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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:

Confectionque Craft Events Scheduled In Middleton

Confectionque Craft Events Scheduled In Middleton

The Confectionique's Merci Mon Ami Craft Market will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Middleton Airport at 8300 Airport Rd. 

Enjoy the live jazz piano of Madison's Steve Banik, partake in holiday cheer and shop for unique, hard-to-find gifts. Confectionique is a Paris-style arts and crafts market filled with handcrafted and restored vintage treasures.

The Confectionique's Paris-Style Holiday Arts and Craft Fest will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 11. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The event will also be at Middleton Airport.

For more info, go to www.confectionique.com.

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.

Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is urging the public to buy local on Black Friday to help support local businesses in the area and return valuable dollars to the county's economy. 

Leaders and retailers from Dane Buy Local, a coalition that advocates for thinking local first, joined Parisi at the event Tuesday.

"Eighty-six percent of the county's businesses employ 10 or fewer people," Parisi said.  "By buying local on Black Friday, and throughout the year, we can support these working families, create and retain jobs in the area, and make a real positive impact on our local economy."

In-Home Craft Fair Set For Saturday

In-Home Craft Fair Set For Saturday

There will be an In-Home Craft Fair & Art Show, Saturday Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7708 Hillcrest Ave.

The free show is open to the public.  

Several local artists and crafters will have their creations on display, in an in-home setting.

Holiday Craft Bazaar To Benefit Veterans Group

Holiday Craft Bazaar To Benefit Veterans Group

A Holiday Craft Bazaar/Fundraiser benefiting Outward Bound for Veterans will be held at The Jefferson at 9401 Old Sauk Road in Middleton on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The event features homemade crafts, baked goods and independent sales consultants for several businesses.

The event is open to the public.

For more information about the charity, go to www.outwardbound.org.