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President's Note

At the LENA Annual Meeting last week, I described the past few months as "the year of change and trying new things."  Hard to believe our year as a brand new Board is coming to an end.  It took some time for us to organize ourselves however once we got there, we were surfing!  Our goals were modest; just ten planned events aimed to build relations and raise awareness and engagement.  We've surplussed our goals by almost doubling the number of events among other items.  I loved how these ideas came together organically as we shared things we'd like to see and do. 
I'm pleased to announce that a majority of the Board members have chosen to remain (and elected) for another term.  We'd be able to capitalize on the momentum gained while continuing to work on engaging neighbors through various means.  I'd like to thank Bill Curtis and David Ahrens for their contributions.  While they will no longer serve on the Board, rest assured we'd be seeing them at meetings and events (well, I'd like to think so and we know where you live!).  In all seriousness, you will be missed and thank you for the support you have given me and we'd be looking at ways to keep you busy!  There will not be a LENA meeting next month however, do not hesitate to reach out via email or through the website should there be an urgent need.     

What's New
Rake Fest and Fall Fest Recap
Rake Fest: We had a total of four households signed up to have their yards raked and a handful of rakers comprised of 5 adults and 3 young children.  We couldn't have asked for a better day to be outside while lending a hand to neighbors in need.  As this was our first event (thanks to LENA Board member and Alder, David Ahrens who suggested the event to us based on the long-standing event at Eastmorland), we learned a few things.  Based on the results and positive reviews by the participating households and rakers, it's a keeper!  Keep an eye out for the announcement in next year's line up!   

Fall Fest:  Another successful inaugural event!  We've had just a handful of households signed up to participate in the parade and in the scavenger hunt however many more showed up for the parade!  It was a lot of fun and we hope to turn this into an annual event and grow this into a much larger event in the years to come.  Let us know what you think!  Check out the website for more pictures. 
Eat Fresh, Locally Produced Food
Update: Thank you to those who responded to the survey.  To date we have 27 respondents.  Of the 27 respondents, 37% indicated they are current CSA members.  40.7% indicated they would join Lake Edge CSA Program with 55.6% would be interested (maybe).  Based on the results obtained thus far, LENA will pursue the opportunity further and will be working with the FairShare CSA Coalition to help us select a few farms for consideration.  More to come later.  If you're interested however have not responded, there is still time.  Access the survey here: CSA Membership - Community Interest Survey  
LENA Membership
Friendly reminder: LENA membership is based on the calendar year.  Be sure to renew your membership.  Membership fees are $10/household per calendar year.  Forms and sign up information available on our website: Membership
Complete Street - Information Session
Missed or unable to attend the information session on Complete Street last month?  No worries, we have the materials shared available on our website: Complete Streets
Lake Edge Park Playground Equipment Replacement.  Do you think the kids would like to have this in our park?  Come to the upcoming workshop on Wednesday, November 16 at Whitehorse Middle School (218 Schenk Street) from 6 to 7:30PM. 

Children are most welcomed as they are truly the stakeholders! 
LENA Board Members 2017
Congratulations to the following returning LENA Board members: Angela Jenkins, Steve McCarthy, Sara Strehlow, Erica Beckman, and Ashley Bergeron.  Welcome on board, Barb Lanser!  Barb joins LENA Board as an at-large member.  More information to come!  We have an opening for Vice-President.  If you're interested, contact Angela via email
Imagine Madison Community Partners
The City of Madison is issuing a Call for Community Partners to form Resident Panels - groups of 10 to 15 residents from often underrepresented segments of Madison's population.  The Resident Panels will be a cornerstone of Imagine Madison, an innovative public listening campaign that will guide the City's Comprehensive Plan Update.  The Comprehensive Plan provides a framework for City decision-making and investment.  The targeted demographics include the communities of color, elderly, and lower-income households/residents.  Applications are due November 23.  If you would like to serve on the panel and for LENA to actively pursue this opportunity, please send an email indicating your interest no later than Friday, November 18
Next month's meeting has been cancelled - LENA will reconvene after the New Year.  Be sure to check out our website or join our Facebook group for up-to-date information.  
Member's Corner

How to get the most out of your footwear

by Ken Gusner and Seethong Yang, Monona Shoe Repair

Over the past seven years that I have been a cobbler, I noticed a few things that each of us can do to preserve and prolong the life of our shoes and in turn, improve the well-being of our feet.  Well, a good and comfortable pair of shoes adds to the quality of our overall health.  We ought to take the time to care for them.  When a pair of shoes lasts longer and it is comfortable to wear, we spend less money and not to mention, our feet are happier.  When our feet are happier, so do we!  READ MORE...

A Study of Love, Courage, and Happiness

by Mallory Shotwell, Lake Edge resident and Founder of Madison Community Discourse

Moving into the Lake Edge neighborhood in March, Mallory, her fiancé Chad, and her son Liam found themselves loving it right away.  They quickly got busy planting vegetable gardens, walking their dog, and riding down the long hills.  People often describe their house as living inside a treehouse, as the view from the top of the hill is incredible.  Mallory is happy, not only because she loves the new neighborhood, but because she is studying it this year with her nonprofit Madison Community Discourse. She is the founder and executive director of this community arts nonprofit that connects community through art and discourse.  She believes that art and discourse are the solutions for change in the community, and connecting through that makes an incredible difference.  One less stranger and one more friend creates this stronger sense of belonging in our community.  READ MORE...

Report and Analysis of MGE's Community Energy Workshop

by David Benforado, Community Services Manager at MGE
I'm pleased to share with you MGE's comprehensive Report from our Community Energy Workshop held earlier this year. This report is an analysis of the more than 2,000 comments shared with us that evening. I share this report with you because it reflects the questions, ideas, comments, values and priorities of the community for our energy future, and it will provide ongoing guidance for us. Read all about it here.
Do you know that there are links embedded in the graphics and within the text throughout?  Be sure to click on for more information!
A Word From Our Sponsor.......
Monona Shoe Repair was founded in 2009 by Ken Gusner, a cobbler trained in Madison under the tutelage of a Master Cobbler.  The values that guide Monona Shoe Repair include the commitment to quality work and being fair and honest.  The shop sells quality shoes and provides repair and maintenance to shoes owned by people from all walks of life; musicians and dancers to laborers and sport enthusiasts.  Shoe repair is for everyone.  The Monona Shoe Repair motto is "If the shoe fits, repair it". 
Ask Us About Sponsorship Opportunities

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12/14/2016 - LENA Meeting (cancelled)
01/11/2017 - LENA Meeting
01/29/2017 - Winter Party
More information about these events to come!  
Volunteers Needed to help with any of the upcoming events.  Email Lake Edge board members for details. 
Around Us
Santas Without Chimneys is an independent, all-volunteer, ask-based, crowd-sourced, non-faith-based holiday gift donation drive for homeless children in Dane County. We have fulfilled the wishes of hundreds of local children every year since 2012. We work through local schools and social workers to contact homeless families and teens and ask for wishlists from each child. Our gifts are then carefully selected to match the kids' interests, hobbies, and wishes, and we deliver the gifts directly to wherever our families are staying.

For donation and volunteer information please visit our website: .

SWC is an organization focused on helping the homeless in our community. As such, any and all support from our community is greatly appreciated.
Check out the newsfeed for up-to-date events and news that effect us on our website: Lake Edge News and Neighborhood News
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program's recruitment and placement of volunteers in Dane County schools is especially important at this time of year as the schools prepare for their second semester needs for tutors and other classroom support. 
Seniors and Veterans of all ages really depend on our drivers to get them to appointments and deliver them meals to help them maintain their independence so the need for drivers is both urgent and ongoing. 
In addition, because the potential pool of senior volunteers is rapidly expanding, RSVP is an important resource for other Dane County nonprofits who are seeking volunteers for specific jobs in their organizations.
Volunteers are a huge source of support to people of all ages in our community!  Click here to learn more about current opportunities available.

Need mulch?  There's still time to place an order and receive 20% off.  Call JR's Mulch at 608-692-2275 - offer expires November 15. 
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