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A farewell to Marshall Park Day Camp

For the past 50 years, Madison children have had the opportunity to participate in the day camp program run by Madison School & Community Recreation at Marshall Park. From the first or second week in June to the middle of August, dozens of happy children ranging in ages from 7 to 11 could be seen cooking hotdogs over an open fire, catching their first bluegill, hunting for hidden treasures in the woods, studying the forest wildlife, playing capture the flag, or swimming in Lake Mendota. It was an idealistic time for the hundreds, if not thousands, of Madison children that have had the opportunity and privilege to participate. >More
 Madison water levels continue to rise after latest storms

As local watersheds continue to drain the recent storm waters into the area's lakes and rivers, water levels appear to be reacting in dramatic fashion. During a walk along the Yahara River Parkway, levels were visibly higher than they were before the latest rains on Thursday. In some places, the water has come up over shoreline embankments. In others, it is threatening to do so. >More
 Changing Gears for sustainability

Andy Davis and Melissa Henige got on their bicycles in Bloomington, Indiana, a couple of weeks ago, embarking on an ambitious undertaking. They call their expedition Changing Gears, a ride that will take them all the way to the west coast in search of municipal, organizational and individual sustainability initiatives and practices they can take home to Bloomington and help to apply. >More
 Madison Parade of Homes 2008, Verona edition

The Parade of Homes 2008 consists of 24 homes on display at four sites, up from last year's 21 homes at only three sites. I headed to Scenic Ridge, a development new to the Parade, located off 18/151 south of Verona near the Hwy. 69 exit. You might call it the more affordable end of the Parade, although "affordable" in this case is a spectrum that you may find yourself excluded from, even if you already own what you consider to be a very nice house. >More
 A look at the rising waters of Lake Monona

The recent storms that raged across southern Wisconsin can now be seen in the high water levels of local lakes. Gauges on lakes Mendota and Monona, for example, have measured climbs of about a foot and a half in recent days. >More
 Internet famous, real-world notorious: UW student mocks WisCon, starts online firestorm

"What I wrote was sexist," says Rachel Moss, "I will admit this." The University of Wisconsin-Madison grad student is referring to a photo essay she posted in late May on the widely-read online humor forum Something Awful. Attending the annual WisCon feminist science-fiction convention held at the Concourse Hotel over Memorial Day weekend, she shot photos of various con attendees with a focus on obese participants, and combined these with negative commentary to assemble a salvo that touched off a particularly nasty online controversy last week. >More
 One Madison bike commute goes the extra mile

In these troubled times of rising gas prices, I'm lucky to live near enough to work that my morning bicycle commute takes about seven minutes, perhaps ten if there's a train. But a few days ago I tried an experiment. What if I lived not a mile from my office on the Capitol Square, but ten miles? Is that a bicycle commute I would relish? >More
 Mapping 'Camp' Dane for summer fun around Madison

Tired of that big muskie up in Hayward stealing all the attention? Sick of Dane County being characterized as an elite, Nader-voting, high-art-loving, "alternative" to the rest of the state? Show the world that we have as many weird landmarks as any other county in Wisconsin. Your favorite spots of camp, kitsch, and general otherworldliness can be viewed in our map of Camp Dane. >More
 Lilacs peaking at UW Arboretum

Assuming you are downwind of the source and are blessed with a sensitive nose, that aroma you may be detecting is the sweet scent of lilacs. They are at -- or quite near -- their peak today in the Longenecker Gardens, adjacent to the visitor center at the UW-Madison Arboretum. >More
 Chris Farley remembered at the Wisconsin Historical Museum

At the Wisconsin Historical Museum exhibit Chris Farley Remembered, a monitor shows a loop of highlights from the Madison native's Saturday Night Live stint. Included, naturally, is a sketch featuring Matt Foley, the hopeless motivational speaker who was Farley's best-known character. In the uproariously funny skit, Foley tells skeptical youths how to avoid a desperate future -- a future that in fact is Foley's desperate present, a sad life of homelessness. Avoid drugs, Foley loudly suggests, or "You're gonna be doin' a lotta doobie-rollin' when you're livin' in a van down by the river!" >More
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