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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.

Green initiative begins 2012-2013 season


The Green Tuesdays and Thursdays initiative will once again take place throughout Dane County.

The 2012-2013 season begins in September with two food-related documentaries, said a press release.

Dive is about people salvaging thousands of dollars’ worth of edible food from dumpsters, showing food waste in America.

PlanEat is about three men who search for a diet that is good for human health, the environment, and the future of the planet.

Discussion will follow the films.

The events, which began in 2008, focus on the conservation of natural resources.  Nearly 2,200 attendees have discussed climate change, sustainable gardening, reducing energy use, composting, how to winterize a home, and the local Focus on Energy program, said a press release.

Willy Street West Hosts Camp Kenwood Fundraiser

Willy Street West Hosts Camp Kenwood Fundraiser

As part of the Good Nieghbor Celebration, Willy Stree Co-op is hosting the Good Nieghbor Griller with proceeds benefitting Camp Kenwood.

Enjoy a delicious burger, sweet potato salad and home-made lemonade for only $5.

Camp Kenwood's programs focus on cooperatives, family farms, sustainable leadership, conservation, rural communities, social justice and active citizenship.

DNR: Emergency burning restrictions in effect for 11 counties

DNR: Emergency burning restrictions in effect for 11 counties


Emergency burning restrictions for 11 counties in southern Wisconsin will begin Friday in fire protection areas under control of the Department of Natural Resources.

All of Crawford, Richland, Sauk, Columbia, Marquette, Green Lake and portions of Iowa, Grant, Dane, Adams and Juneau counties are affected by these emergency burning restrictions, which will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Emergency burning restrictions apply to the designated areas that are outside incorporated cities and villages in these counties.

Under these restrictions, burning of any combustible material outdoors is prohibited until further notice. This includes:

Dane County Dive Team takes Stake in the Lakes

Dane County Dive Team takes Stake in the Lakes

On Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, Take A Stake In The Lakes will be celebrating their 25th anniversary. 

Hundreds of divers will be participating in a lake clean-up on Lake Monona and Lake Mendota and both weekend events will include member of the Dane County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team.

Saturday’s event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Lake Monona at Yahara Park Place, and Sunday’s event is on Lake Mendota from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mendota County Park.

On Saturday, June 2, a Dane County Sheriff’s Office boat will be on Lake Monona near the Yahara River keeping watch over the many divers that are expected to participate in the morning’s events. 

From 9 to 11 a.m., dive flags will be on the water to warn boaters that divers are in the water.  By law, boaters must stay at least 100 feet from those flags. 

Get Dirty for Dane Day to be held at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

On Saturday, May 12, the Dane County Environmental Council and Recreational Equipment Inc. will be hosting “Get Dirty for Dane," a day to get outdoors and participate in land stewardship projects throughout the county. 

The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy is sponsoring one of the volunteer stewardship projects for that day.

The goal for this day is to get people out to the amazing public natural areas in Dane County, and help connect new volunteers to these places.

Our event will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Dane County section of the conservancy.

The group will be cutting invasive plants on the hill. 

Those who come out are asked to wear long pants and sleeves, close toed shoes and to bring gloves. Some gloves will be available for use.