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Clean Sweep Expands With New Winter Hours

Clean Sweep Expands With New Winter Hours

The Clean Sweep Program for recycling household hazardous waste will be open with new winter hours. This is the first such seasonal expansion of the program, according to county officials.

In recognition of this, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said that "Clean Sweep is a highly successful program that has kept unnecessary and hazardous waste out of the county landfill. We're excited to announce its expansion into the winter months and encourage people can take advantage of it."

Madison mayor Paul Soglin added, “Clearly the generation of hazardous waste is not restricted to one season. I am pleased that the Clean Sweep Program is expanding, as it will not only remove the hazardous materials from our homes but help maintain the integrity of our environment.”

Dane County is trying out a limited winter season during these hours:

2012 Winter Hours:

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

The Salvation Army of Dane County said more people are ringing bells and giving this holiday season.

Preliminary retail numbers show more people are shopping this holiday season, and it looks like Dane County's shoppers are giving more to those famous red kettles.

The Salvation Army of Dane County said its current kettle donation total of $156,000 is up $10,000 from last year at this time. And bringing technology to the forefront of its Red Kettle campaign, the Salvation Army is hoping QR codes help recruit volunteers and prompt shoppers to make credit card donations.

"We have worked very hard this season to get the coverage," said Maj. Loren Carter. "Because we figured that each shift represents about a $100 of income at each location. And so the coverage is very important."

Out of 12,000 total bell ringing shifts, 7,000 shifts are left for the season. The goal for this year's campaign is set at $715,000.

Holiday Wine And Cheese Tasting To Benefit Cheer Wisconsin

A holiday wine and cheese tasting and holiday gift open house will be held on Dec. 9 with the proceeds to benefit Cheer Wisconsin Booster Club's Uniform Fundraiser.

Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of gourmet Wisconsin cheeses hosted by Metcalfe's Market, paired with an array of premium California Wines. Presented by Jim "Abby" Abdnermolden C.S.W. (Certified Specialist of Wine).

Vendors will be available for holiday shopping. Some of the vendors participating are: Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, 31, Silpada, Art & Jewelry by Jennifer Reagles, Scentsy and many more.

The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Roundtable, 1611 North Bristol St. in Sun Prairie.

The cost is $25 per person.

There will also be a raffle, silent auction and cash bar.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at Cheer Wisconsin, Metcalfe's or Prairie Athletic Club.

Local Church Hosts Local Vendor Fair

Local Church Hosts Local Vendor Fair

Good Shepard Episcopal Church in Sun Prairie will host Elves Night In Vendor Fair on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The church is located at the corner of Highway 19 and C.

Organizers said avoid the mall and find that perfect gift from a variety of vendors all under one roof.

Each vendor will highlight gift ideas to make shopping easy and affordable and it's all in a relaxed holiday shopping environment.

A silent auction will benefit the American Family Children’s Hospital Family Meal Program.

The Vendor List includes business such as PartyLite Candles, Tupperware, Miche Bags, Norwex, Discovery Toys, Cookie Lee, Wild Tree, Mary Kay, Lia Sophia, Pampered Chef, Cookie Lee and The Felted Soap Lady.

Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is urging the public to buy local on Black Friday to help support local businesses in the area and return valuable dollars to the county's economy. 

Leaders and retailers from Dane Buy Local, a coalition that advocates for thinking local first, joined Parisi at the event Tuesday.

"Eighty-six percent of the county's businesses employ 10 or fewer people," Parisi said.  "By buying local on Black Friday, and throughout the year, we can support these working families, create and retain jobs in the area, and make a real positive impact on our local economy."

Online Auction Supporting Local Businesses Is Under Way

Organizers said that an online auction selling local goods to benefit the nonprofit organization Dane Buy Local is off to a successful start.

Dane Buy Local said the hyper-local project uses technology and social media to support the common message of buying and supporting local business.

DANE Exclusive Deals is using Facebook and SMS text message tools to host a Bid-A-Thon, an online auction, which is happening now and will end on Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.

Bid-A-Thon can be accessed at http://deals.auctionanything.com/

Participants can bid on over 250 gift cards and prizes from various local businesses.

Bidders will be able to track bidding activity on items through text alerts right to their phones. For more information, text AUCTION to 30364.