March 2021

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Falling

We used to sleep high up in the trees, nestled among fragrant branches in the cool night air. Each evening we would ascend, far above the leopards and lions that so often devoured us below. 

But with slumber comes paralysis. With paralysis comes the very real possibility of falling from the tree. With falling from the tree comes the near certainty of death on the ground. 

Sometimes, just as wakefulness left us, our minds would start to detach from our bodies for the evening, our muscles would relax, and we would start to fall from our branches. When that happened, our brains would send an emergency signal to our bodies, a jolt of neurological energy that would make us shudder and wake up just enough to prevent a deadly plunge. 

That, according to some scientists, is why so many of us experience the sensation of falling just as we drift into sleep. That is why we sometimes wake, as if shocked, just as we begin losing consciousness. 

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Plan Commission Reviews Development Concepts Proposals

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Plan Commission reviewed two conceptual proposals for mixed-use, multi-family, residential-commercial redevelopment projects, granting concept approval for a four story, 81-unit building on University Avenue and referring a proposal from The Bruce Company to redevelop its Parmenter Street location into a multi-phase, multi-building project with up to 600 units.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Mark Opitz said the developer Prime Urban Properties is requesting feedback from the plan commission for a proposal which calls for redeveloping two buildings at 6230 and 6236 University Avenue near the intersection with Allen Boulevard. The site currently has a multi-tenant building with a Milio’s Sandwiches, Queen’s Way Laundry laundromat and a former tattoo shop and another building formerly a Mexican Restaurant. 

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PHMDC Adjusts Metrics, Issues New Order

DANE COUNTY–Janel Heinrich Director of Public Health of Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) told reporters on at a virtual press conference Tuesday that officials in Dane County are cautiously optimistic about COIVD-19 data in Dane County. 

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have been anticipating the impact of COVID-19 on this community,” she said, and added that the county is “seeing signs of hopeful progress.”

That is due to mitigation measures and vaccinations, and Heinrich said over 100,000 people in Dane County have been vaccinated. Statewide, nearly 1.5 million doses have been administered, 500,000 of those second doses. 

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Ronald J. Kalscheur

CROSS PLAINS–Ronald J. “Kully” Kalscheur, age 90, of Cross Plains, passed away on Feb. 25, 2021. He was born on April 17, 1930, in Madison, the son of Frank and Dorothy (Schmitz) Kalscheur.

Ron graduated from Middleton High School in 1948 where he served as the class president. He married Sarah “Sally” (Coyle) Kalscheur on Feb. 19, 1949, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Ron worked as an auto body supervising technician for Zimbrick Automotive where he retired after 32 years of service.

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Boys volleyball team excited to get started

The wait is over.

And Middleton first-year boys volleyball coach Rob Kleinschmidt is giddy thinking about what the next six weeks could entail.

The Cardinals’ season typically runs in the fall. Due to COVID-19, though, the WIAA gave teams the option of postponing fall sports to the spring, and Middleton elected to do just that.

Middleton began practicing last week and its season will run until mid-April. And after going roughly 16 months since their last match, the Cardinals were thrilled to get things started.

“Getting back into the gym has been busy, but great,” said Kleinschmidt, whose team has its first match of the year Thursday at Beloit Memorial. “This year is a special feeling because it's been so long for the guys between seasons. We have a great group of guys in the program and I have loved the time getting to know them and their abilities.”

Kleinschmidt and the Cardinals know this will be a year like no other.

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Girls spikers have high hopes

Maddie Vogel was hired as Middleton’s girls volleyball coach last May.

Since then, Vogel and the Cardinals have experienced a ridiculous blend of uncertainty, doubt and questions centered around if they’d have a season.

Last week, Vogel and her team got into the gym for the first time, and it’s not a stretch to say it was glorious.

“Getting back into the gym has been surreal,” Vogel said. “We have waited so long for this moment, so to finally be back in action feels incredible. Things have been going well so far. I think everyone is just so excited to be back in the gym so we have been able to maintain a high level of energy throughout this first week of practice.”

The Cardinals’ season typically runs in the fall. Due to COVID-19, though, the WIAA gave teams the option of postponing fall sports to the spring, and Middleton elected to do just that.

Vogel and the Cardinals now understand that this season will be a year like no other.

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Future bright for basketball Cards

It’s one thing to have potential.

Turning that into production is a whole other challenge.

That’s the task Middleton’s boys basketball team faces in 2021-22.

The Cardinals will be loaded with possibilities next winter. Whether or not Middleton can make a run at its first state tournament since 1998 — and its first under 16th-year coach Kevin Bavery — remains to be seen.

“They have to stay hungry and cannot be comfortable,” Bavery said of his team. “In fact they have to get uncomfortable and focus on their individual improvement. It won't be an easy team to make.

“There are nine months between now and the start of next season. Some will grow, some will put a ton of time and work into their game, some will take their strength and level of conditioning to new levels, and we always expect players to show up in November improved in all phases. No guarantees, but lots of opportunity.”

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MHS swimmers dunk Oshkosh West

Practice is one thing.

But for a team to truly understand where it stands, it needs competitions.

Middleton’s girls swimming team got just that last Saturday and posted an impressive 108-62 win over host Oshkosh West.

“We can only see so much in practice and getting the girls into an actual meet environment definitely helped us to see where we are at and what improvements we need to make going forward,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “All in all, we have a really solid, well-rounded team and I'm excited to see them improve over the next few weeks.”

Middleton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Kaitlyn Peters, Abby Utter, Ryanne Woodall and Molly Haag was first, while the quartet of Abby Ensenberger, Eva Anagnostopoulos, Andi Young and Tait Haag was second. The Cardinals’ No. 3 team of Brianna Acker, Piper Garcia Hall, Amanda Beckman and Amanda George added a third place finish.

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