Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

Please Attend Our 9/22 PHNA Membership Meeting
Neighborhood SOLUTIONS is the theme of our Thurs. Sept. 22 Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association membership/election meeting.  Please mark your calendar, and tell your neighbors!  The meeting will be from 7-8:30 pm at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1701 McKenna Blvd., in the Community Room.  Police Chief Noble Wray is the keynote speaker, plus we’ll be introducing folks who are making a positive difference in our neighborhood.  Spread the word, as not everyone is on this email list, or has a block captain assigned.

Leaf Collection Begins October 3
Fall is in the air, and leaves will soon be falling to the ground.  Please do NOT pile leaves in the street!  Place them on the terrace (land between the street and sidewalk) instead, so that nutrients that create algae don’t leak into our lakes, and so that drains don’t get clogged and flood our streets.  For more specifics/instructions, see:  http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/yardWaste/leaf/

Meadowood Neighborhood Center Update
To see what’s been happening at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center, please go to www.mscr.org and click on the Meadowood Neighborhood Center link on the side of the page.  The Center has partnered with Wisconsin Youth Company to find ways to end the girl-fighting and drama that has occurred in the Meadowood and Prairie Hills neighborhoods this summer.  Check out their newsletter to see how they’re doing this!

Lucy Lincoln Hiestand Park has New Sign!
A huge thank you to the City of Madison Parks Department for putting up a sign to identify Lucy Lincoln Hiestand Park on Frisch Road, just south of Jacob’s Way!  The sign is beautiful, and now whenever we have events in the park, attendees will know without a doubt that they are in the right place!

Madison Parks – “Big Rig” Event on Sept. 17
Fire engines…dump trucks…front loaders…skid steers…tractors…if these are things your kids love, bring them to a new Madison Parks event on Sat. Sept. 17 from 9 am to 12 noon.  For details, visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/kids/BigRigGig.cfm

Transportation Congestion Meetings on Sept. 29 & Oct. 5
Are you interested in regional transportation planning, especially as it relates to congestion of area roadways, bus service, or bicycle and pedestrian options?  A draft report is available at:  http://www.madisonareampo.org/planning/documents/Madison_CMP_Report_110912_Summary.pdf  You may also attend a public information session on Sept. 29, 5-7 pm with presentation at 5:45 pm, City-County Building, 210 MLK Jr Blvd, Room 354.  Or a public hearing on Oct. 5, 7 pm, City-County Building, Room 351.

Meadowridge Library Book Sale
On Sat. Oct. 8, from 10 am to 1 pm, Friends of the Meadowridge Branch Library will host a book sale.  Take this opportunity to buy some great books for great prices, and also to introduce a friend to the library or to renew your membership.

Update from Toki Middle School
School is back in session, and Toki’s principal, Nicole Schaefer, is eager to work with the neighborhood to build a positive school community.  Check out their website at www.tokiweb.madison.k12.wi.us  If you’d like to help, tutor/mentoring opportunities are available by contacting the school’s Youth Resource Coordinator, Sarah Wright, at 204-4763 or sdwright79@gmail.com

Stormwater Newsletter
The city continues to maintain greenways in the area, and you can read more about that and other stormwater issues in the September newsletter:  http://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/stormwater/documents/NewsletterSEP2011.pdf

Fresh, Local Produce
Remember that the South West Farmer’s Market is CLOSE by every Wed. from 3-7 pm.  Pick up veggies, baked goods, and more at the Orchard Ridge Church of Christ at Tolman and Gilbert Roads.

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president