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Groups collect winter clothing at area parks

Groups collect winter clothing at area parks

Madison Parks and the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin are hosting a winter clothing drive. Organizers are asking for used winter coats, jackets, snow-pants, boots and gloves.

The donations can be dropped off at any of the following parks:

  • John Wall Family Pavilion at Tenney Park, 402 N. Thornton Ave.
  • Vilas Park, 1602 Vilas Park Drive
  • Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Blvd.
  • Odana Hills Golf Course, 4635 Odana Road
  • Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive

This is the fourth annual drive. Donations are being collected through Feb. 23. Organizers said the clothes will be distributed throughout the rest of the winter; any extras will be saved for next year.

 

 

Extreme cold taking a toll on water meters, service laterals and water mains

Madison Water Utility responded to the highest number of frozen meter calls for any month in at least the last decade, according to a City of Madison report. 

According to Officials thirty-eight customers reported that their water meters freeze and crack or burst, and ninety-two water main breaks had been repaired in January.

Crews report that the current frost line appears to be 5 ft below ground, but as temperatures continue to plunge during the overnight hours, frost lines are expected to move deeper.

As a precaution, the city is conducting routine hydrant temperature checks to make sure the water in Madison’s mains and hydrants is well within the normal wintertime range. The city’s mains are generally buried about 6 feet below ground.
 
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Monona Public Library Turns 50

Monona Public Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting a week-long kickoff celebration. From Jan. 21 through Jan. 24 the library will hold a different 1960’s themed drawing each day.  

Prizes include a lunchbox filled with 60’s goodies, a DVD copy of  “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” The Beatles and The Rolling Stones CDs.  The first fifty people to check out items on Friday will receive cupcakes.  The library will be featuring various displays of significant events from 1964 to 2014 throughout the year.  

Library Director Erick Plumb said in a release that when the library opened it was two months after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and a few weeks before the Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show.  

Campus unions to close for winter break

The University of Wisconsin Union announced Memorial Union and Union South will be for the school's winter break.

The facilities will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 23. It will reopen Jan. 6 for the start of spring semester.

According to a release there is one exception. Union South, located on the corner of Dayton St. and Randall Ave., will be open Jan. 1 so students can watch college football bowl games from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will showcase the Wisconsin Badgers playing in the Capitol One bowl play the South Carolina Gamecocks, the release said.

Scope of hunger in Dane County is getting worse

Scope of hunger in Dane County is getting worse

Vincent Washington took his place in line outside of the Bread of Life Food Pantry. It's certainly not his first time at St. Paul's. He and his wife used to volunteer there, until the temp jobs ran out, along with the food in his kitchen.

Now unemployed, Washington said coming to the pantry once a month is about survival.

"Without it, what are you going to do? Go out there and steal and rob, and then where would you be?" Washington said.

Teriann Strassi will also have Thanksgiving dinner thanks to Bread of Life. She started coming in 2010 after her job was shipped overseas and her unemployment benefits ran out.

A mother of three, Strassi is working toward her paralegal degree. Since her husband works full time, the family doesn't qualify for food stamps or other government help when it comes to food.

"There have been plenty of tears. Plenty of days when I feel like I can't make it," Strassi said. "Tomorrow's always better."