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Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Madison Parks is hosting the second annual Fall Festival Craft Fair Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Elver Park.

The free arts and crafts show will be held rain or shine at the park on McKenna Boulevard, according to a release.

"Last year Madison Parks introduced an arts and crafts show to our Fall Festival, and it was a big hit," Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski said in the release. "We are really excited to bring the Fall Festival Craft Fair back this year with talented crafters, food, music and fun activities for families."

The festival will have local artists, crafters, food vendors and live music by the Dang-Its, according to the release. Artists and crafters will be selling original, handmade pieces like pottery, jewelry, quilts, paintings and other decorative pieces.

Craft brewing business is growing in Wisconsin

Craft brewing business is growing in Wisconsin

Craft brewing is a booming business in Wisconsin, which ranks ninth among breweries per capita by state.

Last fall, Brian Destree took over brewmaster duties at Middleton's Capital Brewery, one of southern Wisconsin's craft brew staples since 1986.

Before Capital Brewery, the University of Wisconsin-Madison grad worked for Miller-Coors, giving him a unique perspective between craft brewers' personal touch and the bottom line of big business brewing.

"Kind of as I progressed from the corporate ladder at Miller, the farther and farther away I got from actually being in a brewery and doing hands-on brewing work," Destree said.

And while beer makers Miller-Coors and Anheuser-Busch sell the most beer, Wisconsin's craft breweries continue to find a larger piece of the market.

There are 75 breweries statewide, which translates to about 75,000 people for every Wisconsin brewery.

Snow contributes to tree collection delay, city says

Snow contributes to tree collection delay, city says

Division collects 600 tons of trees, brush in Jan.          

The second round of Christmas tree collection in Madison has been delayed. 

The City of Madison said Wednesday that the Streets Division is running behind due to the amount of storm-damaged limbs being picked up along with the trees. The frequent snowfall and ice operations of the last two weeks have also contributed to the delay by tying up staff who usually work on tree collection, the division said in a news release.

"Our crews collected over 600 tons of Christmas trees and brush in January," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "That is three times more than our average."

Dreckmann said the large amount of material has doubled the amount of time it usually takes the department to complete a first round of tree collection; four weeks instead of the usual two. 

‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

 ‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

Award celebrates impact of family biz on Wis. communities    

A state group that celebrates family-owned businesses is seeking nominations for the 2013 “Business of the Year” award, which is also the group’s 10th year sponsoring the program.

One family business will be selected for grand awards in categories including small (less than 50 employees), medium (50-99), and large (100 or more) companies. The organization said special awards will also be given to companies excelling in a particular area.

Created by Smith & Gesteland, a Middleton accounting and business consulting firm, the annual awards highlight the importance of family-owned businesses.

The deadline for nominations is April 13.

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

About 79 kids will get to spend the day shopping, wrapping with officers

Area families who may not have the finances for Christmas gifts will get to share in the season through a program organized by area police officers.

Dane County area police departments will pair officers with kids for the annual “Shop with a Cop” program on Sunday.

Each year, children from families in need are chosen to participate in the event. Each child receives $150 -- collected through private and corporate donations -- to buy gifts for his or her family. The shopping spree will take place at the East Side Target, organizers said.

Detective Kathy Wessel with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said about 79 kids are participating in the event Sunday. She said the little shoppers enjoy taking part in the giving season.

“They get a kick out of shopping for their families and picking out presents for brothers, sisters, mom and dad,” Wessel said.

Soglin plan underway to bring good-for-you grub to low-income families

Soglin plan underway to bring good-for-you grub to low-income families

Mayor says idea stemmed from summer ‘Meet and Eat’

A food truck experiment this summer lead to the mayor establishing a council this fall to continue work bringing affordable healthy food options for low-income families.

At the first meeting of his Madison Food Policy Council on Oct. 24, National Food Day, Mayor Paul Soglin made the opening statements explaining its importance.

“In terms of the farmers’ market, we have one of the best known markets in the world,” Soglin said. “When it comes to food policy, there is this enormous gap. I see that as an opportunity to take us to another level.”

The MFPC is an extension of the Dane County board. It joins the Dane County Food Council and Coalition, but aims more to answer the question of accessibility and affordability than connecting producers to buyers, which is the focus of the county’s council and coalition.

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

More than 15,000 books up for grabs

A library organization is hosting its annual fall book sale. Book-buyers have more than 15,000 titles to choose from at the Memorial Library in Room 116 through Saturday. Sale organizers said the used book sale is one of the largest in Wisconsin

The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries sale takes place over four days with its proceeds benefitting a variety of events, special collections and a lecture series.

The annual book-buy event began Wednesday but continues Friday from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. From 10:30 a.m.-1  p.m. Saturday, shoppers who bring a grocery-sized bag can fill it for $4. From 1:05 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, all remaining books are free, the library said.

Book prices are also reduced each day of the sale, but organizers said the books sell quickly.