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September 27, 2018

Blood drive saves 273 lives

To the Editor,

A huge thank you to everyone in the Sauk Prairie community who showed up today (9/17) at Graceway Church to donate blood. We collected 71 units for a potential of saving 273 lives!

Also, a special thanks to all of the volunteers who donated their time. All of your hard work is greatly appreciated!


Josie Fentress, Coordinator

Red Cross Blood Drive

Friends of Sauk Prairie Healthcare

Heights Unlimited gives help, gives thanks

To the Editor:

We thank the many, many residents and businesses from Black Earth, Mazomanie and surrounding communities who have donated food, water, cleaning supplies, paper products, baby food, diapers, pet food, personal hygiene products, school supplies, dollars and time to Heights Unlimited for flood victims. We are in awe of and inspired by your response to their hardship.

We do not have everyone’s name to receive a personal thank you, but please we accept our thanks now. Your generosity has been a ray of hope to some of those who need it most. Their realization that you thought of them flowed out often in smiles and tears.

We also thank our extraordinary group of volunteers, who selflessly put in extra time to make sure that those who came to the pantry had their needs filled.

We thank New Heights Lutheran Church for seeing our need and stepping in quickly to provide space for our temporary pantry. We thank the Carlocks and Black Earth Children’s Museum for their strong support of our efforts since from the start.

Please spread the word that all flood victims are welcome at the food pantry, as well as our regular clients. We are open in our temporary spot at New Heights Lutheran Church, 1705 Center St. in Black Earth. Hours are Tuesdays, 4 to 6 p.m., and second Saturdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Thank you, thank you for being the great communities that you are.

Heights Unlimited Community Resource Center

Black Earth


Carole Ecker

1900 Blue Mounds St.

Black Earth, WI 53515


Take action against ATC line

To the Editor,

My family has owned a home in Mineral Point since 1968 and I have also lived in Middleton and Madison. Over the last 50 years I have come to know the Driftless Area in Iowa and Dane County very well.

I am writing to urge everyone to take action against the planned ATC Cardinal Hickory Creek power line between Dubuque and Middleton. I see 3 big reasons why this line should not be built.

1) INCREASED ELECTRIC RATES -Before ATC approved many new power lines in the state, we had the lowest electric rates in the Midwest; now we have the second HIGHEST RATES. Over 50% of our current bill is money used to pay debt for 11 previous ATC lines. The new line will add even more debt, further increasing our electric bill. Meanwhile wealthy investors in safe utility bonds from this proposed line will earn over 10% guaranteed profit for the next 4 decades.

2) WE DON’T NEED THE LINE -All research, even by the State, has determined that electricity use is declining. Therefore, the huge investment, estimated to be $20-30 billion to build and maintain this line over its lifetime, is unnecessary. If the ATC CHC line is approved, we will be investing in OLD TECHNOLOGY to send electricity through our area to FOXCONN and big energy markets to the east. Instead, we should be investing locally in resilient Microgrid approaches integrating our Renewable Energy Sources with Demand Management and Energy Storage...all local.

3) DAMAGE TO LAND AND PROPERTY -The power line towers up to195’ tall will BLIGHT THE BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE that draws tourists to our area (tourism brings $21 billion and 117 million visitors each year); DECREASE OUR PROPERTY VALUES up to 50%, and destroy rich farm land. Each tower will have a below ground base equivalent to a multi story building, and a 150 ft wide swath of unusable land.

For more information visit these websites: Gov Walker Stop ATC, Driftless Defenders, Western Dane Preservation and SOUL of Wisconsin and

WHAT CAN YOU DO? - The ATC line can be stopped by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. Governor Walker appointed all 3 members of the PSC. Therefore GOVERNOR WALKER CAN STOP THE ATC! If you oppose this line, then call him at 608-266-1212 or write

Peter Marshall



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