This blog represents my opinions and my opinions alone, and certainly doesn't represent the collective thoughts of any of the Boards or organizations that I serve on. Unfortunately I make all sorts of miistakes, I'm a picky eater, I can't sing and I just recently found out I have been spelling certain words in my vocabulary wrong my entire life. That being said, I still continue to muddle ever onward. Welcome.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Please Join Me In Supporting Vicky Selkowe For State Assembly!

It was announced today that Governor Walker has called for a special election in the 48th Assembly District and the Primary Election will take place on July 12th. I am excited to endorse Vicky Selkowe for State Assembly and hope that you will join me in supporting her!
From the candidate:

Dear Neighbor,

I’m running to be your representative for the 48th District in the Wisconsin State Assembly because we need an effective, experienced champion in the legislature.

I have more than a dozen years experience standing up for Wisconsin’s families and bringing people together to get results.

I am a public interest attorney, a workers’ rights advocate, and an anti-poverty public policy expert. I am currently the Chief of Staff to an Assembly Democrat (Cory Mason from Racine) and I have a proven track record of highly effective leadership.

In these challenging times, when there is a new attack on our progressive values every day, there is far too much at stake to have a representative with a learning curve. My background and experiences mean that I will be able to hit the ground running in the Capitol.

There is too much at stake in Wisconsin to have a representative who merely cares about supporting working families, ensuring affordable health care, enhancing our public schools, fighting for workers' rights, creating good jobs, and safeguarding our natural resources: we need a state representative who has also worked on and been a leader on all of these issues. I am excited, and more than ready, to put my skills and experiences on these important issues to work for my neighbors in the 48th Assembly District.

Please contact me explore my website to learn more about my background and my positions on the issues you care about. I would be honored to earn your support.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Monona Grove Board Of Education Meets Wednesday May 11th At 7pm.

The Monona Grove Board of Education will meet this Wednesday evening at 7pm in the GDS IMC. Our meeting will follow the MG Shareholders Forum scheduled at 5pm in the same location.

A couple of agenda items of note:
Unfinished Business

B. Discussion of Scope and Responsibilities of Standing Committees. (20 Min)

D. Discussion and Possible Approval of Dismissal of Winnequah Students June 8 Due to Building Consolidation (10 Min)

G. Update on Continuous School Improvement Process - Deb Lyons & Christa Macomber (10 Min)

XI. New Business
A. Presentation on T4K – Connie Haessly and Christa Macomber (45 Min)

G. Discussion and Possible Approval of a General Contractor for the Winnequah and Taylor Prairie Schools Remodeling Project for the Summer of 2011 (15 Min)

I. Board Member Update on White Privilege Conference - Susan Fox (5 Min)

E. Approval of Gift Donations

  • Photo Lighting Equipment donated by Dr. Gary Williams for the Art Department at MGHS
  •  $3,000.00 donated by the Madison English as a Second Language – Thai Project to Glacial Drumlin School
  •  $3,200.00 donated by the Cottage Grove PTO to Cottage Grove School for purchase/installation of SmartBoards
  • $475.10 from the Monona Elementary PTO to Winnequah School
  • $3,898.00 from the Monona Elementary PTO for the purchase of SmartBoards for Winnequah School
  •  $2,100.00 from the Monona Grove Education Foundation for the purchase of SmartBoards for Winnequah School
  • 10 Spruce trees for Glacial Drumlin School donated by Kathy Loniello
  • $3,200 donated by the Cottage Grove PTO for the purchase of SmartBoards at Taylor Prairie School
Thank you for all of these generous donations to the district and our children!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Winnequah Children's Garden Work Day This Saturday 10am to 4pm!

Know how to build a raised bed, a pumpkin trellis or a compost bin?

Garden organizers Maggie Baum and Erin Staver stake a claim.
 Organizers of the Winnequah Children's Garden will break ground this Saturday morning at 10am and can use your help! Food, drinks and good vibes will be provided for workers.

Email questions to Chris Marsh at

And also visit for more information.

Also on tap is a fundraiser at Chipotle on East Washington Ave. on May 22 from 4 to 8pm.