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🕷️ Tick talk
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Tick bites may lead to lyme disease so be careful when you’re outside. | Photo via Wisconsin DNR
Wisconsin’s got its fair share of creepy crawlies this year. The cicada super brood is about to emerge, spongy moths are back and, due to our warm winter, tick season is already here. Typically, they become active in late spring, through summer and into fall.

May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to revisit ways to avoid tick bites with some recommendations from the Wisconsin DNR.

Fight the Bite

Take preventative measures when outside:
  • Use insect repellent on skin and clothing
  • Wear appropriate clothing (long sleeve shirts and pants)
Check for ticks when you return inside:
  • Make sure there are no ticks on you or your clothes
  • Take a shower or bath
  • Put clothes in the dryer on high heat for 10 minutes
Make your outdoor space less inviting to ticks:
  • Clear brush and leaf litter from your yard
  • Mow your lawn often
  • Keep wood piles far from the house
Check your pets:

Animal fur can act as a “tick magnet,” raising exposure to not only your pets, but family members.

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Ticks are small crawling bugs in the spider family. They are actually arachnids, not insects. | Photo via Wisconsin DNR

Know the symptoms of Lyme disease

Symptoms are similar to those of the flu and usually develop within a month of getting bit:
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Nauseau
  • Some people also experience a bullseye-like rash

What to do:

Lyme disease can be treated with antiobiotics, so if you suspect you may have it, contact your healthcare provider.

Learn more about ticks from UW-Madison’s Insect Disease Laboratory. Also, a pro tip: There’s a tick app that tracks local tick sightings, reports ticks, and offers prevention information.
 
Asked
 
What is Wisconsin’s state insect?

A. Honey bee
B. Leaf beetle
C. Luna moth
D. Monarch butterfly
 
 
Events
 
Friday, May 10
  • Kids Consignment Sale | Friday, May 10-Saturday, May 11 | Times vary | The Tributary Hub, 2102 E. Springs Dr., Madison | Free | If you’ve got tots, stop by Dane County’s largest kids consignment sale for clothes, toys, baby gear, and more.
Saturday, May 11
  • Lions CARe Cruise | Saturday, May 11 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Bakken Park, 4064 Vilas Hope Rd., Cottage Grove | Free | Cruise over to check out cool cars and motorcycles all the while benefiting the Miracle League of Dane County.
  • Stoughton Gallery Night | Saturday, May 11 | 5-9 p.m. | Downtown Stoughton | Free | Gambol down Main Street and enjoy over 150 artists’ works on display in local businesses.
  • Your Mom | Saturday, May 11 | 8-11 p.m. | Red Rooster Madison, 2513 Seiferth Rd., Madison | $5 | Take your mom to see Your Mom, a raucous rock band.
Sunday, May 12
  • “Bridgerton” Brunch | Sunday, May 12 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | The Rigby, 119 E. Main St., Madison | $35 | Celebrate your mother by feasting on an elegant “Bridgerton"-themed buffet.
  • The Science Behind Macarons | Sunday, May 12 | 2-4 p.m. | Delta Beer Lab, 167 E. Badger Rd., Madison | $25 | Learn how to make your own macarons and then wash them down with beer.
Monday, May 13
  • Ancora String Quartet | Monday, May 13 | 3-4 p.m. | Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., Stoughton | Free | Start your week off blissfully with this Madison-based quartet playing classical music favorites.
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News Notes
 
Civic
  • Madison was $31.2 million below budget in 2023. About $16 million of that surplus has gone to the city’s “rainy day” fund. Madison still faces major spending cuts and has projected an operating shortfall next year. A possible referendum to raise property taxes is being considered. (Wisconsin State Journal)
Sports
  • For the first time in team history, Forward Madison FC will play on national television. The team’s Saturday, June 15 match against South Georgia Tormenta FC at Breese Stevens Field will be broadcast on ESPN2. Tickets are on sale now.
Coming Soon
  • A new music venue is coming to the Schenk-Atwood Neighborhood. Muso, a small space at 2040 Winnebago St., will be geared toward local acoustic musicians, giving them a permanent place to rehearse or play for small gatherings.
Arts
  • Word is the city is looking for a new Madison Youth Poet Laureate. The program honors young writers, ages 13 to 19, by providing them opportunities to showcase their artistry for a year. Applications close on Friday, June 7.
Cause
  • The Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation gifted $5 million to create the Goodman Nonprofit Center, a statewide resource center being developed by the Madison Community Foundation. Wisconsin is one of only four states nationally that doesn’t have a statewide nonprofit association.
Development
  • Common Grace, a ministry of Lakeview Moravian Community Church & Zion Faith Community, is planning a redevelopment of its property. Located at 3565 Tulane Ave., near Olbrich Park, the ministry is considering building a community center. (Isthmus)
Community
  • A cornfield just south of Buck & Honey’s in Waunakee, could soon become an organic farm with a community space for produce markets and events. Nic and Betsy Stapels purchased the property and are now going through the approval process with local municipalities. (Waunakee Tribune)
Environment
Wellness
  • Match with a licensed therapist on Betterhelp and talk anytime, anywhere — phone, video, or text. Get 25% off your first month.*
 
 
Sports
 
🪵 Wood you like to play?
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The Madison Kubb League season begins at the end of May in Monona. | Photo via Madison Kubb League
“It’s a great activity to get out of the house, have a drink on the lake, and throw some wood at wood,” said Jerry Schuster, who runs the Madison Kubb League. That sounds good to us. But, for the uninitiated, what the heck is kubb?

The game

Kubb is a lawn game where the objective is to knock over wooden blocks by throwing wooden batons at them. Think: A cross between bowling and horseshoes.

The play

“We’re a great group of people,” Schuster said. “We welcome beginners.”
  • When: Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. from May 29 through Aug. 14
  • Where: East Side Club, 3735 Monona Dr.
There are local tournaments frequently culminating at the US National Kubb Championship in Eau Claire in mid-July.

Every tournament and league have no prerequisites for signing up and those there are eager to teach beginners.
 
The Buy
 
This bestselling cordless table lamp. No cord means it’s ideal for outdoor lounge areas and patios — the rechargeable battery lasts up to 48 hours per full charge. Snag it in black, antique brass, or brushed nickel.
 
 
The Wrap
 
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Jonathan
From the editor
I haven’t been bitten by a tick yet (knock on wood) but, like most Wisconsinites, I have been bitten by approximately 384,371 mosquitoes, no matter how hard I try to keep them away.
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