Football drama + COVID updates + Old canoes
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It's Thursday, for everyone keeping score at home.
Two scuba divers recently made a historic discovery sitting at the bottom of Lake Mendota: a 15-foot-long, 1,200-year-old dugout canoe. The oldest intact boat ever found in Wisconsin waters (!!!).
The canoe was brought to shore by a team of divers earlier this week who, according to the Wisconsin State Journal, "shared fist bumps and hugs to applause from residents of the Spring Harbor neighborhood who had gathered at the beach to witness the canoe’s return to shore."
Image via Reddit user u/laurus85
NBC15 reports historians believe the canoe belonged to ancestors of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Tribal historian Bill Quackenbush told the news network he plans to work with the historical society to preserve the canoe.
The canoe will be on display at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s proposed new and expanded museum on Capitol Square, which, if all goes to plan, will open by 2026.
For now, the boat will spend the next few years undergoing various treatments and experiments, both to preserve the historic artifact and to answer lingering questions it's surfaced, like how it was lost to begin with.
💉 The Wisconsin Department of Health Services gave the green light for children's COVID-19 vaccines.
- Wisconsin children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old can now officially get Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. In announcing its approval, DHS noted children under 18 have the highest number of cases per capita of any age group in the state.
- Further information: COVID-19 Shots For WI Children 5-11: Where To Get Vaccinations (via Patch)
- Related: Wisconsin's recovery from latest COVID-19 surge is 'almost grudgingly' slow (via WPR)
😷 Aaron Rodgers has COVID-19.
- Green Bay's golden boy is out of this Sunday's game against Kansas City after testing positive for the virus and raising questions about his vaccination status. The NFL Network has reported Rogers isn’t vaccinated against COVID-19 despite when asked in August if he was vaccinated, he said "yeah I’ve been immunized." hm...
🏈 Speaking of football drama, the Edgewood High School football team has been removed from the WIAA playoffs.
- The team allegedly used an ineligible player this season, WKOW reports. The team has filed an appeal and is reviewing its legal options.
🗳️ Despite obvious COVID-19 setbacks, UW-Madison student voter turnout went up in 2020.
- From the State Journal: "Voter turnout on campus increased from 65% in the 2016 election to 73% in 2020. In total, 24,572 UW–Madison students voted out of 33,749 who were eligible in the 2020 election."
🧀 AD: Food for Thought: Edible Madison Hosts Tasty Virtual Events for Cozy Nights.
- The Cheese Course Winter Issue Release Party on Wednesday, Nov. 17 will explore cheese course pairings that make your tastebuds dance with Landmark Creamery's Anna Thomas Bates, featuring cheese from three notable Wisconsin women cheesemakers. Event is free, with tasting kits available for purchase.
- Edible Madison brings a film festival award winner to our couch with a virtual screening of The Ants & The Grasshopper on Wednesday, Dec 1st — presented to Edible Communities nationwide, in partnership with the founders of Muloma Heritage Center. Grab your popcorn and enjoy a discussion with filmmaker Zak Piper and Muloma Founders, including Chefs Mashama Bailey, Adrian Lipscombe and Tonya Davis, on the connection of climate to kitchen and their work to preserve and protect Black foodways.
- Be the first to know what the Edible team is cooking up next. Sign up for their newsletter, The Beet.
📚 PSA: A Room of One's Own is hiring. Get the details from their Instagram.
❌ If an election were held today, incumbents like Gov. Tony Evers and Sen. Ron Johnson might not do so hot.
- The latest Marquette Poll found approval ratings for Evers, Johnson, and President Joe Biden have dropped in the two months since the last poll was taken.
- Evers' approval rating was down to 45% from 50%; Johnson's rating stayed at a stagnant 36%; And Sen. Tammy Baldwin's approval rating dropped slightly, from 40% to 38%.
- What's with all the hate toward incumbents? Charles Franklin, who directs the poll, told WPR the numbers represent the public's larger current political views. "Normally you would think that one party would do well and the other party would do poorly," Franklin said, "but I think this reflects that it's a challenging political environment for politicians generally and for incumbents specifically."
🚨 Police arrested the teen in connection to a sexual assault that sparked days of protest at East Madison High School.
- According to the police report, MPD says the incident occurred in 100 block of Talmadge Street October 10. The 17-year-old suspect was arrested on charges of second-degree sexual assault and strangulation.
- Channel 3000 confirmed the arrested teen is a Madison East student and the State Journal confirmed he was the same individual alleged to have assaulted another student last month, causing outrage across the district. If you'll recall, East High School students walked out of class and held protests over multiple days last month over the district's handling of the alleged assault.
🚴♀️ West Washington Ave. has a new bike and bus lane.
- No longer will drivers and riders have to awkwardly share one lane and wonder whether they're in the right place or not. New red and white bike and bus lanes now guide the way on the south side of the two blocks of West Washington Ave. between Broom and Bedford streets.
- The two-block stretch has been under construction since July. The State Journal reports the project is supposed to be completed this month.
🛹 Your lunchtime read: Femme and Queer Skate Night underscores a communal embrace.
- From Tone Madison: "Femme and Queer Skate Night, a weekly event that takes place Wednesday at McPike Park, vividly underscores the changes Madison skateboarding is experiencing. For the first time in recent memory, Femme and Queer Skate Night has seen McPike's Goodman Skatepark population dominated by people who don't identify as cisgender men, a testament to both Femme and Queer Skate Night's potency and skateboarding's expanding demographics."
🦠 Covid-19 Resources
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 55.2%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71.8%
Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.
Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.
Are you eligible for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna? Find out here.
NEW: Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.
📅 Events: Thursday, Nov. 4
- Webinar: “A Mind-Body Prescription for Dealing with Burnout” hosted by DreamBank. 12 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Comedy showcase at North Street Cabaret. Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. $10 advance, $15 at door.
- Zach Bryan at The Sylvee. Doors 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.40.
- Andy Frasco and the U.N. at High Noon Saloon. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. $18 advance, $20 at door.
- “A Man Named Scott” advance film screening at Union South. From IMDb: "Follows the music career of Kid Cudi from the release of 'Day n Nite' in 2008 through present day recordings." 7 p.m. Free.
- “RESILIENCE” show with the LunART Chamber Music Collective at Arts + Literature Laboratory. Doors at 7 p.m, show at 7:30 p.m. $20 general admission. $12 for students and members.
- Slow Pulp with Girl K at the Majestic. Doors 7:30 p.m., show 8:30 p.m. $15 advance, $17 at door.