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Authorities seek cat after woman bitten

Bite victim handling stray early Tuesday when incident occurred  

The Department of Public Health is looking for information regarding a cat that bit a woman on early Tuesday.

According to a news release, the incident occurred at about midnight at the 700 block of Dempsey Road in Madison while the woman was handling a stray cat.

The cat was described as a calico with short hair.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the animal services officer at 255-2345. 

If the animal is not located, public health authorities said the victim may be required to complete a series of painful, costly injections to prevent rabies.

Dane County opens new environmentally conscious recycling center

Dane County opens new environmentally conscious recycling center

County: Managing hazardous waste can result in a huge environmental impact

As the manager of Dane County’s Solid Waste Division, John Welch is an expert on garbage -- specifically, our garbage.

From watching the county’s Rodefeld Landfill grow day after day, he’s made steps in his own life to curb his waste by composting, recycling, and conserving his way to just half a bag of garbage per week. And now he is excited about a new initiative that will cut waste county-wide. 

At 11 a.m. on Dec. 14, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and solid waste staff cut the ribbon on a new $4 million recycling center next to the landfill that will help the county save tons of hazardous and construction waste from becoming dead weight in a landfill, hazardous to the environment.

Anti-smoking programs encourage users to put down the butt

Anti-smoking programs encourage users to put down the butt

Cancer Society’s ‘Great American Smokeout’ is Thursday

Anti-smoking programs are encouraging smokers to take steps to quit using tobacco Thursday as part of a national health organization’s effort to eliminate cancer and raise awareness of smoking- and chewing-related illnesses.

“Research shows people who try to quit smoking without assistance are successful only 5 percent of the time,” Dr. Michael Fiore, director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, said in a news release. “But those who get help ... can triple their chances of quitting smoking for good."

Nov. 15 is the "Great American Smokeout," a day the American Cancer Society marks each year to challenge tobacco users to put out their cigarette butts -- and put away the can of chew.

Food bank collects resources for hunger action month


A local food bank will take part in hunger action month on Friday.

Volunteers at the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin will inspect and sort 25,000 pounds of meat and 5,000 pounds of cheese, said a press release.  Canned goods will also be labeled.  The products will then be distributed to food pantries, shelters and meal sites throughout southwestern Wisconsin.

The foodbank expects more than the average number of volunteers for the hunger action month Sort-a-thon.

The initiative is an effort to take action against hunger in communities across the United States.

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin serves nearly 141,000 people facing hunger each year, said a press release, 43 percent of which are children.

YMCA opens doors to community for wellness week

The YMCA of Dane County is offering free access to all area YMCA centers for one week, from Sept. 3 to 9, to encourage healthy living.

Called the Community Wellness Week, the open access is the YMCA's way of saying "thank you" to the community, said a press release.

During this week, residents can visit the YMCA branches and try different classes.  The organization said the event will encourage people to be active and make better choices about nutrition, exercise and overall well-being.

Officials see increase in whooping cough cases


Whooping cough cases are increasing in Wisconsin, and health officials are urging people to make sure their vaccinations are up to date.

Since the start of the year, state health officials have investigated nearly 3,500 cases. That's about 11 cases for every 100,000 people.

People who don't have school-aged children may not be thinking about immunizations, but doctors said they should be.

"Everybody sees it as I saw it before I had it as an adult -- that it's a childhood disease and it doesn't happen to adults," said Maxine Dwyer, a nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, who has had two bouts with whooping cough. 

"This is the (cough) that sounds like it's coming from your toes. It's deep and it goes on and on and on to the point you feel like you may not be able to catch your next breath," Dwyer said.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the highest instances are in Dane County.  

Chef to demonstrate salad recipes


As part of the Seasonal Chefs Series at Monona Public Library, Chef Steven Buchholz, owner and chef at the east side's popular Crema Cafe, will demonstrate how to make some delightfully diverse salads for sizzling summer days.

The program is Wednesday, July 11, at 6 p.m., at the Monona Public Library, 1000 Nichols Road in Monona.

Free samples will be available.

Buchholz will also share tips on salad making and proper handling of produce. He will also answer questions from the audience.