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05
Dec
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Saturday Art Fair Will Benefit MOM Food Pantry

Scott Draves, a nationally known pottery artist, is working to help families in need in Dane County by joining the Creating for Causes benefit for Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM). 

Draves will be selling his work and donating to MOM at the art fair in the food pantry on Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

His pots are treasured by arts and crafts pottery collectors around the country. Draves will be joined by 39 other artists who are creating, donating and collecting donations for the MOM programs.

“The arts and crafts movement was all about changing how people worked and lived through good design, so it makes sense to use my skill to help change the world for people who are hungry, need food, clothing and shelter,” Draves commented. “I am happy to lend my name, and talent to MOM’s efforts to make the world a better place for families in need.”

Wed
06
Nov
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One Woman's Decision To Fund a Public Park

Lucille Taylor had long intended to leave the bulk of her estate to the City of Middleton for the creation of a new park. There was only one problem: the spry 82 year old – who mows her own lawn, shovels her own snow, and has been known to leap in and out of the cab of a large pickup truck when the need arises – appears to be a daunting foe for the grim reaper.

So Taylor, in a spare moment between volunteering at the senior center, weeding the community garden at city hall, and walking or biking throughout the Good Neighbor City, recently decided people would rather have their park sooner than later. She decided to give the city $100,000 to get the ball rolling.

When city administrator Mike Davis told Taylor she was on the verge of becoming something of a local celebrity, she responded with typical aplomb: “I thought I was just a plain old lady.”

Thu
31
Oct
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Field Day At Bock Forest

The Middleton Public Lands Department is sponsoring the fifth annual Forestry Field Day on Saturday, November 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John C. Bock Community Forest.

Orchid Heights Park provides parking and wagon rides to the activities. The 19-acre parcel is in its fifth year of restoration to oak savanna, oak woodland, and prairie ecosystems.

The forestry field day is a free public event featuring demonstrations of horse logging, arborist skills (tree climbing and pruning), wood milling, timber stand improvement, and free horse-drawn wagon rides. These demonstrations will highlight how foresters select, harvest, and process trees in a responsible, environmentally sustainable manner. There will also be talks given on wildlife of the area, restoration methods, and historic land use.

Thu
24
Oct
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Secret Society Thrives in the Information Age

Wellington Amaral, Jeff Breunig and John Ertl are sitting in a small but comfortable room not far from Middleton High School. There are chairs, a low couch, and a couple portraits of George Washington on the wall. Sacrificial goats, satanic rituals and clandestine strings that control the world’s power structure are all conspicuously absent.

They are Masons, and they say being in the world’s most famous “secret society” is a little tricky in the digital age.

“We’re on Facebook and everything,” Breunig explains. “We’re not exactly a secret.”

The organization’s website even features an interactive “lodge finder,” as well as listing the names of high ranking members. No secret handshake or password is required to peruse the site.

The inner workings of the twice monthly meetings held at Middleton Ionic Lodge No. 180 are a bit of a secret, at least to non-Masons, but local members say their brotherhood is based on fairly simple, open principles.

Sun
20
Oct
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Middleton Man Charged With Having Child Porn

A Middleton man who worked at a local elementary school until last month was charged Tuesday with six counts of possessing child pornography on his home computer.

63-year-old Todd Anderson, a librarian and media specialist who retired Sept. 13 after 22 years working for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, was in possession of graphic sexual images of children as young one or two years of age, according to the complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.

School district officials and police said no pornography was discovered on Anderson’s work computer.

Thu
17
Oct
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Free Car Winterization For Seniors

The Middleton Police Department has once again teamed up with Middleton Ford and the Middleton Senior Center to conduct a car winterization program for senior citizens.  This free event will be held at Middleton Ford, 7520 Century Avenue in Middleton, on Saturday, October 19th from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

This program is targeted towards adults age 60 and older, but no one will be turned away if they are in need of service.  Persons should contact the Middleton Senior Center at 608-831-2373 to make an appointment.

Police Officers will check the exterior of the vehicle making sure that the horn, turn signals, headlights, brake lights, tail lights and back-up lights are all working properly.  Middleton Ford service technicians will then inspect the vehicle fluid levels, belts, battery, tire pressure, tire wear, wipers and any other problems they may note. 

Wed
25
Sep
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Environmental Icon

Landscape architect, countless award-winner, professor, author, visionary, innovator and Sports Illustrated person-of-note: these are just a few of the hats Phil Lewis has worn, and still does.

For over half a century he’s been a force in Wisconsin, and across the planet, for environmental protection and stewardship.

“As a kid, you want to see your dad in Sports Illustrated – Dad did that in 1967,” quipped Lewis’ son, Andy, himself a former member of the Middleton City Council.

At that time, SI published an in-depth article featuring Lewis entitled, “How To Stop The Pillage of America.” It explained Wisconsin’s forward-thinking statewide recreational planning effort, Lewis said.

Wed
18
Sep
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'Friend of Town' Award Created

The Middleton Town Board doesn’t want residents who make a positive difference in the community to go unnoticed.

Beginning next year the board will select an individual who has made a significant contribution to bettering the town as a recipient of the “Friend of the Town” award.

Board supervisor Tim Roehl suggested initiating the annual honor some years ago, While selection criteria remain purposely non-specific, town chairman Milo Breunig last week cited Mike Hanson’s work toward establishing the July 4 Freedom Fest festival as an example of the type of work that could garner the honor.

“But we have lots of residents who have stepped forward and have done great things for the town over the years,” he said. “There are some people who have 30 years of service on the plan commission.”

The board wanted the award limited to an individual and not a group of people. Nominations will be solicited through February. In March the board will make the selection.

Wed
11
Sep
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Back To School in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District

The graduating class of 1963 recently held its 50th class reunion. “Our 50th class reunion was terrific,” raved organizer Jo Ann Woodford. “It’s nice how sooner or later everyone grows up!”  It began August 15 and ran through Sunday Aug. 18.

“We had the largest attendance ever,” Woodford added.

Pictured left to right while touring Middleton High School (back row) Judy (Schumann) Schaefer, Randall Schaefer, Sally Monogue, Ginger Collins, Cathy (Meinholz) Breunig, Donna (Ripp) Breunig, Jerry Goth, Mike Breunig; (front row) Janet (Sauk) Hanson, Jo Ann Woodford, Marge (Kalscheur) Stern, Helen (Markart) Adler, Vicki (Mergen) Spink, Mary (Gibson) Gill and DuWayne Fischer.

Wed
04
Sep
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Good times with good neighbors

The Good Neighbor Festival is all about two things: summer fun for the entire community and raising funds for Middleton’s many service clubs. This year’s event, which took place during the final weekend in August, was a success on both fronts, according to organizers. “I think we had a really good year,” said Nancy Vickery, the festival’s president. “Crowds were good, I think everyone had a good time and the organizations raised plenty of money to spend back into the community.”

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