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Dear Friends and Neighbors,


As we near the end of August, teachers, parents, and students are getting ready to go back to school.  At the Capitol, the Assembly session resumes in mid-September, but in the meantime I continue to be busy with meetings and hearings.


In this week’s newsletter, you will find an update on the Adoption Task Force, information on the importance of vaccines, news about a UW MIA recovery project, and a fun Wisconsin fact.

If you have any questions or need assistance with any matter, please feel free to contact my office.

Lisa Subeck
State Representative
78th Assembly District

In This Weeks Update:

Adoption Task Force Update

National Immunization
Awareness Month

UW MIA Recovery & Identification Project

Wisconsin Fun Fact


Whats Happening?

Contact Me:

418 North, State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-7521

Toll-Free: (888) 534-0078

Fax: (608) 282-3690

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Adoption Task Force Update

The Adoption Task Force met this week at Waukesha County Technical College.  We received a lot of helpful information and recommendations from the State Courts, Waukesha County Circuit Court, the Children’s Court Improvement Program, Attorney Elizabeth Neary, the Legal Aid Society, and attorneys who are part of the Children & the Law Section of the State Bar. Recommendations included addressing jury trials in adoption proceedings, changes in placement, conflicting statutes, and adding a speedy trial requirement.

I really appreciate all the people who have taken time out of their busy lives to testify before the task force to better educate me and my colleagues. There have been adoptees, foster parents, advocates, social workers, lawyers, and judges who have made this a great learning experience by sharing their first-hand knowledge and providing concrete recommendations.

If you have anything to add to the discussion of adoption in Wisconsin, there is a final public comment hearing scheduled for Wednesday, September 4th at University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Richland (1200 US HWY 14, Richland Center, WI) starting at 12 PM.  If you cannot attend, but would like to submit comment you can do so on the Adoption Task Force website.

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August is National Immunization Month

National Immunization Awareness Month is held each August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.  You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, and pneumonia with vaccines.  When enough people in a community get an immunization, the disease is less likely to spread to people who cannot safely get an immunization

As your children head back to school this fall, make sure vaccination is at the top of your checklist. CDC’s Interactive Vaccine Guide has information on the vaccines recommended during pregnancy and throughout your child’s life.

August is also a key time to make sure you are up to date on all the vaccines you need to stay healthy. According to Canopy Health, 56,000 Americans die each year from the flu, and only 43% of adults get their flu shot.  Use CDC’s adult vaccine assessment tool to see which vaccines might be right for you.

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UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project

On the roof of the North Wing, the wing where my Capitol office is located, a POW/MIA flag flies every day.  Remembering those who paid the ultimate price is an important acknowledgement each of should do, but taking that acknowledgement to a new level is the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project.  The primary goal of this project is bringing closure to families by recovering and identifying the remains of U.S. service members from post-Pearl Harbor conflicts.

This project operates through the Biotechnology Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and exposes students to the academic disciplines of history, archaeology, forensics, and genetic analysis. In addition to the students, there are also researchers, veterans, and volunteers who take part in annual recovery and repatriation missions around the world.  Since 2014, three service members have been recovery identified, with another recent recovery currently undergoing genetic identification. The team is currently working on ways to speed up the identification process, as well as partnering with the State of Wisconsin to specifically recover Wisconsin MIA service members.

For more information on this project you can visit their website, and if you have an interest in donating to their efforts you can do that here.

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WISCONSIN FUN FACT: The Peace Corps - A Wisconsin Idea

While many think of the Peace Corps as one of John F. Kennedy’s most lasting legacies, the idea for the volunteer program actually came from Wisconsin.  Milwaukee Democrat Henry S. Reuss won Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional seat in 1954. 

In the fall of 1957, Representative Reuss travelled to Cambodia on a foreign aid inspection tour.  There he was inspired by American school teachers who were volunteering abroad to set up elementary schools and teach reading and writing.  The following year, Reuss gave a speech at Cornell University proposing a federal volunteer program called the Four Point Youth Program, and was met with enthusiasm from the students. 

In January of 1960, the Wisconsin Representative proposed a bill for the government to study the idea of a Peace Corps, which then caught the attention of President Kennedy.  The program was in full swing by summer of 1961, and in under six years the program had developed in 55 countries with more than 14,500 volunteers.  Over fifty years after its founding, UW-Madison maintains a strong Peace Corps tradition, with the University of Wisconsin-Madison ranked as the number one Peace Corps feeder school.  While many people deserve credit for this monumental program, it is important to recognize its Wisconsin roots.

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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

Water Lantern Festival
Saturday, August 24, 2019

5 PM - 9 PM

Warner Park
2930 N. Sherman Ave., Madison

Doors open at 5:00 pm for everyone to enjoy food trucks, music, and have fun.  The lantern launch will occur at 8:00.  Tickets are $35 until 8/23, and $40 the day of.  Children (ages 8-14) are $12. Each ticket comes with a floating lantern, drawstring bag, marker, wristband, as well as accounting for the cost of cleaning up the lanterns and any trash in the water.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

7:30 PM
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison

Come visit the opening viewing of Gleam 2019, where Olbrich Gardens becomes lit with large-scale light installations, created by local, national, and international artists.  On this opening night you will have the opportunity to see special performances from Madison Contemporary Dance, and meet with some of the artists.  Tickets are $25 for non-members, $20 for members, and $10 for children.


VSA Wisconsin - Name Change Event
Sunday, August 25, 2019

3 PM - 5 PM
VSA Wisconsin
1709 Aberg Ave., STE 1, Madison

VSA Wisconsin is announcing its new name! There will be  a performance by our Madison Choir with Madison Youth Choirs Screen Printing our new logo on shirts, tote bags, and more! Additionally, there will be an art exhibition, silent auction, ice cream, lemonade, special guests, and more!


Craft Corner
Monday, August 26, 2019

1:30 PM
Alicia Ashman Library
733 N. High Point Rd., Madison

Come to the craft table in the children's area the final Craft Corner of the summer! 

Hidden History: A Walk on Madison's Weird Side
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

6 PM
Wisconsin Historical Museum
30 N. Carroll St., Madison

Madison has experienced its share of quirky characters, notorious murder trials, and rumors of creepy creatures. The downtown district has been at the center of these curiosities since the city was founded in 1856. The tour will take visitors from the Capitol Square to Monona Terrace and back again, exploring strange and mischievous tales about the neighborhoods in between.  This tour meets in front of the Wisconsin Historical Museum and covers approximately 1.4 miles on city sidewalks. Participants may be asked to stand for extended periods of time. Tour will take place rain or shine! Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.  Register today! Drop-in spots are limited and not guaranteed.


Allen Centennial Garden Tour
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

11 AM - 12 PM
Allen Centennial Gardens
620 Babock Dr., Madison

Come join the Madison Area Master Gardeners Association on a free tour of Allen Centennial Gardens.  Enjoy many beautiful blooming flowers and hear about Executive Director Ben Futa's five year plan to change the garden's designs.

Concerts in the Park
Thursday, August 29, 2019

7 PM
Rennebohm Park
115 N. Eau Claire Ave., Madison

Free concerts in the park, open to the public and easily accessible.  Toe-tapping music for all cultures and all ages with a nearby playground for children. It’s a family event for fellowship, fun and fine music by some of Wisconsin’s finest musicians.


Classical Guitar in Peace Park
Friday, August 30, 2019

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Lisa Link Peace Park
452 State St., Madison

Come enjoy classical guitar at Peace park on State Street.  The rain location is Fair Trade Coffee.

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