We have a new way to live, learn and laugh as a neighborhood!

This digital publication has been established to build community and connect our neighbors along with supporting our greater community in the Madison area. We recognized that without a community gathering space or town square we needed to look to multiple means to connect each other as neighbors and collectively work to build our community. The Birchwood-Oaks Neighborhood Association was established to do just that!

Please feel free to forward this publication and encourage neighbors to sign up to become a member of this association using this form.

What’s happened around our neighborhood recently?

We had a beautiful day and great turnout on Halloween for our contests, activities, and to kick off trick-or-treating. There was great energy all day and lots of smiles, laughs, and candy. Thanks to all that participated and made it happen!

Results of the Doggie Costume Contest!

We had 11 of the cutest furry participants in our Doggie Costume Contest!

3rd place: Hillary Swisshelm’s dog Miles as the Dragon!!

2nd place: Cassie Brandt’s dog Millie as the Ghostbuster!!

1st place: Jenna Werla’s dog Poppy as the Turtle!!

We had TWO winners for Guess the Candy!!! The Correct Answer was 112 pieces!

  • Tim Williamson

  • Elia

And taking home the Gravestone for Porch Decorating Contest Winner is Kristin DeLorme!

A very special thank you to all our volunteers!

Jenn Thorn, Deb DuPont, Julianne Dileo-Zygmunt, Gaby Cols-Azocar, Ali Reinhard, Pete Reinhard, Bridget Boyer

All prizes, pumpkins and supplies for the event were donated by generous volunteers and board members. We look forward to throwing more events in the future. To help with funding supplies needed, we are excited to incorporate opportunities to contribute to the NA fund.

Holiday Lights Contest Winners!!!

THANK YOU to all who participated in the contest. Judges enjoyed looking at all the homes, and wanted to share the winners with you! It was a tough decision, and each house brought its own creativity! All of your homes have brought Holiday Cheer to our neighborhood!

3rd place: 843 Sugar Maple Lane: Erick Moon - This home swept the use of space and overall sense of whimsy categories for all the judges! You'll see classic white and rainbow lights, snowflakes, deer, penguins and other cute characters on the porch and throughout the yard. The backyard deck and tree also were adorned with fun lights, and red and green lights were projected over the entire home.

2nd Place: 417 Blue Moon Drive, James Drews - The wow factor and creativity is amazing! We tuned in to the station listed and the singing lights made this experience fun for the whole family! Several of our judges say they had driven past/stopped multiple times!

1st Place: 308 Sunshine Lane, Jodi Martinson - Jodi's home swept 4 categories including creativity, wow factor, use of space and overall sense of whimsy! The front yard! The back yard! The penguins, candy canes, trees in front, trees in back - truly a Holiday wonderland.

A very special thank you to all our volunteers!

Deb, Gary, Susan, George, Jenn, Ali, Pete, Brad & Kayla.

And to our no-longer-super-secret team of judges: Lou Keeffer, George Jambor, Lynn Jambor, Fred A. Schulze, Kayla Julius, and Jenn Thorn!

Sections to expand in the New Year

Kids Corner

We would love to spotlight our many neighborhood kiddos’ joy, duties, promote entrepreneurial items like lemonade stands, yard work, snow removal, etc.

If you and your kids have something to share, please complete this form and we will follow up for details.

Family Profile and Milestones -
Getting to know your neighbors

We would like to feature a neighborhood family and get to know a little about each other in this section. If you would be willing and able to be a featured family, please email and we will get you featured.

We also would like to feature birth, death, anniversary, graduation, and other milestone announcements. Please submit your announcement via this recognition form.

This month…. Meet the Lagmans

Bailey, Lylah James (LJ), Patrick, and Harlow Quinn (Lo), and our dog Finley [not pictured] live in Birchwood point with a small wooded area in their backyard with trails for the kids and dog to explore, gardens, fire pit area, and mushroom garden. Patrick is a lifelong Madisonian and Bailey originally is from the Fox Valley area. They have lived in Birchwood Point since February 2018, almost celebrating 4 years. Choosing this area for proximity to all Madison has to offer and liked the idea of a new up and coming neighborhood that appeared to be filled with a lot of young families. Before Birchwood Point they lived in a condo near Elver Park.

What's your family origin story, how did you meet and how has your family grown? What does your family’s last name mean?

Lagman is actually Filipino. I have been told it is basically "Smith" in the Philippines. Bailey and I were introduced by her younger brother, and my younger cousin who lived together in college. Our families have known each other our entire lives since our father's went to medical school together, but the two of us never actually met in person until her younger brother and my cousin introduced us in late 2015. After we met things moved fast. We got Finley in October 2016, Engaged in December 2016, married in December 2017, Bought our House here in February 2018, had our daughter Lylah April of 2019, and our daughter Harlow July of 2021.

What do you like best about the neighborhood and Madison?

We like that we have families and kids of similar ages to hang out with as well as the endless amenities in the area. There are multiple parks for the kids, hiking trails, ice age scenic trails, and though it's quiet and out of the way from the bustle of the city, nothing is a far drive. As far as Madison goes, it's just a wonderful home base with great people, great food, and a great university with great teams that we cheer for.

What does your family do together as a hobby?

We stay active and on the move. We love family adventures. We go on camping/backpacking/whitewater rafting trips in the summer, and ski trips out west in the winter. We are big sports fans as well. LJ's only television she watched before 2 years old was the Badgers, the Bucks, and the Packers. A more laid back weekend includes dinner or brunch out at my parents farm.

What family traditions does your family have?

Saturday coffee and brunch with the whole family (La Baguette, Willy St. Co-op, and Rolling pin are some of our favorites), Finley included

What’s your favorite way to spend a day off as a family?

A day off for our family likely includes cooking a big meal, an obstacle course in the living room in the morning, a workout for mom and dad during nap time, and something outside in the afternoon, maybe a walk on the ice age trail.

What was the best vacation you ever took and why? Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?

So far the best vacation we have taken was our 7 day backpacking trip in the grand canyon and Utah. It was an amazing experience almost completely off the grid in which we hiked 10 miles into the canyon to Havasupai, a waterfall oasis in the middle of the grand canyon. After hiking out we travelled to Zion, Red Cliffs, Valley of Fire, Bryce Canyon, and more. What also made the trip great was that it was with Bailey’s brothers. LJ was along for the ride as well, as Bailey was 3 months pregnant.

Our next place on our Bucket list is northern California because we planned a trip to Napa/Sonoma area in early 2020, that has still not happened. Hopefully soon!

What causes are you passionate about?

We are very passionate about health and nutrition as it relates to both society and the environment. We try to do our part in sourcing sustainable food in which we know the ingredients. We are also passionate about socioeconomic equality with an emphasis on equal opportunity. Thirdly we have many family members in the healthcare profession and are passionate about public health.

What's your most memorable moment in the neighborhood?

Our most memorable moment in the neighborhood was when we had to cancel LJ's first birthday party due to COVID, and our street came outside and sang happy Birthday to her. That meant an awful lot to us.

What's the weirdest thing you do when you're alone as a family?

Sing and dance to anything from disney's frozen soundtrack to an 80s rock anthem. Air guitar solos are a regular occurrence.

What type of music is your family into?

Currently our google home plays a lot of Disney Hits, but we jam out to anything from 90s hip hop to Queen, from Coldplay to Nickelback. We pretty much listen to it all. Probably country is our least played genre.

You can see from the answers to the questions this family lives by their motto, “Work hard. Play hard.” Always up to something new and on the go. Next time you see them in the neighborhood feel free to settle the debate between who is the better cook and how to get in on the ground floor in their aspirations to have an Indoor/Outdoor food and music venue. Bailey is currently an attorney with Grams & Christoffersen, S.C , Patrick is a creative lead at i3Verticals , LJ prefers barefeet and being in charge, while Lo brings the calm to the family. I met Bailey soon after they moved to the neighborhood as Finley was taking her for a wild ride on a walk as she grass surfed behind him and realized that in the small community that Madison can be I knew Patrick and his family from a prior time.

By Jeremy Schlitz

Community Events and Resources

Submitted articles: Please consider penning an article or repurposing something you created and want to share with your neighbors

by Jeremy Schlitz on November 22nd

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Ali Reinhard – Secretary & Interim President
Bridget Boyer – Interim Vice President
Jeffrey Thorn – Treasurer

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