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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.

Local technology companies will present at conference

Local Madison-area technology companies will present their research and products to federal science and technology scouts.

The presentations will take place at the sixth annual Resource Rendezvous at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW-Madison campus.

The Wisconsin Security Research Consortium and the Wisconsin Technology Council produce the event, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference will help local technology companies to increase their chances of earning federal grants and learn how to receive research agreements with defense contractors, said a press release.

Thirteen local companies will present during the Quad Pitch presentation segment of the conference.

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.

First lady meets Sikh shooting victims' families

First lady Michelle Obama met with families of those killed and wounded earlier this month in the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Temple official Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal said Obama offered her sympathies Thursday for the Aug. 5 tragedy. He said her appearance is a "wonderful gesture."

She met with families in a hallway of the Oak Creek high school.

Dahaliwal said Sikhs have taken comfort in the knowledge the shooting has at least helped them educate the world about their religion.

Amardeep Kaleka is the son of the temple president, one of six people killed. Kaleka said his father is educating more people about Sikhism in death than he could in life.


Local Sikhs also reacted to Obama's visit. Sikhs in Middleton said they were comforted by Obama's willingness to reach out to the community, saying it will help further their goal of educating the world about their religion.

Largest Wisconsin distillery offers tours

The largest craft distillery in Wisconsin is open for tours.

Death's Door Spirits offers tours Thursday starting at 6 p.m. and including samples of current products.

According to their website, the distillery's name comes from Death's Door passageway between Door County and Washington Island, where much of the grain is grown that goes into the distillery's handcrafted gin, vodka and whiskey.

Tour attendees can see the technology at work, as well as visit the tasting room and company store.  Those 21 and older can sample handcrafted gin, vodka and whiskey made from Wisconsin grains.

Tour guides will explain the science behind the distilling process and discuss the "art" that makes grain into spirits, their website said.

Death's Door Spirits is located at 2220 Eagle Drive in Middleton.  For more information, visit www.deathsdoorspirits.com.

Backpacks and school supplies provided to Dane County children

Backpacks and school supplies provided to Dane County children

The first day of school will be a little brighter for some Madison families.

The annual Ready, Set, Go: Back to School event will take place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be hosted by The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, the Madison Metropolitan School District, Latino Chamber of Commerce, and the Latino Support Network.  It will take place at both Boys & Girls Club sites- Taft Street and the Allied Family Center, and Leopold Elementary School.

MMSD Superintendent Jane Belmore and Boys & Girls Club CEO, Michael Johnson will meet at the Allied Drive Boys & Girls Club to deliver backpacks to neighborhood families, said a press release.

“Thanks to Walgreens, Michaels, Shopko, Staples, the Fitchburg Police Department and many other community partners we are able to get our local kids off to school with a great start,” said Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.

Program gives people transportation to jobs around Madison

Programs such as the YWCA's JobRide are helping people with challenges they may face after getting a job.

The latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Madison?s unemployment rate went up to 5.5 percent, but it's still well below the state's unemployment rate of 7.6 percent.

However, once someone actually gets a job, there are other challenges with training, technology, and even finding a way to get to that place of work. There are a number of programs around Madison trying to help.

Mike Jackson has been behind the wheel part time for JobRide for more than two years.

"I'm pretty much in the business of helping others," Jackson said.

JobRide gives people a reasonably priced ride to work when they can't afford a car or other transportation. The organization now gives about 2,000 rides a month, and Jackson said he has seen the van fill up more often since he started.