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Mar
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The Heroin Blues

Editor's note: In the last couple of years, an unprecedented number of Dane County residents have died from heroin overdoses. Most recently, Middleton High School graduate Kyle Wood, 32, died following a long battle with addiction.

As authorities struggle with how to contain the epidemic, The Middleton Times-Tribune, over the next several months, will publish the first-person accounts of an addict currently in recovery. That addict, Nathan J. Comp, has contributed to the pages of this newspaper as well as several other publications throughout the state, including Isthmus and The Capital Times.

His work has been recognized by several distinguished organizations, including The American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry for a series he wrote in 2004 on drug use among Middleton teens following the death of 16-year-old Julie Zdeblick, who died of an oxycodone overdose that same year.

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Jan
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Middleton Community Orchestra named 'Musicians of the Year'

The Middleton Community Orchestra (MCO) rang in the New Year by earning an accolade from The Well-Tempered Ear, a popular blog focused on classical music in the Madison area.

Ear founder and writer Jacob Stockinger on Dec. 31 named the MCO “Musicians of the Year.”

Noting the orchestra’s “admirable achievements in only four seasons,” Stockinger went on to laud the group for keeping alive the age-old tradition of amateur music in a local setting.

“I’ve been very impressed with the quality of the stuff they do,” Stockinger told the Times-Tribune. “And with their featured soloists and the shows in general.”

“I think the Middleton Community Orchestra recaptures the integration of arts into our workaday world and daily life,” he added. “They really do a good job.”

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Oct
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Haunty’s ‘Take a Bow!’ honors philanthropists

When doctors told Marybeth Haunty her son, Alex, wouldn’t ever walk or talk, they forgot to mention fly. They would have been wrong on that count, too.

Haunty, a 22-year-old Middleton entrepreneur, is known locally for his colorful paintings and note cards, hugs, goodwill, and loquacious conversation. But for over a year he had to keep secret his role in the Overture Center’s 10Fest Celebration, held the last weekend in September.

“Sometimes I got so excited that I let the cats out of the bag,” Haunty confessed in the speech he gave at the Overture Center private reception to honor philanthropists Pleasant Rowland and Jerry Frautschi.

The “cats” were that staff had commissioned Haunty to paint a gift of thanks to Rowland and Frautschi on behalf of the greater Madison community, Overture Center spokesperson Robert Chappell said.

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21
Aug
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Everyone Wins in the Battle of the Badges

Middleton’s police and fire departments faced off Saturday in their third annual softball game fundraiser benefit, “The Battle of the Badges.” 

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17
Jul
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TV News Anchor Named Parade Marshal

The Middleton Good Neighbor Festival Trustees are proud to announce that Charlotte Deleste will be the 2014 Parade Marshal.

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17
Jul
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Flower girl

The Midwest Mustache & Beard Wearers Championship took place Saturday at Capital Brewery. While most of the  competitors were male, some of the most creative styles were worn by women (who, unlike their male counterparts, were allowed to use fake beards). This one was worn by Krista Brickbauer. To see more images from the event, turn  to pages 10-11 in this week's print edition.

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17
Jul
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Market season is here!

The Greenway Station Farmers Market is in full swing, taking place each Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Farming is a family affair for vendors (left to right) Maichi, Yasoua and Sue V. Vang, who sell fresh vegetables at the market.

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It's Here: Invasive Beatle Found in the City of Middleton

On Monday, May 19, the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was identified and confirmed in the 6900 block of Cooper Avenue in the City of Middleton.

An employee from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service was conducting pest surveys and notified the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the City of Middleton City Forester.  Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources made the final confirmation. Middleton now joins a growing list of Wisconsin communities where the insect has been detected.

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05
Mar
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God, gay rights and Good Neighbors

Gay marriage is a political hot button. For years, the issue has drawn ideological lines between political candidates, families and communities. 

When Facebook users changed their profile pictures in March of 2013 to red-hued versions of an equality logo created by the LGBT-advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign, nearly 3 million internet users demonstrated their support for gay marriage legislation passing through the Supreme Court.

The court declined the case, leaving the populace to return to the debate.

But here in Middleton, it’s a more nuanced issue that one might assume. It isn’t, as many national media outlets have been wont to frame it, a fight between liberal atheists and conservative Christians.

The Good Neighbor City is home to an eclectic mix of faiths, churches and congregations, and they don’t all see eye to eye on the issue of gay rights.

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05
Feb
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Breaking Barriers

One could focus bitterly on the loss: Caliph Muab-El bounced around Wisconsin’s prison facilities nearly half his life. Or one could focus, as the soft-spoken, eloquent 32-year-old minister does, on the good he can do now.

Yet, the way to the now has been fraught with danger, hardship, and much self-work. When he was nine, his parents moved the family from Chicago to Milwaukee, mistakenly believing they would “escape the infestation of violence, drugs, gangs, and crime,” Muab-El explained.

Ironically, Milwaukee turned out to be worse. The low-income housing available “was so concentrated it made the infestation more intense.” At the same time, his father was not always residing with the family and his mother held down three jobs. As eldest, the responsibility of caring for his siblings fell on Muab-El.

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