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Hospital collects 195 pairs of glasses to send overseas

Hospital collects 195 pairs of glasses to send overseas

One certainly doesn't seem like a number that makes a difference, but when one becomes two and so on, it can be. That's what employees at St. Mary's learned first hand.

Collection bins around the hospital encouraged employees to donate their used or no longer needed eyeglasses.

Last year hospital employees donated around 150 pairs of eyeglasses. This year they increased their donations by 30 percent to a total of 195 pairs.

The Lions Club collected the eyeglasses and took them to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Rosholt, Wis.

There, the items are cleaned and sorted by prescription strength. The glasses are shipped to developing nations where they will help people who otherwise may not be able to afford or have access to prescription lenses.

Health care facility celebrates solstice with garden stroll

Health care facility celebrates solstice with garden stroll

St. Mary’s Mission Awareness Team and Pastoral Care Department offered a candlelit walk through the hospital's labyrinth last month to celebrate the solstice.

Staff, visitors and patients were invited to take a peaceful, meditative stroll through the labyrinth to reflect and rejuvenate on June 21.

Hospital representatives said lemonade was served and luckily the rain held off until the event was almost over. Before the drops fell several staff and visitors took the opportunity to slow down and reflect.

Madison music legend to receive achievement award

Madison music legend to receive achievement award

Madison-area musicians are applauding one of their own this summer for a lifetime of musical achievement.

Michael Leckrone, University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band director, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award June 23. The Madison Area Music Association will present the award to Leckrone at the Capital Theater at 6 p.m.

Leckrone, in his 44th directing year at UW-Madison, is known as an arranger, composer and performer across the nation, and has been named one of 10 Madison musical legends by Madison Magazine.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at the Overture Center Box Office or online at http://bit.ly/14d0SQK.

Madison fire department announces Safety Saturday event

The Madison Fire Department is holding its annual Safety Saturday event aimed at preventing deaths and injuries through education.  

The cooperative event is being sponsored by MFD and more than 25 other organizations from dane County. According to the release, preventing deaths and injuries is more effective than dealing with the results of unsafe actions and accidents. 

The organizations involved will use interactive displayss, games, activities and demonstrations icluding the use of seat belts, bike helmets and smoke alarms, to teach participants of all ages how they can make safe decisions.

The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. June 8 at the Capitol Square.

UW grad honors dad with 85-mile biking fundraiser

UW grad honors dad with 85-mile biking fundraiser

A University of Wisconsin graduate will channel his dad's love of biking and push pedals for a good cause in mid-June.

"My idea has always been to be like my father," Donald Malchow wrote on his blog. "I was thinking of ways to do so and make him proud."

Fittingly, Donald Malchow is calling his 85-mile ride planned on June 15 from Milwaukee to Madison, "Bike Like Mike."

56 arts projects, orgs get cut of $91K grants

More than 50 area artists and organizations got a cut of $91,775 in funding earmarked for cultural programs, city representatives said.

At its May 21 meeting, the Madison Common Council approved the recommendations of the Madison Arts Commission to award 56 of Madison's artists and non-profit organizations.

The commission said more than 90 percent of funding applicants received a grant, which MAC chair Leslee Nelson described as seed money.

“Especially for new projects, even a small amount of funding provides an endorsement that groups use to find additional resources required,” Nelson said in a news release.

The projects funded ranged from theatrical productions, dance and ballet programs, musical instruction at various schools, and more.

For a list of the 56 organizations and projects, visit the City of Madison website.

Hospital celebrates nurses week with singing competition

Hospital celebrates nurses week with singing competition

On Thursday St. Mary's staff participated in their own version of "American Idol" to celebrate Nurses Week.

Organizers said eight staff members mustered the courage to step onto the stage and into the spotlight much to the delight of those watching in the cafeteria.

After Thursday's event, employees will vote for their favorite performer and then the top vote-getter will be crowned the St. Mary's champ and receive a prize, the hospital said.