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Habitat for Humanity Seeking Families for Homes to be built in Sun Prairie, Fitchburg, Madison

Earlier this year, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County purchased 29 family unit lots in Sun Prairie and will be building homes in both the Uplands and Vandenburg Heights neighborhoods over the next several years, according to a press release.   Habitat also recently purchased 24 lots in Fitchburg in the Renaissance in the Park neighborhood and three lots in Southwest Madison.

For individuals and families interested in building with Habitat for Humanity of Dane County starting in 2015, informational meetings will be held:

Habitat seeking families for 29 homes to be built in Sun Prairie

Earlier this year, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County purchased 29 family unit lots in Sun Prairie and will be building homes in both the Uplands and Vandenburg Heights neighborhoods... Read More

Brush collection scheduled for next week

Brush will be collected for all City of Sun Prairie refuse and recycling routes during the week of May 12... Read More

Org seeks families for Habitat homes; meetings scheduled in April

Habitat for Humanity of Dane County will hold two meetings in April for families interested in partnering with the organization to become homeowners.

A meeting is scheduled at 2 p.m. on April 6 at Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr. in Madison.

A second meeting will be held April 8 at 6 p.m. at the Colonial Club, 301 Blankenheim Lane in Sun Prairie.

HHDC acquired 29 family unit lots in Sun Prairie earlier this year and is currently seeking local families to participate.

The homes will be built in the Uplands and Vandenburg Heights neighborhoods, according to the Sun Prairie Star... Read More

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

It's almost time to spring forward, and Wisconsin officials are using the occasion to remind residents about home safety.

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, when Wisconsinites will set the clocks ahead one hour. Safety officials said the event marks a convenient reminder to do annual checks.

For example:

  • Consider replacing the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • If you don't have an emergency kit at home, now's the time to get one
  • If you do have an emergency kit, put fresh batteries in the flashlight and make sure the food, water and first-aid kit are all in good condition

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has additional safety tips on its website.

Local businessman shares tips on preserving pipes

Plumbing biz owner says extreme cold puts pipes in danger    

A lot of people don't prepare for the cold weather, and hundreds wind up with flooded basements in the spring, according to a local business owner specializing in the trade.

Curt Johnson --owner of Action Plumbing, Heating, Air and Electric in Sun Prairie -- said a few easy steps of preparation can protect plumbing systems from frigid weather.

Johnson said most people put their garden hoses away for the winter, but many don't shut off the separate valve in their basement. He suggested turning off that valve, then allowing any leftover water to drain from the outside spigot.

If that water were to sit and freeze in the pipe, the pipe could burst and flood a basement when spring weather thaws it, Johnson said.