Thursday, March 31, 2011

1st Annual Walk It Waunakee

A message from Updike Chiropractic:

Hello Waunakee Walkers! Updike Chiropractic is excited to announce their first annual 8 week walking program - Walk It Waunakee! Spring is right around the corner and it's time to get out and enjoy some nice weather. We thought we would give you a little extra motivation. All you need is a pair of tennis shoes, 2-4 other friends to make up a team, and a desire to improve your health while having some fun. Walking starts April 4th and goes through May 29th so get registered today by printing out the Walk It Flyer, Walk It Registration form and the Walk It Tracking form at the Updike Chiropractic website and return them to the Updike Chiropractic office by April 1st to guarantee your desired T-Shirt size. Fill out your registration form and return it to Updike Chiropractic via fax, 608-849-4428, or drop it off at the office at 204 South Century Avenue, Waunakee, WI 53597. This is going to be an awesome program and we are excited to offer extra motivation to get out and Walk It Waunakee!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Successful Health Fair

A thank you goes out to all volunteers and participants of the 5th Annual Health, Activity and Energy Fair that the Village Center hosted on March 20th! There were 45 vendors and over 250 participants that attended the event. The fair is a collaboration between the Waunakee/Westport Lions Club, Waunakee Utilities, Waunakee Senior Center and the Waunakee Village Center. The fair included community groups, health screenings, information booths, energy demonstrations, face painting, and local mascots. The Lion’s Club also sponsored a Blood Drive this year for the first time and we had 28 people donate blood. The Senior Center also hosted a Pancake Breakfast and Book Sale.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fun Visit With Ms. Wells 5th Grade Class

I enjoyed visiting with Ms. Wells 5th Grade Class at the Waunakee Intermediate School on Thursday. Student Lexi Flesch invited me for a photo session and interview for their photojournalism magazine project. As you can see, most everyone was decked out in green for St. Patrick's Day. I even borrowed one of their hats to fit in with the crowd. Big thanks goes to the whole class for asking great questions and being totally fun to visit with. Lexi, I look forward to reading your article!

Send Us Your Photos!

The Village of Waunakee will be undertaking a total re-build of the Village website. The process has just begun with a goal of having a new site live by mid-September. We are inviting Village residents to submit digital photographs for our new website that depict what's beautiful about Waunakee and why this is a great place to live. Digital photos must be at least 480 x 640 pixels in size, 72 dpi and preferably in jpg format and pictures should have a center of interest. We look forward to seeing your Waunakee pics! Please submit photos by e-mail to by the end of April.

Free Zumbathon at the Village Center

Ashley Brown will be conduction a Zumbathon on March 26, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until Noon in the gym at the Village Center. This is a free event; however, donations will be accepted on behalf of the American Heart Association. It will not be necessary for participants to register with the Village Center for this event. Participants need only to arrive at the Village Center on the above mentioned date and time to sign up.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Accepting Old Recycling Bins and Old Trash Cans

A few updates on the new trash and recycling containers...

An informational packet will be found in the blue recycling cart explaining how the new Pellitteri Trash and Recycling Program will work and when it begins. Please do not put the new carts out to the curb for collection until the week of April 4th when the automated cart collection begins.

Old recycling bins and old trash cans will be accepted by the Village at the Public Works facility located at 504 Moravian Valley Road in Waunakee March 28th through April 15th. The old bins and trash cans will be recycled.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Pellitteri Trash and Recycling Container Delivery

Attention Village Residents: Pellitteri is planning to start delivering the new trash and recycling containers the week of March 14th. There will be two teams delivering the containers, one for recycling and one for trash. They are going to start Monday morning at 7:00 a.m. and continue to deliver until 7:00 p.m. The plan is to have all the carts delivered by next Saturday, March 19th.

Residents will find a packet in the blue container explaining how the program will work and when it begins.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Informational Open House 2011 Klein Drive Improvement Project

This summer, the Village of Waunakee will be making street improvements to Klein Drive from Sixth Street to Sunset Lane. You are invited to attend an informational open house to discuss how these improvements may impact your home or business. The open houses will be:
  • For Business Owners: Tuesday, March 8th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Waunakee Village Hall, 500 W. Main Street
  • For Residents: Wednesday, March 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Waunakee Village Hall, 500 W. Main Street
The meetings will be open house format. Engineering staff will be available to discuss the project details and demands, and meet with you to help answer your questions and/or concerns.
The reconstruction of Klein Drive (from Sixth Street to Sunset lane) will include the following highlights:
  •  Replace the existing roadway base
  •  Resurface the asphalt roadway
  •  Replace some existing water main
  •  Replace some existing water laterals within Right-of-Way
  •  Repair existing sanitary sewer at Fifth Street
  •  Install some storm sewer on Klein Drive
  •  Replace some existing curb and gutter
  •  Replace some existing driveway aprons as needed
  •  Install new sidewalk in areas where none exists
  •  Installation of new street lighting
The total cost of the project will be paid for using the Village’s general tax levy in accordance with Village Ordinances and policies. We do not anticipate any additional cost to property owners for this project.
We anticipate that the reconstruction of Klein Drive should take approximately 8-12 weeks to complete, once the work has begun. The roadway should be open to traffic for most of the project; however we anticipate that portions of the roadway may be closed at times to accommodate the construction.
The project involves replacing the existing water main, but we will NOT be replacing the existing sewer or water services on your property. If you are considering an upgrade or are experiencing problems with your existing sanitary sewer or water services, we recommend that you contact Tim Herlitzka or Randy Dorn at Waunakee Utilities, (608) 849-8111 to discuss your options. Please note that permits to excavate in the street will not be allowed for 5 years after the new pavement has been placed.
We appreciate your cooperation in advance of this project. If you have any questions concerning the meeting or this project please contact Kevin Even, Village Engineer, or Jim Madden, Construction Manager, at (608) 850-8500.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Protect Your Wallet and Identity Theft

Losing your wallet has always been a hassle, but now it's downright dangerous. Not only do you have to replace your driver's license, credit cards, and other identification, but you need to think about whether you could become a victim of identity theft. Read about this and more in the Waunakee Police Department's March Newsletter online at

The Waunakee Police Department has several great identity theft tips for you in the most recent newsletter. You can access the Village of Waunakee's Police Department website at If you wish to received the Police Department email newsletter, at their website please click on "Department" followed by the "Newsletter" heading to subscribe. You may also request the newsletter by emailing the Waunakee Police Department at The Waunakee Police Department will not share your email address with anyone else, nor will it be posted with the monthly newsletter.

Community Health, Activity and Energy Fair

The Waunakee-Westport Lions Club and Waunakee Utilities along with the Village Center will be holding the 5th annual Community Health, Energy and Activity Fair on March 19, 2011 at the Village Center. This is a free event open to all ages and will include community groups, health screenings, informational booths and energy demonstrations. There will be informational booths for ages preschool to seniors!

The Senior Center will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Lions will be hosting a blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mark your calendars to bring your family to this fun and educational event. Everyone that attends will be eligible to win great door prizes!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Senior Center Annual Report

Did you know that in 2010 the Village Center Nutrition Program provided a total of 19,600 home-delivered meals? Or, did you know that as of February of this year the Senior Center has 1,217 individuals entered as part of their "customer" database? You can learn more facts about the Senior Center and all of their tremendous programs in the 2010 Senior Center Annual Report. The report is now available on the Village website at