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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.

Emerald Ash Borer Traps in Orchid Heights Park

Emerald Ash Borer Traps in Orchid Heights Park

In an effort to understand and treat the Emerald Ash Borer problem, the city continues to look for ways to stay ahead of the problem.

The Emerald ash Borer is an exotic, invasive beetle that is having a significant impact on the city's urban forest.

More than 28 percent of the city's trees (both on public and private land) are Ash trees.

The detection process will allow the city's horticulture division to detect the problem before it becomes unmanageable.

Depending on the size of the tree, some of the smaller trees will be removed and the larger trees will be treated.   

The removal of the trees will allow the city to diversify it's urban forest. The city will look to replace the trees with Oaks, Sycamores, Gingkos, Horse Chestnuts and Buckeyes among others.

Madison's Wild Side To Tour Kettle Pond Park

Madison's Wild Side To Tour Kettle Pond Park

Madison Parks is hosting free monthly tours of Madison Conservation Parks. June's location is at Kettle Pond at 5808 Old Middleton Road in Madison.

The tours are led by a Madison Parks staff member and co-sponsored by the Madison Audubon Society. 

Each tour will focus on a different park and unique natural feature of that park. 

Madison Parks has 14 conservation parks comprising over 1600 acres. Each conservation park focuses on the restoration of native plant and animal communities while providing educational areas and opportunities for all. 

For more information on Madison’s Wild Side – visit: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/parks/conservation/tours.cfm.

 

Middleton Youth Resource Center Receives Grant

The Middleton Youth Resource Center has been awarded a $1,000 grant from By Youth For Youth, which is affiliated with United Way, Dane County Child Services, the city of Madison and Oscar Meyer/Kraft foods.

The grant was written by the youth that attend the youth center along with some guidance from the staff. Per the grant agreement the kids will be cooking a meal at the youth center once per month for each other. Some of the food used in the cooking projects will come from the Kromrey Middle School garden which the youth will be helping take care of this summer.

Beginning this summer the youth will be journaling their daily physical activities, and looking around in their community for places to participate in physical activity, such as jungle gyms at a park, walking some of the many trails or going to Keva Sports Center.

New Salon Moves Into Greenway Station

New Salon Moves Into Greenway Station

Greenway Station Shopping Center has annouced the addition of Studio 262 Salon, an AVEDA concept hair salon and retail center.

Studio 262 Salon, owned by Wisconsin local Stacy Snook, will open in the 2,200 square foot space between Coldwater Creek and Bath & Body Works along Deming Way, officials said.

The salon will offer a variety of services including haircuts for men and women, color and foil, wedding and bride styling, as well as massage, facials, cosmetics and body treatments using AVEDA products. Additionally, they incorporate a complimentary mini photo shoot to clients with each visit.

Studio 262 Salon has one location in Brookfield. The Brookfield area code, 262, was the idea behind the number in the salon name. 

Snook grew up in the Black Earth area and graduated from Capri Cosmetology College in 1991. Currently she also owns and operates Styles Salon & Spa, a Best of Madison Award Winner, located in Cross Plains.

Wis. Public School Libraries Receive Funds

Wis. Public School Libraries Receive Funds

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands says the common school fund increased five percent from last year. The money helps fund library aid distribution for the state’s K-12 public school libraries.

In Dane County, the Madison Metropolitan School District will receive $926,181; the Sun Prairie School District will get $227,247; the Middleton-Cross Plains School District will pick up $195,918; the Waunakee School District will see $117,867 worth of funding; the DeForest School District will get $107,606; and the McFarland School District will receive $72,565.

The amount of money each school district receives is based on the number of children ages 4-20 living in the district.

Middleton Police Crack Down On Unruly Behavior At Quarry Skate Park

Middleton Police Crack Down On Unruly Behavior At Quarry Skate Park

Now that spring is upon us, the city of Middleton Parks Department will again be full of people taking advantage of the recreational opportunities that the parks have to offer, but it is also asking for vigilance from park users.

Over the past couple of years, police said they have seen an increase in problems at Quarry Skate Park.

Some of the issues we have dealt with at the park include littering, graffiti, smoking and occasionally alcohol and drug use, police said.

This spring, officers are making an extra effort to reduce the number of issues at the park to make it an enjoyable experience for all who use it.

If you see any issues with activities taking place at the Quarry Skate Park, or any other city of Middleton park, please contact police at 608-824-7300.