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President's Note

Spring is finally here.  And we are off to a great start!  At a personal level, my family and I are looking forward to be able to spend time outside working around the house and continue projects we've placed on hold.  And for the first time, I've had success in cultivating hellebores in our garden and enjoyed the blooms of this herbaceous plant.  Small win!  More importantly, Sara and I attended our first networking event, called EXPOnential at Harley-Davidson this past Thursday, April 13.  Our goal was to socialize with various Monona East-Side businesses and raise visibility for LENA.  Thanks to Sara, LENA now has a business cards which were handed out to almost all of the vendors at the event.  Shout out to LENA Sponsor, Monona East Side Business Alliance for a wonderful time and the open-invite.  We look forward to many more in the future.  And the added bonus; we even ran into two Lake Edge neighbors!  Unbeknownst to one of whom is a long time resident of LENA!  
The surprised revelation reminded us that we have more work to do.  At this month's meeting last week, we discussed the overall engagement from our membership as well as the neighborhood in a whole.  Anecdotally we have seen some increase in neighborhood engagement through the various social activities and events held in the past year however, the overall membership to LENA is very low.  We ended 2016 with 156 households of the possible ~1100 total and it was the most since LENA's inception in 1981.  Last year, we ended with up at least two events per quarter and we are on track this year with at least the same number of events, if not more.  At this rate, in order for LENA to be sustainable, one or more of the following will need to occur:

  1. Increase overall membership by at least double (to at least 300 households or ~27%)
  2. Decease the number of events held per year
  3. Reconsider the membership fees 
  4. Increase business sponsorship
  5. Reconsider the event structure (e.g. from no fees to charging minimal fees to help with costs)

Before we dive into one or more of the options above, I'd like for us to learn about the perceived lack of engagement.  It is interesting however to note that given a particular "charged" topic, we have seen neighbors turn out in large numbers and yet for the "day-to-day" or topics aimed to build and engage are perceived to be far less important.  Well, we don't know and won't know unless we ask.  Therefore, we would like to know the reasons for not becoming a LENA member or if you are, the reasons for not actively participating in meetings and/or events.  We'd love to hear from you!  Send us your thoughts and ideas via email.   

What's New
Cottage Grove Road Activity Centers Plan
Phase 2: Alternative Concept Plans Development was held on Tuesday, March 28.  As reported by our Alder David Ahrens who is also a LENA member, there were about 14 attendees in total and most were project staff!  This was a significant reduction from the kick-off event that was held in January.  As a result, the staff on the project has reached out with a survey aimed to gauge public opinion on all six concept plans - three for each site (Atwood and Acewood).  Click here for the survey. 
LENA Plant Exchange Cancelled

In an effort to contribute to the citywide effort in reducing the spread of jumping worms, the LENA plant exchange event is cancelled.  While there are recommended procedures in place set by the state's Department of Natural Resources, we felt that it is best to limit any plant exchanges at this time.  We hope to be able to bring back the event while research is underway to mitigate the invasive worms.  The worms have distinguishable features that makes them easy to identify (refer to the fact sheet from the DNR). 
Published on Apr 11, 2017

Olbrich Botanical Gardens horticulture director Jeff Epping mixed ground mustard with water and poured it on a patch of ground at Olbrich where the worms were emerging from cocoons. The tiny creatures are about the diameter of a needle, but you can see them squirming and flopping in the soil.

Join LENA Board 

We have openings for Vice-President and Member, At Large on the LENA Board.  If you're interested, contact Angela via email.  Until a replacement is identified, Bill Curtis will remain on the Board as the acting VP. 

Lake Edge CSA Is Official!

Check out the first CSA box of the season that was delivered last Wednesday!  There is still time to sign up for a share and have certified organic produce delivered to the neighborhood!  Sign up directly with the farm, My Fine Homestead at CSA Signup.  

New Mowing Policy to Properties Managed by the Stormwater Utility

The City has announced a new mowing policy in regard to properties managed by the Stormwater Utility department.  Lake Edge will experience minimal impact as the only affected change is the area adjacent to the YMCA field known as Morningside Retention.  The annual mowing schedule is changed to an alternate year schedule.  Note that mowing by residents or anyone not authorized is against the law and will be ticketed.  

Membership Matters

Why? Because it's a way to connect with one another, build relations, and contribute to the community.  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  If you're unsure of your membership status, drop an email to Steve McCarthy, Treasurer and Membership Coordinator at  

Registration Starts Now!

Signup here to be included in this year's neighborhood garage sale!  We will be joined by our neighbors at Glendale Neighborhood Association and St Luke's Lotsa Loots event is making a comeback. 
Member's Corner

Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers

by Sue Carr, School Director, Monona Grove Nursery School

Preschoolers are a bundle of energy and curious about all kinds of things.  While they are exploring and playing, it is important to provide some activities that aid in the development of the muscles needed to eventually have a comfortable pencil grip.  READ MORE...

Rutabaga Paddlesports Aims for May 20 Opening

by Nancy Saulsbury and Amelia Musser, Rutabaga Paddlesports

Rutabaga Paddlesports is excited to open a kayak and stand-up paddleboard rental concession at the Olbrich Beach House this summer.  We look forward to expanding our rental program to east-side Madison neighborhoods and to be able to offer additional instructional programs at this new location.  READ MORE...

Exclusive to Lake Edge Homeowners

by Paula Tiffany, Movin' Out, Inc.

Movin' Out, Inc. is looking for homeowner's in the Lake Edge neighborhood who have a family member with a disability and are in need of home repair or accessibility improvements.  READ MORE...

An Update from MGE

by David Benforado, Madison Gas Electric Company

I'd like to introduce our new President and CEO at MGE and share with you a
few other new developments.  As we announced in October of last year, Jeff Keebler succeeded Gary Wolter as President and CEO on March 1, 2017.  READ MORE...

Family Food Fest
by Ross Cohen, REAP Food Group

Family Food Fest - Sunday, May 21 11am - 2pm at Lincoln Elementary School, is a free community-based event put on by REAP Food Group that brings together students, parents, and community members to explore Farm to School!  READ MORE...
Do you know that there are links embedded in the graphics and within the text throughout?  Be sure to click on for more information!
Ask Us About Sponsorship Opportunities
Welcome and Thank You to: Rutabaga Paddlesports as they join us our growing list of sponsors!  Be sure to check out the article announcing their opening date and plans for the upcoming summer at Olbrich Beach House. 

             Join Us!

04/29/2017 - Earth Day Park Clean Up
05/20/2017 - Plant Exchange - cancelled
- Pub Crawl
06/10/2017 - Olbrich Park Paddle and Picnic
06/23/2017 - Neighborhood Garage Sale Weekend
July (TBD) - Neighborhood Picnic
10/21/2017 - Fall Fest
11/08/2017 - LENA Annual Meeting
11/11/2017 - Rake Fest

Volunteers Needed to help with any of the upcoming events.  Email Lake Edge board members for details. 
Earth Day Park Clean Up is next weekend, April 29 starting at 9AM.  Learn more about the details here.
Around Us
Join Clean Lakes Alliance on Wednesday, May 3rd for the sixth annual Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast. This year's theme is "One Community, One Water" -- we will review our progress towards our phosphorus reduction goals and present initiatives for the year ahead.

RSVP at today!
Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale

For more than twenty years, Madison has hosted this annual event which makes available discounted compost bins and rain barrels to tens of thousands of area homeowners. The year’s event is on Saturday May 13th at the Alliant Energy Center in the northeast parking lot from 10am – 2pm.
The event is part of a community-wide effort by the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership to promote practices that reduce and improve storm water runoff into Dane County lakes, rivers and streams.  READ MORE...

Register Now!

Registration is now open for both musicians and venues for our annual solstice celebration held on June 21st. We are Performed by Anyone and Enjoyed by Everyone, and encourage all musicians young and old to join us in this celebration of Madison.  You have until May 19th to register.  Visit the Make Music Madison website to register!  
Music Appreciation Sunday at Lake Edge Lutheran Church

All the musical ensembles at Lake Edge Lutheran Church will be presenting musical offerings during worship on Sunday, May 21st.  The handbell choir, and vocal ensembles will be sharing their gifts with the community.  Please join us for worship at 9:30AM!  All are welcome, regardless of belief or religious affiliation.  May 21 is also the day we change to our summer worship schedule.  We worship at 8:00 and at 10:30AM through May 14; and at 9:30AM May 21 - September 3.  Lake Edge Lutheran is located at  4032 Monona Drive.  Our parking lot is accessible from Hegg Avenue on the east side of the building. 

Contact the church office at 608-222-7339 or email at  
A Greater Madison Vision

A Greater Madison Vision, is an exciting effort to create a new vision and plan for growth and development.  The Greater Madison Region is growing. How we grow matters at every scale, from the block and neighborhood level all the way up to the transportation network, watersheds, and landscapes that define our region. We have convened an active and involved Steering Committee composed of nearly 40 leaders in the public, business, and nonprofit sectors that is guiding a robust engagement process.
The goal of the Greater Madison Vision (AGMV) process is a broad yet actionable vision and plan for growth and development that is supported by the public and by community leaders and that will guide and inform local plans and decisions. You and your neighborhoods have likely participated in neighborhood planning and community-wide comprehensive planning efforts, and A Greater Madison Vision does not override or supersede any of that. Rather, AGMV is based on a combination of existing plans and goals and the broader issues that will drive changes in the region. It is an advisory plan that aims to build agreement on and support for guiding principles that help the region’s communities work together on issues that affect us all.  Learn how to be involved here
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