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Dog Park Clean Up Day, Earth Day Challenge Scheduled

Dog Park Clean Up Day, Earth Day Challenge Scheduled

Donate a little time Madison Parks for some spring cleaning.  Sign up below and join us for two upcoming volunteer work days.

Dog Park Clean Up Day, March 31, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Volunteer to help out at one of our six dog parks.  Volunteers will help spreading mulch, weeding, and cleaning up the parks.

Sign up today to help out.

Earth Day Challenge, April 21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Volunteers may assist with cleaning up various parks, clearing brush, planting shrubs, or other beautification projects.

Sign to volunteer or host a project here.

Health Officials Warn Of Norovirus Cases

Health Officials Warn Of Norovirus Cases

Public Health Madison-Dane County officials said they have received numerous reports of people sick with vomiting and diarrhea, most likely caused by norovirus.

The highly contagious virus is often called by other names, such as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu, and food poisoning.

Officials said norovirus usually circulates through the community every winter.

Officials said the most important steps to take to prevent becoming ill are to wash your hands often, especially before you eat, and to not share food with anyone you know to be sick. If you are sick, the best ways to prevent spreading your illness to others are to wash your hands often, especially after using the bathroom, and to not prepare food for other people until you have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours.

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

The Salvation Army of Dane County said more people are ringing bells and giving this holiday season.

Preliminary retail numbers show more people are shopping this holiday season, and it looks like Dane County's shoppers are giving more to those famous red kettles.

The Salvation Army of Dane County said its current kettle donation total of $156,000 is up $10,000 from last year at this time. And bringing technology to the forefront of its Red Kettle campaign, the Salvation Army is hoping QR codes help recruit volunteers and prompt shoppers to make credit card donations.

"We have worked very hard this season to get the coverage," said Maj. Loren Carter. "Because we figured that each shift represents about a $100 of income at each location. And so the coverage is very important."

Out of 12,000 total bell ringing shifts, 7,000 shifts are left for the season. The goal for this year's campaign is set at $715,000.

Middleton Ranked 8th In CNN/Money 'Best Places To Live 2011'

CNN/Money Magazine has ranked Middleton as No. 8 among "The Best Place to Live 2011" for populations of 50,000 and under.

"We are very pleased to continue Middleton's streak of staying in Money Magazine's/CNN's 'Best Places to Live' in America.  Since 2005, Middleton has been rated 7th, 1st, 4th and now 8th among all communities under 50,000 in population," said Mayor Kurt Sonnentag in a news release.

Sonnentag said the city is fortunate to be an important part of the greater Madison area, which continues to receive national accolades for our outstanding quality of life. 

"The Good Neighbor City remains a dynamic and vibrant community in which to live, work and recreate, and I applaud our citizens, businesses, school district and city employees and volunteers who continue to help Middleton remain in CNN/Money's Top 10 'Best Places to Live’ in America,'" Sonnentag said.

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 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.