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Town tax bills flat

VOL. 121, NO. 45



Vote on town budget set for Tuesday
The proposed 2014 Town of Middleton budget residents are scheduled to consider Tuesday evening increases revenue by 6.3 percent, cuts spending by 5.13 percent and holds the tax levy to a 1 percent increase. “The town’s portion of your tax bill will not go up unless it’s a new house or you’ve improved your property,” said town administrator David Shaw. Town board supervisors also made

The average $300,000 home will see school taxes go up $61 after the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) Board of Education approved the 2013-14 budget and certified the tax levy on Monday night. According to a statement issued by the district, the tax mill rate increased 1.92 percent from a year ago. That works out to a mill rate of $11.12 per $1,000 of residential assessed value. The district’s preliminary budget projected a mill rate increase of 7.7 percent. “This is great news for District taxpayers,’’ MCPASD community relations specialist Perry Hibner said. “In a year where we passed a sorely needed $60 million referendum to address overcrowding in our elementary schools and facility issues at Kromrey

Budget approved at Monday board of education meeting

an effort to not draw as heavily on cash reserves after using $550,000 from reserve funds to balance the 2013 budget. Next year’s total revenues are budgeted at $2.962 million, compared to this year’s revenues which are on pace to top $2.923 million and up from the $2.786 million projected in the 2013 budget. The projected revenue increase is based on more construction activity, which is expected to boost income from charges for services, and more See TOWN BUDGET, page 11

“Our world is off,” said Bartlett Durand, who recently opened the Conscious Carnivore, a locally-sourced butcher shop in the Shorewood Shopping Center. “Systems have gotten too complex.  We don’t understand the world.  We don’t feel like we have any control of ourselves in the world ... I am there trying to cut through that and get right to the heart of the matter.” 

Middle School to keep the tax impact this low is phenomenal.’’ Hibner pointed out that the tax impact will be different for homeowners depending on where they live. Eight municipalities make up the school district. There were a number of factors that helped reduce the projected mill rate. The district conservatively estimated a 0 percent increase in equalized valuation, while that number came in at a 1.5 percent increase. In addition, the district received $2.3 million more in state general aid than projected due to Gov. Walker’s tax relief package. The total tax levy for the district is $61,087,793, an increase of 3.4 percent from a year ago.

The ethical butcher
How Middleton resident Bartlett Durand is like Morpheus in The Matrix

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The demand for local and organic foods is growing wildly across the country. Though genetically modified (GMO) crops and factory farming hold a majority of the market share, the organic market continues to see growth.  Recent scandals like the horse meat mix-up in Europe and the mysterious Monsanto wheat crop sprouting up in Oregon have people

asking questions about reliance on what some people worry is cheap, low-quality, untraceable foods.  In some ways, Madison and Middleton are on the forefront of this new economy.  The success of stores like Willy Street Co-op and the area having one of the highest rates of farmers markets per capita show that locals are committed to natural and sustainable foods sources. Middletonian Bartlett Durand is the farmer and entrepreneur behind Conscious Carnivore, a new ethical, locally sourced and organic butcher shop. The shop is located in the Shorewood Shopping Center on University Avenue in Near West Madison.  Du-

rand claims his business is the first of its kind.  What makes Conscious Carnivore so unique is that it handles the entire production process. That includes raising cattle, slaughtering and processing, and preparing cuts at the new store.  Bartlett is able to do this because he is also the owner of Otter Creek Organics, where the animals are raised, and Black Earth Meats, where the animals are processed.  Both businesses are located in Black Earth, which is about a 15 minute drive from downtown Middleton.   Durand says the vertical integra-

The Middleton High School Drama Club will present Arthur Miller’s The Crucible November 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol St. Tickets may be purchased at the door. At left are Adam De Santes and Annie Baker in the roles of John and Elizabeth Proctor.

Crucible comes to the PAC

See BUTCHER, page 25

Teaming up to fight against hunger. Page 3


Plus-size clothing store opens in Middleton. Page 5


Football cards fall. Page 14


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The Middleton Public Lands Department sponsored the fifth annual Forestry Field Day on Saturday, November 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John C. Bock Community Forest. Forestry field day is a free public event featuring demonstrations of horse logging, tree trimming (top), wood milling (bottom right) and free horse-drawn wagon rides (bottom left). The demonstrations highlighted how foresters select, harvest, and process trees in a responsible, environmentally sustainable manner. The horse logging demonstration featured the Percheron team of John Adametz and A to Z Percherons. Logs were skidded to an on-site sawmill operated by Dave Arnold of CityWood Treecycling LLC. Mazomanie-based Rod Anding and his team of Suffolk Punch draft horses offered the free wagon rides. Dane County Parks Forester Adam Alves provided an instructional demonstration on proper tree felling techniques.
Times-Tribune photos by Jeff Martin

Having a field day





City leaders gathered at the intersection of Deming Way and University Avenue Monday, October 28 at 5 p.m. to celebrate completion of an overhaul that included the addition of turn lanes, upgraded traffic signals and the completion of a key link in the City of Middleton’s path network. John Livesey, seen here helping Mayor Kurt Sonnentag cut the ribbon, developer of the Discovery Springs business park, believes the improvements are beneficial for Costco and the many other businesses located on the north side of University Avenue. “There was a bottleneck here, and I’m very pleased that the city stepped up to help find a solution,” said Livesey. “We’re fortunate we have a city that is forward-thinking.” The project’s completion coincides with the opening of Spectrum Brands’ new headquarters along Deming Way about half a mile north of the intersection. The city used Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) to fund its $210,000 share of constructions costs, while WisDOT paid for the upgraded traffic signals. In the next couple of years, the state plans to install gates at the Deming Way railroad crossing.

City celebrates intersection improvements

Photo by Lisa DuChateau

This Thanksgiving, putting together a family meal will be difficult for many Middleton residents. The City of Middleton and Pellitteri Waste Systems are partnering to help those in need with the ThanksGIVING Back program. They will be collecting non-perishable food items at City Hall to donate to the Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) Food Pantry. Please visit the front lobby of City Hall, 7426 Hubbard Avenue, Nov. 426, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, to drop off donations of non-perishable food items, or call Pellitteri Waste Systems at 608-257-4285 for directions to drop off items at their

Teaming up to combat Thanksgiving hunger

A political mistake?
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office.  Last year alone, the MOM Food Pantry distributed 376 tons of food to families in need. The top needed items this year are canned fruit, canned soup (not tomato), boxed meals, spaghetti sauce, cooking oil, sugar, flour, meals in a can (like chili, ravioli, etc.), and cereal. Please, no home prepared food, open containers, glass containers or expired food. For additional information, please contact Mike Davis, City Administrator/Director of Community Development, at 608-821-8350 or

Invasive species found in Black Earth Creek
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It appears a proposal to strip local municipalities of much of their regulatory power with respect to proposed frac sand mines has been put on the legislature’s back-burner. At least one local official, however, thinks it will be coming back, albeit in a different form. Town of Berry chairman Tony Varda said last week that State Senator Tom Tiffany made a political mistake by introducing Senate Bill 349 the week before the Wisconsin Towns Association was to hold its convention in Madison. Many local officials in rural areas are Republicans, said Varda, and are seen by many Republican legislators as

“a natural constituency.” When it comes to taking away local control on issues like mining, however, that constituency can quickly become non-partisan. Varda said the towns association got commitments from a number of Republican senators to oppose the measure in its current form. The Republicans control the Senate and the Assembly as well as the Governor’s Office, but in this case, the party’s unity fell apart. “It is on the backburner because Tiffany doesn’t currently have the votes to pass it in its original form,” said Varda. “I understand from some capital insiders Tiffany had eight ReSee MINING, page 11

Officials recently confirmed the Black Earth Creek has been invaded by an invasive snail species that competes with trout food sources, effectively reducing the trout population’s food supply. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) aquatic invasive species coordinator Bob Wakeman said last week that scientists are unsure as to how the New Zealand mud snail will acclimate itself to the southern Wisconsin environment. In any case, however, the news is not good. “This is a significant and disappointing find in Wisconsin,” said Wakeman. Until the Wisconsin discovery, in North America, the snail had been detected exclusively in streams in the western United States, especially in Colorado. The snails found in 2012 were the first to be detected in an inland Midwestern stream. “We discovered them in a sample,”

said Wakeman. “We’ve got folks that go around and grab samples; in this case, it happened to be aquatic insects. In so doing, he was kicking up the substrate and then he sent it in.” The sample went to a laboratory at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point for analysis. That’s when the

presence of snails was discovered. The sample was actually taken in 2012, but the discovery was actually made several weeks ago. Because there are only a few “clones” of the asexual snails, the scientists were able to determine See INVADER, page 23


Monday, October 28 7:59 a.m. - Theft, 2400 block of Allen Blvd.

Monday, October 21 8:25 a.m. - Weapon violation, 2100 block of Bristol St. 12:34 p.m. - Battery, 3400 block of Marino Ct. 12:55 p.m. - Fraud, 2800 block of Parmenter St. 2:40 p.m. - Theft, 1600 block of Deming Way. 6:47 p.m. - Property damage, 3500 block of Salerno Ct. Tuesday, October 22 8:35 a.m. - Malicious mischief, Parmenter St & Donna Dr. 1:22 p.m. - Property damage, 2000 block of Parmenter St. 9:25 p.m. - Theft, 6700 block of University Ave. Wednesday, October 23 7:24 a.m. - Fraud, 3700 block of Parmenter St. 1:18 p.m. - Property damage, 7500 block of Hubbard Ave. Thursday, October 24 5:36 p.m. - Burglary, 5100 block of Brindisi Ct. 7:50 p.m. - Theft, 6700 block of University Ave. Friday, October 25 9:16 a.m. - Fraud, 5400 block of Mathews Rd. 3:56 p.m. - Theft, 7600 block of Voss Pkwy. 5:28 p.m. - Fraud, 2300 block of Parmenter St. 6:59 p.m. - Property Check, 7400 block of North Ave. 7:10 p.m. - Alcohol violation, 2100 block of Bristol St. 8:57 p.m. - Alcohol violation, 2100 block of Bristol St. Saturday, October 26 1:57 a.m. - Fire, Nursery Dr. & Deming Way. 12:56 p.m. - Theft, 6300 block of University Ave. Sunday, October 27 5:56 p.m. - Theft, 8300 block of Greenway Blvd. 7:54 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 6300 block of Lakeview Blvd.


9:26 a.m. - Theft, 2400 block of Allen Blvd. 2:01 p.m. - Weapon Violation, 2400 block of Clark St. Tuesday, October 29 12:23 p.m. - Property damage, 1200 block of Deming Way. 6:57 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 3700 block of Parmenter St. 7:27 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 5300 block of Mathews Rd. 11:33 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 5300 block of Mathews Rd. Wednesday, October 30 12:20 a.m. - Domestic disturbance, 700 block of Pirate Island Rd. Thursday, October 31 3:57 p.m. - Fraud, 6300 block of Stonefield Rd. 4:05 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 2600 block of Middleton Beach Rd. 4:53 p.m. - Accident, 8300 block of Greenway Blvd. Friday, November 1 8:40 a.m. - Property damage, 3600 block of Glenn Ln. 11:16 a.m. - Property damage, 6900 block of Donna Dr. 1:30 p.m. - Property damage, 3200 block of Deming Way. 3:35 p.m. - Property damage, 8400 block of Greenway Blvd. 5:24 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 2100 block of Allen Blvd. 5:38 p.m. - Accident, Century Ave. & High Rd. 10:35 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 2000 block of Allen Blvd. Saturday, November 2 11:57 a.m. - Theft, 1600 block of Deming Way. Sunday, November 3 1:24 p.m. - Theft, Middleton Beach Rd. & Mendota Ave. 3:25 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 6300 block of Lakeview Blvd. 6:10 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 1300 block of John Q Hammons Dr. 7:46 p.m. - Theft, 1700 block of Deming Way. 9:36 p.m. - Property damage, 3200 block of Parmenter St.

OPERATIONS DIVISION In August, Middleton Officers handled 1,688 calls for service. 714 were field initiated and 974 were dispatched. They issued 438 citations and 99 written warnings, made two criminal arrests and investigated 45 accidents. In September, Middleton Officers handled 1,584 calls for service. 609 were field initiated and 975 were dispatched. They issued 415 citations and 74 written warnings, made 11 criminal arrests and investigated 37 accidents. Significant Events in September: 09/05/13, 3:00 PM, Bath and Body Works, 1600 block of Deming Way, Retail Theft - Over $300.00 in product was taken from the store. 09/09/13, Badgerland Chemical and Supply, 8500 block of University Green, Theft - Suspect entered business during business hours and took $500.00 in $100.00 bills. 09/16/13, 3800 block of Signature Drive, Theft - Complainant reported that over $35,000.00 in jewelry was taken from her residence while she was out of town. She reported that her elderly mother also lived in the residence and was under constant care by aides. Middleton officers and detectives searched pawn shop data bases and learned that one of the substitute aides had pawned numerous items of jewelry. Lisa and Roger Johnson, of Stoughton, were arrested, questioned, confessed and were taken to jail. Much of the jewelry was recovered, but some had been melted down. 09/21/13, 1400 block of N. Westfield Road, Burglary - A home was entered while the resident was out of town and money taken. Entry was made through an unlocked door. A similar burglary occurred during the same time period to an occupied residence in nearby Madison. 09/24/13, 6700 block of Sandstone Circle, Burglary - Items were taken from vehicles in an open garage. 09/28/13, PF Changs, Theft from Vehicle - A car window was smashed out and electronics and several thousand dollars of jewelry was taken.

Police calls down in September

Thieves who stole $35,000 in jewelry from Middleton home caught
TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT The month of September had 34 reportable accidents of which six were in parking lots or on private property. This compares to last year’s 31 of which seven were on private property. During the month of September, Officer Wood, the designated motorcycle officer, made 52 traffic stops, issuing 49 citations and 14 warnings, of which 17 citations and four warnings were for Speeding and 11 citations were for Seatbelt Violations. The department will not have that patrol again until next spring. Approximately 18 hours were spent on directed traffic patrols in September. Sixty-nine enforcement actions were taken: 40 citations and one warning for Speeding, 13 Insurance citations, six citations for Operating After Suspension, five citations and one warning for Registration violations, three Seatbelt citations, and two citations for Failure to Stop for Stop Sign. Roads targeted were Greenway Blvd, Hwy 12, Hwy Q, North Gammon Road, Parmenter Street and Pheasant Branch Road. The department performed traffic control duties for the Skirt Chaser Run (formerly the Suzie Favor- Hamilton Run) on September 28th. INVESTIGATIVE UNIT REPORT Being a victim of any crime is very frustrating, demoralizing and in some cases a very traumatic experience. Feeling helpless as an unknown subject has taken something which didn’t belong to them and taken without permission can be a very stressful time for many victims. As humans, we have a tendency to want to believe everyone is trustworthy and as honest as we are; unfortunately in any society this isn’t always the case. All you need to do is listen or watch the daily news to see that we live in a society where violence, thefts and the addiction to controlled substances are a major part of culture; regrettably this trend isn’t likely to change anytime soon. Did you know that one of the more disturbing crimes, and one which the Middleton Police Department has seen an increase of over the past year, has a national clearance rate of only 14 per-

$10,000 GRANT WON The Middleton Police Department was recently notified that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has offered it a $10,000 grant for overtime reimbursement for the coming year to target drunk driving. In addition to the regular monthly officer patrols, there will be two periods of high visibility enforcement where we will have three additional officers on patrol at the same time for a total of 11 shifts. See POLICE, page 23

cent? This crime of burglary can be a very traumatic event for many victims as the home is one place where most of us feel safe the majority of the time. Many victims report when a criminal has been in their residence and has gone through their personal belongings, that they feel there has been a major invasion in their lives and to their families. In some cases, victims indicate they never feel safe in their home again. To lower the possibility of being a victim of a burglary, the following tips are recommended: Lock all doors, windows and garage doors, keep valuables away from windows or doors; have lights or other electronics on a timer when you are away, making it appear as though the residence is occupied; have outdoor lighting on a motion sensor to activate during the hours of darkness; when traveling or away from your residence, arrange for a neighbor or relative to retrieve your newspapers or mail, to mow your lawn or shovel your driveway; have deadbolts on all doors as they are the most effective locking mechanism; place a dowel or other secure device in the track of any sliding glass door to prevent the sliding door from being easily opened. If you are a victim of a burglary do not enter your residence or touch anything. Await the arrival of the Police Department for your safety and for the collection of evidence. Provide the Police Department with pictures, serial numbers or any other pertinent information which would be helpful in locating any stolen items.




A new type of lender in town

Automation Components Inc. celebrated its new production and calibration lab at 2315 Parview Road in Middleton. The 14,100-square-foot facility was a $1 million project to expand space for final manufacturing and calibration of the high-end environmental sensors the company makes for heating and air conditioning systems. From left: Jeff Zwettler (Senior VP-Relationship Manager, State Bank of Cross Plains), Mike Davis (Middleton City Administrator), Van Nutt (Executive Director, Middleton Chamber of Commerce), Troy Schwenn (President, Automation Components, Inc.), Kurt Sonnentag (Mayor of Middleton), Jim Tubbs (President and CEO, State Bank of Cross Plains).

ACI celebrates $1 million expansion

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Todd Schneeman, above, manages Middleton’s Personal Finance Company. by CAMERON BREN

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Chamber welcomes Z.Bella Boutique

Photo by Lisa DuChateau

Z.Bella Boutique in downtown Middleton hosted a Grand Opening celebration party that began Thursday, October 24, and continued through Saturday. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Middleton Chamber of Commerce at 4:30 p.m. Z.Bella Boutique is owned and operated by a mother/daughter team, Marvel Felton and Zoe Schuler, pictured above as they cut the ribbon at the new plus-size clothing boutique. The store is located in Cayuga Court just off University Avenue and the Beltline.

Personal Finance Company offers Middleton unique option for personal loans.  If you want to purchase something like new appliances or furniture, but do not have the cash available, you might seek a personal loan.  These loans can essentially be used for any cash needed.  This includes credit card payoff, education, home improvement, medical costs, business needs, and other purchases.  Personal loan amounts generally range from $500 to $50,000 and the amount available often depends on your credit score.  When getting this type of loan one has a few options. These include making arrangements or contracts with friends or family, banks or credit unions, online peer-to-peer lenders, and payday or title loan stores.   When seeking a personal loan it is important to know what your choices are.  These options all have their pros and cons.  It may be safest to address friends or family if you need cash fast.  However, not everybody knows someone who has enough money they are able to lend.  You must also consider your relationship with this person and decide whether this could cause stress or tension if problems arose.  Banks and

credit unions are a good choice but often require a good credit score.  If you have bad credit or lack of credit it is unlikely these places will have anything to offer you.  Online peer-to-peer lenders like Prosper or Lending Club can have competitive loan amounts and interest rates, but again that will depend on your credit score.  For those with a bad credit history, payday and title loan stores are a workable means.  A payday loan simply is you writing a check for the amount you need plus a fee to the lender.  The lender holds the check for a short agreed upon term before cashing it.  If you don’t have the funds by the time of withdraw, often you get another term with another fee.  A title loan allows borrowers to use a car or house as collateral.  This can offer a significant funds in a short time with little approval.  The downside to title and payday loans are high interest rates.  The rate may not seem too bad as a one time fee, but if you’re unable to make the full payment by the end of the term the rate keeps increasing.  If it takes you awhile to repay the loan you may pay double or more than you borrowed.   Personal Finance Company offers personal loans but is a little different from other lenders.  The company makes loans on an installment basis. The installments range from 6 to 42 See LENDER, page 25


This month’s free Middleton Green Thursday event features the documentary Thrive With Less.  The film, which will be shown on November 7 at 7 p.m. at Willy West Co-Op, follows six college students and their project to turn their consumerist lifestyles on their heads. Just in time for the holiday season, Thrive With Less asks the question When did we decide that more is better but better is never enough?  This free screening is sponsored by the City of Middleton Sustainability Committee and The Natural Step Monona with support from Willy Street Co-op, Madison Gas & Electric and Richard and Judy Fritz.  Free refreshments are provided. Willy West is located at 6825 University Ave in Middleton.

Learn how to Thrive With Less

dropped off at the Hubbard Art Center on Sunday, Nov. 17 between 5 and 7 p.m. or Monday, Nov. 18 from 6-8 p.m. Entrance Forms are available at the Middleton Rec Dept. or online at For more information call Pat at 235-1121.



Art show will celebrate trees

Just in time for the biggest shopping day of the year, blogger and coupon clipper extraordinaire Dannelle Gay will be at the Middleton Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. to present her “Black Friday Boot Camp.” Dannelle will show participants how to find all the deals on Black Friday, make a shopping plan of attack, and score tons of killer deals to cover birthdays and gift occasions for the rest of the year. She will also talk about how to think “outside the box” when it comes to grocery store and drugstore deals, too! Dannelle Gay is an expert on finding savings and stretching your household budget. She is a frequesnt guest on NBC 15, WISC TV 3, and Wisconsin Public Radio. Check out her blog at for coupons, recipes, and tips for stretching your budget. For more information or to register for this program, email the library at or call 608-827-7403.

Black Friday Boot Camp

entrance to the sale early from 10 - 11 a.m. Book sales are primary fundraiser for the Friends of the Library.   Proceeds from all sales benefit library programs.

Felties Club, for grades 5-12, will meet Tuesdays, November 5-December 3, from 3:30-4:45 p.m. The club meets at Hubbard Art Center, 7448 Hubbard Avenue, and is hosted by Middleton Public Library staff. Learn to make adorable little felt animals!  They will have a variety of patterns and colors to choose from.  They recommend attending at least twice to learn the basics and create a felt friend. No registration is needed. All materials are provided.

Learn how to Snowmobile class make felt animals in Black Earth

wing sauces, as well as serving award winning ribs. The Lube features unique décor items including Race Cars suspended from the ceilings, Motorcycles, Corvettes and Gas Station Memorabilia decorating the walls.

“A Celebration of Trees,” an art show, will take place Friday, Nov. 22Sunday, Nov. 24 at Hubbard Art Center, 7448 Hubbard Ave, Middleton. Hours are Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 7 p.m. This no fee, juried art show is open to all artists, all media, and the format must be tree related. All art must be

Friends of the Middleton Public Library will hold their annual holiday book sale on November 9, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., in the lower level of the library 7425 Hubbard Avenue.  The sale offers many gift options for readers. The Friends also begin their 2014 membership drive with this sale.  Current 2013 memberships or memberships purchased for 2014 allow

Library Friends host book sale

On Monday, Nov. 11, Middleton’s Quaker Steak & Lube honors America’s veterans with a free meal to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Any veteran with a military ID or honorable discharge papers is eligible for this event. Quaker Steak & Lube will cover the tab (not including alcohol) up to $12.99. “From Normandy and The Battle of Midway to Kosovo, Tora Bora and Fallujah, these brave souls have honorably served their country,” said Mike Hinesh, operating partner of Middleton’s Quaker Steak & Lube. “As a restaurant, this is just one of the ways we can honor their contributions to our country.” The original Quaker Steak & Lube was founded in 1974 and built in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, Pennsylvania as a cook-your-own steak restaurant. Today, The Lube® has won over 100 national and international awards for their wings and 21 different

Quaker Steak to honor veterans

A snowmobile safety class will be held in early December in Black Earth. The class will start on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. and continue Dec. 5 and 9 (6:30 p.m. both nights,) with  testing on the final night. Students must make all classes. The first night students must have a parent at class the first half hour to sign up. Students must have DNR ID numbers to take the class. These can be obtained online or at any sales counter that sells hunting licenses. The cost to take the class is $ 10. This can be paid in cash or by check to Bob Sagmoen. The class will be held at the Black Earth Fire Station at 711 Blue Mounds St.   Persons wanting to sign up for the class should contact Bob Sagmoen at 798-3023.

The 27th Annual Jewelry Design Competition for the Wisconsin Jewelers Association was held recently at its annual convention in Madison. The pieces were judged on Quality & Craftsmanship; Degree of Difficulty; Design & Originality; and Practicality & Wearability. Bauer Jewelry Designs, located in Middleton, was awarded first place in the Wisconsin Jewelers Association designs competition in men’s jewelry. Jake Bauer created a handmade, hand engraved gent’s ring with bead set diamonds. The piece will be sent to New York to be judged at a national level.

Bauer wins first

The Speedway Snowmobile Club is offering a DNR-certified snowmobile safety course on Monday, Nov. 4 and Monday, Nov. 11. Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985 must complete a Department of Natural Resources course before operating a snowmobile. The course instructors will seek to outline the basic principles of safe and responsible snowmobile operation. Anyone 12 or older who is interested can contact Karen Cox at 220-9486. The classes will be from 69 p.m. and will be held at Kalscheur Hall in Pine Bluff, 3734 CTH P.

Speedway club offers course

Middleton High School Drama Club will present Arthur Miller’s The Crucible November 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol St. Tickets may be purchased at the door: $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults. This Tony-Award winning play invites the audience to Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 as the fear of witchcraft is being spread throughout the area. As panic builds and more people are accused, neighbors and friends turn on each other, faith is shaken, and lives are ended. Miller’s theatrical version of historical events, a thinly-veiled allegory paralleling McCarthyism of the 1950s, raises questions about marginalization of “the other” as fear takes over. With a cast of 22, Middleton’s production has involved over 100 high school students as set builders and painters, costumers, lighting and sound designers and operators, stage managers, ushers, and actors. Come support the arts and see one of America’s most well-known and frequently-produced shows. For more information visit

Crucible opens tonight at PAC

The MHS ninth-grade Cardinal Band and the Madison-based Wisconsin National Guard’s 132nd Army Band will join forces for a performance this Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Performing Arts Center. The concert begins at 2 p.m. and is free. MHS band director Brad Schneider explained that tax-supported military bands by law have to give free concerts. No seats will be reserved. One of the members of the 132nd Army Band is the mother of MHS band students and contacted the district about a possible performance, Schneider added. Sergeant First Class and unit administrator Robert Brent Wells said the unit will be drilling on that weekend and are going to be in Madison, so a concert made sense. The performance will last 90 minutes. Ninth-graders will play a couple of selections and the Army Band will play after that, Wells said. The 132nd Army Band is comprised of nearly 50 part-time musician soldiers. None of the current band members went to MCPASD schools, although a female saxophone player resides in Middleton,

Cardinal band joins forces with National Guard

MHS musicians, Army Band will play Sunday afternoon at the Performing Arts Center

Wells said. Typically, the band meets one weekend per month and gives a two-week performance tour around Wisconsin. Members of the band range in age from late teens to late 50s. Many of them are professional musicians or music educators, while others are in other professions. Some joined the band while in high school or college, while others are former active duty members of Army bands, Wells said. In addition to marching in parades and performing military ceremonies, the Wisconsin National Guard’s 132nd Army Band has many other musical ensembles that perform for all types of events and audiences, both military and civilian. These ensembles include a concert wind ensemble, a jazz band and combo, brass quintets, a saxophone ensemble, a woodwind quintet, a rock band, and a country band. Wells said he plays in the counPhoto contributed try band, jazz ensemble and even the jazz combo, besides participatSunday’s concert begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. MHS band director Brad Schneider explained that ing in parades and concerts. “It’s a very tight-knit group,’’ he tax-supported military bands by law have to give free concerts. said. “We love what we do.’’

‘No surprises’ in ATC’s latest application


Middleton town chairman Milo Breunig saw no real surprises in the 148page application American Transmission Co. (ATC) recently filed with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission that would route another high-voltage power line through the town. Instead, the application detailed ATC’s case for its preferred route for the proposed 345-kilovolt line. ATC continues to prefer routing the line south along Voesen, Koch and Bronner roads, to Airport Rd. then south to the Cardinal substation along US 14. It offered an alternative route that would extend west from the Town of Spring-

Springfield board looks at Schneider Road Business Center

field into the Town of Cross Plains then east along USH 14 to the substation. ATC says the preferred route between a substation in the town of Vienna to the Cardinal substation follows existing distribution lines and costs slightly less to build than the alternative route. Called the Badger Coulee project, the power line is being proposed by ATC and Xcel Energy to stretch between substations near La Crosse and Madison. Here, it would link to the recently completed West MiddletonRockdale power line. Badger Coulee would cost an estimated $514 million to $550 million to build, according to ATC. The project allows the power companies to import electricity generated

at wind farms in the Minnesota and the Dakotas east to Wisconsin and other markets. An increased power supply means lower cost power to consumers, ATC says. The power line also eliminates the need for an estimated $160 million in voltage upgrade projects in western Wisconsin, ATC states. Those living along the preferred route have been intensely opposed to the project they see would lower their property values and expose them to harmful radiation from electro-magnetic fields. They were joined by others at an April town meeting and voted to order the town board to retain an attorney and fight to route the line west of the town. Advised by the Wisconsin Towns

Association, the board declined to act on the request, stating that residents lacked authority to specify the action The board had previously hired attorney Peter Gardon who mapped a strategy to oppose the Badger Coulee project arguing that it made the town the target of power lines to be built from the east, north, west and south. ATC has since dropped plans for the line entering the town from the south and Gardon had said property values, health affects and other arguments would likely fail to convince the PSC to reject Badger Coulee. The board has been largely silent on the power line issue ever since although has urged residents to tell the PSC their concerns about the project. The board put $60,000 for legal ex-

penses in the 2014 town budget to be presented to residents on Nov. 12. However, that is a typical amount the board annually allocates and does not include any funds specifically to contest Badger Coulee, Town Administrator David Shaw said. Breunig said the board has no set strategy on the power line case now before the PSC. He acknowledges that it has been a hot topic, “and probably always will.” “It’s hard to determine a course when the issue pits one resident against another,” he said. ATC anticipates the PSC will issue a decision on the power line in 2015 and if authorized construction would begin in 2016 and the line would be in service in 2018.

The Springfield Town Board met Tuesday, Oct. 15 for its second meeting of the month, discussing the ongoing driveway saga and turning its sights to focus on new buildings going up in the township. The board reviewed two presentations regarding the planned Schneider Road Business Center, both from owner Jim Wills. Wills presented materials and coloring to be used on buildings in the center, and detailed some of the schedule for the construction that will be happening

next year. Included in the Business Center will be an Encore Construction building, and plans for that building were also presented in detail to the board. The board had no grave concerns regarding the project, but did inform the Wills of the need for a variance for any large signs on the premises. The board’s long battle for regulation on concrete driveways was discussed again. Board supervisor Jim Pulvermacher informed the board he recently met with a representative of MSA Professional Services to discuss revamping town guidelines regarding concrete driveways, and that he expects very clear notations will be on

the new guidelines. The board reiterated the need for a variance if a homeowner wishes to use anything beyond asphalt in their driveway. “They need come to the board first,” repeated Supervisor Pulvermacher, “in person.” Supervisor Dan Dresen updated the board on the work-day that occurred at Kingsly Cemetery in Springfield. The cemetery was put in the care of the town after its previous owners abandoned the property, and the board organized a “clean-up day” on the grounds before the onset of winter. “It went very well,” commented Dresen, though he added some

additional work might be needed. The board has entertained the notion in the past of making the cemetery active again in the future. Springfield’s town road patrolman, Mark Grosse, was present at the

meeting for the first time since summer, after numerous excused absences pertaining to his health. He reported to the board that he hopes to be fully recovered and back to work “soon.”




It’s four o’clock in the morning. I wish that I was sleeping. Two things that I read about in the news during the last few weeks were niggling at my mind and nudged me awake. The first article was about the “Singing Grannies” who were detained at the Capitol on Thursday, October 24. Madison area Singing Grannies are part of an international movement of women who sing out for peace, the environment and economic & social justice. They are committed to participate only in non-violent protests. After singing on October 24, one of the Grannies, Andrea Musher went to

A Matter of Perspective

the office of Rep. Dianne Hesselbein. After speaking with her, Musher left to use a bathroom near the office. According to the report in the Isthmus, one female and six male Capitol Police officers entered the bathroom, told her to put her hands behind her back, “slammed” her against the sink, handcuffed and searched her. Musher said that she was never told she was being arrested or read her rights. The article quoted Musher to say, “What they kept telling me was, ‘You match the description of a woman in a blue puffy coat who was carrying a gun.’” Musher was wearing a blue coat. However, it was not a puffy one. A second Granny, Mary Alexi, aged 71 was detained the same day. Her coat was puffy but was purple, not blue. She

was wearing the hallmark Singing Granny apron on top of it. Four officers searched her for weapons. Both women admitted to feeling terrified by the way that they were treated. What puzzles me about these incidents, is that since the State of Wisconsin passed the concealed weapons law, why would anyone be forcefully searched in the Capitol, where guns are permitted in most areas? The Singing Grannies bravely call attention to the explicit United States Constitutional Right to gather for peaceful protest against government. That amendment was one of the many checks and balances created by the US architects of democracy to keep our government honest and its citizens connected to its essence of “We the people.” From Governor Scott Walker’s perspective, these women are a nuisance. From where I stand, these women are champions of our constitutional rights as both Wisconsin and United States citizens. Nobel Literature Prize, which has spurred many readers to check out her works as well as collections of short stories by other authors. Visit the library to find Alice Munro’s writing, or choose any of these great collections of short stories: Budding readers will enjoy Mary Ann Hoberman’s You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together. Part poetry and part short story, each of the twelve entries in this book provides an opportunity for two people to read aloud. The stories are written in a format that encourages reading by two voices: text appears in two distinct colors, indicating which person should read each part, and sometimes in a third color, indicating that both people should read in unison. Rhythm, rhyme, and surprising plot twists make this book a delight, and Hoberman’s choice of fairly

Scott Walker may have copyrighted the word “Unintimidated” as the title of his new book, but he doesn’t own the word. The Singing Grannies and Solidarity Singers continue their protests, unintimidated despite the intimidating tactics of detention and search, like the ones on October 24. The second article that stirred my mind in the wee hours of the morning was regarding the recent US surveillance of Chancellor Merkel’s phone in Germany. Even though the incidences of the Grannies and phone-tapping are not related, I felt they were connected. I wasn’t able to put my finger on why before, but in the quiet before dawn, the connection has dawned on me. Fighting terrorism and fighting crime should never become an excuse to behave badly. Something is very wrong when fighting crime becomes crime itself. Justifying errors or a means to an end is not justice. And, there is a big difference between creating suspicion and truly feelsimple vocabulary invites even timid readers. If you and the young reader in your life enjoy this book, look for others in the series, including Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together and Very Short Scary Stories to Read Together. ‘Tween and teen sports enthusiasts will hit a home run with collections such as Sports Shorts by Joseph Bruchac and seven other authors. Any reader who has participated in athletics will relate to the stories in this book, as characters navigate team dynamics, hard work, wardrobe malfunction, victory, defeat, and more. Eight stories, most with a somewhat autobiographical leaning, will keep readers turning the pages. Many grown-ups who sneak a peek at these stories will feel a twinge of melancholy, remembering their younger days on sports teams. For more sports-themed short stories,

ing that an individual or a nation is behaving suspiciously and warranting investigation. Protection and surveillance has taken on a life of its own. While spying and illegal detentions have been going on throughout history, the Patriot Act, enacted after 911, has created a new mindset of suspicion and coercion in the name of anti-terror. Yes, there has to be a way to stop terrorists. Yes, we want to prevent crime from happening in the first place. But, these things must be done without giving license to people of power from abusing that power to intimidate citizens and nations for their own agenda or their own increase of power. Our constitutional rights are nonpartisan. The perspective of the rights is inclusive. The rights, themselves, invite us all to work together to uphold their integrity as measures to ensure liberty, security and justice for ourselves as individuals and for our collective status as a nation among nations. try Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher, which works well for teen readers looking for some sophisticated content including homophobia, racism, and sexism. Many ‘tween and teen readers love the Guys Read series, edited by Jon Scieszka. While written with a male audience in mind, these collections, each formed around a genre such as science fiction, humor, and thrillers, appeal to a wide range of readers. Look for familiar authors in the lists of contributors; you’ll find Rick Riordan, Tom Angleberger, Kate DiCamillo, and Ray Bradbury! The Guys Read books are an excellent introduction to short stories. Next thing you know, your ‘tween will be asking to check out The Best American Short Stories 2013, edited by Elizabeth Strout!

I first fell in love with short stories in high school, when I discovered and devoured a copy of The Best American Short Stories, an anthology that is published each year containing outstanding short fiction stories written in North America during the past year.

The Long and Short of It

Writers of this form do something special: they convey a sharp burst of the human experience in just a few pages. They allow us to feel connected to characters, places, and things in a very brief time, within a limited word count. Readers begin short stories as outsiders and strangers to what lies within the pages, but by the time they finish, perhaps just half an hour later, they are intimately familiar. Short story writer Alice Munro was recently awarded the

When it comes to the little things, skipping a rock along Lake Mendota’s shore or canoeing through the gentle waves of Lake Kegonsa reminds us how precious our water is. I am ecstatic to see this same feeling reflected in Dane County Executive Joe Parisi’s 2014 budget. Anyone who has been along the lakes in the Yahara system is aware of the thick, nasty algae blooms that have taken over the lakes. These blooms are due to the excess phosphorous that come from agricultural runoff following a few heavy rainfalls. To secure long-term preservation and upkeep of our quality of water, Parisi has laid out

County executive Parisi is investing in our lakes
Letter to the Editor:

a few initiatives in the 2014 budget plan. Parisi’s initiatives to handle manure storage, a new water treatment system for the Town of Springfield, and remediation of phosphorous-heavy land will affect our communities in an extremely positive way. We need to productively manage our agricultural waste, and it is exemplary to see the County Executive’s support of our resources during an environmentally tough time. We need community involvement and support from local leaders to ensure these necessary plans go through. Protecting our crisp, clean lakes will keep Dane County a beautiful place to wake up and walk through every day. Remembering the precious little things, please support this proposed budget. Jan Szmanda Madison

Letters to the Editor
Middleton residents blessed by Taylor’s gift
Dear editor,

I want to say thank you to Lucille Taylor and her generous donation for the city to build a new park. Her generosity is simply amazing, and the city of Middleton is truly blessed to have her. As an active mother of four, I love and use all the parks, trails and green space that Middleton has to offer. My family and I appreciate her generosity, which will make Middleton a beautiful place to live. Mary Haynes Middleton

District’s decision to appeal Andy Harris ruling is disappointing, not surprising

I note with disappointment but no real surprise that the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District will be

pressing its case with the State Supreme Court to terminate an employee for viewing pornography on his work computer. They seem to feel that right wing Act 10 political ideology will trump legal principles and precedent that caused their case to fail at three lower levels of judicial review, and they’re willing to double down on their bet with my taxpayer dollars to explore that probably long-shot possibility. If this action had any kind of palpable and substantive connection to improving student performance and staff morale and or taxpayer dollar value in the M-CP District, I could probably get behind it, but if anything, it looks like it will run counter to all of those objectives. It’s the unfortunate confluence of the most superficial and banal in lefty liberal political correctness and social conservative bluenose morality, coming together in the classic idiom of a fool’s errand. I guess mainly because of the seemingly wrong-headed intransigence of the school district, this thing will have to play out to its inevitable and needlessly expensive end, which if precedent trumps ideology will be another defeat for the district and its taxpayers. If this sorry incident does go down to its final, and I believe deserved defeat in the court system, I think School Superintendent Don Johnson and School Board President Ellen Lindgren should be prepared to do the decent

thing and tender their resignations. They clearly will have demonstrated themselves unsuited to continue in the positions they presently hold. Mike Pfrang, Town of Cross Plains




Pritts, Hungness earn scholarships

Times-Tribune photo by Matt Geiger

Kicks Unlimited Middleton recently awarded $500 each toward the college funds of students Taina Pritts and Daniel Hungness. Pictured above with Pritts and Hungness is Mathiam Mbow, a 4th Degree Black Belt in ITF Traditional TaeKwon-Do, 3rd Degree Black Belt in American TaeKwon-Do, AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, and owner of Kicks Unlimited.

Edward Heinrich Hoch passed away Sunday October 27, 2013. Edward was born in Kirkwood, Missouri on July 6, 1921 to Edward J. & Ida (Weiss) Hoch. While Ed was still a boy, his family moved to Gray Summit, Missouri, where their farm’s proximity to Route 66 sparked his lifelong fascination with the historic American highway. He graduated from Washington High School in May of 1938. In 1944 he joined the army as a GI, fighting in the Pacific Theater (Philippines & Japan.) of WWII and earning a Bronze Star for his service. Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, he enrolled in the University of Missouri, graduating in 1949 with a degree in Agriculture. While attending Mizzou, he was a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Agricultural Fraternity and spent time traveling around the United States as a “Master Fitter” preparing cattle for national shows. After working for a year as a County Extension Agent in Missouri, Ed was offered a position as a Herdsman/Researcher by Dr. Edward Hauser of the University of WisconsinMadison’s Department of Ag & Life Sciences. His work in Beef Research & Physiology—most notably with the Twin Project—took Edward around the United States. He met his future wife, Virginia, at a dance in Madison; they married in 1953. In Ed’s later years at the University, he supervised graduate students as they completed their PhD fieldwork and was a Short Course Instructor. After retiring in 1986, Ed pursued gardening (quite successfully, if his bountiful strawberry crop and tenfoot tall tomato plants were any indicator), cooking and baking, quilting, traveling with his wife Virginia, and teaching his two grandchildren how to grow their own food and cook it to boot. He was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church In Morrisonville, Wisconsin and, in later years, a member of Lake Edge UCC. A proud veteran, he was a member of the

Edward Heinrich Hoch



Wm.”Sonny” Simon Post 8216 in Middleton,Wisconsin (where he was known for many years as “Chef Ed”) as well as a member of Cross Plains American Legion Post 245. Edward is survived by his daughters Kathryn Hoch (Alan Strohschein) and Linda (Don) Brumm; grandchildren Alex (Cassandra) Brumm and Francesca Brumm; sister Nelda Hoemann of Kirkwood, Missouri; brother – in – law Henry Kerber; sisters - in law Claudine Kerber, Margaret Kerber, & Barbara Kerber; and numerous nieces & nephews, great nieces and nephews and great- great nieces and nephews. Edward is also fondly remembered by countless former graduate students in all corners of the globe. He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia; parents; sisters Irma & Arline; brothers-in-law Norvin Kampschroeder, Ivo Hoemann, Clinton Brandt, & Robert Kerber; sisters-inlaw Vi Kampschroeder & Mary Kerber Calhoun; and nephews Karl Kampschroeder & Dennis Brandt. Visitation was held on Monday, November 4, 2013 at the Cress Center, 6021 University Avenue in Madison from 4 until 7pm. Services were held the morning of Tuesday, November 5th at 10:00 am at the First German Lutheran Church, 4315 Pleasant View Road, Middleton. The family requests memorials be made to the following: VFW National Home for Children, Lake Edge UCC Memorial Fund, and Agrace Hospice. The Family would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the following: Sebring Assisted Care for their many years of kindness, care, and support; Sharon Huggins and Supportive Elder Services; Lake Edge UCC Home Communion Team; Dr. Ken Felz and his wonderful staff; members of the Wm. “Sonny” Simon Post 8216 for their regular visits; and Agrace Hospice for their guidance and support over the past few months.

Throughout the month of August, two local Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt stores participated in a fundraiser to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Menchie’s Middleton Hills and Menchie’s West Towne Mall completed a successful program that too place this summer from August 1st to September 3rd. Owned by Jennifer Hassrick, this was the Middleton Hills location’s first time

Menchie’s donates to muscular dystrophy fight


publican senators tell him ‘no way’ when he tried to force the bill through committee.” According to Varda, a major concern of local officials is the abuse local roads would suffer from mine operations, which require lots of heavy equipment. Tiffany’s bill in its current form would essentially exempt the mining firms from any liability with respect to town roads, many of which are not constructed to withstand a steady barrage of dump trucks. Environmental concerns about air and water quality are also evident. In Varda’s view, however, it was not opposition from environmentalists that state aid. Meanwhile, total expenditures are projected to decrease from $2.985 million budgeted in 2013 to $2.832 million in 2014. This year’s actual expenditures are expected to only reach $2.673 million. Spending decreases are budgeted in general government and public works categories. Shaw said the government’s general budget was decreased by the $37,000 cut from the town assessor’s contract. Last year’s contract was increased to cover the expense of the first townwide property re-evaluation in 20 years. That work has been completed. Also, budgeted legal expenses were


participating in the “Make a Muscle for MDA” program. The store raised $464 and, combined, the two Madison area stores were able to raise almost $1,000 for MDA. The fundraiser was part of an annual  national effort by over 300 Menchie’s locations throughout the country to aide MDA in their work to find treatments and cures for children and adults affected by muscular dystro-

phy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. The money raised at the Madison area locations will help families served by MDA in 19 counties throughout Southwestern Wisconsin. The theme for this year’s campaign was superheroes, so Menchie’s encouraged customers to  “suit up and use their power to make a difference.” Guests could purchase and sign a mo-

bile for $1, or an amount of their choosing, that then went on display throughout the store. As a thank you for donating, guests also received a 15 percent coupon off their next visit to Menchie’s. MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehen-

sive health care and support services, advocacy and education. In addition to funding some 300 research projects worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates hundreds of support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases; and provides local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters living with progressive muscle diseases. continued from page 3


prompted Tiffany to take the bill off the table with a promise to rework it and bring it back, probably sometime in 2014. “I’m sure he would have been largely unfazed by the environmental opposition,” Varda speculated. According to Varda, who helped create a Town of Berry ordinance governing sand mines after some Berry residents were approached about a possible mining operating in late 2011, “the opposition of a large number of town chairs and boards in his district is likely what led to the rethink. The idea a mine could simply wear out a town road and the town could not do anydropped from $100,000 in 2013 to a $60,000 next year. The board decided not to allocate funds specifically to intervene in the Public Service Commission’s consideration of a proposal to build another high-voltage power line into the town. The 2014 budget includes funds for a 3 percent increase for town employee wages, the same percentage as 2013. Individual pay levels are subsequently determined by the town board. Public works spending, typically the town’s largest expenditure category, is budgeted in 2014 at $1.306 million,

thing about it did not sit well.” Many Wisconsin sand deposits contain sand that is ideal for use in “fracking” operations in other states. Hydraulic fracturing is a means of releasing natural gas by drilling horizontal shafts and then injecting a mixture of sand, water and chemicals to blast open shale rock to access gas deposits. The fracking industry considers Wisconsin’s sand ideal for this process because it is nearly pure quartz, and its grains are well-rounded, extremely hard, and of uniform size. Berry based its ordinance on one adopted by the Town of Cooks Valley in Chippewa County. The Cooks Valdown from $1.407 million budgeted last year. Public works spending this year is on pace to finish at $1.220 million. Public safety expenses increase in the 2014 budget to $809,727, which is up from $797,731 budgeted this year and the projected actual expense of $782,792 by the end of 2013. The increase is due largely to additional fire district costs next year, said Shaw. Parks spending, on pace to finish 2013 at $168,290, was budgeted at $180,333 in 2013 and is budgeted next

ley law was challenged and eventually made its the way to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where it was upheld. The ordinance required mining firms to apply for a town permit, and gave the town authority to regulate operations within its borders with respect to air and water quality as well as road use. Tiffany’s bill as proposed would have essentially nullified local ordinances, including Berry’s. The Berry board plans to consider a resolution opposing SB 349 at its November meeting. As unpalatable as the Senate bill may be in Varda’s view, however, he

says there is something to be said for uniform state standards regarding air and water pollution from sand mines. “The DNR (Department of Natural Resources) is not really doing anything in regard to air pollution and responding only to the most outrageous water pollution problem,” said the chairman. “Towns are not really in a good position to monitor and police such things. That is why our ordinance provides for outside consultants for the town, paid for by the mine. That is a clumsy, expensive and time-consuming way of dealing with the problem.” continued from page 1

year at $184,428. Residents will vote on the town’s total levy, which the board proposed at $2.834 million up $29,563 from 2013. The increased levy amount equals the net value of construction in the town, said Shaw. Residents also vote on the 2014 highway maintenance and improvement expenditures which is proposed at $1.071 million, down from $1.084 million this year, Shaw said.

The voting follows a public hearing on the town budget, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at town hall. The total property tax bill, mailed by Dane County next month will also include levies from the Middleton-Cross Plains School District, Madison Technical College and the county, all which may have varying levels of tax increases or decreases that will affect the total tax amount.


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Stopped in their tracks
Season ends for football Cards in Oconomowoc

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OCONOMOWOC — Everything was set up for a night Middleton’s football team would never forget. The Cardinals were playing their best ball of the year. They were healthy and had a sense of belief. And perhaps most importantly, Oconomowoc standout quarterback Canton Larson was sidelined for the teams’ WIAA Division 1 Level 2 playoff game last Friday. So after Middleton exited with a 27-24 loss to the Racoons, many of the Cardinals were admittedly stunned at what had just transpired. “If you would have told me Tuesday or Wednesday they weren’t going to have (Larson), I would have thought it might be an easier game,”

Running down their dreams
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Middleton senior wideout Derek Rongstad said. Middleton finished the year 8-3, while Oconomowoc improved to 11-0 and reached the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 1987. Like Rongstad, senior right tackle Hayden Acker was stunned the year ended when it did. “We weren’t looking past them at all,” Acker said. “But we were looking forward to the next game.” It wasn’t meant to be, though. Thanks to heavy rains the previous 36 hours, the playing surface at Oconomowoc High School resembled a pig pen more than a football field. And that made it tough for either side to maintain a level of consistency. “I don't think I’ve ever played on a field that bad,” Rongstad said. Middleton outgained Oconomowoc, 380-314, thanks in large part to a huge passing night from Kasey Miller. The senior quarterback threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns — including two long strikes to

Middleton’s offense — led by quarterback Kasey Miller (left) and running back Charles Braxton — could never get rolling in its playoff loss to Oconomowoc last Friday.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Girls cross country team fourth at state

Rachel Wians could very well be the poster girl for Middleton’s girls cross country team this fall. From day one, the Cardinals preached development, improvement and peaking when it mattered most. And no one exemplified that mantra more than Wians. At last Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 state meet at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids, Wians gave a memorable performance. Wians finished 22nd overall — and 14th among individuals that were there with their team — and propelled Middleton to a fourth place team finish for the second straight year. “I was super proud with my race,” said Wians, a junior. “I knew that I had to get out fast and maintain if I wanted to achieve my goal of an overall (personal record). “Knowing it was my last race of the season I didn’t want to have any regrets or what if’s. So I left it all out there on the course.” Arrowhead won its third straight title, finishing with 84 points. Whitefish Bay and Neenah tied for second at 122, while Middleton (138) and Brookfield Central (154) rounded out the top five at the 20-team event. “I think the field this year was stronger than last year,” Middleton co-

coach Isaac Mezera said. “Last year we went in with nothing to lose and surprised ourselves. This year we went in with expectations, predictions, pressure and we kept our composure.   “We finished only 16 points out of a three-way tie for second place and 17 points out of sole possession of

Middleton’s girls cross country team raced to a fourth place finish at state last Saturday. From left are Bobbi Patrick, Rachel Wians, Jenny Mangas, Jenny Launder, Delaney Foster, Sam Valentine and Jenny Phillips. second place. Considering how strong Neenah and Whitefish Bay are, this is quite a testament to the talent, work ethic, and race strategy of our team. “Having raced in the meet before helped the girls make pushes at key times. All of the girls got out really hard as we expected them to. What was really impressive was how well they held on, even pushing the pace on occasion.” Middleton had several record setting performances during its memorable showing. Sophomore Sam Valentine was the Cardinals’ top performer, finishing 13th overall and 10th in the team scoring. Valentine completed the 4,000meter course in 14:54.70. “She improved by one second off of sectionals,” Mezera said of Valentine. “But finishing 13th overall is such an impressive feat. She went See XC, page 21

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Boys cross country team shines at state, looks forward to 2014

The future’s so bright



The 2013 boys cross country season had been over for less than 24 hours. And Middleton standout freshman Gus Newcomb already had a message for the rest of the state. “The best teams in the state had better take note of us for next season,” Newcomb said. “Because our guns will be loaded come next fall.” That was apparent the way the Cardinals finished off this season. Middleton surprised many by simply qualifying for last Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 state meet held at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. The Cardinals then gave a solid performance and finished 15th at the 20-team event. Stevens Point won the title with 83 points, while Madison West (124), Eau Claire Memorial (126), La Crosse Logan (156) and Madison La Follette (159) rounded out the top five. Middleton finished with 381 points. “The boys ended on a high note,” Middleton co-coach Cindy Bremser said. “Their ability to pull it all together to qualify for state was a testament to their belief that if they continued to work hard, good things would happen.  “They were so excited to train for one more week and have the opportunity to compete at their highest

level.  Going into state they knew they had nothing to lose, but only a chance to gain some invaluable experience.” And the Cardinals certainly gained that. Newcomb, like many of his teammates, was impressed the moment he arrived. “My first impression as I stepped off the bus was that this is the real deal,” Newcomb said. “Everything from seeing teams warming up in matching warm-ups to the number of spectators. There was an energy in the air for sure.” And the Cardinals certainly had an energy of their own. Newcomb finished 45th overall — and 24th among individuals that were participating with their teams — finishing the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 46.47 seconds. Newcomb admittedly thought he would finish higher, but was thrilled with the memorable freshman season he just completed. “My race did not go at all how I had planned it, but that’s racing,” he said. “I was told all season that the first mile is almost all out fast and that’s not at all how it shaped up. “The first 400 was the most important as far as getting out. When 800 rolled around we were already settled and there was not any room to move up unless you wanted to get physical, which is usually not the right option. “If you were up front at this point

you were pretty much there until the end if you could hold it. I was extremely surprised about how we walked through a mile and a half before it started to heat up. Once things started to get moving it got strung out and I knew it was now or never to move up, but everyone else knew it, so it wasn’t much easier.” Middleton junior Andrew Plumb was 67th in the team scoring (17:19.02) and sophomore David Marrone was 77th (17:23.24). Sophomore Christian Lindblom was 100th (17:37.71) and junior Hayden Johnston was 113th (17:51.17). “The top five finishers were underclassman and this experience will only make them more hungry to continue to train at a high level so

Middleton’s boys cross country team finished 15th at state. From left are David Marrone, Christian Lindblom, Andrew Plumb, Willie Myrland, Hayden Johnston, Gus Newcomb and Will Edmundson. they can return next year,” Bremser said. “It will be very helpful for them with this race under their belt.  “Everyone was very impressive for their first appearance at the state meet competing with the top athletes. It was a fitting end to a great season.” That it was. Most expected Middleton to be a mid-level team, at best, due to a roster packed with youth and inexperience. But the Cardinals had a terrific regular season, won a tiebreaker at sectionals that sent them to state, then had a strong day at the state meet. Now, anything seems possible come 2014. “I will never forget this season,” Newcomb said. “I’ll always remember the moment we found out we were in for the state championships. Each guy set team as well as individual goals at the start of the season, and I can honestly say we accomplished each one, including my own.”
WIAA STATE GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS DIVISION 1 Team scores — 1, Stevens Point 83; 2, Madison West 124; 3, Eau Claire Memorial 126; 4, La Crosse Logan 156; 5, Madison La Follette 159; 6, West Bend West 168; 7, Port Washington 183; 8, Green Bay Preble 211; 9, Kimberly 218; 10, Oshkosh West 253. 11, Milw. Marquette 281; 12, Arrowhead 299; 13, Muskego 346; 14, Lake Geneva Badger 362; 15, Middleton 381; 16, Brookfield East 401; 17, Kenosha Bradford 428; 18, Germantown 485; 19, Kenosha Temper 486; 20, D.C. Everest. Top individuals — 1, Olin Hacker, MW, 15:46.19; 2, Ryan Nameth, Verona, 15:51.84; 3, Taylor Floydmews, Wauwatosa West, 15:55.86; 4, Trent Powell, River Falls, 15:58.13; 5, Alec Miller, WBW, 16:04.98; 6, Tanner Daines, Appleton North, 16:07.69; 7, Will Simons, ARR, 16:09.67; 8, Tim Cote, ECM, 16:10.31; 9, Daniel LaLuzerne, GBP, 16:10.32; 10, Scott Seymour, KB, 16:12.70. 11, Aric Miller, WBW, 16:14.38; 12, Evan Hatton, SP, 16:16.82; 13, Mitch Kwapick, MUS, 16:18.63; 14, Tannor Wagner, Ashwaubenon, 16:19.20; 15, Derek Cruz, SP, 16:20.91. Middleton results — 45, Gus Newcomb, 16:46. 67, Andrew Plumb, 17:19.02; 77, David Marrone, 17:23.24; 100, Christian Lindblom, 17:37.71; 113, Hayden Johnston 17:51.17.

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Tough pill to swallow



Girls spikers fall in sectional finals
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The first set slipped away when they lost the last five points. The second set was a confluence of errors — hitting, service, and mental miscues. By the time Amber Karn and her Middleton girls volleyball teammates caught their breath last Saturday, they were staring at the very real possibility Sun Prairie would sweep the Cardinals out of their own gym — a giant reality check for a team that had spent the previous day-and-a-half actively recruiting their classmates to come out and cheer them on to a state tournament berth. “After we lost those first two games,” said Karn, a junior outside hitter, “we got together and said, ‘This is our house. Let’s not have any regrets walking off this floor.’ ” Middleton fulfilled that promise to itself, even as it fell just short of its ultimate goal — the program’s first trip to state since 2009. That’s why pride, not sadness, predominated in the wake of a 25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 2225, 15-12 loss to their Big Eight Conference archrivals in an electric WIAA Division 1 sectional final. Middleton seized control of the third set with a 6-0 run in large part on setter Breanna Schlueter’s serve, rallied from an eight-point deficit midway through the fourth set thanks to Karn’s dominating, seven-point service run and battled to a 12-all tie in the fifth set. Sun Prairie senior Anna Brereton closed out the match, though, with a pair of unreturnable serves. “I’m sure there were a number of fans who left, thinking it was going to be 3-0. So at least we made a match of it,” said Middleton coach Franco Marcos, whose team gave him a memorable 57th birthday present two days earlier with a sectional semifinal victory at Waunakee. “I’d like to see it (end) on the other side, but it’s well deserved. They definitely were the better team tonight.” Senior outside hitter Mane Bobadilla, Middleton’s lone consistent force offensively, finished with 21 kills. Senior libero Leia Peterman generated 26 digs against a balanced Sun Prairie attack led by 6-foot-3 junior middle hitter Molly Livingston (18 kills), while Schlueter added 24 assists and senior right-side hitter Arissa Milton led the way with four blocks. “What separates us is that we were down two games and we came back as a team. We weren’t fighting, we were encouraging each other,” Peterman said. “These girls are amazing. It’s sad to know it’s over, but I’m so proud of this team.” Given the teams’ familiarity with each other — Middleton (33-15) had won two of the first three meetings, but Sun Prairie (43-5) won the regular-season conference meeting in five sets and carried the sectional’s top seed — both figured on another barnburner. “I have a ton of respect for Middleton,” Sun Prairie coach T.J. Rantala said. “We knew it would be a battle, and that’s why I told my team to focus on one point at a time, no matter what the score was.” The first set lived up to that billing, with nine ties and seven lead changes. Middleton claimed a 22-20 edge on a

Sun Prairie net violation, but didn’t score again. Middleton wasted a great dig by sophomore Logan Welti on its serve on the next point, putting Sun Prairie in its most desired rotation, with Livingston and senior outside hitter Emily Chaussee up front. Senior defensive specialist Kaitlyn Schmidt served out the set, with Chaussee sandwiching a tip and a kill down the left side around a blast from Livingston to take a 24-22 lead, and Schmidt forcing a receiving error on the final point. “We made a lot of unforced errors, and unforced errors against a good team will kill you,” Marcos said. “We didn’t take care of the ball well in the See SPIKERS, page 22

Middleton’s girls volleyball team suffered a tough, five-set loss to Sun Prairie in Saturday’s sectional final.

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Cardinals rally, top Warriors in sectional semis

Middleton turns tables on Waunakee


WAUNAKEE — The pattern was eerily familiar. And déjà vu was the last thing Middleton’s girls’ volleyball team wanted Thursday night. Twelve months ago, the Cardinals went to Waunakee for a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal. That night, the host Warriors won Games 1, 4 and 5 and ended Middleton’s season with a 3-2 win. On Halloween night, Middleton was back in the exact same gym at the exact same point in the playoffs — a sectional semifinal. And amazingly, the first four games followed an identical pattern as the 2012 match did. “We said in the locker room before the fifth game, ‘This can not be like last year,’ ” Cardinals sophomore outside hitter Logan Welti said. “We all remember that really well … and we tried to flush it out of our heads.” They did — although there were plenty of harried moments. Waunakee jumped to a 9-5 lead in the decisive fifth game. But Middleton rallied back and notched a stunning 15-13 win and advanced to Saturday’s sectional final against Sun Prairie at MHS at 7 p.m. Middleton finished with a 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 17-25, 15-13 victory over the Warriors that it will remember for a long time. “This is amazing,” Middleton senior outside hitter Mane Bobadilla said. “It’s everything we worked for.” Cardinals coach Franco Marcos, who was celebrating a birthday, agreed. “I really liked our resiliency,” Marcos said. “I thought we battled through adversity pretty well. “The kids realized that whatever happened last year, that’s in the past. And we put the pedal to the metal.” Boy, did they ever. Waunakee used a 5-1 run midway through the fifth game and surged to a 9-5 lead. “In a game to just 15, that’s a lot to come back from,” Marcos said. But his Cardinals were game. Welti had a kill to make it 9-6 and give Middleton a sideout. Then with Welti serving, Bobadilla had a pair of kills, reserve outside hitter Cole Jordee had a kill and Waunakee had a hitting error. That capped a 5-0 Middleton run that gave the Cardinals a 10-9 lead. “I won’t lie,” Bobadilla said. “It was starting to feel like last year again. But we didn’t let that happen.” No they didn’t. Waunakee actually regained a 1211 lead. But the Warriors had another hitting error, Cardinals senior setter Bre Schlueter had an ace and Middleton junior middle blocker Audrey Hinshaw had a kill to give Middleton a 14-12 edge. Waunakee pulled within 14-13 and regained the serve. But on the final point of the match, Middleton immediately ran a play for Bobadilla, who came from the left corner, brought her powerful right arm back as far as she could, and hammered home the winner of all winners. Middleton 15, Waunakee 13. Next stop: sectional finals. “I hit it as hard as I could,” Bobadilla said. “It was probably my

best one of the night.” And what a night it was, as the teams went back and forth with a myriad of runs, surges and momentum swings. Middleton led most of the way in the first game, but couldn’t close the deal. The Cardinals were clinging to a 20-19 advantage late, but Waunakee scored the final six points of the game and pulled away to a 2520 win. The Cardinals appeared in dire straights in Game 2. Waunakee used an early 6-0 run and grabbed a 12-6 lead. But Middleton junior defensive specialist Morgan Schmitt keyed a 71 run with three straight aces. That helped the Cardinals pull even, 1313. “That was a big part of the match right there,” Marcos said. “Our serving was really important and Morgan did a great job.” Waunakee led, 16-15, but the

Leia Peterman (right) and Middleton’s girls volleyball team rallied past Waunakee in a sectional semifinal last Thursday. Cardinals finished the game on a stirring 10-2 burst. Both senior libero Leia Peterman and junior outside hitter Amber Karn had a pair of aces in that time, while Welti had two kills. “We work really hard on serving in practice and throughout the year,” Welti said. “That really helped us get back into the match.” Middleton continued its run, opening Game 3 with an 11-2 burst. Counting the end of the second game, that gave the Cardinals a 21-4 run overall. Waunakee made things a little more interesting, pulling within six points on three occasions late. But the Cardinals held on for a 25-18 win. “I thought those were two of our better games of the year,” Bobadilla said. “Everyone really pulled through.” Waunakee refused to go away, though, cruising through Game 4 and grabbing a 9-5 lead in the fifth and final game. “I have to admit, I was doubting it a little bit,” Welti said. “When we were down 9-5, that’s tough.” But so are these Cardinals, who quieted the raucous Waunakee fans and left with their most impressive win of the year. Bobadilla finished with 32 kills, while Welti had 25. Schlueter had 37 assists, while Peterman had 34 digs and three aces, and Schmitt added

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three aces. “To come here and win in their house is huge,” Marcos said. “Players tend to tune out coaches and parents when they’re playing, then we were able to tune out the crowd, too. “That’s not always easy, but I thought we did a great job of it. It’s a really big win.”

Girls swimmers win 4th straight Big Eight Conference meet




When it all began back in August, Lauren Cabalka really had far more questions than answers. Half of the roster was new. The lineup was in constant flux. And Cabalka — Middleton’s girls swimming coach — was at best cautiously optimistic. “We truly did not know how we were going to fill the holes we lost last season,” Cabalka said. Here’s how: with talented youngsters and newcomers. And with veterans ready to take advantage of their chance. In the end, the Cardinals never missed a beat. Middleton continued its surprising season last Saturday, winning the Big Eight Conference meet for a fourth straight season. The Cardinals finished with 528 points to easily outdistance runner-up Verona/Mount Horeb (422.5) and the rest of the conference. Middleton now hosts a WIAA Division 1 Sectional Saturday at 1 p.m. The state meet will be Nov. 16 at the UW-Natatorium. “Our returning swimmers, especially our seniors, knew nothing but success in the Big Eight Conference,” Cabalka said. “They certainly did not want a different result this season and showed incredible leadership and paved the way for our new girls to follow. “I’m not sure we have ever had such a well-earned win as we had on Saturday. It took a lot of hard work, dedication and flexibility on the part of the girls and quite a bit of creativity and strategy on the part of the coaching staff. We knew we earned this win, which really made it special and one for the record books.” Middleton senior Nicolette Krantz opened the meet by finishing fifth in the diving competition. Cardinals sophomore Victoria Lin won the 100 butterfly and senior Sam Andryk was second. “I think the highlight of the meet was the somewhat unexpected 1-2 finish in the 100 butterfly,” Cabalka said. “Victoria and Sam dug deep to finish an extremely close race in the top two spots.” Middleton’s 200 medley relay team was second, and senior Karley Licking was second in the 500

freestyle. Senior Ashley Aegerter was second in the 200 individual medley, while freshman Margaret McGill was fifth and senior Maddy Mack was sixth. Lin was second in the 100 backstroke, while Licking was third and freshman Tryn Peterson was fourth. Aegerter and sophomore Emma Karbusicky were second and third in the 100 breaststroke, respectively, while Mack was fifth. Junior Paige Prestigiacomo was third in the 200 freestyle, while sophomore Samantha Roll was fourth and McGill was fifth. In the 100 freestyle, senior Olivia Kossel was third, Prestigiacomo was fourth and Roll was fifth. Middleton’s 200- and 400freestyle relay teams were both third. “This has always been one of my favorite meets of the season because it allows us to showcase what we have always prided ourselves on, which is our depth,” Cabalka said. “It can be really difficult to fill a 32slot roster for some teams. For us, it's the exact opposite. “We could have shown up with quite a few lineups and still performed incredibly well, which actually makes for some incredibly difficult decisions about who will swim each event. In the end, we took the strongest line-up we could … and met, or in many cases, exceeded expectations. “Our girls more than answered every question we had. When I think back to where we started the season, I realize how special this win really was.”
BIG EIGHT CONFERENCE MEET Team scores: Middleton 528, Verona/Mount Horeb 422 1/2, Madison Memorial 407, Madison West 404, Sun Prairie 258 1/2, Janesville Craig 85, Madison East 63, Madison La Follette 40, Beloit Memorial 34, Janesville Parker 10. One-meter diving — 1, Rosenstock, MW, 402.10; 2, Alioto, MM, 367.95; 3, Forrest, MW, 324.75; 4, Kaspar, MW, 291.40; 5, Krantz, Mi, 260.95. 200 medley relay — 1, Sun Prairie (Unmacht, Hawk, Huonker, Powers), 1:51.83; 2, Middleton A, 1:52.05; 3, Madison Memorial, 1:52.14; 4, Verona/Mount Horeb, 1:53.91; 5, Middleton B, 1:54.34; 6, Madison Memorial, 1:54.37. 200 free — 1, Powers, SP, 1:54.41; 2, Huonker, SP, 1:58.49; 3, Prestigiacomo, Mi, 1:58.53; 4, Roll, Mi, 1:59.69; 5, McGill, Mi, 2:00.47; 6, Eckerle, MM, 2:01.33. 200 individual medley — 1, B. Nelson, VMH, 2:04.42; 2, Aegerter, Mi, 2:12.42; 3, Finger, SP, 2:17.80; 4, Ver Voort, VMH, 2:18.74; 5, McGill, Mi, 2:18.75; 6, Mack, Mi, 2:18.87. 50 free — 1, Rozeboom, VMH, :24.61; 2, Martin, ME, :24.62; 3, First, MW, :24.86; 4, Mirus, MW, :24.94; 5, Jekel, MW, :24.99; 6, Center, MM, :25.04. 100 butterfly — 1, Lin, Mi,

1:00.52; 2, Andryk, Mi, 1:01.21; 3, Huonker, SP, 1:01.34; 4, Shea, MM, 1:01.63; 5, Seymour, VMH, 1:02.19; 6, Craig, VMH, 1:02.38. 100 free — 1, Martin, ME, :53.63; 2, First, MW, :54.69; 3, Kossell, Mi, :54.96; 4, Prestigiacomo, Mi, :54.99; 5, Roll, Mi, :55.08; 6, Cole, MM, :55.54. 500 free — 1, Powers, SP, 5:03.73; 2, Licking, Mi, 5:16.57; 3, Frankwicz, MLF, 5:24.41; 4, Olson, VMH, 5:24.43; 5, Lutz, MW, 5:24.88; 6, Finger, SP, 5:25.58.

Margaret McGill and Middleton’s girls swimming team won their fourth straight Big Eight Conference title last Saturday.
200 free relay — 1, Verona/Mount Horeb (Rozeboom, Larsen, Seidl, B. Nelson), 1:38.95; 2, Madison West, 1:39.47; 3, Middleton, 1:40.93; 4, Madison Memorial, 1:41.04; 5, Sun Prairie, 1:41.95; 6, Madison West, 1:42.49. 100 backstroke — 1, B. Nelson, VMH, :55.27; 2, Lin, Mi, :59.71; 3, Licking, Mi, :59.88; 4, Peterson, Mi, 1:00.15; 5, Horton, MM, 1:01.19; 6, Unmacht, SP, 1:02.73. 100 breaststroke — 1, Gomez, MM, 1:07.03; 2, Aegerter, Mi, 1:07.32; 3, Karbusicky, Mi, 1:09.54; 4, Rose, VMH, 1:09.98; 5, tie, Hawk, SP, and Mack, Mi, 1:10.72. 400 free relay — 1, Verona/Mount Horeb (Wilson, Craig, Seidl, B. Nelson), 3:38.24; 2, Madison West, 3:38.83; 3, Middleton, 3:39.06; 4, Madison Memorial, 3:44.12. At Beloit Memorial.

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Sports briefs
Olympic wrestling champion at MHS


One step from state

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Reigning World and Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs will be making a special appearance at Middleton High School as part of his fall wrestling tour. Burroughs, who just won his third consecutive World or Olympic gold medal, will be at MHS on Nov. 20 from 6-8 p.m. The event will allow fans to take pictures, get autographs and meet Burroughs face-to-face. All wrestlers, coaches and fans are welcome to attend the event, which is free of charge. Burroughs, who wrestled collegiately at Nebraska, won an Olympic Gold Medal in the 2012 Games held in London. He also won World Championships in 2011 in Istanbul and 2013 in Budapest.

Caldwell James and Middleton’s boys volleyball team defeated Beloit Memorial in a WIAA sectional final Tuesday. The Cardinals now host a sectional final Thursday at 7 p.m. The state tournament is Nov. 15-16 at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.

Middleton Ladies Oct. 29 Verelene Morris 558, Jeanne Schrenk 556, Frayne Born 536, Melissa Carlson 503, Sandee Statz 500, Nancy Hellenbrand 487, Theresa Meisel 474, Bonnie Coy 472, Shelly Grinnell 471, Cathy Matts 464, Cindy Hall 463, Rosemary Lange 452, Janie Lange 452, Paula Brunner 452.


Oct. 22 Verelene Morris 513, Mary Moody 502, Patti Larson 493, Jane Resudek 493, Frayne Born 487, Lyn Passini 480, Mary Lindquist 474, Debbie Swain 465, Nancy Hellenbrand 459, Janie Lange 457, Krista Miller 452, Melissa Carlson 533. Sunday Neighbors Oct. 20 Jim Salzman 659 (213-238-208), Kelly

Capener 644 (211-213-200), Paul Hughes 621 (255), Kari Capener 593 (232-203), Gus Schlieckau 582 (233), Greg Fritz 550, Marty Meinholz 531 (205), Mike Kezer 528, Mavis Severson 512 (201), Janet Meinholz 507, Elaine Ziegler 495, Cindy Hall 494 (206), Mary Jo Acker 480, Dee Lunda 478, Vana Smith-Steffen 463, Linda Schenk 460, Cheryl Hitchins 458.

Nov. 3 Paul Hughes 662 (226-244), Jim Salzman 641 (227-229), Kelly Capener 623 (235), Gus Schlieckau 584 (252), Greg Fritz 545, Mike Kezer 531, Steve Holznagel 523, Linda Schenk 514 (201), Jim Campbell 506, Kari Capener 505, Cindy Hall 505, Marty Meinholz 502, Janet Meinholz 487, Cheryl Hitchins 476 (206), Dee Lunda 473, Carla Olson 467.


Rongstad. But Oconomowoc outgained Middleton, 234-38, on the ground. The Racoons also averaged 5.9 yards a rush, while the Cardinals averaged just 2.2. Cardinals senior Charles Braxton entered the game with 1,251 yards in his first nine contests, an average of 139.0. But Braxton was held to 24 yards on 14 carries (1.7) and Middleton’s offensive line never could clear much space. “It was tough. It was tough,” Acker said. “They had a good D-line and they just kind of cut us. “They game-planned well. They took away what we like to do, what our go-to plays are. We just couldn't get anything going. It sucks.” In addition, Middleton’s special teams were soundly outplayed, a big reason why the Cardinals lost the field position battle all night. Middleton missed an extra point, had a punt blocked, allowed several big returns to Oconomowoc’s return men, and made poor choices in the return game itself. “The last four or five weeks, we’ve been really good on special teams,” said Middleton coach Tim Simon, whose record in playoff games fell to 7-10. “But we were not as sharp as we needed to be, definitely not sharp enough for Level 2.” Middleton was certainly sharp out of the gates. On just the Cardinals’ fourth play from scrimmage, Miller and Rongstad connected on a stunning 69-yard touchdown that gave Middleton a 7-0 lead. Rongstad ran an inside slant from left to right and beat a Racoons cornerback across the middle. One month earlier, Rongstad got loose on a similar play against Sun Prairie, but was caught in the open field. Not this time, though, as Rongstad picked up a key block from fellow wideout Demond Hill, then ran away from the Oconomowoc defense. “That just got us going,” Rongstad said. “Once you get going on this sloppy field it’s hard for people to catch you because it took like four or five steps to actually go full speed. It was just great to spring that.” The Racoons answered with a 1yard TD run from backup quarterback Jason Brandl with just 17 seconds left in the first quarter and pulled within 76. But Oconomowoc never should have had that chance. The Racoons appeared to go threeand-out and lined up to punt. But Middleton was penalized for having 12-men on the field, which kept the drive alive. “They’re 11-0 for a reason. They were very, very good,” Simon said. “We did not need to be helping them out. “When you get to the final 16 teams, everyone is good. Every mistake you make, mental or physical is magnified.” The two sides went back and forth the rest of the first half. Middleton answered with its most impressive drive of the night — an 11play, 85-yard march — and took a 136 lead midway through the second quarter. Miller capped the drive with a 33-yard TD pass to junior tight end Mitchell Herl, who found a seam down the middle and got behind the Racoons’ defense. Oconomowoc answered with a 48yard TD pass from Brandl to Casey Bednarski that tied the game, 13-13. But in the final minute of the half, the Cardinals drove from their own 34-yard line to the Racoons’ 5. Rongstad then banged home a 23-yard field goal that gave Middleton a 16-13 lead at the break. “I thought we were OK,” Simon said of the first half. “We felt we had some good things going on.” The second half was a different story, though.




The Cardinals managed just 60 net yards on offense in the first 23 minutes of the second half. And Oconomowoc took full advantage. Middleton’s defense held the 16-13 lead until early in the fourth quarter. But the Cardinals’ defense eventually wore down. First, Oconomowoc’s Jarek Berg returned a punt 28 yards back to the Cardinals’17-yard line. Oconomowoc then used five plays to cover the 17 yards, and capped the drive with a 4yard TD run from Nate Nord to take a 20-16 lead with 8:54 remaining. After two more Middleton drives went nowhere, the Racoons put together an eight-play, 69-yard march — all coming on the ground. Nord again capped it with an 18-yard TD to make it 27-16 with just 1:10 left. “It started with field position,” Simon said. “Field position was a battle all night and it seems like we got the ball inside the 20 all night and they got the ball at midfield. “And we could just never get that turned around. We kept saying, ‘We’ve got to change field position’ and we had a hard time doing that.” Amazingly, though, the Cardinals weren’t done. On Middleton’s next offensive play, it lined up three receivers to the left and Rongstad on the right. The Racoons flooded their coverage to the strong side, leaving Rongstad one-onone with a cornerback. Miller pump-faked, then delivered a dart to Rongstad at about the 30. When the cornerback tried jumping the route and missed, Rongstad was off to the races for a 78-yard touchdown. Herl then caught a two-point conversion pass that suddenly pulled Middleton within 27-24. “We had a hitch on my side called,” Rongstad said. “I took a few steps inside and all I felt was a hand on my shoulder. Then I was gone. “We needed a touchdown fast. That was our only chance of doing anything.” Middleton, which was out of timeouts, had one final shot with the onside kick. And considering few execute the on-side kick better than the Cardinals, there was hope. Middleton’s staple kick for years has called for the kicker (Rongstad) to dribble the ball straight ahead 10 yards. The other 10 men have one responsibility — to block the player directly in front of them. Then it’s up to the kicker to beat the last remaining man to the ball. And for a brief instant, it appeared Rongstad did exactly that when he recovered his own kick. But the referees ruled that the ball had touched a Middleton player before it went 10 yards — which gave

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the ball to Oconomowoc and ended the game. “It was a good call,” Rongstad said. “It did hit one of our guys. “It sucks that it happened, but it just kind of ricocheted off of their leg.” It was a rough ending in a game Middleton fully expected to win. The Cardinals entered the contest having won eight of their last nine games. And their only loss in that time came to Sun Prairie, the No. 1 team in the state. “We had a great season,” Simon said. “We started out 0-1 (with a loss to Madison Memorial) and we went on to have a heck of a season. “You’re never ready for the season to be over. Nobody is. I don’t care if it’s Level 1 or the state championship. But you feel for the kids and you feel for the seniors. “Our seniors have given everything to our program and I couldn’t be more proud of them. I’m proud of the whole team, but especially the seniors.” Middleton’s players were awfully proud, too. “I’m going to look back on the year and be really proud,” Acker said. “Losing the home opener, a lot of teams might drop their head. But this team, we persevered.

Middleton defensive coordinator Tom Cabalka (left) didn’t like what he saw last Friday, when the Cardinals lost their Level 2 playoff game to Oconomowoc. “No one hung their head after that first loss … and it showed. Since third grade, I don't think I’ve been on a team where we came together as such a family. It was probably one of the most fun years I’ve ever had.” Rongstad agreed. “Looking back, I’m very happy with our season,” Rongstad said. “Going 8-3 is great, especially after the 0-1 start. Right now it stings, but looking back I’m going to be happy.”

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O – Bednarski, 48, pass from Brandl (Bednarski kick) M – FG, Rongstad, 23 O — Nord, 4, run (Bednarski kick) O — Nord, 18, run (Bednarski kick) M – Rongstad, 78, pass from Miller (Herl pass from Schafer)

WIAA Level 2 playoffs Oconomowoc 27, Middleton 24 Middleton ……….......………. 7 9 0 8 — 24 Oconomowoc ……….....……. 6 7 0 14 — 27 M – Derek Rongstad, 69, pass from Kasey Miller (Rongstad kick) O — Brandl, 1, run (kick failed) M – Mitchell Herl, 33, pass from Miller (kick blocked)

TEAM STATISTICS First downs – O 16, M 10. Rushing (Att-Yds) – O 40-234, M 17-38. Passing yards – O 80, M 342. Passing (Comp.-Att.-Int.) – O 5-12-0, M 1828-0. Fumbles-lost – O 0-0, M 2-0. Penaltiesyards – O 8-50, M 2-15. INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Rushing: O — De La Barra 23-125. M – Charles Braxton 14-24. Passing: O – Jason Brandl 5-12-0-80. M – Kasey Miller 18-28-0-342. Receiving: O – Bednarski 2-52; Mi — Derek Rongstad 4-175, Charles Braxton 4-37.


out with the big dogs, which is great because she is one of the big dogs.” Wians then set a personal-best, finishing the race in 15:05.74. “Rachel Wians had an extremely gutsy race, finishing 20 seconds faster than her previous best,” Mezera said. Middleton senior Delaney Foster was 20th in the team scoring (15:14.97), junior Bobbi Patrick was

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32nd (15:30.72) and junior Jenny Phillips was 62nd (15:57.97). That capped a big day of personal records by all of the Cardinals. “Bobbi Patrick stayed focused throughout the race, never losing composure,” Mezera said. “This led her to a 25-second PR. Delaney Foster bettered her best by 15 seconds. Lastly, Jenny Phillips, our fifth runner and final scorer, was 10 seconds faster. “These girls definitely know when to peak. They are confident, smart runners who ran quite well. When you put the best race you can together, you can’t be disappointed about the team results.” Wians and her teammates certainly weren’t disappointed. “I’m so incredibly proud of my team,” Wians said. “State had been the

goal all season and when we got here we knew the competition was going to be tough. “We knew that if we wanted to do as well as we did last year we all needed to have the right mentality and work off of each other during the race. I think everybody stepped up and did what they needed to do and I couldn’t be happier.” Middleton remained one of the younger teams at state, and will bring back six of its top seven runners next season. That should make for another memorable fall for the Cardinals. “With the depth on our team it’s really up in the air for who will step up next year and fill the remaining varsity positions,” Wians said. “State is always the goal, so offseason training and working hard in-season will really

be the focus this next year to get back to state and maybe give the teams ahead of us a run for their money.” Mezera agreed. “Six of the seven (runners) will come back hungry next year, and we’ll see if we can improve on what we did,” he said.  “But for now, it feels good to be one of the top five teams in the state of Wisconsin.”

WIAA STATE GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS DIVISION 1 Team scores — 1, Arrowhead 84; 2, Whitefish Bay 122; 3, Neenah 122; 4, Middleton 138; 5, Brookfield Central 154; 6, Eau Claire Memorial 173; 7, Sun Prairie 218; 8, Stevens Point 229; 9, Waukesha West 253; 10, Hudson 276. 11, West Bend West 283; 12, Wausau East 293; 13, Kimberly 338; 14, Westosha Central 340; 15, Stoughton 406; 16, Wauwatosa East 412; 17, Green Bay East 417; 18, Burlington 440;

19, Divine Savior Holy Angels 456; 20, Fort Atkinson 574. Top individuals — 1, Elizabeth Flatley, BC, 14:11.11; 2, Jessica Parker, NEE, 14:20.88; 3, Camille Davre, WB, 14:22.40; 4, Jennifer Parker, NEE, 14:34.35; 5, Katie Hietpas, SP, 14:34.43; 6, Aubrey Roberts, ECM, 14:38.97; 7, Natalie Schudrowitz, TE, 14:41.13; 8, Lianna Mack, Sauk Prairie, 14:43.09; 9, Brenna Calder, Beaver Dam, 14:44.14. 10, Marlie Houston, Oconomowoc, 14:48.94; 11, Kennidi Knoblock, WE, 14:49.90; 12, Natalie Burant, ARR, 14:50.31; 13, Samantha Valentine, MID, 14:54.70; 14, Rachel Werking, Brookfield East, 14:55.20; 15, Hannah Lohrenz, Hortonville, 14:59.54. Middleton results — 13. Sam Valentine, 14:54.70; 22. Rachel Wians, 15:05.74; 32. Delaney Foster, 15:14.97; 50. Bobbi Patrick, 15.30.72; 99. Jenny Phillips, 15:57.97.

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beginning—especially that first set, which was anybody’s set. That was there for us to win.” Not so in the second. Sun Prairie stormed to a 21-13 lead despite two timeouts by Marcos to attempt to stem the tide. Junior Morgan Schmitt gave Middleton some life with a three-point service run to draw within 22-18. But the rally was snuffed when Middleton botched an overpass opportunity. In the second set, Middleton committed 10 hitting errors, three service errors, had three defensive miscommunications that resulted in points and committed three point violations. Meanwhile, Sun Prairie was making it look easy. “We played a flawless set,” Rantala said. “And I thought we were on top of it in the third (set) as well, but then we started to make errors. That’s killed us all season—we do a heck of a job beating ourselves.” Bobadilla lit the fuse for Middleton early in the third set, finding her groove offensively with three straight kills for a 7-6 lead. After Sun Prairie regained the lead at 10-9, Middleton won 11 of the next 13 points to take a 20-12 advantage. Schlueter kicked off a five-point service run by rolling one over the net cord, and during that span Milton had two blocks and a booming kill that ricocheted into the stands. Sun Prairie collapsed late with a pair of hitting errors, a service error, and a lift violation, but quickly regrouped to play its best stretch of the match in opening a 16-8 lead in the fourth set. And when junior middle


hitter Tierney Lindner smacked a cross-court kill from the left side, Sun Prairie held a 20-13 advantage and Middleton again appeared dead in the water. But a Sun Prairie service error sent Livingston to the bench on a rotation, and Karn’s surgical serving strikes kept her there. With Karn keeping the ball away from Brereton, a talented libero who’s headed to Northern Illinois, Middleton notched eight straight points, the last on an ace, to take a 21-20 lead en route to claiming the set. “That was amazing,” Peterman said of Karn’s serving prowess. “She’s the one who brought us back into the match.” Middleton fell behind 7-3 in the deciding set, but Milton registered two more blocks and a kill to forge an 8-8 tie. The teams deadlocked three more times before Lindner delivered a goahead kill to give Sun Prairie a 13-12 edge and Brereton served out. “We totally could’ve given up, but instead we gave it our all,” Karn said. “We have nothing to be ashamed of. We need to keep our heads up and be proud of what we’ve done.”

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Sun Prairie ……………......….. 25 25 21 22 15 Middleton ………......………… 22 19 25 25 12 Middleton: Kills – Mane Bobadilla 21. Blocks – Arissa Milton 4. Digs – Leia Peterman 26. Aces – Amber Karn 3. Assists – Breanna Schlueter 24. Sun Prairie: Kills – Molly Livingston 18. Blocks – Tierney Lindner 4. Digs – Anna Brereton 27. Aces – Brereton 3, Keely Brown 3, Emily Chaussee 3. Assists – Amber Stieren 27.




Would you like to support local music education and enjoy some very fresh fruit this winter? Then the Middleton High School Band and Orchestra Parents Association’s annual fruit sale is for you. Fruit can be ordered from any MHS Band or Orchestra student through November 17. Your order will be delivered to your home or work, beginning on Saturday, December 7. This year’s offerings include Texas “Rio Red” grapefruit, California navel oranges, apples, pears and citrus medleys and very popular varietal Gift Packs. Prices range from $18 to $42 and this is some of the best fruit you will eat this winter! (The citrus is on the tree less than a week before our delivery day in Middleton.) This is topquality fruit, shipped by semi to the high school and hand-sorted and packed by parent and student volunteers. The fruit keeps very well and makes great holiday gifts. As in the past, you can designate all or part of your order to be donated Middleton Outreach Ministry’s food pantry (MOM’s) and the students will deliver it there for you. The proceeds from this sale provide funds for student music camp scholar-

Band and orchestra fruit sale is underway
ships, guest performers and clinicians, and uniform and equipment upkeep for band and orchestra students at MHS. The proceeds also help pay for the biennial band and orchestra tour trips, which combine musical performance and listening opportunities in a well-organized program over the students’ spring break. In 2014-2015, the band and orchestra plan to travel to London for the famous London New Year’s Day Parade; the orchestra will perform in the Cadogan Hall Gala Concert Series. The Middleton High School musicians were invited to perform in these venues due to the quality of our high school music programs and the support of the Middleton community. Don’t know a band or orchestra student? Call 827-8522 or email with your name, address and email address by November 17. A student will contact you to take your order. Get a start on your winter vitamin C needs and order some fruit from the band and orchestra today. At right, fruit sale volunteers hard at work.

Middleton-Cross Plains teachers win grants
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Educators have been busy in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. First-grade teacher Casey Harrod recently received a nearly $500 grant from the Meemic Foundation to help with the school’s phonics program this week. Then a number of staff members have learned they won U.S. Cellular grants. Kindergarten teacher Laura Jicha, fifth-grade teacher Pernille Ripp and 4K teacher JoEllen Pauls all won grants at West Middleton. Meanwhile, Elm Lawn fifth-grade teacher Lisa Webber, MHS English teacher Paula Bigham and Glacier Creek sixth-grade teachers Sarah Borchardt, Holly Reardon and Tanya Acker-Thuesen along

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with eighth-grade teacher Jaye Barbeau also won grants. Harrod was presented with a check for $491 from Jenna Williams, who works for the WEIS Agency in Madison, on Thursday morning. Harrod said she first learned about the grants from an item in one of the staff electronic newsletters in the spring.   “We had a great time presenting the funding this morning — and hope to continue to develop our relationship with MCPASD moving forward,’’ Williams said. “Congrats again, Casey!’’ Meemic Foundation grants are available to teachers in Wisconsin and Michigan. The foundation has provided grants and other financial assistance to schools and educators since

1992. The foundation’s efforts have impacted more than 1.5 million students. Jicha submitted a proposal to supply more books for her classroom library. U.S. Cellular approved the grant for $950. “You can’t imagine how surprised I was when I checked my e-mail at 2 a.m. and had an e-mail saying my application had been picked,’’ she said. “It’s amazing that simply taking advantage of technology and sharing my dreams and wishes for my classroom has allowed this to happen, truly benefiting early literacy skills and building the foundation for readers. ... Thank you so much for passing along this wonderful program.’’

Ripp’s grant appplication also was for more books in her classroom library. Her grant was for nearly $600. Pauls received nearly $380 for an accessibility project in her classroom. Bigham received nearly $450 for her classroom library. Borchardt, Reardon and Acker-Thuesen will each receive three Chromebooks for their classrooms as part of their grant. Borchardt said she has 27 students in her Reading Workshop and she wants to create an environment where all readers can grow. “I need more resources to run the most effective Reading Workshop possible,’’ she said. “The Chromebooks will ensure that all of my students grow as readers this school year. ... I want

this to be the year that they can all finally say, ‘I am a reader.’ “ Barbeau received a more than $750 grant to purchase an iPad, Chromebook and case for The Write Stuff project. The grant will help further the reading and writing education of many students in his classes. Webber’s grant application included a Chromebook and an iPad Mini for her classroom. “I can’t wait to see my students’ faces when I tell them,’’ she said. “So exciting!’’ U.S. Cellular will give $500,000 to classroom project requests submitted by teachers across eight states, including Wisconsin, in 2013.

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District has received nearly $2,300 from community members and area businesses to help cover the cost of this year’s Scripps Spelling Bee. The spelling bee is held annually for students in fourth through eighth grade. Approximately 100 students will advance to the district spelling bee, which is usually held in January at the District Administrative Center. The top performers then advance to the regional spelling bee. It costs $120 for each school to participate in the spelling bee. The District will apply any remaining funds to help cover the cost in 201415, Community Relations Specialist Perry Hibner said. The largest contribution was $960

from Adam Information Technologies LLC. The James Helmuth Memorial Trust Fund contributed $500. “What an amazing gift on behalf of an amazing young man,’’ said Amy Weber, who helps coordinate the spelling bee for the District. “We are so grateful.’’ The fund was established last spring after James, who was a fifthgrader at Elm Lawn, passed away. The fund also provided scholarships for two MCPASD students to play in the Middleton Youth Football program this season. “I love to share the gifts of our family and friends through James’ memorial fund,’’ said Lisa Helmuth, James’ mother. “It is a wonderful, everlasting way to share our love and gratitude.’’ Other community members who have contributed this year are: Jonathan and Adrienne Ehrhardt,

Matthew Squire and Diane Head, Sarah and Thomas Coyne, Randy and Kari Eggert, Paul and Carla Mondi, Robert and Kristine Burck, Steven and Connie White, Hebba Mahmoud, and Michael Williams and Beth Olson. An anonymous donor also contributed $120. “We want to thank everyone for their generous contributions,’’ Hibner said. “Our students are very lucky to have so many caring people in our community.’’ Each contributor also will be recognized in the spelling bee program. If you are still interested in donating, or you know a business that would be willing to donate, please send a check (written out to MCPASD Education Foundation, memo line Spelling Bee) to: Perry Hibner, District Administrative Center, 7106 South Ave., Middleton, WI 53562.

The portion of the Middleton High School lot that runs into Lee Street adjacent to MHS and the Middleton Performing Arts Center will become a one-way street going westbound only toward Clark Street Community School starting on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District and MHS officials along with representatives of the Middleton Police Department and Public Works Department have met multiple times over the past few months to discuss this possibility. There have been numerous complaints about vehicles parking on both sides of the street during busy pick-up times along with concerns that the street has become extremely dangerous to cross for pedestrians trying to get to the north parking lot. Signs will go up soon around the area warning drivers about the upcoming change. Drivers coming down Parmenter Street who go east on Lee Street will be blocked from going any

farther than the west end of the MHS building. Other key points for students, parents and others who use MHS or the PAC: Pick-up and drop-off parking near the PAC, Field House and Indoor Pool will only be allowed curbside closest to MHS. No parking will be allowed on the right-side curb away from the school; Drivers will not be allowed to exit the north parking lot from the southwest exit; MHS administrators and law enforcement officials will be regularly monitoring the street. Anyone driving down the wrong way on the one-way street or parking illegally will be warned and may be ticketed. For those who do take Lee Street east after turning on Parmenter Street, another parking option is the Clark Street Community School lot. There are typically plenty of extra stalls available there for students or staff with permits to park.




the original invaders came from Colorado. It is entirely possible they came by way of a sport fisherman. “The New Zealand mud snail can be extremely prolific, has altered the food chain and may be having an impact on fish populations in western streams,” said Wakeman. The snails are tiny, and while trout will eat them, the fish derive no nutritional value from the snails. “They just pass right through,” said Wakeman. Meanwhile, the snail “competes for the same resources the trout rely on.”


CRIME PREVENTION/ COMMUNITY RELATIONS ACTIVITIES On Saturday, September 7, Middleton Police attended the Madison Mustang’s football game with the Middleton Fire Department and gave tours of a police car and handed out stickers and football cards. On Saturday, September 14, Middleton Police, along with West Bend Mutual Insurance, Middleton EMS and the Middleton Fire Department, sponsored their annual Safety Day for families at the Fire Department and EMS. At the event, the Middleton Police Department had a sign up for the Safe Assured ID Program and several kids are now signed up for October to have a Safe Assured ID done. On Tuesday, September 17, Middleton Police went to Costco and gave several seatbelt safety presentations. Middleton Police also used the rollover convincer during these presentations. This convincer demonstrates the importance of wearing seatbelts, especially during a roll-over collision. On Wednesday, September 18, Middleton Police attended the Dane County Sheriff’s Department Career Fair at the Alliant Energy Center. On Thursday, September 19, Middleton Police gave a presentation on senior safety at the Middleton Senior Center. Also during September, several kids came into the Middleton Police Department to have a Safe Assured ID completed. If you would like more information or would like to involve the Police De-


The snails, he explained, are just four or five millimeters in length. They multiply very rapidly. “You can have hundreds of thousands of them on one square meter,” explained Wakeman. “They can…disrupt food systems and just dominate a stream.” The hope is the snail species will not thrive as well here as it has in the western states, but at this point, the focus is to determine the extent of the invasion and work to stop its spread. The most immediate concern is that the water trapping season recently opened up,

which means trappers will be in the stream and its tributaries with their waders or hip boots on. In addition, it is conceivable waterfowl hunters may be out along the creek. Wakeman asked anyone exiting the stream take care to clean off their boots or waders, and anything else they bring out with them, including vegetation, traps or stakes, prior to entering another stream or body of water. “It’s really important for trappers to clean off that equipment,” said Wakeman. The best way to clean things off is to scrub it with a stiff wire brush and thorIf you would like to register, have the ID system at an event or if you would like to donate money for the purchase of more kits, please contact Community Awareness Officer Jill Tutaj at 824-7323 or

oughly rinsing with clean water. He added that freezing boots or equipment for six to eight hours will insure any residual snails are killed. In the summertime, letting things dry in the sun for at least 24 hours will yield the same result. Wakeman said DNR is working with Trout Unlimited and the Wisconsin River Alliance, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Wisconsin Sea Grant and Dane County in an effort to build awareness about the problem. The snails at this point cannot be eradicated, so the focus is educating users on how to slow the spread. SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER REPORT Middleton High School Officer Scott Moen School began for the 201314 school year during the month of September. The beginning of every school year brings new challenges with new students and new staff members becoming accustomed to new procedures, new schedules and new classrooms. This month there were 62 calls for service at the Middleton High School (MHS) and one call at Clark Street Community School (CSCS). Some of those calls included disturbances, thefts, lost property calls, and one weapon violation. From those incidents, there were municipal citations and warnings issued. Officer Moen was involved in other activities in September as well, such as attending multiple Dean meetings with MHS administration and attending freshman orientation night. Officer Moen also attended a monthly meeting for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Cares Coalition to end underage drinking. Kromrey Middle School Officer Tom

“One of the things we need to do is figure out how widespread in the system these things are,” he explained. Currently, his department is working on a plan to do just that. In the meantime, the department is working on signage advising users of the problem and explaining how to avoid being part of the problem. In addition, boot-washing stations are under consideration. “Our primary focus right now is to educate people that use that fabulous resource and make sure they know what to do. continued from page 4

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Safe Assured ID Kits Middleton Police will take reservations for having kits made. Kits are free for Middleton residents or MCPASD students.

partment in a community presentation or event, please contact Community Awareness Officer Jill Tutaj at 8247323 or Citizens can subscribe to receive Middleton Business Watch email alerts and other informational emails on the Police Department’s website at The next academy will start in April of 2014 and the class size is limited to 12 students. If you live or work in Middleton and are interested in attending a future academy, please contact Community Awareness Officer Jill Tutaj at 8247323 or VIPS assist the Middleton Police Department by performing tasks which free up officers to work on more important police matters. VIPS help at events like GNF (Good Neighbor Festival), National Night Out and Family Safety Day and with programs like Speed Watch and Safe Assured IDs. Junior VIPS are teens age 14 to 17 years old. They also have an Associate VIPS program where family members of VIPS and civic groups can assist VIPS with events without having to become individual VIPS members. If you are interested in the Middleton Police Department VIPS program, please contact Community Awareness Officer Jill Tutaj at 824-7323 or

Community Awareness Fund Middleton Community Awareness Programs such as GREAT, Speed Watch, National Night Out, Citizens’ Academy, Bike Safety Day, NSI Family Safety Day and Shop with a Cop are funded almost entirely from community donations. We need your help! If you would like to donate money to the Community Awareness Fund please send a check or money order to “Middleton Community Police Partnership Inc.” or “MICOPP Inc.,” 7341 Donna Drive, Middleton, WI, 53562. If you have any questions about donations or programs please contact CAO Jill Tutaj at 824-7323 or

The Middleton Police Department serves the community 24 hours a days, 7 days a week and can be reached by dialing 9-1-1 or by texting or calling 824-7300.

COURT ACTIVITY Dane County Adult Criminal Referrals: 28 Adults; 69 Criminal Counts; 1 Civil Forfeitures. Dane County Juvenile Criminal Referrals: 2 Juveniles; 2 Criminal Counts; 0 Civil Forfeitures.

Wilson is now in his second year in the position, and has been with the Middleton Police Department for ten years. Wilson teaches a program called G.R.E.A.T. to all of the 6th grade students. G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training and is a school based, law enforcement officer instructed classroom curriculum. The goal of the G.R.E.A.T. program is to help youth develop positive life skills that will help them avoid gang involvement and violent behavior.


tion is far from arbitrary.  By overseeing all aspects of production he can operate under his own principles and avoid industry conventions.  “Industry has turned food into a fungible commodity,” says Durand, “they want it to be all about price... that doesn’t work for food.  Industry wants it to work, but it doesn’t.” Durand says food is different because it needs to be more local.  He suggests all regions should concentrate on eating what they produce best.  “When you are in a community you months.  This affords the borrower a longer repayment window.  Todd Schneeman, local branch manager, distinguishes his business saying they won’t deny customers based on their credit score.  He says the company is even willing to work with people who have filed for bankruptcy. Of





better feed yourselves first so you have got that resilience in your area,” he says. “Then you go about trading and fixing instead of this stream we have where everything goes to a centralized point and then back in distribution everywhere in the country.”  Durand points out multiple advantages associated with his model.  With a close connection to his consumers he can continue to provide exactly what they want.  If a customer has a concern or a request they will be able to speak to someone who knows every course it is safe to assume the interest rates here are going to be higher than at the bank or credit union, but if you have poor credit this might be a place to consider.  Schneeman could not give a specific range for the interest rates but said they are competitive and more reasonable

animal, person and step along the way.  The system lends itself to transparency.  There are no middle men and if something goes wrong, like a recall, accountability is straightforward, he argues. Durand takes the transparency a step further and allows every aspect of his production to be seen by his costumers.  He says he literally has glass walls at Black Earth Meats where patrons can watch the entire process if they choose.   He says what he is doing for the then payday or title loans.  (As with any financial decision, be sure to read the fine print.)  Personal Finance Company advertises defined repayment terms. The new Middleton location is the company’s fourth branch in Wisconsin with two branches in Milwaukee and

meat industry is like what Morpheus did for Neo in The Matrix.  “Our world is off,” he says. “Systems have gotten too complex.  We don’t understand the world.  We don’t feel like we have any control of ourselves in the world ... I am there trying to cut through that and get right to the heart of the matter.”      Durand encourages the people that walk into Conscious Carnivore to get connected.  This involves getting your picture taken while holding a dry erase board that describes your connection to the store.  The pictures get put on the another in Janesville.  They’ve been in business since 1937

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wall and online.  The wall even includes the workers who built the facility.  Durand says his goals are lofty. He wants to bring community and a connected awareness to local food consumption. In other words, Conscious Carnivore offers up peace of mind with your steaks. “That is why they call me the Zen Butcher,” he concludes.

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