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New Business, ScooterCabs, Helps Eliminate Drunk Driving

New Business, ScooterCabs, Helps Eliminate Drunk Driving

ScooterCabs, a local business created by three University of Wisconsin-Madison grads, aims to provide an affordable alternative to taking a taxi home or driving under the influence. 

The service was created as an extra option for patrons that drive out to a bar or restaurant and have a few too many drinks.  The concept is similar to a taxi, except for one fundamental difference; the taxi is now the patron’s own vehicle.  There is no longer a need for patrons to abandon their vehicle at the bar or restaurant to make it home safely.

"With Wisconsin’s high rates of drunk driving, Madison seemed to have a need for this type of service," said owner Justin Sisley, "but even for the majority of people who would make the responsible decision to call a cab, our service provides a much more convenient option for them.  No more waiting around for a friend or cab to take you back to your car in the morning."

Clean Sweep Expands With New Winter Hours

Clean Sweep Expands With New Winter Hours

The Clean Sweep Program for recycling household hazardous waste will be open with new winter hours. This is the first such seasonal expansion of the program, according to county officials.

In recognition of this, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said that "Clean Sweep is a highly successful program that has kept unnecessary and hazardous waste out of the county landfill. We're excited to announce its expansion into the winter months and encourage people can take advantage of it."

Madison mayor Paul Soglin added, “Clearly the generation of hazardous waste is not restricted to one season. I am pleased that the Clean Sweep Program is expanding, as it will not only remove the hazardous materials from our homes but help maintain the integrity of our environment.”

Dane County is trying out a limited winter season during these hours:

2012 Winter Hours:

Photo Contest Winners Exhibition Opening Scheduled At FOPB

Photo Contest Winners Exhibition Opening Scheduled At FOPB

The winner of the Friends of the Pheasant Branch photo contest will have their work presented on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Middleton Art & Framing at 6771 University Avenue.

The exhibit will be on display from Dec. 2-16.

Winning photos will be raffled off at FOPB Annual Meeting on Jan. 21. All other winning photos will be available for purchase at opening.

Proceeds will support FOPB restoration and education programs.

Residents are invited to the celebration, to meet the artists and to enjoy refreshments.

Middleton Public Lands To Host Forestry Field Day

Middleton Public Lands To Host Forestry Field Day

The Middleton Public Lands Department will host a Forestry Field Day at the Bock Community Forest in Middleton on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Families will learn about ongoing restoration efforts and the benefits to wildlife. They will also see how trees become the lumber for use in home and furniture.

Arborists will also be on hand pruning and removal techniques and answer questions.

There were also free wagon rides. The event is free and open to the public.

Middleton Public Lands To Host Forestry Field Day

Middleton Public Lands To Host Forestry Field Day

The Middleton Public Lands Department will host a Forestry Field Day at the Bock Community Forest in Middleton on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Families will learn about ongoing restoration efforts and the benefits to wildlife. They will also see how trees become the lumber for use in home and furniture.

Arborists will also be on hand pruning and removal techniques and answer questions.

There were also free wagon rides. The event is free and open to the public.

MHS Ecology Club To Host Fundraising Dinner

MHS Ecology Club To Host Fundraising Dinner

The Middleton High School Ecology Club will host an Organic Dinner event on Monday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the MHS Cafeteria.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Pheasant Branch Conservancy.

The cost for the dinner, which will include Roman Candle Pizza and Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, will be $10 for adults and $7 for kids.

There will also be various silent auction items available for bidding.

Call 608-829-9753 to reserve tickets.

Friends of Pheasant Branch is organized to restore, preserve, and understand the value of conservancy land, other natural habitats and cultural history in the Pheasant Branch Watershed for today and tomorrow.

Friends of Pheasant Branch Photo Contest Closes September 1st!

Get your images in before it's too late!
 
Our photo contest gives you the opportunity to share the beauty and uniqueness of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, as seen through your eyes. Explore the Conservancy, in all seasons, to capture the natural beauty of the local flora, an unexpected wildlife sighting or a beautiful sunset.  All ages have the opportunity to be honored by leaders in the local photographic and art community! This year, two $100 grand prizes will be awarded, one youth and one adult.