The 2011 North Star Awards recipients were:
Special High Impact Award – Madison Mallards
Vern Stenman, President of the Mallards, accepted the award
along with his daughter Chloe. Stenman and General Manager
Conor Caloia are great partners on the Northside. They invest
in our community year after year, giving to local organizations,
supporting community-based efforts, strengthening the Northside
economy and helping to add to our Northside identity. The
Madison Mallards, while a destination for all of Madison and
Dane County, are without question the very reflection and
definition of what we call, Northside Pride. The Northside is
honored and proud to be the home of the Madison Mallards.
Wild Warner has reminded us of the park’s natural areas
and its diverse wildlife. They have worked with others to
develop educational programs that explore nature through
photos, stories, maps and hands-on experience. Their
advocacy efforts moved the city to use natural population
methods for the unwanted geese and work is enhancing and
protecting one of Madison’s greatest treasures. Jim Carrier
accepted the North Star Award for Wild Warner.
Joshua Lydick is the new Director at Pierce’s Northside Market
and under his leadership, Pierce’s outreach has increased
dramatically. He initiated Cookout for a Cause, the Christmas
Angel Giving Tree, the Reading and Food is Educational program,
has increased support for the River Food Pantry, is partnering
with Summit Credit Union on a “Pay it Forward” event, and is
working with the Packer Community Learning Center to create
a colorful mural in the entryway of the store.
Mary Schumacher has been a volunteer writer for the Northside
News, writing business profiles to help welcome new businesses
to the Northside. She founded the Northside SOHO (Small Office,
Home Office) group to help anyone operating or starting a small
business. Mary and her husband Michael will be moving to
Charleston, South Carolina in January 2012.
Judy Kreft volunteers to support and promote scouting and
is an active member of the Sherman Avenue United Methodist
Church. She teaches crafts to children as their mothers attend
the English Language Learner Program. Her pastor says,
“Judy is ever-helpful, ever-kind.”
Jeff Feinblatt has coached youth baseball for over 36 years
and deserves a huge thank you from the Northside. Jeff
doesn’t look for gifts, saying “I don’t need presents. If you
want to thank me, just play catch with your kids.” Jeff fosters
teamwork and confidence in the children he works with –
many now adults who believe his coaching still helps them
in their adult lives.
Mary Hill, now age 88, has spent decades volunteering,
starting out as a Den Mother and volunteering at the North/
Eastside Senior Coalition for the past 12 years. At age 80 Mary
taught herself to use the computer and at age 83 she started as
a RSVP driver escort to help other seniors get to their
appointments. Mary spends 15-20 hours per week with NESCO
to help seniors remain independent and active in our community.
Jan Axelson helped found the Friends of Cherokee Marsh and
has served as the president for the last two years.Jan produces
the newsletter, organizes lobbying efforts,recruits board members,
organizes hikes, cleanups, seed gathering and other activities.
Thanks to her effort vital parts of the marsh have been transferred
to public ownership for protection.
Virginia Davis through the Virginia Davis School of Dance has taught
countless children and adults the beauty in dancing. Her dance groups
entertain throughout the Northside and Madison. She started a scholarship
fund for those in of help for dance lessons. Virginia is a generous, caring
person that has contributed to the Northside and we are all so lucky that
she keeps dancing.
Sue Gleason has been active in the Lake View Hill Neighborhood
Association and Lake View Hill Park for almost 25 years. She has
developed and maintains several communication tools to keep
neighbors informed and has been actively involved with the park
Margaret’s Fund, Scholarship Fund was started in 2007 by
Anne Pryor and Alyssa Kenney, raising $10,000 to create the
fund. The fund has awarded $500 each year since 2009 to a
Northsider who is the first generation of their family to go to
college. The award goes to a graduating high school senior in
odd years and to a returning adult in even years. Stacy Yang,
a UW-Milwaukee student received this year’s scholarship.
See the 2010 North Star Event