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City of Middleton Holds First Pride Event

The inaugural Middleton Pride festival was held Saturday, June 8 at Stone Horse Green in downtown Middleton. The community event for all ages celebrated Middleton’s LGBTQ+ community. The event included live music, Drag Queen story times, Pride-themed food specials from local restaurants and children’s arts and crafts.

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Jun
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Free Ballet Class Draws Enthusiasts of All Ages to Central Midwest Ballet Academy

 The Central Midwest Ballet Academy offered a free class Sunday, June 2 at its studio located at 2831 Parmenter Street. Approximately 30 ballet enthusiasts took advantage of the class as they practiced at the barre under the guidance of Miye Bishop. The academy offers open classes throughout the summer. 

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11
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Off the Wall?

Developer Terrence Wall’s request to detach a portion of the Community of Bishops Bay from Middleton to the Town of Westport will be the subject of a joint meeting with the Westport Town Board.

The Middleton Common Council on June 4 approved scheduling a meeting with the board to discuss the Community of Bishops Bay plan with the town board.

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11
Jun
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Big Municipality on Campus

Reviving a planning process put on hold since COVID-19, the Middleton Common Council on Tuesday, June 4 authorized a budget amendment and accompanying $180,702 agreement with Short Elliott Hendrickson for professional services to complete the city’s Community Campus Plan by Aug. 31.

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May
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Wisconsin Bike Week is June 1-9: A Celebration of Cycling and Community

Middleton is gearing up to host the unique and vibrant Wisconsin Bike Week from June 1 – 9. This exceptional annual event, organized by the Wisconsin Bike Fed, is more than just a cycling celebration. It’s a community gathering that unites cycling enthusiasts from all walks of life, inviting everyone to revel in the joy of biking and advocate for its numerous benefits.

Tue
28
May
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Major Storm Caused Serious Electrical Problems Leaving Many Residents Without Electricity

Emily Duffy with last week’s storm damage at her home located at 1740 Park Street. Her family, which includes two Pre-K children, were escorted out of their back door by City of Middleton firefighters after tree branches broke an incoming “fireline” electrical wire. The family spent the night in a hotel.  Madison Gas & Electric deactivated the line Friday morning. Photo by Mary Langenfeld. 

Tue
28
May
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Council OK’s Hiring Firm for New Chief

Acting on a recommendation from city staff, the Middleton Common Council on May 21 approved up to $20,000 to hire a consulting firm that will hire Middleton’s next police chief.

That’s because Chief Troy Hellenbrand announced he will be retiring in mid-December. 

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21
May
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Report from the May 2024 School Board Meeting

The decision about the new literacy/biliteracy curriculum that will be in place in Middleton/Cross Plains Area School District classrooms in the fall was announced at the May 13 school board meeting. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Silvia Romero-Johnson said the committee had selected two Savvas products for K-8 students.  Director of Secondary Education Keith Schneider, a member of the 25-member committee, said that typically the selection of a new curriculum stretches out over many months if not years but that the schedule was truncated due to the passage of Act 20 in the Wisconsin Assembly last July.  

Wed
15
May
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Council OK’s Cancer Center Plan

After extended public and aldermanic comments, the Middleton Common Council rejected a proposal from the Middleton Cross Plains School District to rezone fields adjacent to Middleton High School as institutional and conservancy, with strong instruction not to submit a revised zoning request with artificial turf fields as the playing surface. The 7-1 vote occurred after more than a half hour of public comment about the issue from the public, which included one athlete and two coaches who favored the plan to construct artificial turf baseball, softball and lacrosse fields as well as new restrooms, press box, lights and batting cages. The council rejected the amendment to the Middleton Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map as well as both rezoning requests despite 5-4 approval by the Middleton-Cross Plains Board of Education and an approval recommendation from the Middleton Plan Commission.

Tue
07
May
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$400,000 Campaign Announced by The Cross Plains Lions Club

CROSS PLAINS – The Cross Plains Lions Club announced a $400,000 campaign to raise funds to construct a pavilion in Zander Community Nature Park.

The Lions called the proposed 30-by-40-foot open-sided structure their “Legacy Project” and have been prompting since 2016, Lisa Laschinger, a capital campaign committee member, told the village board last week.

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