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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.

Wed
19
Jun
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Good Neighbor Fest Nominations Sought

Middleton Good Neighbor Festival organizers are seeking nominations for the 2013 Good Neighbor Awards.  Each year, in association with the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival, the Good Neighbor Award is given in recognition of individuals whose volunteer efforts have made a difference in the Middleton community and who embody what it means to be a Good Neighbor.

The recipients of the Good Neighbor Award have made community involvement part of their life every day. Members of the Middleton community are encouraged to nominate those deserving of such an honor. Awards are generally given to between four and seven individuals each year.

Wed
12
Jun
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Amish Make Friends In Good Neighbor City

In this fast-paced era replete with technology, Rudy and Malinda Stutzman prefer keeping to the old ways.

The Amish couple, hailing from outside Readstown, run R&M Bakery & Candy Shoppe. They’ve only been in operation since April 2012.

Twenty-seven-year-old Rudy Stutzman explained they founded the business to support their three young children because of dire circumstances.

“The reason we got started was for four years I used to go out and help a guy who takes down old barns and resells the wood,” he recalled. “One year, me and my brother were on our way to work and a bad car accident shattered the buggy into 100 pieces,.”

“Actually, I’m lucky I’m still here,” he said.

Stutzman remained in the hospital for twelve days with a badly broken leg, and admitted his back still pains him.

“So I quit working, and we had to do something,” he concluded.

Sun
26
May
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Junior Firefighters Hone Life-Saving Skills

Dagmar LeMans learned a valuable skill that could come in handy during months of Wisconsin winters – and even in spring. She said if she ever sees someone fall through lake ice, she’ll know what to do. LeMans, age 16, is one of twelve Junior Firefighters with the Middleton Fire Department.

According to Battalion Chief Brad Subera, 16 high school students participated in the “Juniors” program over the past four years. Although not allowed to actively fight fires, or on EMS assists or at car accident sites, at the station they learn and practice skills along with the rest of the department, he said.

Skills include extrication, ice rescue, search and rescue, and fire attacks. In addition, they are allowed on fire calls as adjunct staff.

Tue
14
May
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LaRouche Visits Middleton

While Middletonians heading to the city’s post office likely expected a logjam in the parking lot, they probably didn’t anticipate meeting Judy Clark, who was holding a large sign that depicted the President of the United States with a Hitler-esque mustache.

But see her they did. Throughout the day on May 8, and again on Tuesday of this week, Clark and other members of LaRouche PAC were stationed in the right-of-way in front of the Middleton Post Office, urging citizens to support legislation that would prevent commercial banks from taking part in investment banking activities.

LaRouche PAC is well known for a variety of polarizing political movements. The organization, which is named after controversial political activist Lyndon LaRouche, gained international notoriety in 2009 following a town hall exchange between Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank and a woman named Rachel Brown, a member of the LaRouche Youth Movement.

Mon
06
May
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Saturday Run/Walk At Pheasant Branch Will Honor Woman Who Died In Rafting Accident

Today marks 10 months to the day since the howling waters of the Wolf River silenced 20-year-old Lina Vergara’s laughter forever. But on Saturday in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, the late Middleton woman’s family hopes the community will smile, laugh and honor Lina's life, even as they continue to mourn her death.

The first annual Glowing Smiles 5k Run/Walk and Kids Dash will raise funds for the Lina Vergara Memorial Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, the school where Lina was majoring in bilingual education and English as a Second Language at the time of her death. It will start at Orchid Heights Park in the City of Middleton, continuing through the Pheasant Branch Conservancy.

Vergara, who was swept under the rain-bloated Wolf River during what was intended to be an innocuous outdoor adventure in July, had a passion for two things, according to her mother, Margarita Vergara. “She loved kids and she loved nature,” she said.

Sun
05
May
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Burgers & Brew Returns to Capital Bier Garten

Tickets are on sale now for REAP Food Group’s 6th Annual Burgers & Brew event, taking place Saturday, June 1 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at the Capital Brewery Bier Garten in Middleton.

Burgers & Brew is a celebration of three of Wisconsin’s favorite traditions: grilling out, enjoying craft beers, and supporting local farms.                         

Each $30 ticket entitles guests to three combos featuring a fabulous mini-burger paired with a five-ounce beer pour. Unique burgers, grilled onsite, will feature dynamite flavor combinations of locally raised meats, vegetables and cheese found only in Southern Wisconsin. Wash them down with local craft brews, served by brewery representatives and selected to complement each chef’s creation.

Growing since 2012, the burger/beer pairing will increase from 14 to 16 stations.

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