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14
Aug
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Healing Continues In Sikh Community

Upon entering the Sikh temple in Middleton, a visitor quickly learns at least a few of the basics of the faith. 

For instance, the importance of covering one’s hair to show respect, and the requirement that visitors take off their shoes when they enter.

There is also the overall sense of generosity and kindness, which is demonstrated through the large meal that is served and offered to anyone who wishes to attend on Sundays, or through the eager willingness to help those who ask for it. 

Sikhism is a monotheistic faith that promotes an honest lifestyle, sharing, meditation and selfless service among its basic beliefs.  Sikhism also upholds the idea that all humans are equal in the eyes of God regardless of gender or caste, and lists three duties as being sacred: praying, giving and working. 

Wed
14
Aug
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Another Sex Offender Will Live In The Town Of Middleton

 

For the third time in three years a state agency will house a convicted sex offender at a West Mineral Point Road residence in the Town of Middleton.

Kenneth Adams, 69, who has seven prior convictions for sex offenses dating to 1963, will reside within about a week at 7214 W. Mineral Pt. Rd., a house the state leases for $1,500 a month.

Jason Cram, manager for the Department of Health Service’s supervised release program,  officials from the Department of Corrections, and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office held a community notification meeting on Tuesday of last week at the Middleton Town Hall. 

In sharp contrast to the meeting for a different sex offender in June 2010, when 100 residents packed town hall with some seeking to reverse his release, less than 20 attended the meeting Tuesday.

Fri
02
Aug
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Middleton Resident Is Zoo's First Ever Female Director

Ronda Schwetz, Henry Vilas Zoo director, has had a lifelong affinity for Madison’s popular menagerie. Growing up in McFarland, now residing in the Town of Middleton, she remembers well the exact location where her dream job at the free zoo was born.

“I was by the rhinos – the exact same ones we have today, in fact – when I first thought, ‘I want to do this some day,’” she recalled. The 43-year-old is the first female director in the 102-year-old zoo’s history. She took charge of the facility in June of 2012.

She held her first position at this zoo in 1991, as an intern while at UW-Stevens Point, in a program that continues today. After graduating in 1992 with a double major – psychology and biology- and a minor in Captive Wildlife Management, Schwetz moved to Chippewa Falls. Her stint at the Irvine Park Zoo lasted several years, gaining her valuable hands-on knowledge.

Thu
01
Aug
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Town Meeting On Sex Offender Release

 

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging citizens in the Town of Middleton to attend a Community Notification meeting regarding the release of Kenneth Adams.

A core team evaluates and makes decisions on the level of notification to the community for the release of sex offenders under Wisconsin Statutes 301.45 and 301.46.  The Core Team will be holding a Community Notification meeting on Tuesday, August 6, at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Middleton Town Hall, located at 7555 W. Old Sauk Rd.  The Core Team will offer information about the Community Notification Law and the release of Kenneth Adams.

Wed
24
Jul
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With some municipalities opting to begin blanket redactions, the City of Middleton attempts to preserve public access

New confusion about an old federal law is forcing local governments to choose between the right to privacy and the public’s right to information. Further muddying the waters is the fact that cities, villages and towns know they run the risk of getting sued either way.

Many government agencies in Wisconsin have begun blacking out names and addresses from what had previously been public police reports in response to a new interpretation of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA).

Government decision-makers essentially have two choices. They can continue releasing names to the public and risk lawsuits from individuals who claim their right to privacy has been violated, or they can redact the information and face lawsuits from newspapers and other government watchdog groups that believe the information must be turned over under state open records law.

Wed
10
Jul
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Battle Of The Badges Returns

It was simple coin toss, but its meaning was so much more.

On Tuesday morning last week around 9 a.m.,  Middleton Fire Chief Aaron Harris and Middleton Police Chief Brad Keil flipped a special Middleton Police Department coin to decide who will be the home team at the second annual Battle of the Badges in August. 
 
The charity softball game between the two departments will raise awareness and funds to help families affected by childhood cancer.  This year they will play for five-year-old Cole Truitt, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Nov. 6. The fire department won Tuesday’s toss and will be the home team in 2013.
 
The Battle of the Badges was originally inspired by James Helmuth, who died earlier this year. 
 
Wed
03
Jul
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Freedom Fest Returns In Town of Middleton

Independence Day is fast approaching, and that means Freedom Fest: An Ol’ Fashioned Picnic in the Park is right around the corner.

The celebration will take place Thursday, July 4 at Pioneer Park  (located corner of W. Old Sauk and Pioneer roads next to the Middleton Town Hall).

The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K Run/Walk.

A fire truck parade will follow at  11 a.m. It will begins near Betsy Court and end at Pioneer Park.

Food and an array of festivities at the park will start at 11:30 a.m.

“The last couple of  summers we have really enjoyed celebrating and honoring the fourth of July by staying near home and keeping it simple,” said organizer Melanie Kranz. “Watching the kids in the bike parade, playing games that we played as kids and meeting and chatting with neighbors is a fun way to spend the afternoon.”

Wed
03
Jul
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It's A Small World

Editor’s note: The Burmese comprise the vast majority of the peoples in Myanmar, a primarily agrarian society. But the country is populated with more than 120 ethnic groups. After independence from Britain in 1947, and prior to 1962 when the military dictatorship rose to power, Burma functioned as a democracy. After the coup, the country declined into economic and political isolation, impoverished and without basic freedoms. In 1989, the authoritarian government officially changed the name of the country from Burma to Myanmar. Various countries recognize both names.

 

In this 21st century global village, serendipity abounds. How else to explain that a handful of folks from Middleton and Madison are able to directly impact Myanmar, a newly emerging democracy?

Wed
26
Jun
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Local Man Sold Hundreds of Pounds of Pot

A man who sold hundreds of pounds of marijuana before moving to his father’s Century Avenue condominium pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to conspiring to sell a controlled substance.

According to a complaint filed in court:

Nicholas Bokas, 33, began selling ounces of marijuana per week in late 2011, which escalated into sales of up to 10 pounds weekly at $3,400 a pound, according to a complaint filed with the court.

Bokas and Justin Triplett shared an apartment on E. Mifflin Street in the spring of 2012 when Bokas arranged to sell 50 pounds of pot to Joshua Campbell through Triplett.

Campbell was wearing a recording device when he met Triplett at the Mifflin Street apartment. There, Campbell saw 20 pounds of marijuana and Triplett said he could provide another 30 pounds within an hour.

Wed
19
Jun
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Local Olympians Shine At State Summer Games

Seven Madison Youth Special Olympics athletes went to the Special Olympics State Summer Games at the UW-Stevens Point campus June 6-9. Six of them were from Middleton-Cross Plains. They are Lauren Hopp (MHS): shot put - 2nd place, 100M run - 3rd place, 4x100 relay - 6th place; Nick Annen (Cross Plains): shot put - 1st place, 4x100 relay - 6th place; Nikki Ordaz (Madison): 200M dash - 4th place, 1500M run - 4th place, relay - 6th place; Faith Engle (MHS): Turbo jav - 5th place, 4x100 relay - 6th place; Ashlee Hrdlicka (MHS) - Standing Long Jump - 1st place; Regina MacLean (MHS) - 50M run - 2nd place; Gavin Katovich (Kromery Middle School) - 100M run - 5th place.

Pictured here from left to right are agency manager/coach Jean Hopp, Regina MacLean, Coach Joe Ordaz, Ashlee Hrdlicka, Lauren Hopp, Nick Annen, Gavin Katovich and coach Debbie Borth. Not pictured are athletes Faith Engle and Nikki Ordaz and chaperone Jane MacLean.

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