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Proposed Madison ordinance would change permitting requirements for fireworks displays

Marsha Rummel became more immersed in the planning for the annual Rhythm & Booms fireworks display after event organizers announced the show was relocating to Lake Monona. During discussions over environmental concerns, the east-side Madison alder found there were some gaps in the oversight of such events. >More
 The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association improves this nearby paddling destination

At Canoecopia last weekend, thousands of paddlers dreamed of the expeditions they'll take when the ice finally thaws on area rivers and lakes. One lesser-known but nearby option is the Upper Sugar River, just west and southwest of Madison. >More
 Madison maintains its parks with the help of extraordinary volunteers

Underneath the layers of snow lie dormant the roots and seeds of plants native and alien, desirable and noxious, waiting to emerge this spring. In preparation for the thaw, the Friends of Hoyt Park have used the winter to raise funds and prepare prairie seeds, waiting for the real work to begin. They are just one of over a half dozen groups of citizen volunteers across the city taking a stake in the natural areas closest to them. >More
 An Obamacare success story

Laura Schuch has joined the ranks of the insured, and she couldn't be more thrilled. "I feel like I won the lottery!" says Schuch, 36, who recently purchased a plan on the insurance marketplace created under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. >More
 Environmental concerns remain over moving Rhythm & Booms fireworks show to Lake Monona

It looks like concerns over the environmental impacts of Rhythm & Booms will follow the fireworks show from its original location in Warner Park to downtown Madison. At a special meeting Thursday of Madison's Committee on the Environment, citizens and elected officials expressed skepticism that shooting off fireworks over Lake Monona would be safe for the lake and its ecosystems. >More
 Middleton's Knowledge Unlimited works to engage students -- and others -- with current events

Despite celebrating 30 years in business this year, Knowledge Unlimited Inc. remains relatively unknown in the community. Those concerned with closing the achievement gap in Madison's schools, however, may want to take note. This award-winning educational-materials producer, based in Middleton, is unique in emphasizing multiculturalism throughout its lines of educational posters, DVDs and children's books. >More
 Environmental questions over fireworks debris continue as Rhythm & Booms moves to Lake Monona

Rhythm & Booms will move out of Warner Park for 2014. The annual fireworks show will return to the Saturday before the July 4 holiday and shift to John Nolen Drive, with the fireworks set off from barges in Lake Monona, Madison Festivals Inc. announced at a press conference Wednesday at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace. >More
 Small spaces, big ideas: Little Galleries arrives on Monroe Street

Last Friday a new art gallery opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monroe Street. The building's sleek black lines and glass windows blend in with the surrounding architecture, and its first exhibit is attracting plenty of foot traffic. Pretty good for a gallery with less than three square feet of space. >More
 Could Rhythm & Booms go bust?

On Wednesday, July 3, couples, families and friends will again gather at Warner Park to watch Madison's annual fireworks show, Rhythm & Booms. It's an Independence Day tradition as American as apple pie and baseball " except that many of the fireworks are made in China, but we won't go there. >More
 Bad news for bats: White-nose syndrome approaches Wisconsin's border

A disease that has caused devastating mortality in bats is now poised to make its way into the state. "The most recent unnerving news is that in LaSalle County, in northeast Illinois, they found white-nose syndrome in a mine," says Paul White, conservation biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "That's roughly 100 miles from our border." >More
 City committee votes to move Rhythm & Booms fireworks launch from wetlands to parking lot

The city of Madison's Committee on the Environment amended this year's contract with the organizers of Rhythm & Booms to move the fireworks display out of the Warner Park wetlands and into the parking lot. The pleas of the local advocacy group Wild Warner on behalf of the wildlife of Warner Park, complete with bird calls and bagged displays of firework debris, prevailed on the committee Monday to take measures to protect the wetlands. >More
 Eco-conscious remodelers and artists find treasure at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore

There's a word for the fortuitous finds that delight would-be remodelers shopping at Madison's two Habitat ReStores. It describes the moment they discover just enough flooring to cover their kitchen, or the amazing light fixture they didn't know they needed. It's a word that both homeowner Cathy Swanson-Hayes and artist Richard Jones used when describing the process of unearthing their Habitat ReStore treasures: serendipity. >More
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