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AMY STOCKLEIN

An AmeriCorps NCCC team is stationed in the Madison area for eight weeks, removing invasive species, restoring trails, and planting pollinator gardens. Read more

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Victoria Davis

In May, 200 climbers showed up for the first Downtown Showdown climbing competition. This wasn’t the typical competition with frowns and icy cold stares from competitors, but a nurturing community. Read more

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Allison Geyer

Ziggy the cat might have been the Willy Street neighborhood’s most popular resident. If you’ve missed him lately, don’t worry. Ziggy has retired to a country estate and is doing just fine, though he misses his old neighborhood buds. Read more

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Sharon Vanorny

North of Madison, there’s a secret indoor skate park called The Shred Shed. It’s just for friends, but if you want to be friends with the organizers, they’ll be friends with you. Read more

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Victoria Davis

Madison’s small but tight-knit Sri Lankan community was horrified on Easter to learn that terrorists had killed hundreds of people in their homeland. On May 1, they held a dinner to collect money and love to send back home. Read more

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Howard Hardee

On April 20, about 50 people loaded up on beer and hit the streets to clean them up for Madison’s first Drunk in Public Picking Up Litter. Read more

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Mark Norman

At Burbie’s Gospel Brunches, an all-star band serves up traditional gospel tunes to warm the soul. It’s not church, but gospel. Read more

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Brett Stepanik

Hey, kids: want a new bicycle? Wheels for Winners is happy to supply a new one. All you need to do is put in 15 hours of community service. Read more

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Hillary Schave

Opera for the Young has been taking one of the stuffiest music genres into schools since 1970. The organization doesn’t just perform the art, it makes the kids part of the show. Read more

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Amy Stocklein

Hanah Jon Taylor never liked how music is taught more like science than the language it really is. So every Saturday, he turns his Cafe Coda jazz club into a classroom. Read more

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Joe Tarr

Madison has a chapter of Socialist Rifle Association, a leftist alternative to the NRA that aims to offer gun education and a defense of community. People of color, women and transgender people are welcome — racist, sexist bigots are prohibited. Read more

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Mary Langenfeld

Several local amateur boxers are heading to the Golden Gloves tournament later this month in Middleton. They hope to qualify for the national tournament in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Read more

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Victoria Davis

Bitter cold, six inches of snow and 10 mph winds — for the Wisconsin Hoofers, it’s the perfect time to go snowkiting on Lake Mendota Read more

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Dylan Brogan

Romance is in the air year-round at the Madison school district’s planetarium. Staff writer Dylan Brogan reports the new digital projection system is out-of-this-world, too. Read more

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Madison knifemaker Isaiah Schroeder discusses the process of hand-making his Japanese-style knives. The knives are so popular, he can barely keep up with demand. Read more

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Joe Tarr

Every week, the Dane County Humane Society takes in dogs and puppies from Southern shelters. Isthmus watched one group’s arrival. Read more

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Victoria Davis

The Les Cougars caburlesque show features music, stand-up, dancing and burlesque. The women are all “over 35 and proud of it.” Read more

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Michael Sullivan

When it comes to throwing a winter festival, Yuriy Gusev doesn’t like to rely on Mother Nature to bring the snow. So the winter sports booster lends a hand by making lots of artificial snow — even when there’s a snowstorm in the forecast. Read more

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Dylan Brogan

With a new digs and robotic cameras, Madison City Channel is covering more city meetings than ever before. Staff writer Dylan Brogan got a behind-the-scenes look during a live broadcast of the Alcohol License Review Committee. Read more

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Beth Skogen

Catherine Capellaro spends time with Sammy, a friendly poodle mix touring the country with the musical “Finding Neverland,” and his understudy, Lexie. Read more

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