From PHNA President Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

Still a Little Winter Left

Warmer temperatures hold a promise of spring, but we’re still in the midst of winter.  If you have questions about snow removal, you can find details at the city’s website: Remember, it’s your responsibility to keep sidewalks cleared of snow and ice.  If you have a fire hydrant in front of your home, the city asks that you please keep a minimum of three feet around it cleared of ice and snow.  It boils down to safety!  If you are willing to help elderly or disabled residents keep their sidewalks cleared, please let them know.  If you need sand or salt, a mixture is available FREE at Elver Park.

Save Energy by Setting Your Thermostat Back

Did you know that setting your thermostat back by just 1 degree could save you $25 over the heating season?  Visit MGE’s website at and use the calculator to find out how much more you can save.

Decluttering Your Home for Safety

Learn how to keep your home safe from fires and falls on Feb. 23, 10:30 am, during a SW Triad meeting at Prairie Park Senior Apartments (6530 Schroeder Road).  Free and open to all ages.

CSA Open House (Produce from the Farm)

Want to have farm-fresh produce all summer long?  You can learn more about Community Supported Agriculture farms on March 13, 2011 during a CSA Open House to be held from 11 am to 5 pm at the Monona Terrace, or by visiting

Get Rid of Lead in Your Home

Do you have a home that was built before 1978?  If you do, and if you have children under the age of 6, you need to watch out for lead.  Common Wealth Development has a “Lead Hazard Reduction Program.”  To see if you qualify (income limits apply), contact Diane at 256-3527, ext. 27.

Native Plant Sale Pre-Orders

The Arboretum’s Native Plant Sale will be on May 7th this year, but you can place advance orders for plants between now and March 25 by downloading a form from:

Is Forgetfulness a Problem?

Determine whether your forgetfulness is normal or a cause for alarm during a SW Triad meeting on Tues March 29 at 10 am at Taylor Ridge Apartments, 510 Westlawn Drive, Cottage Grove.

Rain Garden Workshop

Learn more about how and why rain gardens work, and about rain barrels, and native landscaping during a workshop entitled “Retain the Rain” on Sat. April 9, 2011, 8:30 am – 12 noon.  For a registration form, call Lisa Johnson at 608-224-3715 or email

Inexpensive Rain Garden Plants Available

Planting a rain garden can reduce water runoff from your property, which allows moisture to soak into the ground instead of washing pollution into our lakes and streams.  To learn more about a cost-sharing program where residents can purchase rain garden plants for a reduced price, visit or email

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president