Shop Small Saturday is Nov. 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It was created to remind holiday shoppers to support their local, independently owned businesses. Fortunately, Waunakee has a number of these with gift ideas.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi has announced a $750,000 emergency initiative to address the opiate and fentanyl epidemics. In 2021, 149 people in Dane County passed away due to opioid related overdoses – reflecting 86% of all overdose deaths in Dane County,” the press release from the county executive’s office notes. The funding will go toward the distribution of fentanyl testing strips, Narcan kits and efforts to increase awareness.