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Shop ‘n Blues Set for July 18

MIDDLETON–Bluesy notes will fill the air on July 18 when the Downtown Middleton Business Association hosts their Fourth Annual Downtown Middleton Shop ‘n Blues event from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

This year, Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy on harmonica, will be the musical act. The Madison-based band is described as Chicago blues (the Reverend hails from the south side of the Windy City) and is celebrating its 20thanniversary this year. 

Restaurants and retailers will offer specials and sidewalk sales throughout the day, and the band will begin playing at 4 p.m. Elmwood Ave., between Parmenter and Aurora Streets, will close at 2 p.m. to set up for the live music.

Thu
11
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Removing Opportunity Can Curb Car Thefts

DANE COUNTY–Over the past two and a half years, the Madison metro area, including Middleton, has been plagued with both thefts of vehicles and thefts from vehicles carried out by a group of young teens. Despite efforts by law enforcement in the area, the crimes have continued leading to frustration of both law enforcement and citizens. Law enforcement officials say that these crimes can be prevented for the most part, by removing opportunity.

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11
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Newspaper to Hold Second Annual School Supply Drive

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Cross Plains Times-Tribune will host its second annual School Supply Drive in conjunction with Middleton Outreach Ministries (MOM). The donations will benefit the charitable organization’s Back to School program. Last year the program provided backpacks full of supplies to 666 children in the area.

“We know that many families struggle with the lengthy list of supplies their kids need for school each year. The Times-Tribune is excited to host this drive for the second year, and plans to continue it into the future,” said Times-TribuneEditor Michelle Phillips. “MOM provides aa outstanding service to the community, and we want to help them provide supplies for more students.”

Wed
10
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Asphalt Scam Reported in Dane County

DANE COUNTY-The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is aware of a crew posing as an asphalt paving business operating in western Dane County during the first week of July. The crew attempted to fraudulently charge residents an exorbitant cost for laying low cost recycled asphalt.  

Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating and asking that if anyone had contact with this crew to call the tip line at 608-284-6900.

Wed
10
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Sheriff Seeks Tips in CP Burglary

CROSS PLAINS–Just after 6 p.m. on July 8, Dane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home burglary on CTH J in the town of Cross Plains.  

The victim arrived home to find her back door shattered and a number of electronics and miscellaneous items missing. 

Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to investigate and are asking anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area or knows anything about this crime to call the tip line at 608-284-6900. As always, tips can be left anonymously.  

Fri
05
Jul
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Farmers Markets in Full Swing Despite Cool, Damp Weather

Farmers Markets in Full Swing Despite Cool, Damp Weather

CROSS PLAINS/MIDDLETON–Although off to a slow start, Mother Nature will not be denied her growing season. And, thankfully, the public will not be denied their farmers’ markets, despite weather-related cancellations, wind, rain and chilly temperatures. Both Cross Plains and Middleton Farmers’ Markets, held respectively on Wednesdays 3:30-6 p.m., at the corner of Hwy. P and Main St., and Thursdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m., in Greenway Station, are proof. 

Vendors, coming from localities such as Arena, Blue Mounds, Cross Plains, Gays Mills, Highland, Oregon and Madison, expect that in July seasonal fruit and vegetables will be in abundance.

“It’s coming around,” said Natalie Ortega of Natalie’s Garden and Greenhouse, “We’re optimistic and we have our expected produce, now.” Her stall in Middleton is one of several selling herbs and flowering plants.

Fri
05
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Last CHC Hearing Draws Large Crowd

MADISON–It was their last chance to tell the Public Service Commission that a power line proposed to extend between the town of Middleton and Dubuque, IA wasn’t wanted or needed.

The crowd that overflowed the PSC’s largest hearing room to oppose the construction of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek (CHC) power line needed to make the arguments that would convince the commissioners, who after more than two years of study, would vote this summer on the line’s fate.

Mount Horeb Area School District Superintendent Steve Salemo was among the first to testify at the July 27 public hearing. Salemo said the need for the line is based on a false premise that energy demand is increasing, He urged caution be taken on a decision that will have profound consequences on the area. The impact on human health the electro-magnetic fields the line would create needs further study.

“The fullest impact of the lines are not yet realized,” he said.

Wed
03
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No Trash & Recycling Pick-Up on July 4th

Pellitteri Waste Systems will be closed on July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
Sat
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American Driving Society, Headquartered in Cross Plains, to Hold Local Event

VERONA–For Mary Ruth Marks, it’s the thrill of the drive. But not cars–horses. She owns 11, all but one a cross of Arabian and German Sport Pony, she said. 

“Makes for a Ferrari model,” she quipped, adding that on her latest carriage drive around the course with her horse, Adeszko, “He was flying! You gotta hang on or you’ll be gone and get hurt.”

For years, the 70-year-old has competed in, as well as organized, carriage driving events. In 2018, driving a “four-in-hand,” four horses, she nearly qualified for the World Equestrian Games; in 2010 she and Adeszko were first alternate for the U.S. team competing in World Championships, she said. 

For the seventh year, she’ll host an American Driving Society (ADS) event at her 40-acre Notara Farm, just outside Verona. She expects 25 participants, men and women of all ages, as well as children. Seated in a carriage, they’ll drive a single or a pair of Very Small Equines (VSE), ponies or horses, she said. 

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23
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Two Arrested for Alleged Weapons Violation

MIDDLETON–On June 22, at approximately 9:24 p.m. Middleton Police Officers responded to a report of possible gun shots heard in the area of 2110 Allen Blvd. in the City of Middleton.

When officers arrived to check the area, they located a handgun and eight individuals nearby. Cesar Rivera-Luna, 28, of Madison, was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. Shyla Femrite, 28, of Madison, was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and obstructing an officer.  Both individuals were transported and booked into the Dane County Jail.

This investigation is ongoing. The Middleton Police Department is asking anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact the police department at 608-824-7300, tipster line at 608-824-7304, or text at 608-824-7300.

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