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Wed
23
Jan
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City Works to Make Pleasant View a Hub For Winter Recreation

Pleasant View Golf Course’s clubhouse is now open every Sunday as a warming house for skiers and snowshoers.

According to the Middleton Tourism Department, the public can cruise into the clubhouse every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., stash their equipment on conveniently located storage racks, refuel with pizza and snacks, warm up with hot chocolate and coffee or relax with a cold beer.  In addition to food, the clubhouse offers panoramic views of Lake Mendota, Middleton and Madison. Opening weekend alone, more than 100 people stopped off to rest, defrost and fill up.

Pleasant View Golf Course, owned and operated by the City of Middleton, includes cross-country ski trail loops ranging from 0.5 to 2.3 miles long. 

Wed
23
Jan
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Police Work With Stonefield Residents to Curb Rise in Burglaries

Residents from the Stonefield neighborhood flooded the Middleton Courthouse Saturday, where two officers, a detective, a captain and the chief of the Middleton Police Department provided details on the investigation into a recent spike in burglaries. Authorities called for a proactive, collaborative approach to help stymy the thieves who have recently zeroed in on the wealthy neighborhood.

Detective Troy Hellenbrand said there have been six burglaries in Stonefield since late last year. Investigators believe the break-ins are linked to at least two other burglaries in the Good Neighbor City, and as many as 28 in nearby Madison. (The latest occurred Friday night on North High Point Road in Middleton.)

“This is concerning to me, too,” Hellenbrand, who grew up in the Middleton, told the more than 100 Stonefield residents who crowded into the courthouse late Saturday morning. “I take this kind of personally when people tell me they are scared to come home.”

Fri
18
Jan
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Hansen Leaving MOM

Kathy Hansen is stepping down from her position as Middleton Outreach Ministry’s executive director. She was hired in May of 2012, and was MOM’s first female director and its fourth director in five years.

“Since my arrival I have been blown away by all the good work MOM does in our community,” Hansen said. “With a strong committed staff and solid programs it is easy to see all the meaningful work that is making lives better each and every day.”

When she arrived, Hansen said she wanted to bring sensibilities from the for-profit sector to her work at MOM, helping maximize the number of people the organization could reach.

Hansen said she is leaving for personal reasons, primarily because the commute from Lake Geneva to Middleton had become too difficult. She called 2012 “a tremendous year for MOM.”

Mon
14
Jan
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Chiaverini's Latest Looks At Lincoln Family Through Dressmaker's Eyes

Middleton resident and New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini departs from her Elm Creek Quilts series to debut her first stand-alone novel, “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” (Dutton; January 15, 2013). 

The book unveils the private lives of the Lincolns from the time of their rise to White House glory, through the President’s shocking assassination and its tumultuous aftermath, until the end of Mary Todd Lincoln’s troubled life - all told from the perspective of the First Lady’s most trusted confidante and friend, her dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley.

Chiaverini is the author of the Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as five collections of quilt projects inspired by the novels. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago.

The Lincolns have been immortalized in countless works, but Keckley’s story has really been told only once - and that was in her own controversial memoir, published in 1868. 

Thu
03
Jan
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A Look Back At 2012

Images that appeared in the Middleton Times-Tribune last year ranged from joyous celebrations to solemn remembrances.

Clockwise from top left: performers at the Middleton Chamber of Commerce’s annual celebration; Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, with supporters in front of the Middleton Public Library; educators cut the ribbon at the opening of a new Montessori school in the Town of Middleton; local firefighters help track down a thief in Mexico; a candlelight vigil at the Sikh temple on Century Avenue; police officer Nick Stroik is given a medal of valor for shooting an armed intruder; a photographer gets photographed during the Middleton High School Homecoming Parade; Dianne Hesselbein celebrates her victory in the race for the 79th State Assembly seat (center photo).

Pick up a copy of this week's print edition, or purchase the e-edition, for a full rundown of the year's top stories.

Mon
24
Dec
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Middleton Bears Brunt of First Major Snowstorm in Two Years

A massive white tempest set up shop in Middleton on Wednesday of last week and didn’t leave town until Friday morning. Multiple media outlets reported that Middleton experienced markedly heavier snowfall than many of its neighbors during the storm, with estimates hovering at around 19 inches when it was all said and done.

Middleton Police Chief Brad Keil said that, despite the size of the blizzard, there were no serious accidents within city limits and the Emergency Operations Center at the police station was not forced to open.

Thu
13
Dec
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A Friday Tradition

It’s Friday afternoon and there’s a distinctive sound emanating from the kitchen beneath St. Peter Catholic School in Ashton. It’s periodic laughter and the percussive clunk of chopping as a handful of volunteers mix massive vats of coleslaw, trim hundreds of slabs of cod, and line up tray after tray of homemade cupcakes.

In a few hours, the sound will be replaced by a din rivaling that of any busy restaurant. Baskets of battered cod will be lowered into cracking oil, and more than 1,000 people will line up to take part in a Wisconsin tradition.

It’s a tradition that has been going on here, at St. Peter Catholic Parish, for four decades now.

Friday night fish fries take place in many different venues. Their origin, however, is linked to the devoutly religious European communities that settled in this region of the Midwest.

Thu
13
Dec
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Family Farming in the Suburbs

It didn’t start with the chickens. Before the chickens came the kids. It all started with the kids.

Amy and Jeff Wiltzius have an uncommonly large residential lot, about three quarters of an acre, in Middleton’s Shorecrest neighborhood. A petite neighborhood with little traffic, Shorecrest is north of County Highway M and east of County Highway Q. Across the backyard fence is Bishops Bay.

In 1997 Amy and Jeff, a young couple with plans to raise a family, bought their home. The  transition to homeownership included the addition of new chores and responsibilities.

“Every weekend we were mowing the lawn,” Amy recalled.

Three years after purchasing their house, Amy gave birth to a son, Nate. An independent child from the beginning, as a toddler Nate’s curiosity took him all over the neighborhood. “We’d find him having cookies and milk in our neighbors’ kitchen down the block,” Amy said.

Wed
12
Dec
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A Passionate Life Cut Short

I love football, I play football, I live football. Life is too short and too valuable to take seriously or take for granted.

I like to treat every moment as a reward, not a gift, because in order to get anything in life you have to earn it through hard work and discipline, that makes life all the sweeter. Work hard so you can play harder.

 

Fred Statz,

as quoted in the program for his Nov. 17 funeral at St. Martin’s Catholic Church

Fred Statz’s parents and siblings say his passion for football was contagious, and they all caught the bug.

Tue
11
Dec
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Community Shocked by Sikh Temple Shooting

Local members of the Sikh community were joined by the city as they reacted to reports that white supremacist Wade Michael Page opened fire and killed six people at a religious center in Oak Creek on Sunday, Aug. 5.

The City of Middleton is home to the Sikh Society of Wisconsin-Madison’s gurudwara, or temple. Bimal Pangli described the Century Avenue building as her family’s “second home,” where followers of the faith can go to find serenity.

Bakhshinder Singh, a priest at the Middleton gurudwara, called the shooting a “tragedy.”

“This is a place where we pray for everyone,” he said, shaking his head. “This is very sad.”

On Tuesday night, the Middleton Common Council approved a resolution supporting the Sikh community and expressing condolences for the victims in Oak Creek, which is about two hours east of the Good Neighbor City.

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