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Monday, December 5, 2011

Megan’s running for city council!

APPLETON — Lawrence University professor Megan Pickett announced this afternoon that she will run for the Appleton Common Council’s District 4 seat next year.
Pickett said she wants to be a “progressive voice” for the newly created south-central district, which includes portions of current Districts 1, 2, 4, 8 and 11 nestled along the College Avenue Bridge corridor.
“The new districting presents a powerful opportunity for the area and the city,” Pickett wrote in a statement.
An associate professor of physics and chair of Lawrence’s Gender Studies program, Pickett said the district’s mix of community and businesses provided a “unique opportunity to work together to meet common problems and interests — including, in particular, economic development and a shared, inclusive representation of all in the region.”
“I believe the district and the larger community need more progressive voices that will work with others on the council to find areas of common agreement, while not backing away from core principles of inclusiveness and fiscal responsibility,” Pickett wrote.
Pickett was born in Madison and has been an Appleton resident for five years.
You can learn more about her by visiting her Facebook page and campaign website.
Incumbent council members Jeff Lutz, who represents current District 4, and Joe Martin, who represents current District 8, both live in the newly drawn District 4.
A primary will be held Feb. 21 if three or more people file paperwork to run for the post. The spring general election will be held April 3.
Even-numbered districts will be up for election in Appleton next year.
The Common Council approved a redistricting plan last summer that shrinks the council to 15 members from 16 members, beginning in 2013.
— Michael Louis Vinson: 920-993-1000, ext. 368, or; on Twitter @MichaelVinson

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Raptor Thanksgiving

The day after Thanksgiving, a Cooper’s Hawk stopped in the backyard with its own Thanksgiving meal, a rabbit, long enough for us to grab a few pictures.

Cooper's Hawk with dead rabbit on stump