Board Planning for Annual Neighborhood Events
The Prairie Hills board met on Feb. 9th to finalize a Block Captain guidebook, revise the neighborhood’s Resource Guide, and to talk about grant applications.  A date was set for a block captain orientation meeting, at which we will ask block captains to help us brainstorm neighborhood activities for the year.  If you’d like to consider serving as a block captain, please email us at so we can provide you with a packet and invite you to the meeting.
Neighborhood Google List Provides Safety Updates
Just a reminder that the neighborhood’s website offers a Google Group where neighbors can share safety concerns.  You can sign up for the list by clicking on the “PHNA Online Forum” box at the upper right hand corner of our website (
SURVEY:  Interest in Gardening Classes at Meadowood?
Would you like to see gardening classes offered at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center and Meadowood Community Garden in 2012?  Or perhaps at other community gardens, such as the ones on Hammersley or in Lucy Lincoln Hiestand park?  If you would like to attend such classes or receive more information, please complete this online survey by February 20, 2012.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lisa at 271-0722 or
Youth Group Offers to Help With Chores
Need someone to shovel snow, rake leaves, pull weeds?  The Wisconsin Youth Company youth group has 6th and 7th graders ready and willing to help.  Counselors will supervise the work and help negotiate the charges.  The goal is to help senior citizens with home upkeep while providing students with work experience.  To schedule some help, call Tony at 239-2846 or Kirsten at 445-8015
Now You Can Recycled Plastic Lids Along with Bottles, Jars
From the City of Madison’s Recycling department:  Please be aware that you can now leave the plastic lids or caps ON when you recycle plastic bottles or jars!  Manufacturers and recyclers have teamed up to reduce waste and conserve resources.  Leaving the caps on when you place containers into the recycling bin is the best way to capture this material (as opposed to disposing them separately).  Please let your family and friends know about this new procedure.
Green Madison Offers Incentives for Home Owners to Conserve Energy
You’ll save energy AND money when you participate in Green Madison’s energy efficiency programs.  For more information, visit
Plant Dane Offers Cost-Share for Raingarden Plants
Looking to reduce storm water run-off from your property to help save our lakes?  If so, you may want to take advantage of a program that offers native raingarden plants at greatly reduced prices.  For more information, see the Plant Dane! website at
Transportation Plan Draft Available for Review
The Draft 2035 Regional Transportation Plan Update: Madison Metropolitan Area & Dane County is available for review and comment. The draft report has been posted on the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s website at
Column from Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive
You can find the February newsletter column, dealing with worker’s rights and savings, from the Dane County Executive at this link:
Info on Judge Running for Election
Ellen Berz is running for election as Dane County Circuit Court judge, Branch 11.  To learn more about Ellen in order to make an informed voting decision, visit her website at
Source of Farm-Fresh Vegetables
On Sunday, March 18, you can learn more about how to receive fresh foods from a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm at the Madison Area CSA Coalition’s 20th Annual CSA Open House event.  The event takes is scheduled from 1-4 pm, at Monona Terrace in Madison.  For more information, contact or visit

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president