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VOL. 121, NO. 14 THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013
by MATT GeIGeR
Special Edition Commemorating the City of Middleton’s 50th Birthday
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City clerk August Dahlk and new Mayor A.M. McDermid looked on in 1963 as Wisconsin Secretary of State Robert C. Zimmerman signed the document changing Middleton from a village to a city. This image appeared on the front page of the Middleton Times-Tribune. There will be a public celebration of the city’s birthday on Tuesday from 5:30-7 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1, 7600 University Ave.
Your city in your words
1963 was a busy year in the United States. Within the span of 12 months, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech, John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Iron Man made his debut in Marvel Comics, and Beatlemania took off. It’s also the year Middleton, which had already been a community for more than a century, officially became a city. It happened on Tuesday, April 9 at 3 p.m., according to that week’s Middleton Times-Tribune. City clerk August Dahlk and new Mayor A.M. McDermid, D.V.M, looked on as Wisconsin Secretary of State Robert C. Zimmerman signed the document changing Middleton from a village to a city. McDermid had won election as Middleton’s first mayor one week earlier, receiving a minority vote of 680 out of 1,636 total votes cast for the office. His nearest opponent, Bruce Bennett, earned 565 votes. Leonard Bruce and Ben Denson came in third and fourth, respectively. McDermid was an incumbent candidate, of sorts, because he was already Middleton’s chief executive when it was a village. In the same election, all village trustees won re-election, and were given the new title of aldermen. There will be events throughout 2013 to commemorate the city’s birthday. The official kickoff is Tuesday, April 9. See BIRTHDAY, page 25
Sitting local candidates defeated their challengers across the board in Tuesday’s election. In the Town of Middleton, Chair Milo Breunig, Seat 1 Supervisor Tim Roehl and Seat 2 Supervisor Bill Kolar all overcame spirited challengers and walked away with decisive victories. None of the challengers - Greg DiMiceli, Cynthia Richson and Troy Alton, respectively - crossed the 40 percent threshold. In their race for a seat on the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board, incumbent Diane Hornung trounced Fred Zietz for the second time in a row. Teacher David Dahmen’s write-in campaign was little threat to the candidacy of sitting school board member Jim Greer in Area 1.
Incumbents wallop challengers
SpRING 2013 eLeCTION ReSuLTS
Milo Breunig (I): 66% Greg DiMiceli: 34%
Tim Roehl (I): 62% Cynthia Richson: 38% Bill Kolar (I): 70% Troy Alton: 30%
Town Supervisor 1 Town Supervisor 2 Area 1 School Board
Jim Greer (I): 93% David Dahmen (write-in): 7% Diane Hornung (I): 73% Fred Zietz: 27%
Area 3 School Board
The Middleton Senior Center teamed up with the Middleton Times-Tribune to hold an essay contest celebrating the city’s 50th birthday. In one of the essays, Brian Root tells the tale of how a pet alligator, pictured at right, ended up loose in Middleton. The winning four essay entries, including Root’s, are featured on page 21.
Did town board members break state law? Page 3
Local student’s perfect ACT score. Page 22
Uncertainty curounds golf season. Page 14
Dining Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Classiﬁeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
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Oberle suspects fellow board members broke open meetings law
THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013
by KevIN MuRpHY
Town of Middleton Board Supervisor Richard Oberle alleged that Town Chair Milo Breunig and supervisors Bill Kolar and Tim Roehl may have violated state open meetings law by taking out a group advertisement in the March 28 Times-Tribune. Oberle contends that the ad copy may show the three board incumbents discussed town business and “met” to approve it before it was published with their consent. Oberle said Monday that he has asked the Wisconsin Towns Association to look into his allegation. “The three are collaborating on issues not properly noticed,” said Oberle. “That shows me they’re talking to each other outside of town meetings.” The more than half-page re-election
ad discusses previous board positions regarding expansion of the Cardinal substation along Highway 14, and electric transmission lines in existence or being proposed. It also attempts to refute the incumbents’ challengers’ allegations about power line and substation siting decisions and payments made to municipalities. Breunig and Roehl were quick to dispute Oberle’s allegations. “It’s no violation…because we never met together,” said Roehl. The ad was composed through campaign “intermediaries” and the candidates signed off on it individually without consulting each other, Roehl said. In a separate phone interview, Breunig echoed Roehl’s remarks, saying, “The three of us never met.” See OpeN MeeTINGS, page 8
At 7:53 a.m. Sunday, members of the Middleton Fire Department (MIFD) were dispatched for an ice rescue response on Lake Mendota. Two ice fisherman that had fallen through the ice on their ATV. The MIFD, Middleton EMS, Middleton Police Department and the Madison Fire Department’s SCUBA Team were all called to the scene. The MIFD’s new ice rescue boat was deployed and both fisherman were retrieved and brought safely to shore. The patients were examined by the Middleton medics and were released without needing to be transported to the hospital. The Middleton Fire Department and Madison Fire Department Ice Rescue Teams were able to rig the submerged ATV and safely bring it to shore. Middleton Fire Chief Aaron Harris said the incident serves as an example of how much ice conditions have deteriorated and how dangerous venturing out onto the lakes can be at this time of the year.
Two rescued from icy lake
Kromrey, new condos move forward
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by FRANCeSCA MASTRANGeLO
Commission Okays Kromrey Conditional Use Permit Commissioners considered plans regarding creating new additions to Kromrey Middle School, located at 7009 Donna Drive. Comprising approximately 237,000 square feet of total new building space, the proposed project would include a three-story academic wing for grades 6-8, a two-
The Middleton Plan Commission last week discussed the logistics of new construction projects, including a school project approved by referendum last year, and condo units in the Middleton Hills neighborhood.
The City of Middleton invites its citizens to a meeting of the Plan Commission on April 9 at 7 p.m. at Middleton City Hall, 7426 Hubbard Avenue, where parking and redevelopment projects will be discussed.
Tuesday at City Hall is the next opportunity to weigh in on city parking, redevelopment plans
At 7:05 there will be a Downtown Parking Needs Assessment Public Comment Session. The Downtown Parking Ramp Study was conducted in response to a petition submitted by the Downtown Middleton Business Association requesting that the city build a downtown parking ramp. The city then hired Walker Parking Consultants, a nationally-recognized expert in parking studies and the largest parking consulting firm in the United States, to make recommendations regarding the need for a parking ramp based on a comprehensive analysis of current land uses and parking supply, projected future land uses and future parking needs, and the impact to businesses in the study area. The draft study suggested there is no immediate shortage of parking, but many space are currently underutilized on the downtown area. The purpose of next week’s meeting is to take public comments on the results of the study. Written comments will also be accepted and presented to the Plan Commission that evening if they are submitted by noon on Tuesday, April 9 to email@example.com.
story addition for the 5th grade portion, and a new three-court gymnasium for the school. Matt Wolfert, of Bray Architects, presented a design for these improvements to Kromrey, indicating that his team is shooting to have students begin moving into the new space by 2014. After the presentation, commissioners raised questions regarding traffic flow and bicycle safety. When asked by Commissioner Derek Hungness how the new design “plans to separate bus traffic from cars and pedestrians,” the architects assured members there is enough room on Donna Drive to accommodate all forms of transportation. Wolfert stated, “the toughest part is safe vehicle and bus movement,” but teachers and paraprofessionals will help facilitate effective traffic flow.
Commissioner Leif Hubbard brought up an additional safety issue by inquiring “how this project will facilitate bicycle access.” While Wolfert noted the architects “still need to work through the details,” he maintained that a principle traffic concern of this project is mixing bike and pedestrian traffic. Hungness acknowledged that the architects were taking all steps possible to ensure optimal traffic safety, yet also encouraged them to seek “any more innovative traffic control measures they can think of.” Although the commission motioned to grant the project a Conditional Use Permit, the approval was contingent upon the architects’ consideration of staff comments on the adoption of a revised zoning map, a provision of addi-
Middleton Hills Condo Plan Gets Green Light Commissioners also heard from Steve Schulfer, of Schulfer Architects, regarding the construction of a threeunit condominium at Middleton Hills (3209-3215 Glacier Ridge Rd.). A preliminary design for the addition was presented to the commission a few months ago. At the March 26 meeting, Schulfer Architects sought approval for an updated version of the design in order to move forward with their building plans. After assistant city planner Mark Opitz noted that “the building was attractive and of high quality,” Commis-
tional bicycle parking facilities, and approval of an exception to the city’s street access control policy.
sioner Duane Barmore motioned, with unanimous support, for approval of the Schulfer’s current design review. Other decisions made by the Plan Commission on March 26 were:
- Recommendation that Tax Incremental Financing (TID 5) be used for a traffic signal warrant analysis at Allen Blvd. and Maywood Ave.
- Design Review Approval for Hartung and Lemon Hangars, 8256 and 8260 Airport Rd. (PC 2342b, 2342c)
- Approval of the Specific Implementation Plan for Affiliated Construction Services, 3119 Deming Way.
There will also be a public informational meeting on the Downtown Parking Needs Assessment at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m. Also at Tuesday’s Plan Commission meeting, commissioners will discuss Terrace Avenue and North High Point Road redevelopment alternatives and possibly make their recommendation to the Common Council The meeting will include the third public informational meeting on the project, which would realign the Terrace Avenue and High Point Road intersection, realign a portion of High Point Road, and reconstruct Terrace Avenue from just west of High Point Road to just east of Parmenter Street. The purpose of the meeting is to provide updated information about the project.
Spring tradition thrives in winter weather
THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013 MIDDLETON TIMES-TRIBUNE
Hundreds of local children took part in Easter egg hunts Saturday in Middleton, despite plenty of snow on the ground. At 10 a.m., families gathered at Fireman’s Park for the Downtown Middleton Business Association’s hunt (top photos). At noon, Knights of Columbus Council 4549 hosted their own egg hunt at Lakeview Park (bottom photos).
Times-Tribune photos by Matt Geiger
Man gets 21 months for embezzling
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by KevIN MuRpHY
A Middleton man who embezzled $147,000 from his former employer was sentenced last week in federal court to 21 months in prison. He was also ordered to repay the company’s loss and is subject to deportation. Beginning in 2002, Erick Torrez, 36, sold cookware and air and water filtration systems through in-home demonstrations for Madison-based Hy Cite
Middleton attorney is reprimanded
by KevIN MuRpHY
Corp. Torrez’s position gave him some oversight responsibilities to reconcile other demonstrators’ sales accounts, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Jarosz. Between April 2006 and July 2009, Torrez diverted $147,224 from Hy Cite to his Park Bank account, according to court documents. Torrez, 2411 Amherst Rd., used a number of methods to divert company funds to his bank account including: initiated wire transfers from Hy Cite’s
accounts to his; deposited checks he asked Hy Cite issue on unearned sales; made himself payee on stolen money orders and created bogus sales documents to conceal the theft. Torrez’s fraud was discovered during a company audit, said Jarosz. He pleaded guilty to bank fraud in January. Born in Bolivia, Torrez came to the U.S. more than 30 years ago and never became a citizen. His three-year-old son was diagnosed with a rare autistic condition last year.
Torrez’s attorney, Christopher Van Wagner, asked District Judge Barbara Crabb to sentence his client to one day in prison and five years on supervised release to allow Torrez to contest his deportation to Bolivia and have a chance to continue to see his son. Immigration and Customs Enforcement puts a detainer on Torrez if sentenced to a year or more in prison, Van Wagner wrote the court. After serving his sentence Torrez will face automatic and permanent deportation to a country
where he has no family or friends. However, Crabb imposed a sentence within the advisory 21-27 month guideline range noting that the amount Torrez stole, the length the crime continued and his abuse of a position of trust warranted more time than Van Wagner requested. If not deported Crabb placed Torrez on five years supervised release, ordered him to repay Hy Cite $147,224 and report to prison on April 29.
A Middleton attorney with a history of taking high-profile cases and a romantic interest in some female clients, has been publically reprimanded by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on two counts of professional misconduct. The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) began investigating Victor M. Arellano, of Arellano & Phebus, S.C, after four female former clients filed grievances against him including claims of improper sexual relations with them. One relationship with a client resulted in Arellano fathering a child, according to the opinion issued. The OLR filed a complaint with the state court system in 2011, alleging 14 counts of misconduct between 1991 and 2007, and sought revocation of Arellano’s license. Arellano contested
the alleged violations and within a year 12 allegations were dismissed either for exceeding the statue of limitations, acknowledging they couldn’t be proven, or, a witness recanted or failed to appear for a hearing. However, the state’s high court concluded Arellano, 63, violated attorney conduct regulations by lying that he didn’t contact Marilyn Figueroa in 2000 seeking to represent her in her sexual harassment lawsuit against then-Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist. The OLR also alleged Arellano had a sexual relationship with his client, which Arellano strongly disputed. The Supreme Court agreed with an examiner’s recommendation that the OLR hadn’t proven Figueroa’s relationship allegation. The finding allowed the court to decrease by 75 percent the $41,000 cost the OLR requested for their investigation of Arellano.
Instead, the state’s high court ordered Arellano to pay $10,240 toward the investigation’s cost. The second misconduct violation the state Supreme Court found involved Arellano giving false and misleading information to the OLR, which was investigating an allegation into the nature of Arellano’s representation of another female client. The woman, identified in the opinion as N.S.M., hired Arellano in 1996 to represent her in a divorce. They quickly began a relationship, which involved their living together for several years, before it ended acrimoniously in 2005. N.S.M. alleged that Arellano defamed and disparaged her in phone calls and emails to her family, correspondence to her employer and reported to the sheriff’s department that she had committed forgery in order to harm her in a child custody dispute
from her marriage. Arellano alleged that N.S.M. took a large sum of money from him. N.S.M. ultimately pleaded no contest to forgery and issuing a worthless check. While allegations were later dismissed, the state Supreme Court found that Arellano had been untruthful during the investigation of N.S.M.’s claims. Arellano lists employment, personal injury and criminal defense law among the types of law he has practiced in Wisconsin since 1985. He received a private reprimand previously from the
court. By deadline Arellano hadn’t returned a reporter’s call for comment on the reprimand. Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice Michael Gableman did not participate in the decision.
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“Redefined,” UW-Madison’s co-ed a capella vocal group, will perform at the Middleton Public Library on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. The performance will take place in the Archer Room on the library’s lower level. Redefined has performed all over the Madison area and the Midwest, and even appeared on an episode of NBC’s Dateline. For more information about the group, visit their website at www.redefinedacappella.com. For more information or to register for this special performance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-827-7403.
Redefined to play library
James Helmuth, the 10-year-old boy who inspired local first responders to play in a charity softball game last year, lost his battle with cancer on March 23. He was surrounded by his parents, Lisa and Jeff, and his brother, Jack. Helmuth was honored during the first annual “Battle of the Badges” charity softball game in the summer of 2012. A statement posted on the MIPD website said Middleton Police, Fire and EMS Departments will continue to hold the softball game each summer to benefit local charities, such as the Badger Childhood Cancer Network. Helmuth loved to watch and play basketball and football and loved karate and swimming. He had many friends, including a special place in his heart for Bella, Buddy, and Sparkle the family dog and two cats. Services will take place Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Church, 7337 Hubbard Avenue in Middleton. Chaplain Sam Thomas, of the Middleton Fire District, said Helmuth was
Helmuth had ‘the DNA of a hero’
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by MATT GeIGeR
The ad was based on the board’s recent discussion not to incur more legal expense at this time on the proposed Badger-Coulee power line terminating at the Cardinal substation, said Breunig. Breunig also said the ad was written by the candidates’ respective campaign “helpers” and not the candidates.
loved, active, accepted and included. “Children are a part of their immediate family and also the family of the community around them,” Thomas said. “This community has a responsibility to unconditionally welcome, accept, love, and care for James, his family, and children battling through these awful situations.” Thomas went on to say Helmuth and children like him are “fighters and sometimes survivors, but always heroes.” “They look up to us, firemen and policemen and they see us as role models,” he stated. “They have it backwards; we look up to them.” Thomas said Helmuth’s courage showed he had “the DNA of a hero.” The family would like anyone who wants to, but especially children, to wear their favorite sports jersey to the service to honor James’ insatiable love of sports trivia, teams and player stats. After the service on Saturday, there will be a light luncheon/sharing time at the church where there will be videos, pictures, visiting and sharing of stories. Following this, the family invites everyone to Elm Lawn Elementary for a game or two of pick-up basketball.
The late James Helmuth, seen here at bat in the first ever Battle of the Badges in 2012.
File photo by Matt Geiger
“This is not a ‘walking quorum.’ I’ve always been very aware of what that is, and not just during the election period. We’re not discussing town business,” Breunig said referring to Roehl, Kolar and himself. Kolar declined to comment. A compliance guide to the state’s Open Meeting law prepared by the
Wisconsin Attorney General’s office, defines a walking quorum as a series of gatherings among members of a governmental body who agree “tactically or explicitly, to act uniformly in sufficient number to reach a quorum.” The guide also states the Wisconsin Supreme Court also has defined that a meeting occurs whenever members of
a governmental body convene to engage in governmental business and the number of members present is sufficient to determine the body’s course of action. Oberle anticipated the incumbents would say that others wrote the ad for them, but he added that it’s hard to believe their claims that they didn’t work
together on it. “I’m sure they’re going to try and weasel out of it, but the appearance is they collaborated. Everyone endorsed the ad they all had to discuss what was going in it,” he said. Oberle said his next step will depend on what the WTA tells him about the incident.
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It does not surprise me that Diane Hesselbein’s forthright defense of collective bargaining rights for public employees would provoke howls of wounded outrage from the likes of Bill Richardson, a partisan activist who, as a quick Google search reveals, has served as a “media coordinator” for the local Republican Party, an outfit not known for measured or balanced speech. Economics 101 teaches us that spending and income are bound together in our consumer driven economy - your spending is my income, and vice-versa. Unfortunately, since 2011 Wisconsin has been the subject of an ongoing experiment in austerity that owes more to the enthusiasms of Tea Party ideologues than to sound economics. Act 10 reduced our family’s household income between three and four hundred dollars a month. We adapted by spending less. Among other things, we cancelled our longtime family membership to Harbor Athletic Club and put off indefinitely the purchase of a Chevy Cruze from Ballweg Chevrolet, opting to make do with our existing Multiplying high-mileage vehicle. our family’s belt-tightening by several tens of thousands, Act 10 took more than $700 million out of local economies all over Wisconsin1. Predictably, Wisconsin’s economy has slowed. In 2011, Wisconsin lagged behind 37 other states in private sector job growth2. Last December Forbes magazine ranked Wisconsin near the bottom for business climate, with job growth projected to be second worst in the US through 20163. And as Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Hesselbein fighting for middle class
To the editor,
Letters to the Editor
primary two affected properties are assessed below the median range and clearly aren’t wealthy nor classified as “lake front property owners” as the article alluded to. Originally I was very sympathetic to the fishing group, as I own an ATV and previously a sailboat. When I first discovered the proposed restrictions, I was very concerned about my access for my own ATV and my need for a 24 window to rig my sailboat. However, I also was very concerned about the peace and quiet for a neighbor who’s bedroom is only a few feet from this road. This followed city council meetings with a large number of fishermen who challenged the truthfulness of the complaints. However, these problems and the complaints have been substantiated from owners on both sides of the street ever since Middleton expanded the launch into a boat slip facility almost 20 years ago. After one of these meetings I changed my mind about my need for 24-hour access to the ramp. My position change resulted because I now understood what issues those living on the street were dealing with. I’m now willing to give up my right to 24 hour access so that my neighbors would have more peace and quiet, with less noise and fewer disturbances between midnight and 6 a.m. Aren’t we all entitled to that? The proposed parking permit requirement for overnight parking to accommodate both sides was then proposed. Such an overnight street parking permit should encourage better behavior, with the threat of losing ones permit if one doesn’t honor rules currently in place. Such a permitting system would allow all fishermen the opportunity to use the landing at any time, 24 hours a day. My other concern is that we are one of the few free launches on the lake and we’ve become a magnet to those wishing to avoid the Madison boat launching fees. This explains why people come here at 3 a.m., when there is a more appropriate launch only a few blocks down the street. It was then suggested that we match the Madison fees taking away that incentive. This launch at Marshall Park is more sheltered, allowing for safer launching. It is also has a better buffer, better parking and with no nearby residence to disturb at 3 a.m. However, this matching fee idea was rejected and isn’t being considered. The current proposal as I understand it does one better as it provides 24 hour access with a no-charge “free” permit for overnight parking. Clearly this isn’t taking away anyone right to launch a boat or park a car overnight. It only does that which promotes Middleton’s “good neighbor” slogan. It’s a fair compromise that should address the reasonable concerns of both sides. of approximately 175-plus volunteers that created a fun and safe environment for the kids. We would like to say thank you to the Lions Club for their monetary contribution as well as the many wonderful volunteers they sent over to help that evening. There were also many businesses and families that either donated food, gift cards or prizes. We would like to thank and recognize the following donors: Keva, Middleton Sports and Fitness, Simply Swimming, Tyrol Basin, Fleet Feet Madison, Main Street Lanes, Milios, The Chocolate Shoppe, Engelkes Insurance, Top Promotions, Rush Wisconsin Soccer, Starbucks, Dairy Queen, Papa Murphy’s, Maurices, Pizza Hut, Z104 FM, World of Variety, Clasen’s Bakery, Target, Walgreens of Cross Plains, Woodmans, Piggly Wiggly, Cross Plains True Value, TCBY, Orange Leaf, Madtown Twister, Badger Gymnastics, McDonalds of Middleton, Arena Cheese, P.F. Changs, Which Wich, The Colbert Family, The Baggot Family, The Dalik Family, The Flad Family, The Groth Family, The Kopp Family, The Mills Family, The Buechner Family, The Byington Family, The Madoch Family, The Zander Family, The Meinholz Family, The David and Jennifer Lewis Family, The Ragsdale Family, The Habhab Family, The Liegel Family, Diane Head, The Perez Family, The Tuite Family, The Delaney Family, The Griswold Family, The Hodson Family, The Basel Family, The Judd Family, The Ducke Family, The Dunn Family, The Mitch and Shannon Lewis Family, The Biessman Family, The Livelli Family. A special thanks to The State Bank of Cross Plains, Contrail Aviations, and the Cross Plains Optimist for their very generous monetary donations. The Lock-In was a huge success and we want to thank you all for your continued support in this event.
pointed out last January in his state of the state address, while Scott Walker likes to boast about Wisconsin being “open for business”, its economic performance lags far, far behind those of its neighbors.4 Indeed, when Republican shills assert that Scott Walker’s policies are “working”, thoughtful people could be forgiven for asking in the face of such success what failure might look like. I applaud Assemblywoman Dianne Hesselbein’s willingness to state in clear and plain English just how bad Governor Walker and his Republican majorities in the Senate, Assembly, and Supreme Court have been for those of us who are obliged to live on what we earn in our paychecks. Dianne has earned our support with her tireless dedication to the residents of her district, her positive approach to problem solving, and her demonstrated willingness to fight for middle class Americans. I am proud to have her represent me in the Wisconsin State Assembly. http://www.wisconsinsfuture.org; http://www.jsonline.com; 3 http://www.forbes.com; 4 http://www.minnpost.com.
In reply to your article titled “Should City limit boat landing Access?”, it seemed a bit one-sided and misleading. Sources quoted in the article suggest that the opposition to the proposed Lake Street parking initiative, comes from those “wealthy enough to own lakefront property.” However, the
Boat access article got it wrong
To the editor,
When I traveled to France to housesit last September, I bought a one way ticket, not sure of the exact date that I would be able to fly back. I knew I would come home in spring, but what I hadn’t envisioned was that I’d make the trip on the water, instead of over it. My paternal grandparents crossed the Atlantic as young teens around 1890. I was only three years old when, first, Albertina and then Frank Biechler passed away. They died before I grew into my questions. How did it feel to be in the middle of the Atlantic? What did they see and experience in New York and on the way to Wisconsin? What were their thoughts when they saw the Statue of Liberty? It became my turn to live those questions - and the answers. While the Queen Mary II, with everything from theater performances
La Belle Liberty
All Manner of Things
by Deb Biechler
to cooking classes, is a far cry from the ships that my ancestors traveled on, the real draw for me was not the ship’s amenities. What was in my mind and heart was the Statue of Liberty. What would it be like to experience a transatlantic crossing and be welcomed by her? My mother’s name was LaBelle Liberty. Her maternal ancestors were French, and pre-statue arrivals to America. I have always loved her name and what it stood for, “the beautiful woman liberty.” The statue, given to us by the French, was gifted just after the civil war. The French historian, Édouard de Laboulaye, had the idea of giving a statue that represented liberty, as a gift to the U.S for our nation’s 100th birthday. Mainly, it was meant to celebrate our government which was radically different than other nation’s at the time. In his own country Laboulaye saw the decline of liberties under the rule of Napoleon III. Until about 1861, Napoleon III’s regime exhibited authoritarian characteristics, using press censorship to prevent the spread of op-
position, manipulating elections, and depriving the Parliament of the right to free debate or any real power. The American Civil War was a test to what Laboulaye considered our “political experiment.” Because we emerged as one nation with the abolition of slavery, we proved, to him, that the “liberty for all” experiment had taken root and was worth striving for. America’s two-party system has created another American, but not-socivil, war, dividing our country into camps and distracting us from the real issues of maintaining our constitutional rights and protecting the civil liberties for all that inspired the world. The news of our politics does not become us and it dims Lady Liberty’s light. Today, as I write this, I am not just thinking of The Statue of Liberty as a national monument. Rather, I imagine her looking at us, each of us individually. She’s looking right through our political masks . . . her raised torch both an example and invitation to shine a light on the ways we think, speak, and act - to evaluate truthfully, how our OWN behavior either supports or detracts from the maintenance of liberty and justice for all. The statue, like all she embodies, is a complicated structure. It is made of many parts that each, in their diverse ways, contribute to the strength and beauty of the whole. The integrity of her structure needs constant attention
if we are to maintain the beautiful gift and collaborative work that she both is and represents. Auguste Bartholdi engineered and oversaw the physical work of creating the statue that his friend, Laboulaye envisioned in his mind. Similarly, it is up to each of us to continue creating and maintaining the integrity of the dream that our country’s forefathers imagined and fought for. “Its realization is sure to be a large labor.” Auguste’s statement applies as much to the building of the statue as to the maintenance of its physical and symbolic integrity. At 6:30 a.m. on May 4, 2012 the Queen Mary 2 pulled into the New York Harbor, cutting through a fog so dense, that we couldn’t see the Verrazanno-Narrows bridge until we were almost right under it. My daughter, Hi-
The Lock-In Committee at Glacier Creek Middle School would like to thank the parents, staff, administration and area businesses for their wonderful support and help with the Lock-In on Friday, March 8. We had approximately 560 students joining in activities such as basketball, chess, bingo, limbo, ping pong, carnival games, movies, open gym and a wonderful talent show. To end the evening, there was a DJ - dance. We went through 118 pizzas, 70 pounds of apples, 18 pounds of cheese curds, 48 pounds of grapes, 720 cookies, 10 pounds of carrot sticks, 530 ounces of Nachos cheese sauce, 18 ounces of chips, four cases of popcorn, many, many gallons of ice cream, and endless orange drink!! We had the help
Lock-in was a success
To the editor,
Sincerely, Tom Yost
lary, and I had been standing at the ship’s rail since 4:30 a.m. to see the statue. We were very cold, very wet and very tired. Still we stood there, waiting with passengers from all over the world to see this symbol of America the embodiment of freedom. Our eyes strained in her direction. All we could see was a small patch of light, so shrouded in fog that the statue itself was not visible. I felt so disappointed. And yet, it was the perfect metaphor. After a warm breakfast, my daughter and I returned to the ship’s deck. The fog had lifted and the Statue of Liberty was there, a distant profile now. But she was there, as she had been for my grandparents, inspiring us all to stand firm, despite the weather, in upholding civil liberties and justice for all.
Glacier Creek Middle School 2013 Lock-In Committee
Recycling volunteers are sought
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Water once again takes center stage at tonight’s Middleton Green Thursday. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Willy West Co-Op. Ken Bradbury will talk about ongoing research on Dane County’s groundwater, including the development of a new groundwater flow model for the county, the detection of viruses in some deep wells, and new insights into the
Green Thursday focus is water
county’s underground plumbing. Bring questions on how these new discoveries might impact the Middleton water supply, the health of Pheasant Branch and Lake Mendota, and more. Ken received his Ph.D in Geology from the UW-Madison in 1982, and is a research hydrogeologist/professor with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, University
Volunteers are needed for Clean & Green Middleton, Saturday, April 27. Organizers need volunteers who can work from either 8:45 to 11 a.m. or from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many opportunities are available,
including: directing traffic, sorting batteries and small items, helping unload vehicles, and more. Clean & Green is Middleton’s largest reuse and recycling event. Send an email to Angie Carey at ac-
email@example.com for additional information. As an added incentive for volunteers, Willy Street Co-Op West has offered to provide sandwiches and wraps, salad, and dessert to all volunteers.
The Middleton High School Choral Program and Drama Department are pleased to present “The Music Man,” scheduled for performances May 2, 3 and 4 at the Middleton Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol Street. All shows will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating for the show can be purchased through www.brownpapertickets.com, beginning April 1, for $10/Adults and $8/Seniors and Students. Tickets will also be available at the door on performance nights beginning at 6:45 p.m. In this popular classic taking place at the turn of the century, a con man’s plot to defraud the citizens of River City, Iowa, is foiled when he falls in love! Professor Harold Hill arrives in town on a train intending to convince parents that he can teach their not-so-
Music Man comes to PAC in May
musically inclined children to play instruments and form a band. His plan is to take orders for uniforms and instruments, and once the money is in his hands, to skip town and move on to the next unsuspecting town. What he didn’t anticipate was meeting Marian Paroo, the prim and proper town librarian and piano teacher—the only trained musician in town. The plot thickens when Marian the Librarian sees through him, but whose heart begins to soften when she sees the kindness and encouragement Professor Hill shows to her younger brother who speaks with a lisp, and consequently, avoids speaking. The rest, shall we say, is history, as this 1957 Broadway hit comes to life with singing and dancing to such wellknown tunes as “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Gary, Indiana,” “The Wells
of Wisconsin-Extension. He serves as Program Leader of water and environmental programs for the Survey. Green Thursdays are sponsored by the City of Middleton Sustainability Committee and Willy West. Free refreshments are provided. Willy West is located at 6825 University Ave in Middleton.
Fargo Wagon,” and “’Till There Was You,” along with the Barbershop Quartet favorites “Goodnight Ladies,” and “Lida Rose.” In 1958, this Broadway spectacular won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The upcoming production will feature Evan Pohlkamp playing Professor Harold Hill, Liza Couser playing Marian the Librarian and approximately 45 other high school students. The allschool musical is a joint effort under the leadership of Mr. Tom Mielke, Choral Program Director, and Ms. Kendra Dando, Drama Department Director. For more information, please feel free to contact the ticket information line at 829-9770.
“Making $ense of Your Personal Budget” will take place Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. in the Middleton Public Library’s Archer Room. Learn the difference between needs and wants while prioritizing your money. Learn the importance of creating an emergency savings account, how to budget and save as well as
Saturday’s presentation at Middleton City Hall should come as a welcome, educational treat after being cooped up all winter. The Middleton Historical Society invites the public to come learn about the cooperage trade in a free presentation in the City Council Chambers at 1 p.m. Gary Hess will talk about his grandfather’s venture in barrel making. The business, which closed in 1966, was the last cooperage factory in America that manufactured white oak beer kegs for the breweries.
Roll out the barrels
clean up your credit. Budgets are for every person and are critical to help put your financial plan into action. Presented by the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation. For more information or to register for this program, contact the WWBIC directly at 257-5450 or register online at wwbic.com.
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Monday, March 25 10:00 a.m. – Fraud, 5700 block of Highland Way. 11:39 a.m. – Burglary occurred, 2600 block of Branch St. 1:20 p.m. – Property damage, 1900 block of Branch St. 11:26 p.m. – Domestic disturbance, 1900 block of Branch St Tuesday, March 26 11:49 a.m. – Property damage, 6900 block of Harmony Way. 1:52 p.m. – Burglary occurred, 3500 block of Salerno Ct.
Six local athletes from Blackhawk Ski Club qualified to participate in the Ski Jumping Junior Nationals held in
Six Blackhawk skiers went to Junior Nationals
Minneapolis Feb. 28-March 2. The athletes included three sets of siblings: Alissa Pollard, freshman at Middleton High School; Noah Pollard, 7th grader at Kromrey Middle School; Tryg Gessner, sophomore at LaFollette High School; Finn Gessner, 8th grader at Sennett Middle School; Joe Hoffmann, sophomore at James Madison Memorial; and Elyse Hoffmann, junior at James Madison Memorial. In the individual ski jumping category Alissa placed 5th, Finn 13th, Joe 15th, Tryg 26th and Noah 30th in the nation. Elyse opted to not attend Junior Nationals and instead attended a tournament in Germany. Three of Blackhawk’s ski jumpers have represented the United States at the Olympics, including: Dave Norby 1968, Bill Bakke 1968, and Kurt Stein 1992 and 1994. Blackhawk Ski Club is a not-forprofit organization founded in 1947 by a group of ski jumpers. Blackhawk Ski Club has a 60-acre training facility built by the generosity of volunteers and the community to teach young people outdoor sports including: cross country skiing, alpine skiing, ski jumping, biathlon (cross country ski racing and target shooting), Nordic combined (ski jumping and cross country ski racing) and mountain biking. Each winter more than 400 young people are enrolled and active in Blackhawk ski programs. Additionally, Blackhawk, hosts an eight-week after school cross country ski program for disadvantaged youth. Blackhawk Ski Club is located in the Town of Middleton. More info about ski jumping can be found at www.blackhawkskiclub.org and www.skijumpingusa.com.
The Middleton Kiwanis Club recently donated $500 to the Middleton High School Relay for Life. The Middleton High School Key Club is organizing the Relay on April 20 and 21 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Breitenbach Stadium. For additional information, go to relayforlife.org/middletonhs.
Kiwanis gives to Relay
Thursday, March 28 10:03 p.m. – Assist Madison Police, 2000 block of Allen Blvd. 11:40 p.m. – Domestic disturbance, 5900 block of Century Ave.
Wednesday, March 27 1:54 a.m. – Fight, 1900 block of Branch St. 3:33 p.m. – Fraud, 6800 block of Erdman Blvd. 3:52 p.m. – Fraud, 3000 block of Waconia Ln.
Monday, April 1 4:19 a.m. – Burglary occurred, 8600 block of Greenway Blvd.
Sunday, March 31 2:46 pm. –Theft bike, 3200 block of Creek View Dr. 5:15 p.m. – Theft from auto, 7400 block of University Ave. 8:47 p.m. – Domestic disturbances.
Saturday, March 30 1:11 a.m. – Fight, 1900 block of Aurora St. 10:19 a.m. – Property damage, 7500 block of E Hampstead Ct. 10:56 a.m. – Domestic disturbance, 7300 block of Mockingbird Ln. 3:51 p.m. – Fraud, 6600 block of Boulder Ln.
Friday, March 29 7:58 a.m. – Property damage, 5200 block of County Highway Q. 8:50 a.m. – Domestic disturbance, 3500 block of Roma Ln. 2:56 p.m. – Theft, 6800 block of Century Ave.
The local athletes who took part in Junior Nationals.
Don and Veronica Harrop
Satellite Beach, Florida-Dean Zentner, 70, passed away on March 27, 2013, after a long illness. Dean earned a BS Degree in Applied Math & Engineering Physics, and a Masters Degree in Computer Science, at the University of Wisconsin. He worked on the Apollo Space Program and many other Defense projects. He was a member of Mensa. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sally; his son David; daughter Theresa; granddaughter Skylar, and 4 brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, on April 13, 2013, at 11 a.m.
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Anyone wishing to share a memory, send the family a message or place a memorial donation is asked to please visit Dean’s guestbook at www.beachfuneralhome.com.
In February, Don and Veronica Harrop Celebrated 74 years of marriage. They are truly two terrific people who enjoy spending time with family, enjoy life and each other. They still both play a great game of euchre.
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Middleton golfers battling weather and uncertainty
by ROB ReISCHeL
Searching for some answers
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Tom Cabalka was flying across the Midwest Sunday afternoon. And as Middleton’s boys golf coach saw snow from his airplane window, he had one thought. “What is that stuff?” said Cabalka, who had spent the previous three months in Arizona. “I knew what I was coming back to, but I was also hoping I didn’t see that down there.” Fat chance. Golfers everywhere are getting a painfully late start this spring. And for Middleton, that’s doubly bothersome. Not only are the Cardinals extremely anxious to get rolling. Middleton also has 60% of its lineup to replace and was hoping for a proper amount of time to figure things out. The Cardinals’ first match of the year is scheduled for Monday. But the odds of that happening are similar to cashing in that Powerball ticket you’re holding. “It’s not great timing,” Cabalka said of the rotten spring. “We’ve got more questions than we ever had.” At Middleton, though, there are always answers. It just might take Cabalka & Co. a little longer to find them this spring. The Cardinals do have two terrific starting points in senior Mike Wiebe and junior Josh Haunty.
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Mike Wiebe, a first-team all-Big Eight Conference player last season, figures to be Middleton’s top golfer this spring.
Girls soccer team hoping for big year
by ROB ReISCHeL
Meghan Ledin, a University of Wisconsin recruit, hopes to lead Middleton’s girls soccer team to big things this spring.
The No. 1 goal is pretty simple. And if it happens, the rest will likely take care of themselves. “Score, score and score some more,” Middleton’s girls soccer coach Mary Duffy said. The Cardinals begin their season April 11 at Beloit Memorial. And Middleton’s top focus will be developing a more consistent offense than it had a year ago. Middleton went 11-9-4 last season and reached the sectional finals before falling to Madison West. Just think what those Cardinals could have done with a dependable offense. Middleton averaged 2.0 goals per game. But the Cardinals were shutout on eight occasions and had one goal in eight more games. So in 16 of the Cardinals’ 24 games (66.7%) they had one goal or fewer. Middleton, which finished second to Verona in the Big Eight Conference
last year, took some hits in graduation. But the Cardinals return a solid nucleus and should contend again for the league’s top spot. Middleton has the good fortune of bringing back goalie Meghan Ledin. A University of Wisconsin recruit, Ledin was a second-team all-Big Eight pick last year and seems poised for a big senior season. “Ledin will be a big difference in our competitive games and a calming and controlling factor in not so competitive games,” Duffy said. “I have always said that as long as you have a competitive goalie, anything will be possible during the season. “Ledin has found her voice this year. From her first season as a freshman, shy and quiet, she has really come into her own. She knows what she wants, knows how to get it and can communicate that with the girls. She will not only keep us competitive in games, but in practice. “She is a player that demands 110% at all times without alienating the girls. She can motivate the girls to the next level, which is where her head is.”
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MHS’ boys tennis team aims to be a state power again
by ROB ReISCHeL
Looking to make a racket
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There are still some question marks. A few balls in the air (pardon the pun). But when things settle, this much is certain: Middleton should have one of the state’s top boys tennis teams again. The Cardinals are scheduled to open the season Tuesday at Beloit Memorial. And Middleton will have its third coach in as many years, as Deke Bradley takes over the program. But despite the repeated turnover, the Cardinals should again be a force. “I’ve yet to discuss our teams goals with the kids,” said Bradley, who also coaches Middleton’s girls team. “But if it were only up to me, I would say win our conference and qualify for team state would definitely be goals on the list.” Those certainly seem realistic. Middleton has won its sectional and reached the state tournament four straight years and five of the last six. The Cardinals have also won the Big Eight Conference four consecutive seasons and seven of the last eight. With seven varsity players back from last year’s conference champs and state qualifying team, it should be much of the same in Middleton. “Experience is always a positive thing for a team,” Bradley said. “It means the kids have been through lots of different situations and are capable of handling those situations. “It’s also great from a team chemistry standpoint. The kids will know each other well and hopefully all get along well once the season gets started. As a new coach, it’s helpful to have so many returning players that already know what to expect from a full varsity season.” Bradley led Middleton’s girls team to the state tournament last fall. And when Bubba Schultz’s crazy schedule prevented him from returning as the boys coach, Bradley pursued that job, as well. The lousy weather and last week’s spring break has prevented Bradley from getting a good look at everyone on the roster. But there are some definite constants. Juniors Ben Luskin and Joey
Niesen, along with senior Tyler Markel all played singles last year and figure to once again anchor that group. Luskin played No. 2 singles last season and went 19-7. Niesen played at No. 3 and Markel was No. 4 — and both went unbeaten in conference play. “The No. 1 singles position will most likely be a battle between Ben Luskin and Joey Niesen,” Bradley said. “I know both have played lots of tennis throughout the winter and even played with and against each other many times. I know both kids will be great wherever they end up, but it is still something that needs to be determined. “The rest of the singles lineup
Middleton junior Ben Luskin and the Cardinals have high hopes this spring.
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Wiebe was a first-team all-Big Eight Conference selection last year. Wiebe finished third at the Big Eight Conference meet, shot 73 during a conference triangular, and was 10th individually at the star-studded SVA Championships at Bristlecone Pines and 10th at the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Shootout. “He’s a true gym rat of the golf course,” Cabalka said of Wiebe. “He’ll be knocking on the door, waiting for the gates to open. He really loves the game and works very hard at the game. With his work ethic, he can take it to the next level. I’m excited to have Mike back.” Cabalka is just as excited to see Haunty, who broke into the lineup midway through last season and was one of the Cardinals’ most consistent performers down the stretch. Haunty followed that up by winning the Middleton City championship last summer. “Josh really came along last year and became very consistent,” Cabalka said. “He’s a kid that’s very conscientious and serious about golf. It’s not a fluke why he became more consistent as the season went along. I think we have two terrific starting points.” From there, the challenge becomes filling in the blanks And Cabalka knows that could be a work in progress. Juniors Jared Baltes and Jack Hagstrom were high-end JV players that could crack the varsity lineup. Juniors Charlie Stankiewicz and Jack
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Mayers, along with seniors Tyler Endres and Drew Docter will all get a look, too. Freshmen Brady Thomas and Emmett Herb lead a gifted class and could both help immediately. “There’s probably, hopefully some surprises,” said Cabalka, who guided Middleton to the state title in 2011. “I could have some kids show up that weren’t in the game plan, but have been out there the past three months at Vitense.” That’s often been the case at Middleton. The Cardinals’ program is deep and talented. And even in apparent rebuilding years, Middleton simply reloads. “Based on our history and knowing we always find kids that have that fire and desire to be a Middleton golfer, I’m optimistic,” Cabalka said. Last year’s Cardinals were one of the state’s elite outfits, but were victimized by geography. Middleton won its fourth straight Big Eight Conference title and captured the Madison West Regional. But Middleton finished in a tie for second at the Onalaska Sectional, then lost a playoff to the host Hilltoppers. That sectional included six of the state’s top 10 teams. Holmen, which won the sectional, went on to finish second at state, while Onalaska was fourth. Middleton will face an equally daunting road this year. Madison Memorial and Verona will
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Middleton junior Josh Haunty and the Cardinals are hoping to get out on the course soon.
be prime competitors for the Big Eight title. Both of those schools, along with Holmen and Onalaska, then figure to be formidable foes on the way to state. But betting against Middleton is borderline foolish.
The Cardinals have won four state championships since 1997 and have missed the state tournament just four times in that stretch. While weather and new faces have created some uncertainty, Cabalka is
sure of one thing. “We’ll be competitive and in the mix,” he said. “We’ve always got great kids here. I don’t expect anything different.”
Boys track team 13th Sports briefs at Madison West Relays
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Shorthanded Cardinals give solid showing
by ROB ReISCHeL
Middleton’s boys track and field team finished 13th among 21 teams at Saturday’s Madison West Relays. Stevens Point won the event with 64 points, while Arrowhead (61), Mukwonago (56), Kimberly (51) and Oconomowoc (47) rounded out the top five. Middleton finished with 21.50 points. The Cardinals were missing some athletes due to spring break, and coach Isaac Mezera admitted that hurt his team. “The competition at this meet is extremely strong,” Mezera said. “So just finishing in the top half is a good thing.” Middleton senior Steven Harris was third in the 1,600 meter run (4:33.53), while Mike Hoot was sixth
in the 800 meter run (2:05.03). “Steven ran only his second 1,600 of his track career,” Mezera said. “He basically took a ride with the pack for seven laps and kicked on the last one. “Mike Hoot ran a strong 800 despite being in no man's land. He was disciplined to our race strategy and it paid off in points for the team.” Middleton junior Ernest Winters was seventh in the 55 meter dash (6.75) and sophomore Nnamdi Okoli was eighth (24.26) in the 200 meter dash. “It has been a long time since we've had a guy in the finals of the 55,” Mezera said. “Ernest showed great improvement in his starts from last season. “Nnamdi Okoli showed his talent by sneaking an eighth place in the 200. I know that's a race he wants to excel in this season. He's only a sophomore, so that's good for the team in the years to come.” Middleton’s 1,600 meter relay team of Winters, Travis Zander, R.J. Pertzborn and Harris was third (3:32.90). “Our 4x400 excelled at the meet,” Mezera said. “It was the first time that
Steven and Ernest teamed up for a relay and it ended well. This 4x4 can go places this season.” Middleton’s 800 meter relay team of Jake Cain, James Moreland, Noah Kern and Noah Boehnen was seventh in 1:37.07 “We have a deep team that can use a variety of guys and still get results,” Mezera said. And Middleton’s 3,200-meter relay team of Alex Meixelsperger, Jackson Rock, Perrin Hagge, and Zach Shoemaker-Allen finished seventh in 8:38.41. “Our 4x800 proved that we don't need to just use the state guys from last year in order to finish well,” Mezera said.
The Middleton Bluebirds basketball program will hold a skills camp on four consecutive Sundays starting April 14 for children in first through eighth grade. There will be four separate sessions for grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. The cost is $25. For more information or to get a form, please contact program director Perry Hibner at 828-9891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bluebirds to hold spring skills camp
Middleton also returns junior forward Brenna Shea, senior midfielder Ryleigh Wolff and senior defenders Bridget Arnold and Carly Kirkpatrick. All four were named honorable-mention all-conference last season. “They all have worked hard in the offseason,” Duffy said of the quartet. “For the seniors, Wolff, Arnold and Kirkpatrick, I am excited to see their leadership on and off the field. “Shea will be a great workhorse, hunting down balls for goals and pushing players to be their best when they put on their cleats.” Duffy admits the rest of the lineup is a work in progress. But there are a lot of parts to choose from. Sophomore Megan Sullivan will have a larger role in the midfield. Juniors Leia Peterman and Ellen Jesse will attempt to give the offense a boost. Senior Shannon McCauley, a firstyear player, has impressed early. And junior Caroline Keenan will have a big role in the midfield. After that, 11 newcomers will hope to make a difference. “This is one of the first seasons where anything can happen,” Duffy said. “I am excited to see who will step up and take control. “Every year, we always have a couple of stars to carry us through, play-
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ers that can play competitively at a Division 1 top school. However, this year is a bit different. “We still have players that can and will play D1 college ball. However, they had taken a back seat to others in the past few years, so I am hoping they step up and take control of how they would like to shape this team this year. “Some might deem that uncertainty as a weakness, but it will be our strength. Every girl wants to make their spot not only on this team, but on the field. It will be a competitive year against other teams, but also within our own team. We have some talented newbies that want playing time and that will make our practices competitive.” Duffy believes Madison West, which reached the state tournament last year, will be a force in the league. Madison Memorial also returns a deep and gifted team. But Duffy doesn’t think her squad will take a backseat to anyone in the league. “Many teams in our own conference will be tough challenges,” she said. “However we expect to be right there in the hunt for a Big Eight Conference title. “A title would be a great accomplishment, but we want to peak
towards the end of the season so that we can go to state.” Middleton hasn’t been to state since its run of three straight appearances from 2005-’07. And while that’s always the goal, Duffy has some other objectives, as well. “More importantly, play to our potential,” she said. “That gives us the best opportunity to go to state. “This year will be about taking the opportunities presented to the girls. My hope is that every girl takes every opportunity given to them and those opportunities they need to take for themselves and turns it into gold.” Seniors: Meghan Ledin, Cassidi Goll, Joclyn Tiedt, Carly Kirkpatrick, Shannon McCauley, Ryleigh Wolff, Bridget Arnold. Juniors: Liz McMahon, Leah Carey, Alexa Jaume, Samantha Andryk, Caroline Keenan, Kaitlyn Wolfinger, Ellen Jesse, Brenna Shea, Kimberly Worden, Brianna Murphy, Liz Ihrig, Leia Peterman. Sophomores: Macey Kalscheur, Lia Passini, Megan Sullivan, Maddy Schachte, Emily Krueger. Freshman: Grace Douglas.
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Middleton Ryleigh Wolff was named honorable-mention all-Big Eight Conference last season.
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looks pretty solid. There are a couple returning players, as well as a couple freshmen, that could end up filling those spots. Either way, it will be a strength for us.” The doubles teams should also be a strength. Seniors Griff Pyle and Dylan Estey, who played No. 2 last year, are back. That duo went 7-2 in the Big Eight Conference last season. Juniors Evan Stone and Andy Webber, who played No. 3 last year, are also back. “We have lots of returning doubles players, but we’ve yet to determine exactly what the doubles teams will be,” Bradley said. “I’ve only seen a couple of the kids play thus far, and the kids I’ve talked to seem to think we’ll have more that enough capable players to fill all those spots. It’s just a matter of determining the exact teams.”
Bradley also mentioned freshmen Brian Bellissimo and Dan Jin as players that could crack the lineup and contribute immediately. “Both are very technically solid and you can see that they’ve invested many hours of practice in the offseason. I think making varsity is the goal for both of them.” Middleton will have plenty of goals itself, none bigger than a return to the state tournament. And based on recent history, it wouldn’t be wise to bet against the Cardinals. “That’s a streak that the kids are very proud of,” Bradley said. “They’re willing to do what it takes to keep that streak alive and I am too. We’ll be practicing hard and playing a tough schedule during the regular season to get ready for subsectionals and sectionals.” Griff Pyle will be one of the key returnees for Middleton’s boys tennis team this spring.
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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from “The Ultimate Super Bowl Book” written by Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Anyone interested in a signed copy can contact McGinn at email@example.com.
Packers’ win was the Ultimate
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Standing against Aaron Rodgers in Super Bowl XLV were the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL’s best all-around defense in 2010. For two weeks, Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and his superb staff of assistant coaches plotted ways to confuse and unnerve Rodgers, who had entered his third season as Brett Favre’s successor for the Green Bay Packers without a playoff victory on his resume. In winning eight of their previous nine games, the Steelers’ patented 34 defense had limited opposing quarterbacks to a combined passer rating of just 60.9. It didn’t take long for Packers coach Mike McCarthy to conclude that Rodgers would need to be better than that. Realizing that running extensively against Pittsburgh’s base personnel would be difficult, McCarthy insisted that the offense would live and die with Rodgers and the passing game. “We were going to put the ball in Aaron’s hands and put it on his shoulders,” McCarthy said. “We knew he would produce.” When historians reflect on the 45th Super Bowl, they will remember the ice storm that froze Dallas and the structural snafus at Cowboys
Super Bowl XLV Green Bay Packers 31, Pittsburgh Steelers 25 February 6, 2011 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Stadium that left hundreds of seatless fans furious. When it came to the game itself, the performance of Rodgers in the Packers’ 31–25 victory should only grow in luster. “Aaron did some great things in this game as far as winning one-onone battles with his eyes,” McCarthy said several months later. “And he had some drops. It may have been the all-time greatest quarterback performance in the history of the Super Bowl. I’m just telling you, as a quarterback guy, he played extremely well.” Rodgers posted a rating of 111.5, passing for 304 yards and three touchdowns in the MVP effort. The five passes that his wide receivers
dropped had a combined total of 87 yards at the drop point. Given the fact that Jordy Nelson dropped what probably would have been a 51-yard touchdown in the first quarter, James Jones dropped what probably would have been a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and Nelson dropped what might have been a 40-yard TD in the fourth quarter, Rodgers’ yardage total would have shattered the Super Bowl record of 414 set by Kurt Warner. “Rodgers was outstanding,” said Kevin Colbert, the Steelers’ director of football operations. “He had three pin-point passes where our coverage was pretty good, and he put it where it needed to be. He made special throws. When you make special throws in a special game, and you win the Super Bowl, you cement your place as an elite quarterback, which we felt he was.” LeBeau rushed five or more on 59
percent of Rodgers’ dropbacks, and Rodgers was knocked down 11 times, including three sacks. But Rodgers refused to buckle, secured the ball when under siege, and never even came close to throwing an interception. The Packers went down as one of the most richly deserving championship teams of the Super Bowl era. After an injury-free training camp, the youthful Packers were a popular pick to win it all. Then the regular season started, and good players began to go down. Running back Ryan Grant in Week 1. Linebacker Nick Barnett, safety Morgan Burnett, and tackle Mark Tauscher in Week 4. Tight end Jermichael Finley and defensive end Mike Neal in Week 5. All were lost for the year. In the Super Bowl, the Packers lost wide receiver Donald Driver early in the second quarter with an ankle injury and all-pro cornerback Charles Woodson late in the second quarter with a broken collarbone, leaving them without 8 of their 22 preferred starters. One play before Woodson’s departure, rookie nickel back Sam Shields suffered a shoulder separation. “That’s the way it was the whole year,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. “Nobody used injuries as an excuse. Guys went down, we put in guys and expected them to make plays.” The Packers were 8–6 before they massacred the New York Giants in the finest game played by a McCarthy-coached team and then held off Chicago in Week 17. The 10–6 finish enabled Green Bay to edge Tampa Bay and the Giants based on the fourth tiebreaker, strength of victory, and qualify for the playoffs as the No. 6 seed. Ultimately, the Packers joined the Steelers of 2005 as the only title teams to win three straight road games in the playoffs. “They were on a roll very similar to what we were in Super Bowl 40 coming in as a wild card,” Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. “They had a rash of injuries like we had, but both those teams had a resolve to get there and beat good teams along the way. I thought the guys might have been a little too amped up for this one.” At the Steelers’ subdued post-
game dinner, clusters of players tried to make sense of a subpar showing when a third Super Bowl victory in six years would have warranted the label “second dynasty” in Pittsburgh. Nothing was more costly than their 3–0 deficit in turnover differential. At the Packers’ team meeting the night before the Super Bowl, McCarthy stunned some of his players by having representatives on hand to take their ring sizes. It wasn’t an act of braggadocio since the players would be receiving NFC championship rings even if they were to lose the next day, although rookie linebacker Frank Zombo referred to the gambit as “a little awkward and weird, actually.” Safety Charles Woodson labeled it as a “vote of confidence” by McCarthy. Camaraderie, of course, only goes so far. Given their onslaught of injuries, the worst to hit the Packers since 1979, the championship became the ultimate triumph for McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson. Then there was Aaron Rodgers. In his superlative, turnoverfree performance against a formidable defense, only 2 or 3 of his 15 incomplete passes could be attributed to mis-reads or mis-throws. Rodgers completed his third season as a starter ranked No. 1 all-time in post-season passer rating (112.6) and regular-season passer rating (98.4). Rodgers had stepped from under the shadow of Brett Favre forever. Just two other Super Bowl champions had lost as many games as the Packers. Those six defeats, however, were by a total of 20 points. Furthermore, the Packers never trailed by more than seven points in any of their 20 games. “To say we lost six games, that’s fine,” said McCarthy, the son of a Pittsburgh firefighter and tavern owner. “We had a lot of transition and challenge. We played good football from start to finish. I kept telling them to believe that our performance was as good as anybody in the league. “I think it’s premature to even answer if we were a great team. I think we had a great year. In 2010, we achieved greatness, and we were a special team.”
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Thoughts on a Middleton snow day
by IvRAJ SeeRHA Each arduous step became ever so slightly harder than the last. All I could hear was the crunch of the snow beneath my feet, and the deafening wind rushing by my head. About to start my small trek up the snow-covered hill, I spotted a sign to my left. The sign itself was unreadable, covered with snow and dented from previous vandalisms; however, I knew as well as the local neighborhood kids what the sign read underneath: “NO SLEDDING DOWN THIS HILL.” The thought brought a smile to my face, not out of mischievousness, but
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Special Feature: City Birthday Essays
We asked Middletonians to tell us their stories about the Good Neighbor City. Here are the winning essays:
Alligator in Pheasant Branch Creek
by BRIAN ROOT
Essay Contest Winner
more so out of a pride in my freedom to be able to do as I please. After the short, yet painstaking climb with my sled, I reached the top. Setting down the sled, I readied to speed down the hill before something caught my eye. A man was walking his dog a few streets down. Suddenly, I realized that I could see at least a mile out from the top of this hill. I had never seen my neighborhood from this view; hence I paused to take in everything. The buildings, roads, cars, and houses: they all fit together to create one large intricate clockwork while the air carried whiffs of burning pine and hot chocolate from nearby homes. That’s the first moment it occurred to me: we’re just one whole human
community here. It’s here that people walk their dogs, or drive to work, or genuinely say hello to one another while out running a minute errand. It was quite wondrous how so many people could come and live together in relative harmony. For the first time, I wasn’t looking at a city. I was looking at an entirely different being, a being made up of cars, buildings, and humans. Looking down at my snowy, mittencovered hands, I acknowledged I too was a part of this community. I smiled as I gazed out, beaming with pride in the community that I could call my very own. I had been raised here since I was born, and could remember all of the vivid memories I shared with this
town, whether eating fattening funnel cakes at the Good Neighbor Fest, exploring a slightly-worn path deep within the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, or spending hot summer days at the Middleton Outdoor Pool. I thought of sitting down and sharing cheese curds with my family at the local Culver’s. I remembered playing tennis against my father at Lakeview Park even though we both knew I was probably going to win. But the most important memory I held was sitting on the rocks at the edge of the water at Lake Mendota with my grandfather. He never spoke very much English, and we didn’t speak much sitting on those rocks. We would stare out over the water and per-
haps throw in sticks and stones to better judge its grandeur. While we didn’t necessarily say much to each other during those moments, they will stay with me forever. One day I’ll go back to that spot and throw a few more sticks and stones into the water, except this time everything will seem slightly smaller because I’ve grown so much bigger. The falling snow bit my face and brought me back to reality. Looking down the hill, I hunched down on my sled. I saw the sign once more. A wide grin came across my face as I sarcastically thought to myself, “Oh, what a shame. It appears I can’t read that sign. Oh well, I’m sure it doesn’t say anything important.”
Middleton has been named one of Money magazine’s “Best Places to Live.” You’ll get no argument from those of us lucky enough to grow up here in the 1950s and ‘60s. The setting for many of our idyllic memories is a place called “the creek.” (Today it is known as the Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Back then, it was simply “the creek.”) To an outsider, it was a mundane patch of woods. To us, it was as exotic as the Amazon, teeming with raccoons, snakes, lizards, turtles, and, in the summer of 1969, an alligator. In the 1950s it wasn’t illegal to own an alligator; and, of course, it would never have occurred to us to ask. So, when my brothers and I brought three of them home, it attracted only passing interest in our Sak’s Woods neighborhood. We bought the foot-long reptiles at the pet store on Elmwood Avenue,
A little episode, and a tip of the hat
Pictured above is Al Root, a Middletonian and part time gator wrangler.
and promptly named them Winston, Marlboro and Sir Walter; such was the impact of big-tobacco advertising on the minds of pre-teen boys with limited imaginations. Life in Sak’s Woods was good for alligators and boys, and we all thrived. By the summer of 1969, the alligators were almost six feet long and had nasty dispositions. By contrast, my brothers and I never reached six feet, but by most accounts we were less anti-social than the alligators. Young boys inevitably grow up and leave home, and so it is with alligators. In July of 1969, Marlboro went missing. He apparently scaled a four-foot fence, and when last seen he was slipping effortlessly into nearby Pheasant Branch Creek. Which empties into Lake Mendota. Impromptu search parties of neighborhood kids sprang up, all with strict instructions to not attempt capture. Indeed, Marlboro was spotted numerous times and the legend of an alligator patrolling the banks of Pheasant Branch
Creek was born. But, inevitably, the reported sightings dwindled, and eventually stopped altogether. It was commonly assumed that Marlboro had met an untimely end, and the creek was once more safe for human recreation. That’s when we received the phone call. The most opaque portion of this admittedly improbable tale are the events
surrounding the phone call. The truth can be an elusive phantom. What follows is the most plausible version. A woman was sunbathing on her Middleton Beach Road pier. As she lay face down, looking between the planks of the pier, a North American alligator glided directly beneath her. Her first reaction was to call my father, Al Root, who was well known to harbor danger-
ous reptiles. He arrived moments later, wearing only his horned-rimmed glasses and baggy swim trunks. With the panache of a circus performer, Al dove into Lake Mendota. In an unlikely sequence of events, Al managed to catch the alligator and wrestle it to the spectator-lined shore of Marshal Park Lagoon. The event was reported on by Madison radio stations. An alligator on the loose in Pheasant Branch Creek was unnerving to some, and the disturbance to Middleton’s collective psyche led to one unalterable conclusion: the alligators had to go. On an August day in 1969, a Dodge station wagon headed north on Highway 12. In the back were three alligators, bound for a new home at Chuck Nadle’s Reptile Farm in the Baraboo Hills. Eventually, the alligators were relocated to an alligator farm in Florida. The general consensus was that Florida was a more appropriate home for the reptiles than the Pheasant Branch Creek. Perhaps.
As a 40-year resident of the Town of Middleton, I am often in the City of Middleton or passing through it. I’m sure a lot of newcomers are not aware
Dear Middleton, my hometown....
by JOYCe A. RAISBeCK
Essay Contest Winner
by DIANA HAveRBeRG
Essay Contest Winner
of many changes that have occurred as the city has grown. For one thing, there is a lot more traffic in a growing and bustling community, especially along the University Avenue corridor. I’m remembering the past, when Parmenter Street at University Avenue
was a four way stop sign intersection. Traffic lights now control that spot. One day I was driving on Parmenter, coming to the stop sign on the corner. Across the way, a Middleton Police car also came to a stop, facing me. I had the right of way and was about to pull
forward, but a car coming on University Avenue did not seem to be slowing down. I hesitated, then watched that car zoom through the intersection. If I had pulled out, I would have been hit. The police officer saw everything.
He tipped his hat to me, then turned on his siren and took out after the other driver. I did not mind waiting for him to go first. I had a smile on my face and no dents in my car! That is just a little episode in the Good Neighbor City.
I was born Joyce Ann Miller, on June 28, 1935. I still live in Middleton and was born in a large home behind the Stamm House at home. My mom and Grandma Miller delivered me because Dr. Allen said she cried wolf too many times and wouldn’t come. We moved to 1647 Mitchell St., Middleton, which is 6326 Elmwood Ave. today. It was a pop stand and my dad built a bedroom and living room. My family lived there until 2001, when
my mom, Elsie Miller, passed away. We had a huge garden, and my brothers and I peddled them out early in the summers mornings. Gerald and I were 7-8 and Wayne was 3. We had a wagon where Wayne and all our veggies were sold. We went down near Lake Mendota and all over. We loved it and our money went for food and our needs. We swam at Mendota (Sandy beach). We would of course walk there. Gerald and I fished and hunted for our food. It was very sad for me because I loved animals and cried a lot for them. We picked berries in the
woods and mom made a lot of jelly from apples and choke cherries. My uncle, Joe Miller, made Castle Rock Motel by hand. We saw many Indian mounds in the woods and many large rocks with Indian symbols. Mr. Darlington across the highway was a movie producer. We had droves of turtles crossing our highway. It was amazing. I went to Middleton Grade School. We enjoyed Mr. Edward G. Kromery. He was my teacher and principal. A great man. He would tell us Halloween stories and jump and scare us.
We’d go down to the middle of Middleton and watch a movie every week in the summer. We celebrated Halloween and it was so much fun. I recited “Old Ironsides” and got a box of powder. My teachers always had me recite ‘cuz I had a real clear voice. At Christmas the fire department gave out bags of candy – what fun. During the Second World War we had air raid drills and everyone had to get their lights off. It was scary. My dad and two brothers were in the army. My dad was with Gerald Patton and
went in when he was 40. We had big carnivals in the middle of the street. On Memorial Day the girl scouts, me included, would make our own wreaths and put them on the graves. We also picked milkweeds, which were put in gunnysacks and someone would pick them up. These were used to make parachutes in the army. There were tunnels under my uncle’s territory that some believed had been part of the Underground Railroad.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013
“A Little Taste of Italy,” an annual dinner and music event, features non-stop music performances by Middleton High School bands, orchestras and jazz bands. The Spring Supper and Silent Auction will be held Saturday, April 13 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the Middleton High School Student Center. Ticket order forms can be obtained on the MHS Orchestra website at www.mcp-orch.org. The deadline for ordering tickets is Thursday, April 11. The menu features your choice of meat lasagna, vegetarian lasagna or spaghetti. The children’s meal is spaghetti. All meals include salad, dinner roll, beverage and a large dessert selection. Prices are $13 for adults, $6 for children (under 12) and $10 for seniors (65+). The dinner includes items from Gino’s Italian Deli, Brennan’s Market, Olive Garden, Starbucks and Pizza Hut. Walk-in diners can also be accommodated ($15 per adult, other prices as listed above) however or-
MHS musicians offer Taste of Italy
ganizers ask that you pre-order your tickets to facilitate event planning. Please call Shirley Stephan at 608-831-1842 for more information. The silent auction will feature numerous items and gift cards including a bi-plane ride, a portrait session, gift cards to area restaurants, a one night stay at Chula Vista Resort, a sailboat ride and picnic, a ride to school on a fire truck and many more. Proceeds from the Spring Supper and Silent Auction are used to support and enhance band and orchestra programs throughout the year. For more information contact: Shirley Stephan, MHS Band and Orchestra Parent Association Spring Supper Registration Chair, at 608-831-1842 or Spring.Supper@gmail.com.
Evan Swain, son of John and Jenny Swain and a Junior at Middleton High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn this top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2012, only 781 of more than 1.66 million students earned
Evan Swain earns perfect ACT score
Jazz Ensemble during a recent rehearsal. a composite score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score. In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon
Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.” ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.
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Acker, Jeanette A, 48, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/11/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.00 Alexander, Jason S, 33, Madison, WI 53714, 04/01/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Alexander, Rebecca A, 39, Monona, WI 53716, 03/27/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Alghushairy, Omar Mohammed, 24, Madison, WI 53726, 03/10/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $0.00 Alghushairy, Omar Mohammed, 24, Madison, WI 53726, 03/10/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Allen, Donald L JR, 28, De Forest, WI 53532, 03/19/2012, Non Registration, $0.00 Allen, Donald L JR, 28, De Forest, WI 53532, 03/19/2012, Failure to Apply for a Transfer of Title, $0.00 Allen, Donald L JR, 28, De Forest, WI 53532, 03/19/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Allen, Donald L JR, 28, De Forest, WI 53532, 03/19/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Alt, Carissa Beth, 19, Fitchburg, WI 53711, 06/11/2011, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $271.50
Amato, Anthony J, 60, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/14/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Anderson, Dylan John, 21, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/23/2012, Possession of Controlled Substance, $271.50 Armacanqui, Numa A, 58, Madison, WI 53705, 03/23/2012, Operating while Suspended, $0.00 Armacanqui, Numa A, 58, Madison, WI 53705, 03/23/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $0.00 Armacanqui, Numa A, 58, Madison, WI 53705, 03/23/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $0.00 Armstrong, Christopher Nelson, 24, Madison, WI 53711, 03/25/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits,
$88.80 Backes, Chris C, 26, Madison, WI 53717, 03/12/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Bacus, Brent T, 18, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/16/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $128.80 Balchen, Vanessa C, 51, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/10/2012, Non Registration, $88.80 Becknell, Nigel Hajj, 21, Madison, WI 53726, 03/19/2012, Speeding 25 MPH Zone, $88.80 Beeman, Jennifer M, 21, Adams, WI 53910, 03/31/2012, Ride in Vehicle without seatbelt, $10.00 Bellouchi, Fatna, 44, Lone Rock, WI 53556, 03/23/2012, Method of
Giving Signals, $88.80 Bennett, Jennifer N, 24, Middleton, WI 53562, 04/22/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $0.00 Bochniak, Lori J, 54, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/31/2012, Exceeding Zones
and Posted Limits, $114.00 Bonayon, Ashley Jean, 27, Sun Prairie, WI 53590, 03/28/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Bornhofen, Patricia L, 48, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/12/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Bornhofen, Patricia L, 48, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/12/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Boyd, Demetreus Benard, 28, Madison, WI 53713, 02/14/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Breunig, Tara L, 33, Black Earth, WI 53515, 03/07/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Brown, Matthew A, 35, Middleton, See COuRT, page 24
W I 53562, 03/14/2012, Vehicle Registration Revoked/Suspended/Cancel, $0.00 Buelo, Patti D, 47, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/05/2012, Method of Giving Signals, $88.80 Bunch, Monica M, 75, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/18/2012, Exceeding
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Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Burcalow, Larry, 70, Gallatin Gtwy, MT 59730, 02/22/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $95.10 Burks, Quintus D, 37, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/18/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $139.20 Burks, Quintus D, 37, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/18/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Bybee, Kelly Cunningham, 49, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/06/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Carranza Ortega, Anabelen, 24, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/21/2012, Operating w/o a Valid Driver’s License, $114.00
Carranza Ortega, Anabelen, 24, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/21/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Carranza Ortega, Anabelen, 24, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/21/2012, FYR while Making Left Turn, $88.80 Carroll, Nichole A, 41, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/08/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Cassidy, Sean M, 21, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/09/2012, Operating w/o a Valid Driver’s License, $76.20 Christopherson, Sandra Lee, 47, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/18/2012, Method of Giving Signals, $88.80 Colletti, Chase H, 28, Waunakee, WI 53597 3106, 03/31/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $139.20 Cook, Robert J, 50, Fitchburg, WI 53711, 03/17/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.00 Cortez, Amber K, 23, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/20/2012, Disorderly Conduct, $240.00 Cox, Joseph M, 53, Dane, WI 53529, 03/17/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Creech, Tyrone II, 23, Madison, WI 53704, 03/25/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Creech, Tyrone II, 23, Madison, WI 53704, 03/25/2012, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Cummings, Max D, 23, Baraboo, WI 53913, 02/08/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Danielson Twomey, Lisa, 53, La Farge, WI 54639, 03/21/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Darger, Hunter Eugene, 18, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/27/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Das, Laxmipriya, 47, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/15/2012, Unsafe Lane Deviation, $88.80 Dauer, Leann M, 32, Mc Farland, WI 53558, 03/18/2012, No Driver’s License on Person, $114.00 Davis, Mariah S, 21, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/15/2012, Speeding 55 MPH
Zone, $88.80 Dayi, Mehmet, 51, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/18/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Delaney, William C, 56, Madison, WI 53717, 03/28/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Derer, Jonathan H, 31, Sun Prairie, WI 53590, 03/28/2012, Seatbelt Required Oper/Pass, $10.00 Derer, Jonathan H, 31, Sun Prairie, WI 53590, 03/28/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Dickson, Anthony A, 25, Portage, WI 53901, 03/28/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Diercks, David G, 67, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/17/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Ding Li, Kung Bu, 33, Madison, WI 53719, 03/21/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Dregne, Cory G, 33, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/16/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Eller, Janelle O, 59, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/26/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Emond, Lane A, 38, Portage, WI 53901, 03/30/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Espie, Sommer L, 26, MADISON, WI 53704, 03/21/2012, Vehicle Registration Revoked/Suspended/Cancel, $88.80 Espie, Sommer L, 26, MADISON, WI 53704, 03/21/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Espie, Sommer L, 26, MADISON, WI 53704, 03/21/2012, Inattentive Driving, $101.40 Everson, Teri L, 45, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/19/2012, Non Registration, $88.80 Everson, Teri L, 45, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/19/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Fill, Peter Albert, 26, Madison, WI 53719, 03/16/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Freber, Todd E, 48, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/18/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 French, Stacy Lurane, 25, Madison, WI 53719, 03/31/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Gabert, Chad Henry, 42, Middleton, WI 53562, 02/23/2012, Exceeding
Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Gallup, Paul Walker, 26, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/14/2012, Auto Following Too Closely, $114.00 Garcia Cristancho, Sara Marcela, 21, Madison, WI 53711, 03/22/2012, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Garcia Cristancho, Sara Marcela, 21, Madison, WI 53711, 03/22/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Garcia Cristancho, Sara Marcela, 21, Madison, WI 53711, 03/22/2012, Non Registration, $88.80 Geary, Lisa Dianne, 41, Madison, WI 53714, 03/23/2012, Seatbelt Required Oper/Pass, $10.00 George, Jane M, 49, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/19/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Geppert, Charles John, 18, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/12/2012, Unlawful Use Of Telephone, $0.00 Geppert, Charles John, 18, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/12/2012, Resisting or Obstructing Officer, $429.00 Gialamas, Thomas G, 36, Middleton, WI 53562, 02/11/2012, Vehicle Registration Revoked/Suspended/Cancel, $88.80 Gialamas, Thomas G, 36, Middleton, WI 53562, 02/11/2012, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Gialamas, Thomas G, 36, Middleton, WI 53562, 02/11/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Gibson, Karlene M, 42, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/28/2012, Traffic Control Signal Violation red, $88.00 Gilliland, Laura Machelle, 48, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/11/2012, Non Registration, $88.80 Goff, Jared A, 25, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/18/2012, Traffic Control Signal Violation red, $88.80 Goff, Jared A, 25, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/18/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Goff, Jared A, 25, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/29/2012, Traffic Control Signal Violation red, $88.80 Goff, Jared A, 25, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/29/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Gold, Suzanne E, 58, Middleton, See COuRT, page 25
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WI 53562, 03/23/2012, Seatbelt Required Oper/Pass, $10.00 Gonzalez, Efren, 42, Madison, WI 53719, 03/16/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Grady, Tyler Shaquille, 19, Prairie Du Chien, WI 53821, 03/11/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $139.20 Grady, Tyler Shaquille, 19, Prairie Du Chien, WI 53821, 03/11/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Graham, Mary Jean, 53, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/12/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Groshek, Brian J, 41, Madison, WI 53704, 03/23/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Groth, Miles R, 23, Middleton,
1. CALL TO ORDER REGULAR BOE MEETING AT 6:30 P.M. The regular meeting of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Board of Education was called to order at 6:34 p.m. by Clerk Annette Ashley. Present: Clerk Annette Ashley, Treasurer Bob Green, and Board Members Anne Bauer, Jim Greer, Leeanne Hallquist, Bob Hesselbein and Terry Metzger Not Present: President Ellen Lindgren and Vice President Diane Hornung (listened via conference phone) Others Present: Superintendent Don Johnson, Assistant Superintendent George Mavroulis, Assistant Superintendent Tom Wohlleber, Jeff Seely from Ehlers, School Nutrition Services Manager Susan Peterman, and Continuous Improvement Specialist MaryBeth Paulisse. 2. CONVENE IN POSSIBLE CLOSED SESSION UNDER S.S. 19.85(1)(f)(g) MOVED by Greer SECONDED by Green to move into closed session to discuss a personnel matter with legal counsel. Motion carried unanimously, 70 on a roll call vote. Conferring with Legal Counsel on a Personnel Matter 3. RECONVENE INTO OPEN SESSION 4. RECOGNITION - MHS BOYS STATE SWIM TEAM PARTICIPANTS AND REGIONAL AND STATE SPELLING BEE COMPETITORS Luke Lengfeld, coach of the boys swim team, introduced and recognized
MIDDLETON-CROSS PLAINS AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT Regular Board of Education Meeting Minutes of March 11, 2013
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WI 53562, 03/24/2012, Display False Registration Plates, $88.80 Groth, Miles R, 23, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/24/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $88.80 Groth, Miles R, 23, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/24/2012, Vehicle Registration Revoked/Suspended/Cancel, $88.80 Guerrero, Sergio, 19, Madison, WI 53704, 03/27/2012, Traffic Control Signal Violation red, $88.80 Guerrero, Sergio, 19, Madison, WI 53704, 03/27/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Guerrero, Sergio, 19, Madison, WI 53704, 03/27/2012, Operating while Suspended, $114.00
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Here are some of the upcoming birthday events:
Middleton Senior Center (7448 Hubbard Avenue) April 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come peruse a variety of handmade items for sale and take a tour of the Middleton Senior Center.
Nimble Fingers Craft Sale
ebration on its golden anniversary. All are invited to enjoy a slice of cake and the smooth sounds of the Madison Brass Band.
the boys who participated in the state swim meet. Amy Weber introduced the students who participated in the regional and state spelling bee. The board recognized all the students and athletes for their tremendous efforts. 5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES MOVED by Bauer SECONDED by Greer to approve the Regular and Closed Minutes of February 25, 2013. Motion carried unanimously, 7-0. 6. COMMUNICATIONS a. Correspondence/Board Communication Bob Hesselbein attended a meeting on March 4 regarding security in the district. Bob feels the district is ahead of other school districts and can’t wait to see us move forward. Bob Green shared that he received some calls regarding lack of transportation to testing at the Alliant Energy Center for MHS students. b. Citizen Comments None i. Public Hearing Don Johnson gave a brief explanation for the reason the district is requesting a waiver. We are proposing that we have three fewer instructional days but meet the requirements for minutes of instruction. This time is for citizens of the school district to speak regarding the waiver request. No citizens were present to speak regarding this matter. 7. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT Upcoming Events and Updates The Board has authorized the administration to work with employee groups on the new employee handbooks. All employee groups are invited to take part in the process. Don also shared information on a new busing plan for next year and the possible expansion of the elementary day. The Village of Cross Plains will review the conditional use agreement with the district at the March 25, 2013 village board meeting. Snow make up days/times were presented. Don shared that we had some flooding at the District Administrative Center today. 8. CONSENT AGENDA MOVED by Greer SECONDED by Hallquist to approve the following
items for consent agenda: 8.1.a. Approval of Bills Payable, 8.2.a. Approval of Resignation (addendum), 8.2.b. Approval of Leave of Absence (addendum), 10.3 Adoption of the 2013-2014 School Calendar, and 10.4 Endorsement of the Waiver Request to DPI. Motion carried unanimously, 7-0. a. Administrative/Business Services i. Approval of Bills Payable Computer check numbers 226990 through 227172 totaling $798,300.46 were reviewed by the Board Treasurer and approved under consent agenda. (Exhibit A) ii. Approval of Treasurer’s Report There is no Treasurer’s Report to approve at this time. b. Employee Services i. Approval of Resignations The board approved under consent agenda the following resignation: Kate Arnold, Social Studies teacher at MHS effective at the end of the 20122013 school year. ii. Approval of Leaves of Absence The board approved under consent agenda the following leave of absence: Julie Isenhower, Chemistry Teacher at MHS iii. Approval of Staff Appointments There are no staff appointments to approve at this time. iv. Approval of Retirements There are no retirements to approve at this time. v. Approval of Lay Offs There are no lay offs to approve at this time. c. District Consent Items 9. ITEMS FOR INFORMATION/DISCUSSION a. School Nutrition Services Update School Nutritional Services Manager Susan Peterman reviewed the school nutrition services update with the board and highlighted the great things that are happening in school nutrition at the
Middleton Fire Department (7600 University Avenue) April 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. In honor of 50 years of cityhood, Middleton is hosting a community cel-
Middleton 50th Anniversary Community Celebration
(1811 Parmenter Street) April 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. A collection of local history, brought together by the Middleton Area Historical Society, will be on display starting on the first day of the celebration.
New Exhibit in The Museum at the Depot
Celebrate the City of Middleton’s 50th Anniversary with favorite books from the 1960s. The book club will also engage in fun activities, watch a short film, and eat some cake. All ages are welcome. Stop the Main Level Help Desk or call 608-827-7402 to sign up.
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buildings. She shared information on the Lunch Express online payment system and answered questions from the board. b. Questions on Achievement Gap Data Supplement MaryBeth Paulisse was present to share data and answered questions from the board. The board requested this information at the last meeting on the achievement gap data. The board had discussion on the expansion of the data review and programs to help close the achievement gap. Administration discussed the data being regularly reviewed by the School Improvement Teams and the Educational Services team. 10. ITEMS FOR ACTION a. Board Resolution Regarding the Proposed State Budget The board reviewed the three examples of a possible letter to send to the Wisconsin State Assembly and State Senate regarding the proposed State budget. Jim Greer explained his version of the proposed resolution. MOVED by Green SECONDED by Metzger to consider the letter drafted by Jim Greer as the resolution from the MCPASD school board. Motion carried 5-2, with Hesselbein and Hallquist opposed. After some continued discussion it was MOVED by Green, SECONDED by Ashley to reconsider the motion and revisit this item
Middleton Public Library (7425 Hubbard Avenue) April 18 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
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Middleton Public Library (7425 Hubbard Avenue) April 23 at 2 p.m. Join the library to decorate cupcakes in honor of the city’s birthday. (This is an early release day in the MiddletonCross Plains Area School District.) This event is for ages 8-12. Please register by April 20. Sign up at the Main Level Help Desk or by calling 608827-7402.
at the March 18 board meeting. Motion carried unanimously, 7-0. b. Resolution Awarding the Sale of $59,860,000 General Obligation School Building Bonds, 2013A Jeff Seely from Ehlers was present to share information about the building bonds bids. This item was also covered in detail during the Finance Committee meeting. MOVED by Green SECONDED by Greer to approve the Resolution Awarding the Sale of $59,860,000 General Obligation School Building Bonds, 2013A. Motion carried unanimously, 7-0 on a roll call vote. (Exhibit B) c. Adoption of the 2013-2014 School Calendar The board approved under consent agenda the 2013-2014 School Calendar. (Exhibit C) d. Endorsement of the Waiver Request to DPI The board approved under consent agenda the endorsement of the waiver request to DPI. 11. NEXT MEETING DATES AND ADJOURNMENT The regular board meeting adjourned at 8:48 p.m. Cheryl Janssen, Board Secretary Approved by Board President
‘Tween’ Cupcake Decorating Party
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