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Local bowling alleys donate to tornado victims

Three local bowling alleys are contributing proceeds generated on Saturday to tornado victims in Oklahoma.

Bowl-A-Vard Lanes in Madison, Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg and Prairie Lanes in Sun Prairie are donating half of their proceeds from noon to midnight to the United Way of Central Okalahoma.

United Way uses funds to house and feed victims of the tornado in Oklahoma.

Cardiac arrest survivor wants others to learn life-saving skill

Cardiac arrest survivor wants others to learn life-saving skill

Survivor: '[I was] clinically dead, and I was that way for 20 minutes'   

Sudden cardiac arrest kills 1,000 people a day in the U.S., which is roughly one person every two minutes.  Would you know what to do if you saw someone collapse in front of you?

Channel3000.com and WISC-TV are proud to partner with St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday for Hands on Hearts -- a community-wide event offering free compression-only CPR .

COCPR is a hands-only technique to help those in sudden cardiac arrest. The constant compressions are performed 100 times a minute to the center of a patient's chest. The compressions keep oxygen-rich blood flowing to the heart and brain. Mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths are not needed.

When compression-only CPR is used on a victim of cardiac arrest, the chance of surviving increases greatly.

Police, pharmacies, clinics accepting unwanted prescriptions

Police, pharmacies, clinics accepting unwanted prescriptions

Prescriptions contribute to accidental poisonings, Dane County's largest injury-related cause of death  

Police, pharmacies and clinics are drawing awareness to National Prescription Take Back Day, happening Friday and Saturday at several locations.

The goal of the collection day is to reduce the number of expired, unused and unwanted medicine.

Poisoning deaths are more common than automobile deaths in Dane County. Unused prescriptions contribute to accidental poisonings, the number one cause of injury-related death, according to the Middleton Police Department.

A statement by Middleton police emphasized pain medications as an especially dangerous prescription group.

Sun Prairie photog raises awareness through autism project

Sun Prairie photog raises awareness through autism project

A Sun Prairie photographer and former speech pathologist, Carrie Anciaux, takes pictures of people with autism as part of an online storytelling project that helps individuals with the disorder speak in another way.

April is Autism Awareness Month. To contribute, Anciaux has dedicated a part of her professional blog, in a section  called "Stories of Autism 2013," to increase acceptance of individuals on the spectrum, she said.



View video on the Channel3000.com video section

Sun Prairie Police Department launches enhanced tip program

Sun Prairie Police Department is launching a new internet tool to enhance its anonymous tip program.

The program, called tip411, is an interactive way for people to anonymously text tips to police, who will be able to respond back.

A Sun Prairie Police Department statement said the goal is to give cell phone users an efficient way to anonymously send in tips. Anyone with a cell phone can now send a tip by texting the word “SunPrairie” and the tip information to the number 847411.

A national version of the program is currently used by more than 1,000 communities, according to the statement.

Tip411 will be reserved only for public safety purposes. 

Bank offers schools money in food drive competition

Area elementary schools to collect donations for food pantry   

A local bank is offering cash prizes to area schools to collect donations for the food pantry.

The Bank of Sun Prairie's annual Food Pantry School Challenge again asks schools to gather items for the food drive through March 22.

Each school has three weeks to collect food and donations for the Emergency Food Pantry housed inside the Sunshine Place.

At the end of the challenge, the winning schools will be rewarded with money for their school.

For the 2013 challenge, the bank is offering:

Contest offers website help to area non-profits

Area businesses collaborate for 'Wish on a Website'

A Monona woman together with three area businesses are offering their services to a lucky Dane County non-profit through a contest.

Maggie Baum of Maggie B. Communications partnered with Waterfront Graphic Design, Beth Skogen Photography and StoryFirst Media to create the "Wish on a Website" promotion, offering the opportunity of a variety of services to help out a community organization.

In a news release on her website, Baum said the idea behind the contest is to give back to the community.

"In this economic climate organizations are really fighting for resources and fundraising dollars and this is one small way we can help make their efforts go a little farther," Baum wrote.

The winner will receive a website design, a photography session with free images, a 2-minute documentary video and copywriting to help the chosen organization better reach the community.