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17
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Rock the Ramp Gets Final Okay

MIDDLETON–Despite opposition from some residents, the License & Ordinance Committee (L&O) last week granted final approval for fireworks and alcohol sales permits for a July 23 “Rock the Ramp” event at the Middleton Municipal Airport-Morey Field.

Those opposed to the current level of noise from low-flying airplanes, and lead emissions from fuel they burn, said the approximate additional 80 aircraft attending the event will only worsen conditions.

“The proposed Rock the Ramp special event poses unnecessary health and safety risks to people living the vicinity of Morey airport, particularly the elderly and young children who are susceptible to lead poisoning and exposure to any lead level,” said Dr. David Bryce, a Town of Middleton Board Supervisor.

Ald. Kathy Olson interrupted to ask Bryce to address the fireworks request and not lead emissions.

Thu
15
Jul
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Rock the Ramp Gets Final Okay

MIDDLETON–Despite opposition from some residents, the License & Ordinance Committee (L&O) last week granted final approval for fireworks and alcohol sales permits for a July 23 “Rock the Ramp” event at the Middleton Municipal Airport-Morey Field.

Those opposed to the current level of noise from low-flying airplanes, and lead emissions from fuel they burn, said the approximate additional 80 aircraft attending the event will only worsen conditions.

“The proposed Rock the Ramp special event poses unnecessary health and safety risks to people living the vicinity of Morey airport, particularly the elderly and young children who are susceptible to lead poisoning and exposure to any lead level,” said Dr. David Bryce, a Town of Middleton Board Supervisor.

Ald. Kathy Olson interrupted to ask Bryce to address the fireworks request and not lead emissions.

Thu
15
Jul
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Town to Study Airport Lead Emissions

TOWN OF MIDDLETON–Town of Middleton Board Supervisors last week contracted a firm to estimate lead concentrations in the town from leaded fuel exhaust produced by airplanes using the Middleton Municipal Airport-Morey Field.

The board has become more concerned about lead emissions from aircraft operations as a longer runway and expanding other airport facilities is being considered in an Airport Master Plan which is being completed.

Some neighborhoods and two schools are located under the flight path of the airport’s main runway where airplanes take off and practice “touch and go” landings. Those operations along with idling and pre-flight engine checks, produce the most aviation lead emissions, according to the firm the Board hired, Trinity Consultants, of Phoenix, AZ.

Thu
15
Jul
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City Council Reviews Revised Municipal Energy Plan

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Common Council reviewed revisions to the municipal energy plan which lays out a timeline for measures the city will need to implement to reach its goal of using 100 percent renewable community-wide by the year 2050. 

Middleton Sustainability Coordinator Kelly Hilyard said the revised municipal energy plan was created on behalf of Dane County, Fitchburg, Marshall, Middleton, Monona, Stoughton, Sun Prairie and Waunakee with the help of energy consultant Slipstream.

Thu
15
Jul
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Hidden Cave Cidery Opens in Middleton

MIDDLETON–Hidden Cave Cidery has launched craft hard cider production and a tasting room in Middleton at 2500 N Pleasant View Rd. The tasting room is still under construction, but patrons can visit by appointment on Friday and Saturday nights and sit outside at picnic tables. The indoor tasting room is planned to open in September. 

Walker Fanning, 26, started making hard cider after graduating from UW-Madison with a degree in Agronomy. Early in 2018 Fanning began producing cider in partnership with Old Sugar Distillery in Madison. 

Fanning said his business has been growing since it opened and he was ready to open his own location. He signed a lease in January in the Middleton business park. 

His goal is to produce a fruit-forward herbal cider. Currently on tap are lemongrass lavender, rose hip rosemary, hibiscus juniper, and chocolate hazelnut.

Thu
24
Jun
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Police Investigating Fatal Accident on Beltline

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that took place Thursday morning on eastbound USH 12.

Police responded to a call of a single vehicle accident near the Greenway Boulevard eastbound off ramp at 5:54 a.m. on June 24. They discovered the driver and sole passenger in the car deceased on arrival. The name of the driver has not been released pending notification of family.

The crash remains under investigation by the Middleton Police Department, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, and the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office. Middleton Fire, Middleton EMS, and Dane County Public Highways assisted at the scene.

The exit was closed for nearly four hours and reopened at 10 a.m.

Fri
11
Jun
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Mustard Results in–Wholegrain Dijon Grand Champion

MIDDLETON–Bornier Wholegrain Dijon Mustard has won the Grand Champion award at the 2021 World-Wide Mustard Competition. This is the third Grand Champion award for Bornier. It also captured top honors for its classic smooth Dijon in 2014 and in 2020. Bornier is produced by Européenne de Condiments in Couchey, France.

Nearly 300 mustards from around the world entered this year’s competition, held under the direction of Barry Levenson, curator and founder of the National Mustard Museum in Middleton. Judges tasted mustards from as far away as India, Japan, and Sweden.

Fri
11
Jun
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VFW to Withdraw from GNF

MIDDLETON–After decades running a beer tent at the Good Neighbor Festival (GNF), the Middleton “Sonny” Simon VFW Post 8216 announced it would withdraw from the festival last week.

Citing concerns over safety and inclement weather, the VFW, who is a founding member of GNF in 1964 sent an email to the Times-Tribune outlining why they wanted to back out.

The organization is worried that the “open campus,” which would allowing alcohol on the entire grounds of the festival, will lend itself to underage drinking.

In an email signed “VFW Post 8216” the group said this idea has come up in previous years but stalled out, “The idea of allowing beer consumption across the Fest grounds (open campus) has come up in years past, prior to the current GNF Executive Committee (GNF) being seated. It was never implemented because of clearly identified increased risks and liabilities and the inability to adequately address those risks and liabilities.”

Fri
11
Jun
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Commission Stalls on Longer Runway

MIDDLETON–Lengthening the main runway at the Middleton Municipal Airport-Morey Field garnered only a tie vote at last week’s Airport Commission meeting.

Mayor Gurdip Brar, an ex officio member of the commission, along with Alders Robert Burck and Luke Fuszard voted for the “no-build” option while chair John Hallick, 

David Lorman and Kevin Munson voted for a 440-foot extension to the 4,000-foot runway. Michelle Bond, a citizen member, abstained.

Before passing their recommendations on to the Common Council, the Commission considered the final chapter (Design Alternatives) of the draft Airport Master Plan, a two-year-long process that has brought the airport’s problems and potential to the forefront of public debate.

Making a rare appearance at the commission, Brar said the airport was safely operating now and 93 percent of users polled were satisfied with the current runway length.

Fri
04
Jun
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Take in Nature and History at Dane County Parks

DANE COUNTY–Whether you are interested in the geological wonders of this area of Wisconsin or are just looking to spend time out in nature, county and state parks, as well as the Ice Age Trail, provide well-preserved places to enjoy the natural beauty of the region on foot.

Wisconsin has a diverse selection of terrains due to glaciers advancing into many, but not all, parts of the state. Dane County and the surrounding areas are especially varied, straddling the line of the Laurentide Ice Sheet’s furthest advance into this area before its retreat 18,000 years ago. 

That means the parks in this area offer something for everyone, from strenuous hikes to gentle walks. Here are a few nearby places to hike in the warmer months ahead:

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