In This Issue…
Miss The DMNA Annual Meeting
Children’s Park Restoration Begins
Woodlands Restoration Begins
Savanna Spring Celebration
friendly little gathering with a warmth and character
all its own
Friends of Lake Wingra: Promoting a Healthy
from County Supervisor Karen Cornwell
can help welcome new neighbors
Park Spring Clean-up
do you call 911?
Focus Day Camp
Glenwood Children’s Park
Work has begun on the restoration of Glenwood Children’s Park. In January,
crews cut some of the larger trees in the park to allow for more light
and replanting of native species. The restoration planning is underway
with the cooperation of the city parks division and several Jensen experts
and landscape architects.
Volunteers are needed to work on the replanting this spring. Weekend
work parties will be organized to clear some brush and plant replacements.
Ongoing volunteer support is needed to keep up the restoration project.
For more information or to volunteer, call Maggie Jungwirth at 233-6663.
The repairs to the council ring should begin this spring. The work
will be done by a neighborhood business, Northwestern Masonry & Stone.
By the park’s 50th anniversary on October 7th, it will have had some
much needed attention and be well on its way to becoming a highlight of
the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood once again.
Following a long period of study and planning, ecological restoration of
the woods behind Edgewood Campus will begin in earnest this spring.
Planned activities for this season include mapping of spring ephemeral
wildflowers and planting of native shrubs and trees on the two areas
last year by storm drain installation. Additionally, the Madison Parks
Department will begin selective removal of invasive and non-native
along the right of way of the Park and Pleasure Drive. A public meeting
will be conducted by Si Widstrom of the Parks Department on April 24th
at 10 a.m.. Beginning at the Woodrow St. end of the PPD, Mr. Widstrom will
explain which trees are to be removed and receive public input on the
removals. I urge you to take this opportunity to learn more and become
involved in this important new neighborhood restoration project. The
restoration plan document is available at the Monroe St. Library and the
Oak Savanna Spring
The Wingra Oak Savanna Restoration Project (WORSP) will be holding its
annual spring celebration on Sunday, May 23, from 2 - 5 p.m.. All
residents, and the general public, are invited. Hamburgers and hot dogs
will be provided free of charge; optionally, side dishes may be brought
to pass. There will be tours of the area, planting activities, special
games for children, great T-shirts available for purchase, and for dessert,
"s’mores" in the Council Ring. Please come and see what this project is
Currently in its seventh year, the WOSRP is a community-based ecological
restoration effort undertaken by the UW Arboretum with the participation
and support of the DMNA. The goal is to return the landscape between Monroe
Street and Lake Wingra to its pre-European-settlement condition, when it
was described as an "oak opening". Volunteers and Arboretum staff gather
from 9 a.m. until noon on the first and second Saturdays of each month
to carry out work ranging from weed-pulling to seed-scattering to
There’s always great camaraderie, always a mid-morning break at the Wheeler
Council Ring with goodies to eat, and always something to be learned! No
experience is necessary and all equipment is provided by the Arboretum.
The meeting place is the small parking lot at the corner of Monroe Street
and Arbor Drive. For more information, call Kathy Miner at 233-2425 or
Sara Minkoff at the Arboretum, 263-7760.
It’s been interesting over the years to see the different groups that
rotate in and out of volunteering?high school and college students, young
people doing Scout and religious-school service projects, retired people,
you name it. Some of the "regulars" come from the neighborhood and others
travel in from a considerable distance. Occasionally a passerby will stop
and ask what’s going on, and end up picking up a loppers and pitching in!
Rumor has it that some great spring wildflowers will be blooming on
the lakeward slope by May 23. Please come see them, and celebrate another
successful year of this interesting project!
This is the hardest time of year for me, for right about now my friends
and family back in Georgia begin to call with well-meaning reports of how
lovely the dogwoods and azaleas are. I don’t know how many of you have
ever witnessed Springtime in Georgia, but riding a bicycle down a quiet
residential street in Atlanta spangled with thousands of ancient azaleas
in full bloom beneath a solid understory of white flowering dogwood is
as close to flying through clouds of blossoms as you are likely to get
in this life.
Those cruel phone calls always send me out to the yard to scuff my
feet on the frozen ground and scout for signs of plant life, so it is with
some relief that I report the appearance of the first brave crocus in our
yard. Now I am free to begin the gardening season and plot my July revenge,
when I innocently call every one who was kind enough to think of me in
the Spring. Georgia is a humidified furnace by then, and most blooming
plants have given up in the heat, so I make sure to mention the lovely
cool nights here and what my wife and I refer to as the "Madison Style
Perhaps the overlong winters inspire "us" Midwestern gardeners to "make
hay while the sun shines", for folks who garden here seem to pursue it
with a glad exuberance which often is expressed in a wild riot of blossoms.
There is something unique about these gardens. They are informal, often
with creative mixes of annuals, perennials and increasingly, native plants.
Many folks in our neighborhood garden their entire yard, a goal to which
I myself aspire.
So it is with a glad heart that I report that volunteer opportunities
exist in a wonderful variety of DMNA-sponsored projects this year. For
sheer inspiration, nothing beats the Garden Committee’s Annual DMNA Garden
Tour. This increasingly popular event is a fine way to get a little
meet your neighbors and learn something about Midwestern gardening all
at the same time. The Garden Committee also maintains the lovely
garden. The planned native prairie garden in front of the Dudgeon Center,
made possible by the generous donations of many of you to this year’s
Fund Drive, will be a companion project to the Oak Savanna Restoration
just across Monroe Street.
We are blessed in this neighborhood to have a fine example of renowned
Midwestern landscape architect Jens Jensen’s work, the Glenwood Children’s
Park. As part of a long campaign to restore the little glen (originally
a quarry!), DMNA has chosen to highlight it and Jensen at the Annual Meeting
this year. I hope you all will attend. While this little diamond in the
rough needs some serious work, DMNA has contributed matching funds to
the stone council ring and the Parks Committee worked closely with city
Parks Department staff over the Winter to remove much of the invasive
obscuring the remnants of Jensen’s original design. This Spring will see
a serious volunteer effort to replant appropriate native shrubs and trees
and recreate Jensen’s wonderful vision of activity circles. I look forward
to dancing with my daughter one of these days in the Dancing Circle. It’s
a dream worth working for.
A friendly little gathering
with a warmth and character all its own
The 4th Annual Winter Wine Tasting Gala held on February 3, 1999 at the
Grace Chosy Gallery was a huge success! Even with the competition from
a very important Badger Men’s Basketball game, more than 70 people enjoyed
wine from Wingra Wine, and lots of great food from area businesses. Several
attendees even got their picture in the Capital Times with an accompanying
article about the success of the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association.
Cited as one of the city’s most active associations, the article also
some of the many projects and campaigns that our association has been
Along with The Grace Chosy Gallery and Wingra Wine, we would like to
thank the other Monroe Street businesses who provided the hors d’oeurves,
cheeses, breads, sweets and other great food for our event!
They are: Bluephies, Breadsmith, Dardanelles, Ken Kopps Fine Foods,
Maurie’s Fine Chocolates and Moze’s.
Please thank these area businesses with your patronage, and watch the
Hornblower for upcoming social events!
The Friends of Lake Wingra:
Promoting a Healthy Lake Wingra
The purpose of the Friends of Lake Wingra (FOLW) is to promote a healthy
Lake Wingra through an active watershed community. One of our main
for 1999 is to become better coordinated with all the neighborhood
in the Lake Wingra watershed so that all community members can become
and involved! After introducing ourselves, we hope to make a regular
in your neighborhood’s newsletter so that you can stay up to date on our
activities and find opportunities to help make a difference.
Who Are We?
We are a diverse group of individual citizens, watershed residents, and
representatives from the Wisconsin DNR, UW-Madison, Edgewood College, and
other agencies that gathered in response to the designation of Lake Wingra
as an "Integrated Ecosystem Management (IEM) Project by the Wisconsin DNR.
We share a common desire to understand the current status of Lake Wingra
and to work together to understand the issues and choices that will define
its future. In the long run, we hope to include your interests, goals,
and desires in the design of effective, community-based, and sustainable
plans for the lake and its watershed.
What Have We Done So Far?
Participated in neighborhood events, with watershed displays and activities.
Agreed on a mission statement and an interim organizational structure
to carry us through the next year.
Developed (and continue to update) a list of individuals and groups
interested in and affected by the watershed’s future.
Formed study groups around specific topics: lake history, lake organisms,
nutrients & pollution, and the lake as a system.
With Dane County as a sponsor, received a DNR Lake Planning Grant to
help fund the UW-Madison Water Resources Management (WRM) Program.
Entered a collaborative relationship with the UW-Madison Water Resources
Management (WRM) Program to support faculty and graduate students during
the spring and summer of 1999. The students will be doing both scientific
and community involvement projects in the watershed.
How Can You Help?
Subscribe to our listserver. Visit our website for instructions:
Drop in on a monthly meeting (second Monday of the month). Our next
meetings are on March 8, April 12, and May 10, 1999 in Room 317 of Edgewood
College’s new science building, from 5:30 — 7:00 p.m.
Keep your eyes open for regular updates in your neighborhood’s newsletters
and at neighborhood events.
Watch for opportunities coming up this spring and summer to help with
storm drain stenciling in the watershed.
For more information, contact one of our Steering Committee members:
Anne Forbes (257-3485), Kevin Little (251-4355), Jim Lorman (663-6921),
and John Nicol (233-5398)
Notes from County
Supervisor Karen Cornwell
Parks and Open Space Referendum
County Executive Kathleen Falkand the County Board recently approved a
referendum for the April 6th ballot that will ask voters whether to spend
$30 million over the next 10 years to buy land for preservation. Dane County
would purchase land previously identified to protect rivers, lakes, streams,
wetlands, prairies, woods, parks and trails. I voted to put this referendum
on the ballot and I urge your support on April 6th. Land prices continue
to rise, so preserving these lands soon is the best thing to do.
Courthouse Issue Resolved
County Executive Kathleen Falk, the County Board, and Chief Judge Daniel
Moeser have come to an agreement on the size of a new justice facility.
This issue has been difficult for a long time and I am pleased to say we
have reached a compromise. The question as to whether or not the county
will share a building with the state is still under discussion.
County Wide Stormwater Management
Controlling stormwater is important for protecting our lakes and
The Lakes and Watershed Commission recently held a series of public meetings
to gather input to develop a county wide stormwater management ordinance.
The proposed ordinance will address both stormwater quality and quantity.
During the spring, county staff will be developing the ordinance based
on the public input that the Lakes and Watershed Commission continues to
solicit. If you have questions or comments about these or any other county
issues, Please feel free to contact me at 233-1355. Thank you, Karen
You can help welcome
Please alert your Block Captain about new neighbors in order to ensure
that they will get the DMNA welcome kit, which is filled with helpful
about the neighborhood from the DMNA and goodies, including a loaf of fresh
bread, from participating neighborhood merchants.
To determine who your Block Captain is, see the listing on our Website,
www.dmna.org (click on Association, Area Reps and Block Captains, and then
Block Captains for your Area), or call Shirley Lake, 238-1647.
Block Captains: Call Shawn Schey with your requests for welcome kits.
She will drop them off for you to deliver to the new residents. Shawn’s
phone number was incorrectly listed in the last Hornblower. The correct
number is: 238-7937. Please clip this information for future reference.
Wingra Park Spring
The annual spring clean-up and mulching in Wingra Park will be
10 till noon.
We will be cleaning up the park and spreading mulch around the
trees, including the new trees along the parking lot. The Parks Division
will again be supplying treat bags for the volunteers. Some rakes and
will be provided. Come and help get the park looking it’s best for spring!
When do you call 911?
After addressing concerns about traffic, graffiti, and other problems at
several recent DMNA council meetings, captain Noble Wray of the South
Police District prepared the following guidelines to help residents more
efficiently obtain the police services they need:
When do you call 911?
When you have a police emergency that needs immediate attention.
When do you call the police
non-emergency number? (266-4275)
When you need to see an officer but it is not an emergency situation.
When do I call the
South District Station? (266-5398)
When you have an ongoing problem or a concern that you want to discuss.
You may also want to check the status of a case. When you call you will
be greeted by a receptionist and your call will be directed to the
person. You should immediately let us know the incident case number, or
the name of the officer you would like to speak with. The South District
Station’s regular hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed
certain holidays) and it is normally staffed by Lieutenant Hughes,
Lengfeld and Captain Wray.
Who do I call with an "On going" traffic problem?
The South District at 266-5938 or the Madison Police Department Traffic
Section at 266-4622.
When should I contact the Educational Resources Officer (ERO) at West High
When you observe something that needs police attention. Please keep in
mind that the ERO will only handle problems that are directly related to
the school. He/she can be reached at 261-9200. You will still need to
the 911 Communications Center for problems in you neighborhood.
Can you call and remain anonymous?
Yes, but know that the 911 Communications Center dispatcher will
know where the incoming call is coming from.
Can you report something to the police without the police contacting you
Yes, but the officer may want to make arrangements to take a statement
from you at a different time or location in this instance, the dispatcher
may ask for a phone number.
Earth Focus Day Camp
For the seventh year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum is
offering its summer nature program for pre-school through middle school
youth. Naturalists will encourage children to discover some of nature’s
mysteries through first-hand experiences in the forests, wetlands, and
prairies of the Arboretum. Each month will have a different theme, each
day will include activities such as nature awareness, environmental games,
folklore, wildlife observation, and nature crafts. For more information
visit the Day Camp web page.
or call the McKay Visitor Center 263-7888
Native Plant Sale
Friends of the Arboretum will hold its 10th annual Native Plant Sale on
Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McKay Visitor Center. The
plants are propagated (not dug from the wild). Information comes with each
plant including description, planting and care. Proceeds benefit arboretum
projects. Choose from more than 100 species of native plants.
The DMNA Annual Meeting
Sunday, April 25 Glenwood Moravian Community
725 Gilmore Street 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 or so. The
FOCUS of the meeting is the Glenwood Children’s Park. Order of events:
Social Event: Pie, Ice Cream (Michael's Frozen Custard), Root Beer
Guest Speaker: Bill Tischler - UW Professor of
Business Meeting: Committee Reports, Election of
Movie: "Jens Jensen: A Natural History"
Free Daycare will be available during the Meeting