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County building lease deal means more space for growing VANN

County building lease deal means more space for growing VANN

It's good news on the horizon for a Verona non-profit organization. 

Dane County said Thursday that it plans to lease an empty building to the Verona Area Needs Network for $20 per year for the next 15 years, if the county board approves the move. 

VANN operates out of the basement of the city's former library on North Franklin Street. In a news release, the county said VANN needs better accessibility, and with the number of people served by the organization up 180 percent, more room to expand services. 

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a news conference Thursday that the lease proposal for the Badger Prairie complex on Verona Road will be introduced to the Dane County Board Thursday night. If approved the organization would move in March 1.

VANN Board President Bob Kasieta said the new facility will help the group serve more people.

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

2014 Halloween event at zoo features costume contest

2014 Halloween event at zoo features costume contest

A free costume contest is just one event at a Halloween celebration at Henry Vilas Zoo next weekend.

Halloween at the Zoo is a free event to the public with a suggested donation of $2, and features free trick-or-treating and an activity tent, according to a release.

There will be five categories for the costume contest and the top three contestants will win prizes. The contest will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the center of the zoo. To enter the costume contest, participants will need to go to the costume contest stage across from the seals and fill out an entry form.

Organizers said the contest will end promptly at noon, but they will accept as many entries as they can. Participants will be judged on creativity, originality and authenticity.

The winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. at the costume contest stage.

Costume contest prizes:

Annual fire trucks parade this Sunday

The annual Dane County Fire Chiefs Association Fire Truck Parade will take place Sunday, Oct. 5.

This popular event is held each year to mark the beginning of Fire Prevention Week in Dane County. The parade includes more than 30 fire trucks from many of the fire departments serving communities in Dane County.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the end of State St. near the Library Mall. The trucks, adorned with plenty of chrome and flashing red lights, will travel up State St. to the Capitol Square.

Once at the square, the fire trucks will be on display until 3 p.m. for children of all ages to see up close. Firefighters will be available to answer questions about fire safety. This year, the fire trucks on the square will be joined by the newly-rebuilt Fire Safety House, which has been visiting area schools as part of Fire Prevention Month activities.

Free workshop offers wealth of parenting support

Free workshop offers wealth of parenting support

Area families are invited to take part in workshops on topics from puberty to online safety this week at a free event presented by medical providers, local educators and community leaders.

Dean Clinic Oregon is joining forces with area educators and community leaders for Parent University on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at Rome Corners Intermediate School, 1111 S. Perry Parkway in Oregon.

Parent University, for families with kids of all ages, will begin with a light supper and will include workshops and lectures on:

Madison police chief, district officials to host community forums

The Madison Police Department has scheduled community forums to stay engaged with questions and concerns of residents, according to a release.

The sessions will be an opportunity to provide police officials and MPD Police Chief Mike Koval with direct feedback, officials said. There will also be a representative from the district to talk about specific neighborhood issues.

Mallards program places players with families

Mallards program places players with families

Meet Craig and Sherry Barnsley of Madison, who are one of several families in the area that have a Madison Mallards baseball player staying with them for a few months.