Activities

Since its inception, Heart of the City has undertaken many initiatives on its own or in collaboration with other entities.  Some past activities:

2016 

-awarded Big Heart to Amy Lutzke, reference librarian at Dwight Foster Public Library, for her tireless work behind the scenes — connecting dots between people, ideas, opportunities and projects, as well as being an ambassador for sustainable living and the health of the Rock River.

-sponsored Urban Planning film series

-donated to the Jefferson County Clean Sweep program to deal with disposal of hazardous waste.

-HOC founding member Beth Gehred elected to City Council

2015

-sponsored Emerald Ash Borer workshop and Urban Forestry film series

-awarded Big Heart to Joan Jones, the force behind the Fort Atkinson Club.

2014

Many members attended Chuck Marohn’s of StrongTowns Curbside Chat held in January in Fitchburg.

-teamed up with Fort Health Care to sponsor the second “Green Gardens, Good Neighbors,” featuring a food demonstration and self-guided tours of sustainable gardens in Fort Atkinson.

-donated to the Jefferson County Clean Sweep program to deal with disposal of hazardous waste.

-awarded Big Heart to Joe Nehmer, Jefferson County Parks Director

 2013 

-awarded the Big Heart Award to Dennis Kuchenmeister for his work in researching and facilitating energy-saving initiatives as the school district building supervisor.

-sold fair trade products from Family Farm Defenders and cheese products from Wisconsin dairies at the Saturday Farmers Market, as well as at the December Winter Market.  Winter market included the annual egg nog sale run by Beth Gehred in conjunction with Town and Country RC&D.

-donated $150 to Eagle Scout Nick Peters in support of his project to locate fishing line disposal tubes in areas along the Rock River.  Fishing lines are destructive to wildlife.

- donated money to help pay for city to have urban planning student Thomas Fleming work as an intern on certain projects, including the storefront survey conducted to get citizen input on what should go into the empty stores.

-donated to the Jefferson County Clean Sweep program to deal with disposal of hazardous waste.

teamed up with Fort Health Care to sponsor “Green Gardens, Good Neighbors”, featuring a food demonstration and self-guided tours of sustainable gardens in Fort Atkinson. This event offers an opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, and become inspired by your neighbors.

donated to, volunteered for, and some members participated in “Cranksgiving”, a bike race/ scavenger hunt during which participants purchased at local stores items on wish lists of local non-profits which were then distributed to those organizations.

Hosted the following speakers:

  • Heart member and former councilperson Leslie LaMuro to discuss running for and holding local offices.
  • City Manager Evie Johnson
  • Claire Carlson and Frankie Fuller of the Friends of the Glacial Heritage Area at picnic meeting at the Mason Farm.
  • Planning intern Thomas Fleming to discuss the work HOC helped fund him to do with the city manager, particularly the Empty Storefronts project.
  • Biologist Mary Linton at picnic meeting at Dorothy Carnes Park.
  • Prairie restoration specialist Ron Martin at a picnic at Mush-ko-se-day Koshkonong Town Park.
  • Friends of Haumerson’s pond spokesperson Steve Mode to discuss the project in the works there.
  • School board members Kristin Wallace and Roger Thomann to speak about issues facing the district.

-screened the films “Happy” and “The Economics of Happiness” at Fort Health Care Auditorium.