38 Years of Motor Journalism with Peter Egan - Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 2PM

photo of Peter Egan/courtsey of Cycle World

Cycle World and Road & Track author, Peter Egan, will discuss his career in motor journalism and share some of his motor travel stories. Peter grew up in Elroy, Wisconsin, graduated from Royall High School in 1966 and attended UW-Madison, where he received a degree in Journalism in 1972, after a leave of two years serving in the Army in Vietnam. He spent the rest of the 70s working as a mechanic at Foreign Car Specialists in Madison, while racing sports cars and motorcycles in his spare time. A series of freelance motorcycle travel articles sold to Cycle World magazine, led to his being hired there as a full-time staffer. So, Peter and his wife Barbara sold their Madison home and moved to California in 1980. Three years later he was hired as Senior Editor at Road & Track, writing road tests, travel stories and a monthly column called "Side Glances." In the mid-80s he also began writing a monthly column for Cycle World called "Leanings," as well as contributing travel and adventure stories to the magazine. In 1990 Peter and Barbara moved back to Wisconsin and bought a rural home south of Stoughton, where Peter had room to build a large heated workshop for his car and motorcycle racing and restoration hobbies--as well as a place to practice with his fairly loud garage band, The Defenders. Peter and Barb also wanted to be near a small airport where they could fly their 1945 Piper Cub. Peter continued to work full time for CW and R&T until his retirement two years ago, through, he still contributes occasional articles to both magazines. He has received numerous writing and photogrpahy awards and currently has six books in print, which are all compilations of his columns and travel stories (and can be checked out from the library!). Two dogs and six cats--all shelter animals rescued by Barb--share the Egan's country home.

Library Closure - Thursday, April 30, 2015 Morning until 2PM

The Black Earth Public Library will be closed Thursday morning, April 30th for staff training. Regular hours will resume at 2PM.

American Cafe: The Slimey Crud Run Motorcycle Gang Story -- movie screening -- Saturday, May 2, 10AM

DVD cover/American Cafe movie

Sure, the SCMG Film Festival is this weekend and the SCR itself is on Sunday, but what better way to gear up for the fun than to watch how it all got started on the "big screen" in Black Earth. If you attend Peter Egan's talk, you will want to come back for more fun and to meet the movie's director, Matt Cribben!

GMOs - What Do We Know?: Emerging Health Crises - Presentation by Warren Porter (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor of Zoology, Professor of Environmental Toxicology) -- Monday, May 4, 2015 -- 7:00PM


Professor Porter's research centers on how climate, disease, and environmental contaminants affect the nervous, endocrine, immune systems, developmental and epigenetic processes and the capacity to grow, reproduce, and survive at local and landscape scales. He is very excited about his research and sharing it with you in this presentation.

Book Discussion -- Falling Through the Earth by Danielle Trussoni -- Saturday, May 9, 2015 -- 10AM

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From her charismatic father, Danielle Trussoni learned how to rock and roll, outrun the police, and never shy away from a fight. Spending hour upon hour trailing him around the bars and honky-tonks of La Crosse, Wisconsin, young Danielle grew up fascinated by stories of her dad's adventures as a tunnel rat in Vietnam, where he'd risked his life crawling head first into narrow passageways to search for American POWs. A vivid and poignant portrait of a daughter's relationship with her father, this funny, heartbreaking, and beautifully written memoir "makes plain that the horror of war doesn't end in the trenches" (Vanity Fair).

Straw Bale Gardening Demonstration by Josh Dodge -- Saturday, May 9 - 2:00PM

If you want to learn about straw bale gardening, this is the event for you! Let Josh Dodge show you some pictures of his farm (100 bales growing various veggies at different stages of the year) and bring in an actual bale to do a live, hands on demo of the conditioning process. Josh is an organic gardener so that is what he will be teaching. No chemical fertilizers or pesticides allowed! Josh Dodge works in the software industry by day, but his passions flourish in gardening and permaculture. He owns a small farm named Halcyon on the edge of Madison near Fitchburg where he raises chickens for meat and eggs, alpacas for fiber and organic fertilizer, and manages a 100 straw bale garden. He also manages a food forest of fruit and nut trees and perennial shrubs.

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Last updated April 13, 2015