Friday, August 26, 2011

Woodland Project Update for This Week

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Senior Center's September Newsletter

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Heritage Fest 2011

An afternoon of old-fashioned fun at Heritage Fest 2011 is planned at Schumacher Farm Park in Waunkaee on Sunday, September 18 from 1-4:00 PM. Admission is free with pie, apple crisp, cookies and sweet corn available for purchase.

Schumacher Farm Park is located at 5682 Highway 19 on the western edge of Waunakee. The park is an 100 acre open-air museum and conservancy dedicated to preserving old-time rural farm ways of the 1920's and 1930's. It is run by the Friends of Schumacher Farm Park in cooperation with Dane County Parks and the Marcella Pendall Schumacher Trust.

For more information about Heritage Fest, contact 849-8449 or visit us at

Magazine Sales Scam

Over the past two days, the Middleton Police Department has received several reports of people trying to sell magazines door to door at several locations throughout the city and various locations in the Middleton area. This appears to be a scam and their tactic is to tell people they are raising money for an American Legion Baseball team and that some money goes to them and some to magazine subscriptions to overseas troops.

They provide a receipt which says Absolute Marketing in Georgia with a phone number of (770) 831-7722. The Better Business Bureau in Georgia has had hundreds of complaints of scams affiliated with this business and phone number and this appears to be a nation-wide issue.

If you are contacted by a door-to-door sales person, verify that they have a sellers permit and if they don't, we recommend not doing business with them. All door-to-door sellers are required by the Village of Waunakee to have a Transient Merchant License. Do report any suspicious activity to the Waunakee Police by calling (608) 849-4523.

September 11 - Waunakee Remembers

The Friends of Waunakee Performing Arts (FWPA) will sponsor an event called "Waunakee Remembers" commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. It will be held on Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 PM in the High School Performing Arts Center. This event will feature music by the Waunakee Community Band and a local combined choir, as well as readings by drama students and a tribute to our local fire department, police department, EMS, VFW and American Legion Post 360. The free event is scheduled to last approximately one hour. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Support WNC Diaper & Laundry Detergent Drive

Inspire 4 Fitness, LLC is teaming up with Waunakee Neighborhood Connection to promote healthy living through working out. Join us on Saturday, September 10th from 7:45-8:30 at Ripp Park -Waunakee. All fitness levels are welcome and encouraged to join. Registration begins at 7:30 AM (Ripp Park Shelter).

There is no need to bring a lot of equipment except for a water bottle, 10 lbs.+ weights (optional) and a yoga mat (optional). Activities include strength, agility, and core stations. Hellenbrand Water will be giving each participant a resuable water bottle!

We will be accepting donations of diapers and laundry detergent as well as cash donations ($10 recommended per person) for WNC to help support local families in need.

Questions please email Karen Endres at or call 849-6053

In the event of inclement weather, please visit for updates.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Last Chance to Fill the Bus at Pizza Hut

The last stop for WNC's and Waunakee School's Fill the Bus Campaign, partnering with the Waunakee Police Department, Lamer's Bus Company, Merffert Oil Company, M&I Bank, Wipperfurth's Piggly Wiggly, Pizza Hut, and Walgreen's is this week at Pizza Hut. The bus will be in the Pizza Hut parking lot from August 17th-24th. To show their appreciation of your donation, Pizza Hut will enter your name into a drawing for pizza certificates! If you can't make the bus stop at Pizza Hut, you can also drop off supplies at the WNC Store, Waunakee Police Station, Walgreen's and Piggly Wiggly. Questions, call WNC at 849-5740 or go to for a list of school supplies that are most needed!

2011 Waunakee National Night Out

National Night Out was a great success!! The Waunakee Police Department reported that it was their largest crowd ever. They gave away 650 hot dogs (ran out) and ran out of all other food items as well. The event gave the community the opportunity to interact with law enforcement, fire, and ems.

Thank you to all of those who came out and supported the event and to those who set up booths to interact with the community. It could not have been done without you!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Get to Know Your Local Businesses

Over the course of the summer Todd Schmidt, Village Administrator, and Ellen Schaaf, Waunakee/Westport Chamber Director, have been visiting and getting to know local business owners. Over the last couple of weeks Todd and Ellen have had the privilege of meeting with The Front Porch & R Designs, Curves, Ooh La La, Anytime Fitness, US Bank, and Associated Bank.

The Front Porch & R Designs is owned by Heidi Rauls and Patty Ripp, they are located at 124 W. Main Street, Suite A. The Front Porch specializes in customized furniture, decorating, and accessories for your home. Their hours of operation are: Mon. 10 am-4 pm, Tues.-Thurs. 10 am-6 pm, Fri. 10 am-5 pm, Sat. 10 am-3 pm, and Sun. 12 pm-4 pm. To visit their website click here or call (608) 850-4632 for more information.

Curves is owned by Pat Smith and is located at 124 W. Main Street, Suite B. Curves is a 30 minute aerobic workout program for women. Their hours of operation are Mon.-Thurs. 6 am-12:30 pm & 3 pm-7 pm, Friday 6 am-12:30 pm & 3 pm-6 pm. For more information stop down or call (608) 850-6999.

Ooh La La Resale Boutique is owned by Shelly Murphy and is located at 124 W. Main Street, Suite D. Ooh La La provides women in the Madison area with designer clothing at resale prices. Stop down and check out the large variety of designer handbags, shoes, clothes, and more! Call (608) 849-3110 or to check out their site click here.

Anytime Fitness is located at 604 East Main Street, suite 4. Alexis Whalen is one of the managers at Anytime, where you are able to workout at anytime, any day of the week! Check out the facility by visiting Anytime Fitness or checkout a list of classes available at Anytime Fitness.

US Bank is located at 127 West Main Street. Waunakee Branch Manager is Nicolas Tarczynski. US Bank is open Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm & Sat. 9 am-12 pm. Stop in and check out all of the services they have to offer here in Waunakee.

Associated Bank is located at 269 S. Century Ave. Waunakee Bank Manager is Patricia Volsch. Associated Bank's hours of operation are Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 am-5 pm, Fri. 8:30 am-6 pm, and Sat. 8:30 am-1 pm. Stop in and learn about the current CD rates available.

If you would like to meet with Todd Schmidt and Ellen Schaaf, please contact Ashley at 850-2830 to set up a meeting time!

Phase 1 of Woodland Drive is Near Completion

Construction continues on Woodland Drive, but Phase 1 is near completion. Phase 1 includes the section of Woodland from the Village limits (Manchester Crossing) to Southbridge (Tierney Drive). Phase 1 is scheduled for paving the week of August 22. Upon completion of Phase 1, Woodland Drive will be open from Manchester Crossing to Tireney Drive, including Mill Road. Phase 2 is the section of Woodland Drive from Southbridge to Carriage Ridge. During construction of Phase 2, Woodland Drive will be closed to traffic from Southbridge to Carriage Ridge, meaning that there will be no access to CTH M from Southbridge and cars must use Mill Road as an alternative. Phase 2 is expected to be completed by the end of October.

Thank you for your patience during the construction process.

Woodland Project Update for This Week

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Pancakes, Planes at the Airport

Come and celebrate one of America's great freedoms-"The freedom of flight" - at the Waunakee Airport's annual fly-in, drive-in breakfast held Sunday, August 21, sponsored by the Waunakee Airport and Pilots Association. This Waunakee tradition runs from 7:30 a.m. until noon with a breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, pork sausage, beverages and more for just $6 (adults), or $4 (children under 12). Airplane rides with a beautiful view of the Madison area will be given with a suggested donation of $25. Everyone is invited and encouraged to join us and share the love of aviation. The Waunakee Airport and Pilots Association will be celebrating 51 years of Community Airport breakfasts!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Woodland Project Update for This Week

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Old Fashioned Hymn Sing and Prairie Walk

Schumacher Farm Park Presents Two Events Sunday, August 21st

Old Fashioned Hymn Sing - 2:00 - 3:00 PM In the House

Join us in our beautiful old farm house for an afternoon of singing. Jean Erickson will accompany on the 1917 Sohmer & Co upright grand piano once played by the park's founder, Marcela Schumacher. Light refreshments will be served. Donations accepted.

Prairie Walk - 3:00 - 4:00 PM Meet by the White Barn

Marcella Schumacher loved the prairie and wanted everyone to enjoy its beauty. Join Schumacher Farm Park's Site Coordinator Diane Schwartz for an interpretive hike of Schumacher Prairie. Discover medicinal pants and prairie lore on this easy afternoon walk. Free. Donations Accepted.

Schumacher Farm Park
5682 Highway 19
Waunakee, WI 53597

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wisconsin Foundation for School Music: Provides Pianos to Eligible Students

As part of the mission for Wisconsin Foundation for School Music (WFSM) the organization promotes and enhances music education in Wisconsin. They have found a new way of doing so through the Piano Bank Program. Developed in 2009 by Mike George, executive director of WFSM and Grant Billings of Billings Piano Gallery, the program places pianos free of charge in the homes of eligible children in order to provide a quality instrument for piano instruction and personal enjoyment.

Students are identified by music teachers, school counselors and community program leaders and then are evaluated and selected by a committee appointed by WFSM. The children agree to attend piano lessons and practice at home. Students must live in Columbia, Dane, Green, Iowa, Rock, or Sauk counties in Wisconsin in order to qualify for the program. They must also provide a one-page letter of intent as to why they wish to play the piano and fall under the household income restrictions. For qualifications click here.

Thus far, 13 students between the ages of six and 17 have been given pianos provided by the Steinway Piano Society. The pianos may be kept as long as the student continues to take lessons on a regular basis. Applications for the next round of consideration are due by September 12th and you can found online at the link above. If you would like to donate to the scholarships for lessons please contact Jan Tweed at

Monday, August 8, 2011

Woodland Project Update for This Week

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Please note Enchanted View Lane will be closed Monday August 8th for storm sewer work. Steeplechase residents will be asked to use Conway Glen to Rankin Lane. Also next week Woodland Drive will be down to one lane during the day and will be flagged through the work zone between Rankin Lane and Foggy Mountain Pass for storm sewer work.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Waunakee Police Department Newsletter August 2011

National Night Out is August 10, 2011

On Wednesday, August 10, 2011 from 5 pm to 7 pm the Waunakee Police Department will be hosting National Night Out festivities at Village Park on Main Street. National Night Out celebrates will involve over 10,000 communities from all 50 states.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are uni tied with the police in their efforts to make Waunakee a safe community to live.

There will be activities for kids, prizes, free brats and hot dogs, and numerous displays by various law enforcement agencies. Med-Flight has also been invited. Members of the community are encouraged to sign up to win one of the many prizes to be given away at Village Park during National Night Out.

Contact Person: Lt. Joseph E. Peterson, Waunakee Police Department, 608-849-4523

It's Time to Fill that Bus!

Waunakee Neighborhood Connection (WNC) is proud to be sharing in this endeavor with the Waunakee Police Department at National Night Out on August 10th at the Village Park.

We all know how stressful it can be getting ready for a new school year. Paying school fees and lunches, arranging childcare after school, buying new clothes for the ever-growing child and making sure our children have all of their school supplies. It's enough to take your breath away.

This summer, on behalf of the Waunakee schools, WNC is partnering to shoulder some of the financial burden of some Waunakee families by making sure every child in Waunakee enters school prepared with supplies.

Supplies most urgently needed are listed in order of priority below; however, all school supplies are welcome!
  • Colored pencils, 12 count
  • Washable markers, 8-10 count
  • Highlighters
  • Sharpies, black extra fine
  • Dry erase markers (i.e. Expo Markers)
  • Index cards, 3 x 5
  • Notebooks (solid colors only - red, blue, green, orange, purple)
  • Thin washable markers, 8-10 count
  • Loose leaf paper, wide lined
  • Folders, 2-pockets, no prongs (all colors-especially yellow and orange)
  • 1" binders, especially green
  • Binder dividers, sets of 5 and 8
  • Pencil box, 5 x 8
  • Pencil bag
  • Erasers
  • Graph paper
  • Post-it Notes, 3 x 3

If you are unable to attend National Night Out, you can also help to fill the bus with momentary donations, payable to WNC by check or online at Just note your donation is for school supplies.

Waunakee Emergency Services Citizen's Academy

Waunakee Police, Fire, and EMS are pleased to announce the 2011 Waunakee Emergency Services Citizen's Academy program starting September 7, 2011. Participants will meet on Wednesday evenings 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm for 9 consecutive weeks. The Citizen's Academy is a "hands on" program. The goal of the program is to give participants a better understanding of Police, Fire, and EMS duties and responsibilities. During simulations, participants will be able to assume the role of the Police Officer, Firefighter, and Emergency Medical Technician. Participants will have the opportunity to drive police cars, learn hands on defense and arrest tactics, take part in simulated deadly force scenarios, use multiple pieces of fire department equipment and learn important life saving techniques. The class is limited to 14 participants. Requirements: You must be at least 18 years of age. Preference will be given to Village of Waunakee residents. Applications due September 2, 2011. Applications are attached to this newsletter or can be obtained by contacting Office Adam Kreitzman at 608-849-4523 or email

Madison Area Robberies on the Rise

Due to the increased number of robberies in the City of Madison and our close proximity to Madison, please read the following walking safety tips offered by the Madison Police Department Crime Prevention Officer, Frank Chandler:

  • Someone should always know where you are going and when you will return.
  • Always maintain situational awareness. Wearing headphones, talking to texting on a cell phone may distract you. Keep your head up and look around.
  • Consider you options in the case of an emergency. Yelling or blowing a whistle can draw attention if you need help.
  • Know your location.
  • Wearing bright clothing makes it easier for people to find you if you should need help.
  • Wear shoes that are secure and won't restrict you if you need to run or protect yourself.
  • Keep your hands free whenever possible.
  • Walk in well lit areas when possible.
  • Walk with others, in well traveled areas.
  • Carry identification separate from your valuables. Don't carry more cash or valuables than you need for an outing.
  • Carry a cell phone for emergency, but don't advertise an expensive cell phone.
  • Consider what businesses are open near you, and where are the nearest residences.
  • Trust your senses. If something feels unsafe, avoid it.

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