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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.

3 Of 4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed Reopen

3 Of 4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed Reopen

The Esther and Spring Harbor beaches have reopened after being closed for swimming due to blue-green algae.

Public Health Madison-Dane County tested bacteria levels at Vilas and Warner beaches. Warner Beach has been reopened, officials said. 

The only Madison-Dane County beach that remains closed is Vilas Beach, officials said.

For the latest beach closing information, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks/beach.

 

4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed As Temps Heat Up

4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed As Temps Heat Up

The Hudson and Marshall beaches are closed for swimming due to blue-green algae. The beaches will reopen when their levels decline, officials said.

Public Health Madison-Dane County tested bacteria levels at Lake Mendota County and Spring Harbor beaches on July 14. The beaches have been closed for swimming due to elevated levels of bacteria. The beaches will reopen when bacteria levels decline, officials said.

For the latest beach closing information, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks/beach.

4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed As Temps Heat Up

4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed As Temps Heat Up

The Esther and Spring Harbor beaches are closed for swimming due to blue-green algae. The beaches will reopen when their levels decline, officials said.

Public Health Madison-Dane County tested bacteria levels at Vilas and Warner beaches. The beaches have been closed for swimming due to elevated levels of bacteria. The beaches will reopen when bacteria levels decline, officials said.

For the latest beach closing information, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks/beach.

Friends Of Pheasant Branch Fun-raiser At Capital Brewery On Sunday

Friends Of Pheasant Branch Fun-raiser At Capital Brewery On Sunday

It's time for Conservancy enthusiasts to gear up for our Pheasant Branch fifth annual Summer “Fun” Raiser hosted at the Capital Brewery in Middleton.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, July 17 from 3 to 9 p.m., so be sure to save the date, because this year’s event is one you won’t want to miss!

The "Cash Box Kings," highly acclaimed for its old-school style of blues will perform lively, energetic tunes that are sure to get the crowd groovin' and those dance shoes movin'. The group has earned several rave reviews for their performances, including a highly successful 3-week tour in Europe.

As in the past, local food vendors will be present to satisfy your taste buds after working up those appetites out on the dance floor. Ticket holders will be eligible for door prizes and do not have to be present to win. Last year’s door prizes were a refurbished bicycle from Budget Bicycle, binoculars and hiking poles and water bottles.

Salvation Army Kicks Off 'Christmas In July'

Salvation Army Kicks Off 'Christmas In July'

 

It's not snowing, but Dane County shoppers still heard holiday bells as they entered stores Thursday.

The Salvation Army of Dane County started its annual "Christmas in July" campaign, which aims to keep donations coming during what is usually a slow time of the year. Organizers said they hoped to raise $55,000 at 38 local stores during the event.

People have cut back on donating this year because they're watching their own budgets during the tough economy, said Ruth Ann Schoer, the Salvation Army's director of major gifts. Still, families are in need year-round, not only during the holidays, she said.

"We actually feed more people in the summer than we do during the school year because the children are out of school," Schoer said. "The need is even greater now than it is at Christmas time."

Boat Inspectors To Be At Yahara Lakes Boat Landings Over Holiday Weekend

Boat Inspectors To Be At Yahara Lakes Boat Landings Over Holiday Weekend

Dane County watercraft inspectors will be educating boaters and conducting free courtesy boat checks from Friday, July 1, through Monday, July 4, on Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa to assure that boaters do not accidentally spread Eurasian water-milfoil, zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species.

The inspectors, who are a mix of paid Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds staff and volunteers, will be rotating among several of the busiest boat landings to help boaters understand Wisconsin’s invasive species laws and what they must do before leaving.

"Dane County is a great place for fishing and boating. By following simple steps, we can preserve the quality of our lakes for future generations to enjoy," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. 

Invasive species can crowd out native species, disrupt lake ecosystems and interfere with boating, fishing and other recreation.