April 2019

Fri
26
Apr
MTT News's picture

Lulumarie “Lu” (Elkinton) Baitinger

MIDDLETON-Lulumarie “Lu” (Elkinton) Baitinger, daughter of Francis “Frank” Elkinton and Genevieve Marie “Jayne” Schmitz, was born on Aug. 28, 1929 in Oshkosh, WI and died on April 9, 2019 in Madison. She was married to Kenneth George Baitinger at St. Paul’s Catholic Chapel on the UW-Madison campus on July 28, 1951. She lived with her family in Houston and other Texas cities as a child and in Winneconne, WI where she attended high school. She was a graduate in 1951 of UW-Madison with a major in Speech Education. She earned membership in Wisconsin Players and National Collegiate Players. She also had membership in Zeta Phi Eta National Professional Speech Fraternity for Women. Lu earned a master’s degree in Library Media in 1972 at UW-Madison. She was employed by WKOW-Radio and WKOW-TV until her children were born. Lu lived in Middleton, WI from 1955 and was an active member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and the Middleton Community.

Fri
26
Apr
MTT News's picture

Mineral Point Rd. Improvements to Begin in July

 

MIDDLETON–Traffic signals will be installed at Mineral Point (CTH S) and Pioneer Roads this summer during a months-long project that restricts travel on CTH S through the town of Middleton to CTH P.

CTH S will be closed to through traffic and open only to local traffic accessing residential and business driveways within the construction zone.

“If you have a way out of your neighborhood other than Mineral Point, then you must avoid the construction area,” Greggar Peterson, a Dane County Highway Department engineer, said during an April 16 informational meeting at the town of Middleton.

Residents in the Cherrywood neighborhood and those along Welcome Dr. will be among the most impacted, he said.

Through traffic will be detoured on US 12 to US 14 to CTH P. Peterson understands most motorists will know a shorter route than the detour or use a GPS to find one.

Fri
26
Apr
MTT News's picture

Leckrone Named 2019 Good Neighbor Festival Parade Marshal

MIDDLETON–The Good Neighbor Festival Board of Trustees is honored to announce that Michael Leckrone, retiring director of the Marching Band and Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin and a long-time Middleton resident, has accepted the role of Parade Marshal for the 2019 Good Neighbor Festival. Leckrone will lead over 100 entries during the August 25 parade through the streets of downtown Middleton.

He retires this year after 50 years as Director of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band. He has had a remarkable career, and has served as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator for concert and marching bands throughout the United States and Canada. His experience also includes considerable professional work as an arranger, composer and performer.

Fri
26
Apr
MTT News's picture

Board Gets Boundary Committee Update

MIDDLETON–The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board reviewed the progress of the Internal Attendance Boundary Committee which held its first meeting March 6. More than 35 residents applied to serve on the committee and 25 were selected.

The committee is tasked with reviewing the attendance area with a focus on the district’s strategy map, a determined criterium, historical and future enrollment trends, and building capacity. The committee is also charged with making up to recommendations to the board regarding elementary and middle-school boundaries and communicate those to the broader community. 

The meetings are being facilitated by Drew Howick, who has also worked with DeForest, Sun Prairie and Verona school districts on committees looking at internal boundaries. Howick presented an update to the board April 22.

Fri
26
Apr
MTT News's picture

Middleton Library Remodel Planned

 

 MIDDLETON–The Middleton Public Library will undergo some changes in 2019 in an effort to more efficiently use existing space, with a remodel, named Next Chapter. A 2015 study of the building estimated that the library would need to triple its current square footage to accommodate the volume and needs of consumers. 

“This project is making the most of what we have while we have it,” said Jocelyne Sansing, Middleton Public Library Director.

Thu
25
Apr
MTT News's picture

Tennis Cardinals put on a show

Middleton’s boys tennis team went an impressive 4-0 at the Madison Memorial Spartan Invite last weekend.

The Cardinals defeated Kenosha Tremper, 7-0, and downed Sun Prairie, 5-2, last Friday. Middleton then rolled past Lake Geneva Badger, 6-1, and edged Green Bay Southwest, 4-3, last Saturday.

“The team as a whole really stepped up this weekend and started to show how good we can be when we play our best tennis,” Middleton coach Tony Mirasola said.

Middleton doubles teams went 11-1 in the four matches. And Cardinals’ top singles player Ryan Gold went 3-1 against elite competition.

“Our doubles teams really played with a lot of energy and were very focused over the course of the weekend,” Mirasola said. “I feel like the team really fed off the way they played and that helped to lead us to a lot of team success. Ryan also played his best tennis of the year this weekend, beating most likely three top-10 players over the course of four matches.”

Thu
25
Apr
MTT News's picture

Softball Cardinals win a pair

A trip through the Big Eight softball schedule is quite similar to a journey through the Big Ten’s men’s basketball slate.

The depth of the league is daunting. There aren’t any off nights. And if you can hold your own, great things could await.

Middleton’s softball team continues to hang tough and got itself back on track with a pair of impressive wins last week.

The Cardinals defeated host Janesville Parker, 11-4, on April 15. Middleton then edged visiting Janesville Craig, 3-2, on April 16.

The Cardinals also fell to Sun Prairie on April 18 and are now 7-6 overall and 4-4 in the league.

“Those were two good wins,” Middleton manager Perry Hibner said. “Craig and Parker are solid teams.

“All three of us, along with Madison Memorial, are probably just below Verona, Sun Prairie and Beloit Memorial. We did a pretty good job in each game in every phase of the game.”

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ two wins.

Thu
25
Apr
MTT News's picture

Big 8 will have eight teams for football

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control passed a statewide football-only conference realignment proposal on April 17.

That means Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker will exit the Big Eight Conference in 2020. Those two schools will become part of the Badger Large Conference, and the Big Eight will again have a true eight teams.

“I’ve been under the assumption for like a year now it would pass,” Middleton coach Jason Pertzborn said. “Everybody was planning for it, expecting it.”

The Board unanimously approved its final consideration of the football-only conference proposal crafted by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association. First approval of the plan was granted by the Board with a 9-2 vote at its meeting in March.

Wed
24
Apr
Sat
20
Apr
MTT News's picture

Marbra Sentenced in String of Area Bank Robberies

MADISON–A 19-year-old Madison man who robbed two Middleton banks at gunpoint during and nine bank robbery spree last year, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 11 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $49,582.

Kiefah A. Marbra pled guilty earlier this year in connection with the Feb. 19, 2018 robbery of Associated Bank on Allen Blvd. and the Feb. 22, 2018 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on University Ave.

Marbra was indicted last May with his uncle, Jonathan Thompson, 30, of Madison, and Robert Minette, 31, of Shakopee, MN. 

Thompson was considered the leader of the robbery spree. He selected the banks, sent either Marbra or Minette in to hold them up and drove the getaway car back to his apartment where the proceeds were divided up.

Minette held up only the first two banks, located on Madison’s east side. He pleaded guilty to robbery charges and was sentenced last month to nine years in prison.

Pages