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The Lake Edge News

President's Note

What a summer it has been!  And a busy one too!  My kids got to enjoy the past week or two sans camps and summer activities sending us to true summer vacation mode.  And we're already talking about back to school shopping and supply drives.  Time sure does fly!  
We have had a busy month in the neighborhood.  Here's a brief recap: We've recently finished our first pilot series of dinner out with food carts this last Tuesday, August 10.  The turn out was very good in the first two weeks however started to taper off in the last three dates.  Perhaps the heat or the abundant of fun activities in this side of town are contributing factors.  I think it has to do with the ubiquitous presence
 of the blood sucking annoyance of mosquitoes!  In any rate, I have enjoyed the break from cooking and the opportunity to meet and catch up with many friends and neighbors.  We shall see what the future holds and if the opportunity will present itself.  We wrapped up the second installment of the fundraising opportunity at the Eastside Club Tiki Bar managing the Ale Asylum beer tent.  And Megan Cain and Mark Sundlin hosted the first ever Lake Edge Garden Tour!  Don't forget the wonderful young storytellers and actors in the neighborhood at the first ever Lake Edge Children Presents theater hosted and sponsored by St Luke's.  The performances will be available on our website for viewing.    
Last but not least, how about the neighborhood picnic?!  Thank you to picnic committee members: Ashley Bergeron, Bill Curtis, Tom Stoebig, Sarah Dannals, and Alex Gagnon for an awesome event.  Pictures will be posted on our website soon!  Read up on the picnic recap in the Member's Corner section.

Shout out and Thank You to Let's Eat Out! for the dinner out pilot in our neighborhood and the East Side Club and Sunset Music Series for having us participate and raise funds for LENA!
What's New
Road Reconstruction
Road reconstruction continues in the southbound US Highway 51.  Expect delays with entrance and exit ramps closure till at least the end of the month.

Cottage Grove Road will continue to have single lane closures through the end of the month. 
Further details available on the WisDOT and the City of Madison websites:
Complete Streets
Ever wonder what "Complete Streets" is and how it may or may not impact our neighborhood?  As roads are reconstructed due to age, etc. the elements of Complete Street are incorporated which may include the installation of curb, gutter, bike lanes, and sidewalks.  LENA has reached out to the City's Engineering Department to obtain further information.  Stay tuned for an informational session/neighborhood meeting to learn more about this concept and how it may have an impact on the streets of our neighborhood.  
Member's Corner

Inexpensive Kitchen Refinishing

by Sara Strehlow, LENA Secretary and Luke Wagner, LENA member 

If you are like us, you move in and your kitchen is drab and dated.  You want to update your kitchen but you don't have tons of money.  No joke, one of the quotes I got for redoing this tiny kitchen was around $30,000!  Also, these cabinets were made for this kitchen.  Like literally, solid wood and built in place.  Which being built in place would create many other issues but that is another article.  This article focuses on how to refinish your kitchen cabinets for not a lot of money.  It is a lot of work but if you have time and just a few tools, you can do it too!  MORE...  
Help Luke and Sara with their next home project!  

1. Which color combination do you think is best for the exterior of their house?
White with gray trim
Gray with white trim
White with white trim (status quo)

2. What color front door? 

3. Awnings or no awnings? 
2016 Lake Edge Picnic
More to come on our website.  

Some are posted to our Facebook group - join now to view the pictures!

Recap: Lake Edge Picnic

by Ashley Bergeron, LENA At-Large Member 

This year's Lake Edge Annual Summer Picnic, held yesterday on Sunday, August 14th, was a huge success!  We had a fantastic turnout, with an estimated 85 neighbors who gathered to mingle, eat some great food, and enjoy a great local band – the Frankie Lee Trio.
The neighborhood did not have a picnic last year, as our new Lake Edge Park shelter was under construction.  The new shelter is a beautiful building and will be a wonderful addition to our community for years to come.  In order to make this gathering such a success, we want to especially thank some of our local east side businesses who donated food, raffle items, and door prizes:
We would like to thank our picnic planning committee: Tom Stoebig, Bill Curtis, Ashley Bergeron, Alex Gagnon, and Sarah Dannals.  We would also like to thank our grillmasters, Tim Dietrich and Tom Stoebig; Manny, our raffle drawer; Erica Beckman (our new Board member) and Martin McNally for sharing some of their delicious homebrew with us!  And congratulations to our raffle winners!  
As our neighborhood association continues to grow, we would love your feedback and ideas.  If you’d like to volunteer with a social event, have an idea for a new gathering, or have any feedback on our events, please email us at or visit our website at
Thank you!
Do you know that there are links embedded in the graphics and within the text throughout?  Be sure to click on for more information!
Welcome Erica Beckman to the LENA Board!  Erica's bio will be posted on our website soon. 
A Word From Our Sponsor.......

The Monona East Side Business Alliance (MESBA) serves as an east side chamber of commerce, much like the Middleton Chamber serves the west side of Madison. In February 2015, the Monona Chamber of Commerce rebranded and stepped up to fill a gap to help propel the Monona East Side community forward through economic development and sustainable business growth. Executive Director, Kristie Schilling started working at the Monona Chamber in July 2014, and shortly after she saw what a unique community this is—two municipalities situated largely on the east and west sides of Monona Drive—and recognized the opportunity that a name change would hold. Kristie commented, “People doing business in our community don’t really care if they’re doing business in Madison or Monona. They have needs and want convenience and many of them want to shop locally. And, much of the time, they don’t know if they’re in Madison or Monona.” After the rebranding into MESBA, the organization welcomed 62 new members in 2015, a sign of new momentum and growth for the 25-year-old not-for-profit organization. So far in 2016, the organization has welcomed 59 new members and is viewed as one of the more exciting business organizations in the area.
Today, the organization is made up of approximately 320 members, primarily located in Monona and on the east side of Madison, and as far away as Appleton. The mission of the Monona East Side Business Alliance is to support commerce and community health for the area’s overall prosperity. They work to promote an environment that attracts, supports and retains private-sector jobs, spurs economic vitality for the area while always promoting and encouraging engagement with their members. In addition to actively recruiting businesses to locate in the Monona East Side community, they offer over 60 networking events each year, serve as a destination marketing organization recruiting groups and promoting events, they publish the annually printed Guide to the Monona Area, and work on local initiatives like the Groove On Cottage Grove Roadcampaign to help businesses stay strong during the 2016 road construction season. You can learn more at
Ask Us About Sponsorship Opportunities

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10/23/2016 - Rake Fest
10/29/2016 - Fall Fest
11/09/2016 - Annual Meeting
More information about these events to come!  
Volunteers Needed to help with any of the upcoming events.  Email Lake Edge board members for details. 
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