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Rhythm & Booms Downtown Neighborhoods Meeting

Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc., Marquette Neighborhood Association and Alders Marsha Rummel and Mike Verveer invite neighbors to a meeting with Madison Festivals on Monday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, Health Center Auditorium, 333 W. Main Street, to discuss the Saturday, June 28, Rhythm & Booms event.

The City of Madison and MFI want to hear what concerns neighbors have.  MFI will provide an update on the plans and the required City approvals that have not yet been granted.  Representatives from City agencies will also be in attendance.

 

Extreme cold keeps water main repair crews busy

Extreme cold keeps water main repair crews busy

The extreme cold is creating lots of work for the local water utility.

Madison Water Utility spokeswoman Amy Barrilleaux said that seven water main breaks throughout the city Tuesday morning had all the department's repair crews out. 

Barrilleaux said mains broke Tuesday on:

  • Barby Lane
  • Mohican Pass
  • Havey Road
  • Kingsbridge Road
  • Tokay Boulevard
  • Nautilus Drive
  • and at East Main & Paterson streets

The harsh dip in temperatures is the cause of the multiple breaks, Barrilleaux said. It also makes fixing the breaks difficult. 

"It always makes things a little bit slower because our crews have to take breaks and warm up," she said. The icy streets also have to be salted and drains plowed to take care of the extra water in the roadways. 

But she said the Madison Water Utility prepares for tough weather. 

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.  

City workers prepare to battle bitter cold

City workers prepare to battle bitter cold

The cold had many people preparing to stay indoors the next few days, but that's not the case for everyone. For Madison Streets Division workers, it will be another day of work. 

City of Madison Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley said any delays to streets pick up will put an extra strain on workers. 

"We pick up every day, so if we go two days without (service), the third day, it'll take us quite awhile to get caught up," Kelley said. 

Streets Machine Operator Leroy Grieshammer said the cold weather will create a few changes, but won't stop him or his coworkers from getting the job done. The team members shorten their outdoor rotation times from 30 minutes to every 15 to keep from getting too cold. 

"We can always get back in the truck and warm up for a little bit, then continue on," Grieshammer said. 

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Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Two websites will be available throughout the season to update residents on ski trail and ice skating rink conditions at Madison parks.

There are thirty-two kilometers of signed and groomed trails available for cross-country skiers in six Madison parks. Trail difficulties range from easy to advanced.

Three park trails require a cross-country ski permit, but the rest offer free ski trails that are groomed less often.

For daily updates on cross country ski trail conditions, go online.

As of this week, most ice rinks in Madison are open. Ice skate rentals and concessions are available at Elver, Tenney and Vilas parks.

For daily updates on outdoor ice skating rink conditions, go online.

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.