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School Board Moves Forward on Fall Referendum

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Common Council approved an agreement with Elevate Energy to use federal funds the city received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to fund solar and energy efficiency projects in so-called naturally occurring affordable housing or NOAH. The city was awarded a $150,000 grant to support local projects that will benefit neighborhoods, businesses and communities who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. 

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Make Music Middleton Planned for June 21

MIDDLETON–Make Music Middleton is a part of the international Make Music Day movement which brings free, community-wide, musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide. Every year, the celebration is held on June 21, the summer solstice, in more than 1,000 communities around the world.

Make Music Day events are organized with, for and by the community.  Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician–young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion–pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public. All of Middleton is encouraged to participate.

Step into summer, reconnect with neighbors, and dive into your creativity.

The Make Music Middleton Schedule is as follows:

Middleton Center, 7611 Elmwood Ave.

1-2 p.m.: John Kostle

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Town Okays Short Term Rental

TOWN OF MIDDLETON–After living in a secluded subdivision for 22 years, Melissa and Casey Helbach sought a permit to rent out their house on a short-term basis while they travel.

Residents of Applewood Hills neighborhood’s 41 single-family homes, located off South Junction Road, prize their safety and told Town of Middleton Board of Supervisors Monday that the Helbachs’ request jeopardizes that.

“The primary concern I’ve heard from most folks revolves around safety,” David Huntsman, president of the Applewood Hills Homeowners Association said.

About half of the homeowners in this “tucked away neighborhood,” have children plus, there are no streetlights or sidewalks, he said. Residents know their neighbors and they would lose a sense of security if they started seeing strangers around their properties who aren’t properly vetted, said Huntsman.

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Hangar Survey Questions Shaping Up.

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Airport Commission was facing a “chicken or the egg” dilemma last week as it considered survey questions to assess interest in possible hangar construction.

The quandary arose regarding including a question about whether to collect a $500 fee to be added on a waiting list for a new hangar. 

Adding to the 44 hangars at Middleton Municipal Airport-Morey Field is one of the improvements in the Airport Master Plan the Common Council approved earlier this year.

Mayor Gurdip Brar said the city must know if there’s demand for more hangars and asking if survey respondents are willing to put up money in advance would constitute proof.

He also favored a $100 annual fee to remain on the list.

Commission vice-chair David Lorman took the other side of the issue saying the city needs to show a commitment to hangar construction to get people to put up money.

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Winners Announced in World Wide Mustard Competition

MIDDLETON–Tiger Tail Curry Mustard from DeveleyUSA in Dyersburg, TN, has been named the Grand Champion at the 2022 World-Wide Mustard Competition. Develey has its roots in Bavaria, Germany, having made its first mustard in 1845. It opened its first US plant in 2018.

More than 250 mustards from around the world entered this year’s competition, held under the direction of Barry Levenson, curator and founder of the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin. Judges tasted mustards from as far away as Germany, France, Japan, and Sweden.

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Winners Selected in CUREative Art Contest

MIDDLETON–Gilda’s Club of Madison has announced the winners of to this year’s CUREative Contest for Teens Touched by Cancer. An art reception and show of the entries was held at the clubhouse–one of the first events in two years. 

First-place winners of the CUREative Contest for Teens Touched by Cancer:

Media: Paint and Drawing, “Lost in Space: by Ellie Huttleston, 15

“My piece is about watching someone battle cancer. I’ve seen a lot of cancer in my life, the hardest to watch is my dad’s. When you watch someone battle cancer it’s scary and confusing and sad so I just think of being lost in space not knowing where you are or if there’s an end in sight. Anything could go wrong at any moment; you just don’t know and you feel so alone,” she said on an artist’s statement.

Writing, “The Pain Disguised in the Beauty” Luke Ristow, 18

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Immersive Van Gogh Coming to Middleton

MIDDLETON–The popular art experience, Immersive Van Gogh, has made its way around the country will now be coming to Middleton. Opening Nov. 24, the exhibit will be housed in the Greenway Station Shopping Center at 1651 Deming Way for a limited engagement through Jan.8, 2023. 

"Arts and culture is vital to the economy of each market that Lighthouse Immersive productions call home, and we are thrilled to bring that magic to Madison, a diverse community of professionals, students, artist sand families,” says Corey Ross, co-producer of Immersive Van Gogh. “The innovative design of the experience enchants and activates the imagination to explore beyond the walls of the space.”

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Stonefield Road Residents Want to Retain Drainage Way as Greenspace

MIDDLETON –Just a week after Maureen and Hayden Mauk moved into their house along Stonefield Road, they were piling sandbags to prevent the August 2018 floodwaters from reaching their home.

They succeeded despite the flood washing over Stonefield Road from a greenway on the other side of the road. The surge of water continued down what they thought was another greenway behind them which extends between Shady Oak Circle and Willow Trail and into the City of Madison.

The owner that sold them the house said the area behind was a greenway which never flooded, Hayden Mauk said.

However, the City of Middleton had long designated the 800-foot-long greenway as a drainage facility. After 30 years, rock-lined portions of the channel had become buried under sediment and trees grew out and encroached along the edges.

This year, the city’s Public Works Department is going ahead with plans to restore its flood-handling capabilities.

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Middleton’s StoryWalk Takes on Construction Theme

MIDDLETON– StoryWalk adventures are back in Downtown Middleton. 

The Middleton Public Library and Downtown Middleton Business Association (DMBA) are teaming up once again to bring stories to life through an outdoor, interactive storytelling experience. 

This summer’s StoryWalk will feature the book “Dump Truck Disco,” by Skye Silver, and tells the story of Dump Truck Daisy and friends who are on a secret nighttime mission to build a playground. This is Middleton’s sixth StoryWalk and will take place June 1-Aug. 31.

It will also kick off DMBA’s new children’s Hard Hat Club. 

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Town to Seek Funding for Pioneer Road

TOWN OF MIDDLETON­–With a little prodding and much discussion Monday night, the Town Board agreed to conditionally apply for federal funding to repave Pioneer Road and widen its shoulders.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $550 billon through September 2026 for road, water and broadband projects, the largest such ongoing federal investment ever, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

Town engineers reviewed the several funding programs, and after consulting with the Greater Madison MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization), which manages the programs, recommended Pioneer Road as it’s the only collector road that meets the Surface Transportation Program criteria.

The two-mile segment between Old Sauk and Valley View Roads, still may be a long shot for the money, said Jacqueline Monfils, of Vierbicher, Inc., the town’s consulting engineers.

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