The HORNBLOWER

SPRING 2002

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OUR OLD NEW-URBAN NEIGHBORHOOD

by Paul Beckett, D-MNA President

I've been doing some reading on "new urbanism." What is this thing? Here are some characteristics:

Sound familiar? It's us! Only we're the real thing, what the "new urbanism" wants to re-create. Suddenly we're trendy! (And unfortunately, our house prices reflect it.)

Our Neighborhood Association works in a variety of ways to help keep the neighborhood good. Our Bike- Ped Path is a major encouragement to walk, bike, run, blade, etc., and leave the car at home. Our Transportation Committee is endlessly energetic and endlessly innovative in working for pedestrian rightof- way (watch for their coming "Flags over Monroe Street" project!). Our Parks Committee has new projects coming up to restore, maintain and preserve our parks. Our Association has been active in working with Edgewood College to ameliorate the impacts of their proposed new Visual Arts building, and we’ve certainly had some success. And we're working actively with the City to find ways to control traffic on the Park and Pleasure Drive behind Edgewood. (It turns out, legally, not to be a street at all, and is really part of the Madison Parks system.) I’ve come to realize more and more how really fortunate we are to have our Monroe Street Business District, and our Association is working to find ways to fill the vacancies (especially the Ken Kopp's site) - and, if at all possible, to keep the grocery service that is an icon - of course! - of the "new urbanism" theorists. Judging by myself, I think we could all resolve to shop local and give the big boxes a miss more often.

Why do I tell you this? I want to urge you to join in and be active in the Association in some way. I urge it not at all as a duty but as a way of having fun, of having some shaping influence on the place you live, and of learning. I'm close to completing a year as president and I think I've learned more interesting things about the neighborhood than in all the other years I’ve lived here.

An excellent way of starting would be to join us at the DMNA annual meeting on Sunday afternoon, April 21 (see notice in this issue). It's a good chance to mingle and meet people while enjoying ice cream and homemade pie. we're going to have a really interesting talk on the Indian Mounds in the Dudgeon-Monroe area. You can even find out about "Flags over Monroe Street!" And you may get ideas for further participation that would be fun for you. Do join us!

* E.g., Peter Katz, The New Urbanism; Atlantic Monthly, September 1996: "Home from Nowhere"; Consumer Reports, May 1996: "Neighborhoods Reborn."

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THE WEST SIDE GARDEN CLUB Annual Plant Sale

Friday & Saturday May 10th & 11th, 8 am to 2 pm each day

Location is 3018 Nakoma Road, near the intersection with Seminole Hwy (same as last yr)

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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

(For details, see articles in this issue)

April 14 - Arbor House Open House - Sunday, April 14, from 2 pm - 4 pm

April 19-20 - Very Special Arts Walk-A-Thon

April 20 - WINGRA PARK CLEAN-UP

April 20 - Wingra Watershed Fair Earth Day Challenge

April 20 - Wingra Sprints Rowing Regatta. (April 21 - rain date)

APRIL 21 - DMNA ANNUAL MEETING

April 27 - Midwest Rowing Championships (April 28 - rain date)

May 1 - Friends of the Path Meeting

May 4 - Annual Audubon Art Fair

May 10-11 - West Side Garden Club Plant Sale

May 11 - UW Arboretum Native Plant Sale

June 15 - Jazz in the Park

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DRIVERS WANTED: BE A PACESETTER!

Become a hero! Be part of the solution!

The D-MNA Transportation Committee is moving at a rapid PACE to make a difference in our quality of life! zz Want to help us do it? It's free, fun, easy and effective!

Background: the Association has requested a May speed study on Monroe St. necessary to lower the speed limit at the west end of the street from 30 mph to 25 mph to match the rest of the street. The city requires that speeds recorded be moderate, to insure that drivers will obey the new speed limit. Especially before the speed study, we are asking drivers to become informal pace cars. Just watch your speed whenever you drive on Monroe Street. Let faster drivers pass. If the 40% of cars on the street which belong to our neighbors stick to 25 mph, we can alter the speed culture!

Or join committee members’ efforts. The Transportation Committee has purchased a Pace Car sign (Drive 25!) that fits atop cars similarly to a pizza delivery sign. Right now, said sign resides at Brian Solomon's house and can be used any time, for any length of time. Feel free to use on Monroe Street and help spread the word that slower cars mean happier people! Call Brian Solomon, 294-9289, to schedule the sign or to ask any questions.

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POETS WRITERS

It is always a good idea to check over a market before you submit your poetry, short stories and essays to them, but how easy is it to send for sample copies from all the presses you’re interested in? It can take quite a bite out of your wallet, as well.

Now, however, at the Monroe Street Branch Library, 1705 Monroe Street, on a lower shelf south of the magazine shelves resides the Litmag Journal Swap Shop.

Bring in your literary journals and magazines that you no longer wish to keep, and help yourself to those that sit waiting.

There is no charge and no check- out for these journals.

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JAZZ IN THE PARK UPDATE

By Chris Buettner

And Sly and the Family Stone said unto them, "Dance to the Music". And the people saw that was good. They came forth on that day bearing blankets and children, and expensive cheeses. And they heard the righteous trumpet of Gabriel, or perhaps it was thy holy whammy bar on a Fender Stratocaster. And the neighbors said, "Let us pray for sun, and if it's not too much to ask, a light breeze off the lake to keep thy bugs away, oh Lord." Amen.

That's right, sisters and brothers! Join hands on June 15th at Wingra Park for the 11th Annual

JAZZ IN THE PARK

Frank Grace and the Detonators headline an almighty lineup of Jazz, Blues, Soul, and Afghani Folk Music. Salvation will be yours, or, at the very least, some frozen custard from Michael's.

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IMPRESARIOS NEEDED!

Help plan and organize this year's DMNA Jazz in the Park scheduled for June 15, 2002 in Wingra Park.

Volunteers are needed; no previous experience necessary; it's fun!

Contact Billy Larimore at 238-7938 or BillyFX@aol.com

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DMNA 2002 at a Glance

PRESIDENT
Paul Beckett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-2580

TREASURER
Kathleen Beckett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-2580

CO-SECRETARIES
Marge Jacoby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .231-2616
Daryl Sherman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-5106

GARDENING
Contact president

ZONING
Dean Bakopoulos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .236-0906
Martin Scanlan

SOCIAL
Mary Jo Croake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .231-1406

LONG RANGE PLANNING
Kurt Kiefer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .233-8661

HISTORY
Bill Barker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-1219

HOUSING
Char Thomson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .231-2445

MEMBERSHIP
Paula Benkart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .255-2690

HORNBLOWER
Editor Kathy Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-3533
Ad Coordinator Jules Grimm . . . . . . .233-4135
Julie Meyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .231-1558
Distribution Paula Benkart . . . . . . . . .255-2690

HOME PAGE
Webmaster@DMNA.org
Jane Riley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-6842

NEIGHBORHOOD DIRECTORY
Julie Meyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .231-1558

TRANSPORTATION
Ann Clark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-5612
Brian Solomon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .294-9289

OAK SAVANNA
Margaret Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .258-9437

JAZZ IN THE PARK
Billy Larimore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-7938

PATH
Sue Reindollar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .233-9383

LAKE WINGRA
Henry Hart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-6448

PARKS
Cami Peterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .233-2436

UW LIAISON Ann Clark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-5612

BUSINESS LIAISON
Orange Schroeder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .256-8813

DUDGEON CENTER LIAISON
Cami Peterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .233-2436

LIBRARY LIAISON
Susan Paskewitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-1219

EDGEWOOD LIAISON
Bill Barker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-1219
Bill VandenBrook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .258-8005
Shawn Schey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238-7937

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April 19th and 20th the Schools of Edgewood will host a

24 HOUR WALK-A-THON

benefitting the VERY SPECIAL ARTS WISCONSIN

We invite you to stop down to the high school track and see what it is all about.

Donations are always welcome!

The fund raising goal this year is $30,000.

For more information contact Edgewood Schools.

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30th Annual Lake Wingra
MIDWEST REGATTA

On Saturday, April 27, 2002 the Midwest Association of Rowing Colleges will once again sponsor the Midwest Rowing Championships at Lake Wingra.

Rain-date is Sunday, April 28, 2002

It's a gala event which is lots of fun!

The week before Saturday April 20, 2002 the Wingra Rowing Regatta, Inc. (WRR) will sponsor the

Wingra Sprints Rowing Regatta

(junior and master rowers)

Neighbors and the general public are invited.

For information or to volunteer contact Steve Schaefer, WRR Vice President schaefelaw@aol.com or 255 5890

Rain-date is Sunday April 21, 2002

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JOIN US!

D-MNA and the Friends of Lake Wingra

POTLUCKS

Dudgeon-Monroe neighbors are encouraged to drop in at one of FOLW's monthly potlucks (2nd Monday) where concerned citizens share information on current issues and activities related to the lake.

You may also contact watershed coordinator David Shiffert (663-2838 or dshiffert@edgewood.edu) and arrange to browse the maps and informational materials that Friends of Lake Wingra has on file in its office at Edgewood College.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

The third annual Wingra Watershed Community Fair, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2002 (rain or shine) at the Sonderegger Science Center on the Edgewood College campus, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities and exhibits will introduce you and your family to the Lake Wingra you may not know.

Activities being scheduled throughout the day:

For a full schedule of activities check out our website http://danenet.wicip.org/fowingra or call 663-2838 for a brochure.

Join us on April 20, 2002 for a day of fun learning!

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Madison Audubon Society 26th Annual ART FAIR

Saturday, May 4, 2002

9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Olbrich Botanic Gardens

3330 Atwood Avenue

Just in time for Mother's Day, the Madison Audubon Society brings you an art fair.

Paintings, jewelry, pottery, garden art, and more - this juried fair offers work from 120 fine artists.

Olbrich Gardens, in a fantasy of spring blossoms, provides the setting.

Gourmet sandwiches, deserts, and coffee will round out the day.

The Madison Audubon Society supports and protects extensive wild land, which provides habitat for goldfinches, otters, frogs, butterflies, and wildlife of all sorts.

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BUSINESS ON MONROE STREET

Stop by The Flower Shop at 1725 Monroe Street and smell Spring. While no one was looking last year the shop changed hands and is now owned by sisters-in-law Leslie and Dana Hess. You can still find your favorite flowers and order beautiful floral concoctions for a special occasion. Hours: 9-6 M-F, 9-5 Sat. Phone: 255-4414

Something to Celebrate has just opened above the Flower Shop. Owner Jan Corradini has expanded her bridal consultant interests into lovely wedding-related gifts, soaps, candles, alloccasion gift wrapping paper/bags, and, well you just have to stop by and check it out yourself. If Jan isn't behind the counter when you visit it's because her daughter and daughter-in-law will be helping out. Hours: 10-6 M-F, 10-5 Sat. Phone: 274-3279

If you can't do without lovely artisan jewelry, interesting handbags, or fun and funky hats, better stop in at Twigs, 1839 Monroe Street. Owner Jennifer Van Wart has just moved back to Wisconsin after a 17-year sojourn in New York bringing her 5th Avenue and SoHo retail experiences to the neighborhood. Hours: 10-5 M-S Phone: 255-4363

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RULES FOR THE ALL-PURPOSE PATH

The new Southwest Path is a resounding success.

Although the city won't have use statistics until later this year, it is, as planned, already fully multi-modal. It is full of dogwalkers, joggers, rollerbladers, families with a baby carriage out for a stroll, elderly walkers, bike commuters, wheelchair users and cross-country skiers.

It is the place where your eight-year old safely puts the finishing touches on his/her bike techniques, and the neighborhood gathering point where you get to know new folks and run into people you haven't seen in years.

Now all this buzzing activity is a stretch for a single 10-foot wide stretch of asphalt. To be certain it is truly safe and a pleasant place for all users, there need to be some guidelines we all follow. And we all need to be friendly (say hi!) and thoughtful of the other folks we're sharing this terrific experience with.

According to Arthur Ross, the city's Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator,

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New Neighborhood SHOWCASE PAGE

Do you have a web page? The DMNA Neighborhood Showcase, www.dmna.org/showcase.shtml lists links to the web pages of people who live in the Dudgeon Monroe neighborhood and who have their own web pages about their own business, hobbies, or other major endeavors.

There is also the DMNA Monroe Street Businesses page, which lists businesses located in the Dudgeon Monroe neighborhood: www.dmna.org/business.shtml.

You can submit your web page by using the DMNA Feedback Form: www.dmna.org/cgi/contact.cgi If you submit a page, please keep the DMNA Webmasters informed of your web page address changes. The DMNA Webmasters reserve the right to refuse any submission to the showcase page.

The DMNA Webmasters’ email address is webmaster@dmna.org

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ANNUAL MEETING

Sunday, April 21, 2002

2 pm to 4 pm

Glenwood Moravian Church, 725 Gilmore Street

MEETING SCHEDULE

2:00 - ICE CREAM SOCIAL - Served with homemade pies. See friends and meet neighbors. - Find out about "Flags over Monroe Street"

2:45 - D-MNA ANNUAL MEETING - "brief" we promise!

3:00 - ILLUSTRATED TALK - "The Indian Mounds of the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Area." - Dr. Leslie Eisenberg, Wisconsin Historical Society

4:00 - ADJOURNMENT AND WALKING TOUR of Indian Mounds at Forest Hill cemetery for those who are interested.

All neighborhood residents invited!

Care for small children will be provided!

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PARK AND PLEASURE DRIVE UPDATE

by Paul Beckett

Readers will recall Alder Ken Golden's thorough article in the last Hornblower issue (Winter 2001-2) on the future of Edgewood Drive, also known as the Park and Pleasure Drive. The same issue had information from the DMNA Transportation Committee providing survey data on what users and nearby-residents would like to happen with the Drive and on traffic and speeding. On February 27, 2002 Alder Golden sponsored a public meeting to discuss the Drive: the small, woodsy lane which runs behind Edgewood from Woodrow Street to Edgewood Avenue. Presentations were made by several City officials and neighbors. The historical and legal material presented made it clear that the Drive has a very special status. Under a special easement given by the predecessor of Edgewood College, the Drive is not a city street. Rather, the easement was arranged in connection with the creation of Vilas Park and is, in a sense, an extension of that Park. The Drive was established to enable Madisonians to "escape the noise and dirt of the city and commune with nature." The Drive was promoted as "an excellent size for an afternoon promenade with your family, with your children, with your baby carriage." The original Agreement, which is still in force, contains a provision that if the Drive ever is put "to any other use than park and pleasure-driving purposes" the easement could end. The City legal affairs department regards this reversion clause as one to take very seriously.

Our collective problem is that "pleasure-driving" constitutes a very small portion of the car traffic which presently uses the Drive (nearly 600 cars per day). The Drive, for many, is viewed as a city street, connecting Monroe Street with Fish Hatchery via Vilas Park, or points east and south with the Edgewood Campus. City traffic statistics confirm that traffic speeds are much too high for the narrow and irregular lane, which is used increasingly by bicyclists, runners and pedestrians. Inadvertently, we are indeed violating the terms of the Agreement and its permanent requirements for "park and pleasuredriving purposes" only. While there was widespread agreement on the problem, no solution or set of solutions received clear approval at the February 27 meeting. Satisfaction was expressed with City Engineering's plan to resurface rather than reconstruct the Drive, doing little or no damage to trees and other vegetation. Likewise it is agreed that the Drive will not be given urban features like curbs and gutters, that it will not be widened, and that the tree will remain in the middle of the street. All parties agree that there is no need for the Drive to be resurfaced this year. A number of creative ideas were suggested and discussed and will be looked at further before decisions on the Drive are taken.

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6TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY CHALLENGE

Spring is almost here and now is the time to get ready for the 6th Annual Earth Day Challenge A city-wide trash clean-up event

Our neighborhood's Earth Day Challenge will be held Saturday, April 20, 2002 at Wingra Park Starting at 8:30 am

Tools will be provided to pick up trash and mulch the trees.

The clean-up will happen rain, snow or shine!

"Thank you" goodie bags will be handed out to the kids.

Lets join together to help brighten up Wingra Park!

If you have questions, contact Cami Peterson at 233-2436.

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FRIENDS OF THE SOUTHWEST BIKE/PED PATH PUBLIC MEETING MAY 1, 2002

By Sue Reindollar

Those of us who live along the new bike/ped path and those who use it wonder if we shouldn't rename it the Southwest Ped/Bike Beltway. The volume of traffic is tremendous and it appears that people are pleased with the results. The Friends of the Southwest Pedestrian/ Bike Path, a multi-neighborhood, all-volunteer group, will meet to discuss our priorities for this year with the goal of "enhancing the safe and enjoyable use of the path" for all users.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 at the Midvale Baptist Church, 821 S. Midvale, next to where the path intersects Midvale Blvd. We encourage all path users and neighbors to attend. There will be a short presentation followed by a question-and-answer period, then time to view informational posters, especially of invasive plants, and participate in small group discussions. Topics for discussion might concern: signage, safety, rules of the path, spring cleanup, invasive weeds, plantings along the path, future path extensions, and improved access to neighborhoods.

More than 700 prairie plants have been planted at the Odana juncture of the Path, and the Path shoulders have been seeded (with donated seed which volunteers harvested) from the Allied Drive area to Regent Street. See the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Web site www.dmna.org for a list of seeds and plants all planted by volunteers from several neighborhoods.

Very important priorities are invasive plants and rules of the path (see an accompanying article regarding suggested user rules). Since the construction of the path has once again disturbed the area, we now have more invasive plants to control. Our awareness and successful control of these invasives, such as Japanese Knotweed, garlic mustard, ragweed, and Dame's Rocket (which looks like phlox), will have significant impact on neighbor's yards and the Lake Wingra watershed. So the Japanese knotweed or garlic mustard that is growing along the Path in or behind your neighbor's yard, if not removed, could become part of your yard very soon. (See www.dmna.org for examples.)

Another very disappointing issue is the amount of dog droppings that are being left along the path and even on the path. When the Path was first completed, it seemed that dog walkers were being very conscientious, but now it has become a problem. Plastic bags (which will not degrade in the environment) with droppings are left behind or thrown into the brush instead of carried away. Responsible behavior and consideration for others and for the environment are essential for an urban path such as this.

There are informative three-ringed binders in the Sequoya Library and the Monroe Street Library with information on control of invasives and pictures of the species. If you cannot attend and would like to pass along comments, please contact Sue Reindollar (ssreindo@facstaff.wisc.edu) 233-9383.

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ADOPT A TREE

We hope to plant a grove of probably white pine near the path on the slope of what is called the "knotweed hill" by immediate neighbors.

We suggest that any one any age but especially children would adopt a tree.

You would be in charge of planting it, watering it and watching it grow as you grow.

It will spread its branches and let you sit by it as a great place to "escape to".

Please contact Char Thompson at 231-2445 or chart@madison.tds.net by May 1, 2002 so we know how many to order.

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PEDESTRIANS... CARRY THAT FLAG HIGH!

"I stop for them, but they won't cross!" has been the frustrated cry of Transportation Committee members for the last couple of years.

Wary pedestrians have indeed been afraid to assert their rights in the face of drivers who are ignorant or dismissive of the law. The state statutes require that drivers yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk, marked or unmarked, at every (however busy) intersection without traffic signals.

A proven idea - The intrepid Transportation Committee has borrowed an idea from several Northwest communities of USING FLAGS ON POLES to give walkers courage and a visual signal to drivers that the pedestrian means business. The pedestrian takes the flagpole from a bucket at the curb, and returns it to a similar bucket on the other side of the street, so it's there for the next person.

With a minigrant from Safe Community Coalition (SCC), a local organization advocating traffic safety, we are scheduling the event for May, tentatively at the Sprague/Monroe intersection. This is a heavily used pedestrian crossing with two recent ped/car accidents. If the project is successful, we plan to move it, as person power permits, to other popular Monroe Street crossing points. SCC hopes to replicate it at other city pedestrian crossings.

We need help from ALL pedestrians.

PLEASE USE THE FLAGS even if you think you don't need them, so drivers learn to expect them - and assertive pedestrians.

Also, our committee is small, this project BIG!

We are asking for help from all those people who have told us that crossing Monroe is an Olympics-level challenge.

We need short-term help with signs to instruct drivers, initial pedestrian training, publicity, and keeping track of the flags (we can't leave them out overnight for fear of theft).

If you have questions or can help, please contact Ann Clark, 238-5612 or annclark@tds.net

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A SUGGESTION - Pedestrian Campaign Sign Permission

Because city ordinances prevent DMNA from placing yard signs on the publicly owned tree lawn, we need to place signs aimed at taming drivers in resident's yards during our "Small Action" campaigns.

Signs will be placed next to the sidewalk, won't damage the lawn, and will be placed and removed in the same day.

We ask that any resident who does not want signs in his/her yard call Ann Clark at 238-5612 so we can update our "no signs" list.

WATCH FOR PEDISTRIANS

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Please Help! Orphans of Aids

Orphans of Aids victims in Zimbabwe need shoes and non-winter clothing in good condition. Sizes toddler through high school.

Call Larry at 246-8535 for pick-up, or they can be packaged and sent to:

Mashambanzou Orphanage, c/o Sister Kay Shalvey LCM, 9350 S. California Ave. Evergreen Park, IL 60805

Thank you!

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The Dudgeon-Monroe Hornblower is published four times per year by the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association, Inc.

The advertising and article deadline for the next issue is April 10, 2002 For information on display ads - sizes and cost contact Julie Meyer at 231-1558 or Jules Grimm at 233-4135

Story ideas welcome. Call Kathy Madison at 238-3533.

DMNA reserves the right to edit articles.

Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association
Hornblower
Spring 2002
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