August 2016


Jeff Noska: Pursuing the Challenge

Photo by Jeff Noska

When youre young, time passes slowly. You wait forever for your parents to finish an errand, a 20-minute drive to a relatives house feels like an hour, and getting through the afternoon to the next recess is an eternity. There are moments like this as an adult as well, especially when youre a parent, teacher, or an artist. You wait patiently for your childs turn at a dance recital, for your semester to end, and for your ideas to come to life by creation of your hands. Time is also sneaky, and somehow, without warning, days, months, and years pass.

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North and South Perfects Surf and Turf

Photo by Eric Tadsen

After 10 years of serving up award-winning fare as Joeys Seafood and Grill, Madison west-side restaurant owners Keith and Erin Stoesz needed a reboot. The Joeys Seafood franchise had dissolved long ago, and their menu was always evolving. One night, as they were smoking brisket at home, they thought, What if we did this full-time? What if we rebranded surf and turf into something really good, really local? And then and there, North and South Seafood & Smokehouse was born.

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Oliver's Public House

Photo by Eric Tadsen

Trendy farm-to-table restaurants with seasonal menus featuring names of local artisans are almost the new norm in Madison. Add a funky bar with a mixologist in a man bun serving up craft cocktails, and poof: youve got the magical recipe for a successful business, right?

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Beer is Thicker Than Blood: Oktoberfest

Photo by Kira Jacobson

Beer and Wisconsin go together like beer and Mondays, beer and dancing, and beer and beer brats. Youd almost think beer is in our blood, and, in many ways, it is. The overwhelming majority of the 100,000 foreign-born Wisconsinites in 1850 were either German, Norwegian, or Irishplaces with strong brewing traditions.1 In addition, we really dont get much time off from celebrating festivals, like St. Patricks Day and Syttende Mai, with good friends and great beer. One festival shines above the rest, so grand it even has a beer to go with it: Oktoberfest.

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Old Sugar Distillery

Photo by Eric Tadsen

When Cooper Greenawalt turns 21, his father, Nathan, owner/distiller of Old Sugar Distillery, will help him celebrate with a drink of 21-year-old rum. The year will be 2035. The rum will have been aged since 2014 in an oak barrel, giving it a velvetiness perfect for sipping.

Old Sugar Distillery, at 931 E. Main Street in Madison, has been in operation since 2010. Nathan, a 2004 University of WisconsinMadison graduate, hails from Michigan, but came to Madison because he liked the lakes and enjoys sailing. He gained his appreciation for spirits from his father, who had an interest in cognacs and French liqueurs.

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Sjlinds Chocolate House

Photo by Uriah Carpenter

A lot of people think making chocolate is the same as making chocolates, explains Sjlinds Chocolate House co-owner Tracy Thompson as she begins to describe what she does for a living at her chocolate shop in Mt. Horeb. While the difference may be one simple letter, in reality, its like comparing a Kraft American Single to a bandaged cheddar. One is mass-produced, the other is handmade. Almost anyone can taste the difference.

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Add a Sunny Space to Your Home

Photo by Degnan Design Builders

Most of us have dreamed of adding a room on our home where the sun filters and a warm breeze lightly ruffles the pages of our favorite book. A number of NARI builders and remodelers create rooms like this and we talked with Abe Degnan whose firm, Degnan Design Builders, recently won a NARI award for just such a space. Like many NARI members, he takes the time upfront to help explore the options thoroughly. The Degnan team has years of experience in both remodeling and building new homes, and they find that although many homeowners have strong ideas about what they want, they often havent considered all the possibilities. Abe walks prospective clients through several key questions before beginning a design for outdoor living space.

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Sharing Spaces with Feathered and Furry Friends

Photo by ZDA, Inc.

Sharing your yard with mans best friend requires both sacrifice and planning. Max, my large black lab, loved to cool herself in soft earthen beds excavated in my garden. Fisher, a golden retriever, beat a patrol path around his yard. Zeppelin the cat loves a perch to hunt from, and chickens need to scratch and peck. It may be easier for us to be trained than for us to train our pets. By observing their habits, you can incorporate them into a yard that is pleasing and beautiful for all.

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Van Slyke House

Photo by Ledell Zellers and Simon Anderson

Imagine a stranger knocking on your door. You open it, greet the visitor, and she turns out to be the great, great granddaughter of the man who owned your home 150 years ago. That was Ledell Zellers and Simon Andersons experience last summer. They had the honor of being visited at their Madison landmark home by the descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte Van Slyke.

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Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Celebrates 20 Years of Getting Wisconsin Outside

Photo by Friends of Wisconsin State Parks

Lace up your shoes and feel the crisp breeze at your back. Summer may be coming to an end, but your outdoor adventures dont have to. Its time to explore Wisconsins many fine state parks. Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP), headquartered at 101 S. Webster Street in Madison, is the nonprofit to thank for keeping our parks in such fine condition. This year marks the statewide organizations 20th year working toward its mission of preserving, promoting, protecting, and enhancing Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.

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Avoiding Parasites with Your Pets

Madison is such a great place to live, particularly if you have a dog. There are a lot of dog parks to explore, good neighborhood sidewalks to wander, lakes in which to swim, and some parks allow dogs to walk on the sidewalks. But with all these dog-friendly places, it is so important that we dog lovers are responsible dog owners. Im sure many of us have been caught without a poop bag at one time or another. Ive seen some people at dog parks look the other way when their dog is squatting. And I know the vast majority of dog owners dont go out every day in winter to clean up their yard.

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Covenant Presbyterian Youth

Photo by Covenant Presbyterian Church

Picking kale in a field for a couple of days outside of the metro Washington D.C. area to then see it delivered to an economically challenged neighborhood later as you host a picnic for the families provides the ability to see firsthand the delight on recipients faces.

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Porchlight Products, Part II

Photo by Porchlight, Inc.

When Porchlight Products launched in 2007, the goal was to give people struggling with barriers to employment, such as homelessness, mental illness, and physical disabilities, a hand-up rather than a handout. Porchlight Products employees transform Wisconsin-grown produce into delectable, artisanal treats ranging from sauerkraut to jam to baking mixes, all while gaining valuable work experience and training in employability skills. Porchlight Products is featured in a number of local stores, and some staff are tasked with marketing activities, including handing out samples.

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Wisconsin's Voter ID Law

Few things are more precious in a democracy than a persons right to vote. Currently, 16 states require voters to show photo identification before voting. Proponents argue voter ID laws help guard against election fraud, while opponents point out little evidence of widespread fraud exists and these laws unconstitutionally restrict the right to vote. A 2007 report by the Brennan Center for Justice concluded that being struck by lightning occurs more often than voter impersonation.

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Local Flare and Individual Attitude Puts the "Zip" in Zip-Dang

Photo by Eric Tadsen

You know it: that local boutique or shop you can enter and feel like every item was ordered specifically for you. Its quirky. Its different. Its full of character and a creative energy that seems to remind you to express yourself. Its the kind of space Zip-Dang owners Natalie and Mike Bass set out to create on Monroe Street, and they did it without really creating a plan to do so.

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A Park for All Seasons

Walk a prairie full of flowers, cool off with a hike in the woods, paddle on lakes or streams, bike twisted paths through autumn colored leaves, or ski loops that take you across prairies and over moraines. County parks provide an amazing variety of outdoor opportunities, and should you decide to explore the system, you will travel from one end of the county to the other across the seasons.

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How to Go to Therapy

Maria constantly worried about what others thought of her, often felt overwhelmed with fear and stress, and once went to the emergency room because she thought she was having a heart attack. She was reassured by ER staff that she was not having a heart attack, but rather a panic attack, and was encouraged to seek mental health support.

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