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Wed
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Feb
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Middleton Community Orchestra Presents Winter Concert on February 27

The Middleton Community Orchestra (MCO) will present its Winter Concert on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. As the show nears, MCO co-founders Larry Bevic and Mindy Taranto recently took a few moments to reflect on the burgeoning community orchestra.

Wed
13
Feb
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Mixed Blood Theatre Brings Daughters of Africa to Library

Daughters of Africa, performed by the Twin Cities’ Mixed Blood Theatre, will be at the Middleton Public Library Monday at 7 p.m. Daughters of Africa is a music-driven history of African American women from slave ship survivors to stars of the silver screen.  Fueled by the songs of Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah and many others, the performance vividly commemorates both the famous and the overlooked. 

This free, 45-minute performance is for school-age children, families and adults.  Audience members will have the opportunity to engage the performers after the show in reflection and questions.

This program is funded in part by Beyond the Page, with assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Madison Community Foundation. For more information or to register for this program, email mid@scls.lib.wi.us or call 827-7403.

Wed
13
Feb
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Neighbor Cool Under Pressure When Apartment Fire Breaks Out

They don’t call Middleton the Good Neighbor City for nothing.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, a resident on the second floor of an apartment building in the Forest Harbor complex at 2070 Allen Boulevard noticed thick black smoke spewing from a neighbor’s living quarters. Hector Guerra dashed toward the apartment, grabbed a fire extinguisher, and took aim at flames that caused an estimated $55,000 to $60,000 in damage and left several families temporarily homeless.

The 16-unit building is located near Allen Boulevard’s intersection with University Avenue. One person was transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

Brad Subera, a battalion chief with the Middleton Fire Department, said the blaze began atop an electric stove. “The resident turned on the knobs, then decided not to cook and went to take a nap,” he said. “There were some household goods on the stove and they caught fire.”

Wed
30
Jan
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Middleton Players Announce Auditions for 'Les Mis'

Middleton Players Theatre is proud to announce the area’s premiere community theater production of “Les Miserables,” directed by Matt Starika-Jolivet and Thomas Kasdorf, with performance dates from July 5-13 at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. This full-scale version will offer roles for up to 50 local performers ages 8-adult, as well as backstage crew and pit orchestra opportunities. All roles are available for casting. Children’s roles (young Cosette, young Eponine and Gavroche) will be double cast.

Wed
23
Jan
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Cancer Support Clubhouse Backtracks on Name Change

A cancer support organization in Middleton has abandoned plans to change its name. In a statement issued Wednesday, Gilda’s Club Madison, which announced late last year it would change its name to Cancer Support Community Southwest Wisconsin in January, said it is retaining the Gilda’s Club name.

“Many of you have noticed that our website, Facebook page and signs did not change in January,” said a Gilda’s Club message sent via email to supporters and members of the media. “Since mid-December, the Gilda’s Club Madison board of directors has been working with our national Cancer Support Community board regarding the name change.”

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
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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.

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