May 2020

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Llama, Llama, Quarantine Drama

This afternoon, a nice black var drove by my house. Sitting calmly in the back seat was a large white lama. As the vehicle went by, the animal’s glistening black eyes, shaded by lush dark lashes, met mine for a brief moment. 

I quickly grabbed my phone and texted a friend.

“Just saw a lama in a car.”

“What kind of car?” he replied. 

“Sedan.”

“What type of person owns a lama but not a better way to transport one?”

I wondered what type of decision led to the scene I had witnessed. Did someone impulsively buy a non-refundable lama, then think, like someone who purchases a king-sized bed or extra-large couch, “How on earth am I going to get this home?”

At some point, someone was faced with a decision, and cramming the animal in the back seat of a car was apparently the best option. 

This is life. Wandering from place to place, making decisions. 

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Richard R. Myers

MIDDLETON/JANESVILLE–Richard R. Myers of Middleton and formerly of Janesville passed away peacefully at Heritage Senior Living on January 11, 2020 at 91 years of age.

He was born in Madison, N.J. on September 6, 1928 to Waldo and Ruth Myers. The youngest of five siblings, Richard attended Madison schools and Phillips Preparatory School in Andover N.J. before entering Cornell University in Ithaca N.Y. He graduated with a BA and MBA. Richard was active in glee club, played sax in a jazz and big band, and played on the last Cornell soccer team to win the national championship. There he met his wife-to-be, Ursula Sennewald. He and Ursula were married on June 12, 1951, in Elmira N.Y.

Richard served in the US Air Force as a Lieutenant during the Korean War. He was sent to Okinowa, where Ursula joined him and their first child was born.

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Norton Brown Hubbard

MIDDLETON–Norton Brown Hubbard, 97, of Middleton, died peacefully April 24, 2020, at Waunakee Manor Nursing Home, Waunakee.

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Muriel Jane (Smith) Eid

MIDDLETON–Muriel Jane (Smith) Eid, age 90, of Middleton, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s on April 23, 2020, at Sebring Assisted Living/Memory Care in Madison. 

Muriel was born on June 20, 1929 to Fred J. and Margaret (Wilkinson) Smith. She grew up in Sherrill, NY across the street from her father’s hardware store where she often led her schoolmates past the candy counter for a treat and helped herself to a doll baby buggy at Christmastime.

Following graduation from Sherrill High School, “Smitty” graduated from Plattsburgh Teachers College with a BS in Education and later earned her MS in Education at Queen’s College in New York, NY

Muriel taught kindergarten in Great Neck on Long Island, NY, and Monterey, CA. In 1960, she met her special husband, Vernon Walter Eid, at an officer’s club dance in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where they both were teachers at the US Military base.

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Protest

I have opted to only show photos with factual information on pages 8-9 and write about the stay at home protest, deemed the “Wisconsin Freedom Rally,” in my column because I know that I cannot be objective and not insert my opinion in a news story on this matter. Instead I have decided to just tell everyone what I saw and how it felt. As a woman. As an American. As some who values science and medicine. As someone who is logical (mostly). As someone who has empathy. As a journalist. As someone who risked exposure to COVID-19.

I was apprehensive about going to cover this protest at the state capitol because I has been social distancing and believe what health officials are telling us about the virus. I wear a mask in public and take precautions to prevent spreading coronavirus. I know that we are all at risk of catching the virus and that now it is thought the vast majority of people are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

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MHS' boys golfers had sights on a state title

Editor’s Note: The WIAA recently canceled spring sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the Times-Tribune, we’d like to give recognition to the athletes and coaches who had their seasons stopped prematurely.

So over the next few weeks, we’ll run a series of stories on the teams that didn’t get a chance to perform in 2020.

 

June 16, 2020.

This was the date Middleton’s boys golf team had been thinking about since the 2019 season ended.

The Cardinals finished second at the WIAA Division 1 state meet last spring. And with all five of its golfers back, Middleton believed it was positioned to hoist a state championship trophy in mid-June.

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Tennis Cards had great expectations

Editor’s Note: The WIAA recently canceled spring sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the Times-Tribune, we’d like to give recognition to the athletes and coaches who had their seasons stopped prematurely.

So over the next few weeks, we’ll run a series of stories on the teams that didn’t get a chance to perform in 2020.

 

One thing many coaches embrace is the unknown.

When teams are young, inexperienced and unproven, coaching matters more than ever.

That was going to be the case this spring with Middleton’s boys tennis team.

The Cardinals returned just five of their top-10 players from a team that reached the semifinals at the WIAA Division 1 team state tournament. But Middleton always has a deep and talented program, and Cardinals’ second-year coach Tony Mirasola believed his team could surprise.

Of course, we’ll never know.

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MHS will name pool after Bob Joers

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District will rename its indoor pool after longtime athletic director Bob Joers, Director of Communications Perry Hibner announced Wednesday.

“There are so many people in the community that do so much and I’m humbled and honored by this recognition,’’ said Joers, who is currently battling pancreatic cancer.

Joers was the MCPA Indoor Pool’s first director when it opened in 1990. He has served as the Middleton High School athletic director since 2011. He also was the school’s athletic director from 1995-2004 before leaving to run his own business.

Joers was named the Big Eight Conference Athletic Director of the Year in 2019 along with the Wisconsin Athletic Directors District 5 Athletic Director of the Year.

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Spring Creative Coloring Fun

Color this spring scene and email it to us with your name and age and we will display it here on our webesite. 

Send your creations to timestribuneeditor@newspubinc.com. You can download the coloring page here, or look for it in the print edition of the TImes-Tribune!

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