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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.

New Bison-Only Restaurant To Celebrate Hot Dog-Cutting Ceremony

New Bison-Only Restaurant To Celebrate Hot Dog-Cutting Ceremony

A new, innovative restaurant is serving up bison at Middleton's Greenway Station and they will celebrate its recent opening with a unique Bison Hot Dog-Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Bison Jack's serves bison dogs, bratwursts and burgers. The restaurant is in a 2,400 square foot space located between Cosi and Starbuck’s.

The restaurant provides a seventh dining option at Greenway Station. The fast-casual restaurant seats 70 people and is open seven days a week. 

Bison Jack's is designed and operated by Vision 360 Design, of Dallas, Tex.

New Bison-Only Restaurant Makes Debut In Greenway Station

New Bison-Only Restaurant Makes Debut In Greenway Station

A new, innovative restaurant is serving up bison at Middleton's Greenway Station. 

Bison Jack's serves bison dogs, bratwursts and burgers. The restaurant is in a 2,400 square foot space located between Cosi and Starbuck’s.

The restaurant provides a seventh dining option at Greenway Station. The fast-casual restaurant seats 70 people and is open seven days a week. 

Bison Jack's is designed and operated by Vision 360 Design, of Dallas, Tex.

Online Auction Supporting Local Businesses Is Under Way

Organizers said that an online auction selling local goods to benefit the nonprofit organization Dane Buy Local is off to a successful start.

Dane Buy Local said the hyper-local project uses technology and social media to support the common message of buying and supporting local business.

DANE Exclusive Deals is using Facebook and SMS text message tools to host a Bid-A-Thon, an online auction, which is happening now and will end on Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.

Bid-A-Thon can be accessed at http://deals.auctionanything.com/

Participants can bid on over 250 gift cards and prizes from various local businesses.

Bidders will be able to track bidding activity on items through text alerts right to their phones. For more information, text AUCTION to 30364.