide range of sustainable features indoors and outdoors.

National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1

National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1

National Preparedness Month begins Saturday, the first day of September.

As Labor Day weekend brings the end of summer, ReadyWisconsin is urging Wisconsinites to discuss emergency preparation.

“Preparing for emergency events like tornadoes, flooding and winter storms requires individuals and families to be self-reliant and ready to face days without utilities such as electricity, water and phone service, access to local businesses such as gas stations and supermarkets, and other needed services,” said a Wisconsin Emergency Management press release.

People across the country are encouraged to prepare for emergencies by getting an emergency supply kit, making a plan for an emergency, and being informed about what types of emergencies could happen in your community.