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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.

Lighthouse Of Sun Prairie To Be Community's Newest Senior Living Center

Lighthouse Of Sun Prairie To Be Community's Newest Senior Living Center

The Lighthouse of Sun Prairie will celebrate the start of construction on Sun Prairie's newest senior living community with a groundbreaking ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23.  

The Lighthouse of Sun Prairie is a senior living community being developed by New Perspective Senior Living, of Eden Prairie, Minn.

When completed in the winter of 2013, the community located at 222 S. Bristol St. will offer 152 apartments including studio, one- and two-bedroom units within 60 independent living units, 48 assisted living units and 44 memory care units.

The 185,000-square-foot community located in downtown Sun Prairie will feature restaurant-style dining, salon, library, computer room, fitness area, warm water therapy pool, pub, bistro, community rooms, private family dining spaces and a number of outdoor patio spaces.

Dane County Food Council Announces New Coaltion

Dane County Food Council Announces New Coaltion

The Dane County Food Council aims to create an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable local food system. At their celebration of National Food Day on Oct. 24, the council released an action plan to do just that.

Chair of the council, County Supervisor Melissa Sargent, welcomed the National Food Day crowd to Goodman Community Center. The audience included representatives from Sustainable Times, Community Action Coalition, Family Farm Defenders and Farm Fresh for All.

"We have a lot to celebrate," Sargent said. "Our farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA), our community gardens, and locally sourced foods in our grocery stores."

Parade Of Homes Includes Bristol Neighborhood, Near Sun Prairie

Parade Of Homes Includes Bristol Neighborhood, Near Sun Prairie

Included in the the 2011 Parade of Homes, the Bristol Gardens Neighborhood is located just north of city of Sun Prairie near the Sun Prairie Golf Club.

Bristol Gardens provides larger, estate-sized country residential lots and homes. The scenic, rolling terrain can be easily enjoyed from an extensive network of walking trails and the streets are framed with ribbon curb.

The neighborhood has its own park complete with unique play equipment, an attractive shelter and  a brick seating wall.

Going strong for more than 60 years, the Parade of Homes, which runs from June 11 through June 26, has become a Madison tradition. In touring 27 spectacular homes, people will see the latest trends in color and design.