Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association
Summer 2001

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In this Issue...

High Pointe Properties buys Ken Kopp's building

After the December 2000 informational meeting on the sale of Ken Kopp's, it seemed unrealistic to think the building at Ken Kopp's was a leasable space for a new owner. That is not how High Pointe Properties viewed the situation. High Pointe made a successful offer to Ken Kopp to buy the property "as is." The "as is" offer required no contingencies based on re-zoning or permitting. Ken Kopp always maintained his desire to retire as soon as possible and the High Pointe Properties offer satisfied that wish.

On May 9, Tess Mulrooney (Vilas), Howard Mandeville (Regent) and Jane Riley (Dudgeon-Monroe) met with Sandy Mayer of High Pointe Properties. The meeting was held in the Moze's building on Monroe Street, which High Pointe Properties also owns. At that meeting, Ms. Mayer told the neighborhoods of her company's current plans to remodel the Moze's building to make it a multi-tenant space rather than a single tenant space. She said negotiations are going on now for tenants. She then went on to verify that the company is committed to leasing the Ken Kopp's building as is. If negotiations with the Monroe Street Grocery Co-op fail, High Pointe Properties will search for another tenant for the existing space.

The neighborhoods must now shift their focus from working with a developer to design the best possible development for 1864 Monroe Street to working with the new owners to make sure a full service grocery stays in the neighborhood. High Pointe Properties has already contacted the temporary board of the Monroe Street Grocery Cooperative to offer the co-op first option to lease the space. This is a good news-bad news situation. The good news is that High Pointe acted quickly to show an awareness of the neighborhoods' need to keep a grocery on Monroe Street and is willing to start with that possibility. The bad news is that the option itself is more expensive with more maintenance costs than the co-op expected; also the timeline for this option is very short and the effort to establish a successful grocery co-op must now proceed at an unexpectdely fast pace. It should be noted here that there are no other full service grocery options for the site.

The co-op leadership is doing everything it can to meet deadlines without sacrificing sound business decisions. There is now an official Board of Directors that will immediately work to respond to the offer from High Pointe Properties (see related article in this issue). Meanwhile, as neighbors we can all help our grocery store by joining the co-op, volunteering our time, offering our skills and expertise.

We will undoubtedly be without a neighborhood grocery for a while. In the interim remember that Regent Market Co-op offers an opportunity to shop in the area and to show support of cooperative enterprises in general. Please take advantage of this opportunity.

Finally, we have many neighbors who depend on their ability to walk to the grocery store. While the Monroe Street grocery is closed, these folks may need help to get their groceries. Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association is prepared to help those neighbors. If you or someone you know needs as assistance with their grocery shopping, please contact Paula Benkhart (255-2690), Char Thompson (231-2445) or Jane Riley (238-6824).

The next Hornblower will not be published until this fall. Updated information on this issue will be posted on the web site (www.dmna.org).

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Ken Kopp's/grocery co-op recap
As the Groceries turn: The story of Co-op formation.

These are interesting times for members of the Monroe Street Grocery Cooperative, and all those anxious to maintain grocery service at the Ken Kopp's store site. Let's recap. Early this year a group of Dudgeon-Monroe and Vilas neighbors decided that the best way to assure that there would be at least one option for a grocery store on the Ken Kopp's site filed incorporation papers for the Monroe Street Grocery Co-op with the state. The three originators of the idea were Kathie Beckett, Ann Clark, and Brad Ricker. They were quickly joined as founder members (and signers of the articles of incorporation) by Katy Forest and Paul Beckett.

A highly successful initial membership drive followed. By May, more than 400 people, mainly residents of the Dudgeon-Monroe, Vilas and Regent neighborhoods had made $200 equity contributions to become members of the Co-op. Financial records were established, a member data base developed, committees established, and contacts initiated with the new owners of the Ken Kopp's site, even before the sale of the property was complete. A series of well-attended meetings were held to keep members and neighbors informed and to discuss the Co-op's actions and options.

Already feeling somewhat breathless, the founder members found their lives complicated further when, in April, the new owners of the site (High Pointe Properties) offered the Co-op first option to occupy the site (but at lease rates far above what successful similar groceries in Madison are paying).

To prepare itself to deal with this opportunity and challenge, the founder members, functioning as the Temporary Board of the Co-op, have pushed ahead with preparation of bylaws for the Co-op and with preparations to elect a permanent Board of the Directors. They discovered that wonderful resources and supports are available to cooperatives in Madison. Ann Hoyt, UW Professor of Human Ecology, is recognized nationally for her expertise on bylaws for co-ops, and gave generously of her time as the bylaws were developed. Anne Reynolds and Jody Padgham of the UW Center for Cooperatives were extremely helpful. Finally, the Co-op founders discovered a warm and supportive co-op community in Madison and beyond. Particularly valuable advice and support have come from the Willy Street and the Regent Market Co-ops in Madison.

On May 14 the first official members meeting (as defined under state statutes) was held at Dudgeon Center. Members attending numbered 107. Following a long and detailed discussion chaired by Betty MacDonald of the bylaws committee, the bylaws were adopted with only one dissenting voice. Elections of Directors were then held, with 12 candidates contesting nine seats. Elected were: Katy Forest, Don Miner, Lynn Pitman, Brad Ricker, Jane Riley, Trevor Sawallish, Debra Shapiro, Jane Tenenbaum, and Jim Youngerman. The meeting thanked members of the Temporary Board for their Stakhanovite efforts in getting the Co-op started and giving it a chance.

The new Board takes over immediately. It met May 16 to begin to organize itself and prepare to enter discussions with representatives of High Pointe Properties. It will also move immediately to develop market data and a business plan to provide the basis for decisions about the viability of taking over the Ken Kopp's store on an "as-is" basis and opening a store.

The Co-op clearly represents a popular movement to maintain local grocery service to our neighborhoods. Its success will require ma jor support from neighbors (including patronage!). It could be said to embody part of the philosophy of our walkable, livable, "old-fashioned" (but also futuristic?) neighborhoods.

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President's Column

By Paul Beckett

At the DMNA annual meeting, our speaker (David Cieslewicz, founder of "1000 Friends of Wisconsin") ended a fine talk with a remarkable suggestion: possibly, just possibly, the American movement toward the suburbs (and the exurbs) is running out of steam. Crazy? Maybe. But think: we didn't always have this suburban dream, this notion that the good life is found only outside of the city.

An early edition of the Oxford English Dictionary defined "suburbe" as "a place of inferior, debased, and especially licentious habits of life". In great American cities of the early 19th century, the city center was the place to live. The rich were likely to live not that far from the non-rich. The former had more money and bigger houses, and the latter less and smaller. But their amusements, their ways of life, were not so different. All were likely to walk to work. In those days before air conditioning all sat outside on summer evenings and chatted with friends and passers-by. The distant reaches at the edges of the city were the habitat of those (likely new immigrants to the urban area) who couldn't find a place in the center. This was very much the situation, and the philosophy, of European cultures, going all the way back to the ancient Greeks who took for granted that the good life could only be lived in a city.

It was only in the second half of the 19th century that the values reversed. Men like Fredrick Law Olmsted (creator of what was called "the Greatest American Suburb" in Riverside in South Chicago) urged "the ruralizing of all our urban population." What underlay the ideology was the development of unprecedented rapid transport: trolleys and trains, then, from the 1920's onward, the car. The affluent moved to the fringes of cities like Chicago, and were quickly followed by everyone else that could manage it. Our inner cities, in direct consequence, have too often become vacant and blighted as services have followed people in the outward flight.

Strangely, the suburbs in these several generations have never really developed cultural richness. There is no there there, to borrow from Gertrude Stein. Her pal Hemingway, growing up in one of the Chicago suburbs (Oak Park) talked of "broad lawns and narrow minds."

Now there are signs of a rediscovery of the richness, the balance and the excitement of urban life. In Chicago, as other major cities, the empty post industrial buildings are being redeveloped: for residence. As residence expands, services come back. In Madison too we see some beginnings, with major big-money residential developments sprouting downtown like the dandelions in our yards.

What could explain the shift? Two things: one, the slow collective discovery that the suburban life is not the good life. Second, the transportation factors that underlay suburbanism now work against it, reducing too much of life to a frantic and dangerous battle first to get to work, then to get home from it.

My house lot , at 2300 square feet, is smaller than the footprint of the new affluent suburban houses. But I can walk to the University or the Capitol in half an hour. Most of my neighbors feel the same way. We love the farmers markets, the libraries, the rich fare of cultural events, the parks, the city streets, the intimate relation with our neighbors. In short, the urban life.

Start of something new in America? Could be. Thanks to David Cieslewicz, and to Donald Miller and his splendid book about Chicago, City of the Century.

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DMNA 2001 at a Glance

Paul Beckett - 238-2580
Kathleen Beckett - 238-2580
Marge Jacoby - 231-2616
Daryl Sherman - 238-5106
Gardening: Contact president
Zoning: Contact president
Mary Jo Croake - 231-1406
Long Range Planning:
Kurt Kiefer - 233-8661
Bill Barker - 238-1219
Char Thomson - 231-2445
Paula Benkart - 255-2690
- Editor: Kathy Madison - 238-3533
- Ad Coordinator: Jules Grimm - 231-0998
- Distribution: Paula Benkart - 255-2690
Home page:
- Webmaster@DMNA.org
- Jane Riley - 238-6842
Neighborhood Directory:
Julie Meyer - 231-1558
- Ann Clark - 238-5612
- Brian Solomon - 294-9289
Oak Savanna:
Margaret Nelson - 258-9437
Jazz in the Park:
- Julie Meyer - 231-2558
- Billy Larimore - 238-7938
Rail to Trail:
Paul Beckett - 238-2580
Lake Wingra:
Henry Hart - 238-6448
Maggie Jungwirth - 233-6663
UW Liaison:
Ann Clark - 238-5612
Business Liaison:
Jules Grimm
Dudgeon Center Liaison:
Joyce Perkins
Library Liaison:
Susan Paskewitz
Edgewood Liaison:
Bill VandenBrook, Char Thompson, Bruce Newton, Lisa Heinecke.

The Dudgeon-Monroe Hornblower is published four times per year by the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association, Inc. (DMNA). The advertising and article deadline for the next issue is July 27. Display ads cost $20 for a 2.25" by 2.25" camera-ready advertisement. Story ideas welcome. Call Kathy Madison, 238-3533. DMNA reserves the right to edit articles. Ads can be delivered or mailed to ad manager Jules at Monroe St. Antiques Consignment, 2606 Monroe St., Madson, WI 53711.

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Jazz in the Park 2001 is June 16

By Chris Buettner

Got in a bit of trouble last year for touting the appearance of Kenny G. Thousands of palm-pilot-holding, Chardonnay-sipping yuppies from the Chicago 'burbs showed up, expecting to be lulled into a state of primal mellowness. But when they arrive at Jazz in the Park 2000, they were treated instead to a pandemonium-inducing discussion of the Southwest Commuter Bicycle-Pedestrian Path by our already mellow Alderperson Kenny "G" Golden.

So this year, for the 10th anniversary (I believe this is the tin, or perhaps emerald anniversary for those of you who keep track of such things) of Jazz in the Park, I'm making no promises (although I am holding out hope for a reunion of the legendary Charles Shortino Octet).

Wingra Park, June 16, 2001. The summer begins with our own neighborhood festival, minus Van Halen, of course, Jazz in the Park. Your dot.com failed, your Internet start-up crashed and burned, your once-reliable Cisco Systems plunged to an all-time low. So the kids won't be able to go to Wharton. This gig is free. Let's all sip wine in a box and eat processed cheese while listening to a groovy line-up of happening music.

The day begins at 10:30 with the "Take a Stake in the Lakes" clean up of Lake Wingra. Bring work gloves and old shoes and we'll get everything pristine for a season of canoeing and kayaking and fishing Frisbees out of the water on windy days. We might just find the Ohio State Rowing Team that disappeared in April, too.

Then wash thyself, neighbor, and return with a picnic basket and blanket, or in Paul Soglin's case, multiple cellular phones, for the 2:00 Jazz West performance. 3:00 brings Children's Art Activities sponsored by the Monroe Street Fine Arts Center (and naptime for the grown-ups). Frank Grace and the Detonators implode all over the stage at 3:30 and by the time we're done toweling ourselves off, it's the Children's Park Clean Up with a free Michael's Frozen Custard for all the participants. Madisalsa takes the stage at 6:00, the same time that the Latvian commodities market that Soglin's been talking incessantly to finally closes. Time to boogie, before heading home several hours later for another shower. We hope. The 10th annual Jazz in the Park. Come for the Lake Clean-Up. Stay for the mosquitoes, uh, I mean the music.

2001 Jazz in the Park Sponsors

Major Sponsors:
The Evjue Foundation
The Laurel Tavern
Wingra Canoe and Sailing Center

Merchant Support:
Affordable Futons
Ancora Coffee and Tea Company
Arbor House
Associated Bank
Blue Lotus Tattoo
Calabash Gifts
J. Michael Real Estate
Fiore Company
Fruit of the Earth Juice Company
Happy's Heating and Air Conditioning
Luedtke-Storm-Mackey Chiropractic Clinic
Mallatt Pharmacy
Michael's Frozen Custard
Milward Farrell Fine Art
Minor Procedures
Monroe Street Fine Arts Center
Monroe Street Antiques
The Neckerman Agency
Neuhauser Pharmacy
Orange Tree Imports
Pasqual's Southwestern Deli
Restaino Bunbury & Associates Realtors
Spanish Language Institute
W.F. Butler Plumbing

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How to cut traffic in the neighborhood in three easy lessons

by Ann Clark

The Neighborhood Association has been working hard these last three years to slow down the cars passing through our neigbor hood and to encourage safe driving. It is obvious that we need to go fur ther to truly restore our bike and pedestrian-friendly neighborhood so crossing the street isn't a trial and we don't worry about the safety of our kids and the elderly. What we need to do now is look beyond speed limits to reduce the actual volume of traffic that travels through our neigh bor hood. Al though DMNA has been represent ed on com mit tees debating UW and Beltline ex pan sion, we are decidedly not in a position to control these external forces. We need to look closer to home for an immediate drop in traffic.

In the immortal words of Pogo (a fifties comic strip which featured sharp social satire), "We have met the enemy, and he is us." Even on busy Monroe Street, where we see heedless commuters every day, 40% of that traffic is composed of cars driven by Dudgeon-Monroe residents; on most of our other streets, it's estimated at 90%. Our "commuters" are most often our neighbors a couple of blocks up the street, and THEIR "commuters" are no other than us.

DMNA's physical layout naturally gives us a strong sense of community which comes from living in close, walkable proximity to the people, places and services which support our daily lives. All our driv ing, and that of our neighbors, undermines our "urban vil lage." Perhaps, from this in sight, we can move to mak ing a significant difference right here at home. Do you remember 15 or 20 years ago, when we assumed that the amount of trash in the waste stream was a given, and that cities just had to find additional landfill sites? Recycling has drastically changed that equation, and some thing similar can be done to reduce car trips. No one has bothered to look at the "car stream" to see what doesn't really need to be there. And it IS wasteful:

With these strategies, a household can immediately reduce car mileage substantially, generally by 25-50%:

Replace some short car trips with walking, cycling or bus riding. Most American car trips are short enough to be within walking or biking distance. Look for trips which lend themselves to walking or biking, and remember the positive rewards: time to relax and think, enjoy the unexpected rewards of watching a great blue heron fly overhead, a conversation with a stranger, catch up time with a neighbor.

Cut unnecessary trips by:

Let's give it a try! Think of the rewards: more mobility for your kids who won't have to wait to be driven every where, the end to isolation for the elderly, additional years of life, a trimmer midriff, a healthier community, and immense environmental benefits. How about it?

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Plant a Rain Garden: Revive springs feeding Lake Wingra

by Daryl K. Sherman

One of the major factors in our life is water; one of the major amenities we enjoy in the Dud geon-Mon roe area is Lake Wingra, and both are threatened, and by the same thing: RUNOFF. Because of the large amount of impervious area (to water in filtration) in our society, ground water levels are falling and the lake is receiving large amounts of sand, small grav el, leaves, or gan ic debris, and pesticides and pollutants from our lawns and streets and parking lots. At the mouth of storm sewers draining directly into Lake Wingra the water is perhaps only 6 inches deep several hundred feet into the lake. Huge quan ti ties of lake weeds and algal blooms are fed with fertilizers washing off our lawns. Runoff from pestiides in urban areas is twice that from rural agricultural areas, due to lawn and golf course treat ments. These pesticides are a prime suspect in the disappearance of the once very common leopard frog and other amphibians.

What can I as an individual do about all this? Shouldn't these issues be left to the government, engineers and specialists? Actually, you can make quite a difference, and cumulatively, all of us can make a HUGE difference. We can reduce the amount of manicured lawn, put in more interesting gardens and ground covers, and we can install rain gardens. A rain garden is a shallow depression with a lip or berm on the lower side, planted with native vegetation that is tolerant of short term flooding and drought. Runoff from the roof, drive and walks is directed toward this garden, silt and pollutants are filtered out and the water percolates into the soil to recharge ground water. The re sult is a mini-nature preserve that the birds, butterflies and toads will love which adds beauty, interest, and value to your property and life to Lake Wingra.

If you do all the work yourself the project will take several weekends and cost $2.50‹$4.00 per square foot for plants. Hiring all the design, construction, and planting will run $11-13 square foot (data courtesy Roger Bannerman). Design Considerations: The garden should be ten feet or more from the house foundation. To cap ture 90% of the roof runoff a sandy soil rain garden should be 20% of the roof area; silt-loam soil 30%, and clay soils 60%. In the latter case you should probably consider incorporating large amounts of organic material and sand deep into the earth (2-3 feet) under the rain gar den to im prove water infiltration.

Plants suitable for dry soils in sunny areas include Butterfly Flower, Purple Prairie Clover, Purple Cone flow er, Beebalm, Little Bluestem, and Spiderwort. In a shady area Wild Columbine, Wild Geranium, Jacob's Ladder, Solomon's Seal, Zig-zag Goldenrod, and Culver's Root are appropriate. Shrubs suitable for either site are Black Chokeberry, Red Osier Dogwood, Low Bush Honeysuckle. Sun ny areas could include Pussy Willow and High Bush Cranberry also. For much more information and a more extensive list of plants and plants for wet soil conditions, contact Edgewood College, which is installing extensive rain gardens, or call Daryl Sherman at 238-5106. You may view an established rain garden and three newly planted ones in the rear at 614 Piper Drive, five blocks west of Midvale. The Wild Ones is installing a Rain Garden Construction on June 23. If you are interested in attending the construction or the site assessment early in June, call Daryl Sherman at 238-5106 or e-mail me at snippets@execpc.com

Resources: Roger Bannerman, DNR Water Specialist at 271.3393.
How Does Your Garden Grow (Rain Gardens). Prince George's County Dept. of Environmental Resources, MD (800-342-2507).
Landscaping for Wild life and Water Quality, Fred Rozumalski, et al., Minnesota DNR.
Rain Garden Website: http://www.dof/state.va.us/rfb/riparian/raingardens.htm
Friends of Lake Wingra: http://danenet.wicip.org/fowingra
Edgewood College Wingra Watershed Project: http://natsci.edgewood.edu/wingra
Prairie Nursery: 608-296-3679. http://www.prairienursery.com

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Friends of the Southwest Bike Path Formed

On April 25 friends and neighbors, who were interested in the final phase, the greening phase, of the new Southwest Bike Path formed the Friends of the Southwest Bike Path. The four-mile-long bike trail, running from Camp Randall to Lovell Lane beyond the beltline, cre ates new urban green space, and it needs some hands-on attention from the neighbors and others who will enjoy the path.

Organizers knew that they had to awaken a commitment to improve the corridor rather than let the berms and vacant areas become choked with invasive species. On the other hand, the new Friends group in no way will have the authority to mandate plantings for individual or pub lic spaces. The hope is to en cour age the neigh bors to work together in replanting. The organizers discussed planting concerns under the MG&E powerlines, reminders to call diggers' hotline, and recogn tion and eradication of invasive species of which there are quite a few, such as Japanese knot weed, garlic mustard, reed canary grass, and giant ragweed.

Tony Fernandez, city engineer and designer of the trail, answered questions, especially regarding where people might plant along the path. When pressed to be restrictive and spe cif ic about where neighbors might plant, Fernandez pointed out that the whole concept of neighbors working together to beautify a corridor in this way is relatively new, and all those in volved should try to remain flexible and experiment. He encouraged the neighbors to plan together. The city wants to encourage the effort to maintain plantings along the path, although there are some areas such as drainage ditches, which must remain clear. Con cerning just when the path will be completed, all is dependent on the weather. But the contractors are hoping that they will be done by the end of June. However, the Spooner St. bridge area will probably not be done until mid-August.

Organizational members from the Midvale Heights Neighborhood, Laura Brown and Mark Shahan have already had workdays planting sev en ty-six shrubs along the north side of the path in the Midvale Heights area behind Vale Circle be sides prairie plants from Brown and Shahan's yard. Some money for the shrubs came from MHCA match ing funds. At the last minute, donors in the neighborhood who were grateful for the work being done provided a sizeable amount of money for shrubs. Also, last fall Brown broad cast prairie seeds in this area along the al ready-graded slopes of the path.

Dudgeon-Monroe organizational member Sue Reindollar, along with numerous volunteers, have repotted 320 prairie plants (it took a lot of dirt!) which can not be plant ed at the Odana Rd. entrance until September. The mid-sum mer completion date for the path makes the optimum planting time not until early fall, so the potted plants will be in Reindollar's back yard "nursery" all summer. Mean while, volunteers have to prepare the site when the con struction is complete.

Contacts for public planting areas are:
West of Midvale. Contact Laura Brown, 274-9367, ljbrown@chorus.net.
Glenway to Sheldon. Contact Char Thompson, 231-2445, chart@tds.net.
Fox-Sheldon area. Contact Kurt Kiefer, 233-8661, kkiefer@madison.k12.wi.us.
Odana to Glenway. Contact Sue Reindollar, 233-9383, ssreindo@facstaff.wisc.edu.
Glenwood Children's Park will have a wayside with picnic table, bike rack, and water fountain. Contact Maggie Jungwirth, 233-6663, jungwirt@chorus.net.
Organizing member and president of DMNA contact, Paul Beckett, 238-2580, pbeckett@facstaff.wisc.edu.
Transportation issues: contact Mark Shahan, 274-9367, mnshahan@chorus.net.
Yet to be organized are some interested volunteers for Westmorland and the Regent St. entrance to the path.

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Protecting wild birds at your feeders

by Patricia Kandziorad

When you count the benefits of living in the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood, have you ever tried to count the variety of birds? UW Arboretum staff have. With the help of the "Arb's" bird-watch ing visitors, they have tabulated sightings of more than 200 bird species. Some species are common, year-round residents in our area. Others are rare, whose individuals might only be seen perhaps once or twice enroute on their annual migration during which they may travel thou sands of miles! So, is it any su prise that some sprin kles of bird seed draw them to your relatively nearby yard?

Maybe you feed birds, or simply enjoy their spontaneous stop at your yard, for any number of reasons: to hear their morning and evening songs, to feel closer to nature, or because visits by these feathered red, rust, yellow and blue living ornaments that stop for food or water during their migration or nesting season, herald seasonal changes as reliably as crocus in March. But their abundance doesn't paint the full picture.

Some species are in decline. It is estimated that, in Wisconsin, free-ranging cats probably kill 39 million birds each year and, in some parts of the country are contributing to the endangerment of some species1. If roaming neighborhood cats do not have bells on their collars to warn birds of their approach, here are some simple things you can do to protect birds while they are in your yard2.

1 Cats and Wildlife: A Conservation Dilemma: 1997. UW Extension, J. Coleman, S. Temple, S. Craven
2 Wild Birds Unlimited, Madison WI

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Community volunteers needed to paint the "Drains to Lake Wingra" stencil on the street near the storm drains. Sign up today! Stenciling takes place June 16-24 throughout the Lake Wingra watershed. Call David Shiffert, Watershed Coordinator at 663-2838. See what FOLW is doing at http://danenet.wicip.org/fowingra. Be a Friend of Lake Wingra